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Snowzilla

Mixed media, perspective and literature come together in this easy lesson inspired by Janet Lawler’s book Snowzilla.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Share Janet Lawler’s book Snowzilla to the class as a read aloud. Discuss vocabulary, characters, plot, setting, etc. Using a story web, Who? What? Where? Why? chart, story path or other graphic organizer that students are familiar with.
    2. Explain how students will be making their own Snowzillas. Provide each with a piece of 12”x18” (30.48 cm x 45.72 cm) construction paper in any shade of blue. Ask students if they know how to draw something so that it looks far away. Explain with perspective things that are farther away seem smaller.
    3. Using pencils, have students draw a snowman that fills their page from top to bottom. Begin with a curved line that goes from one side to the other at the midpoint of the page. This will be the bottom “ball” of their snowman because the snowman is SOOOOO big, then a medium sized ball and a much smaller ball for the head to make it appear that the snowman truly is a Snowzilla that towers upward.
    4. Distribute small amounts of white Crayola Tempera Paint and brushes. Have students paint in their snowzillas. Encourage them to use quick, loose, brushstrokes to give the impression of shadowing from the blue paper underneath.
    5. While snowzillas are drying, give each student a 4”x 8” (10.16 cm x 20.32 cm) piece of white construction paper. Have students describe what their snowsuits, mitts, boots, hats, and other outerwear looks like. With their lead pencil and a variety of Crayola colored pencils, have students sketch and color a drawing of themselves dressed in outdoor clothes as if they were playing in outside in winter weather. Have students cut off excess white paper around their self-portrait using Crayola Blunt Tip Scissors.
    6. When snowzillas are dry, have students use Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue to affix their outdoor self-portrait to the bottom of the page in front of the base of their snowzilla.
    7. Give students Crayola Oil Pastels and encourage them to add details such as trees, snowman decorations and accessories, and extra shading between snowballs to complete their snowzillas.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud.

    LA: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

    LA: Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

    VA: Identify connections between visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Know the difference between materials, techniques, and processes.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Read The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll. Create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two books. Have students choose which book they prefer and explain why.

    Have students write about the biggest snowman they ever made. When it was made, with whom, what accessories it had, what it looked like, how tall it was, etc.

    Make snowmen sculptures with Crayola Model Magic.

    Make snowmen sculptures or drawings with other geometric shapes. Talk or write about why these snowmen would or wouldn't work in real life.

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