Students create a self portrait using the letter U as a face shape.
30 to 60 minutes
Share a read aloud that focuses on self portraits such as "What I Like About Me" by Allia Zobel Nolan. Pose questions to the group such as, Who has curly hair? Who has straight hair? Brown eyes? Blue?, Round face? Thin face? Talk about features and skin color. We all have two eyes, a nose, a mouth. Share illustrations from the picture book to enhance student contribution to the discussion. Encourage conversation about what makes each of us unique. When the conversation appears complete, let the children know that they will be making a self portrait and they will begin by drawing a large letter U.
Provide each student with a piece of white construction paper approximately 8" by 10". Have Crayola crayons, markers, Twistables and Multicultural Markers or Crayons available for students to use. Demonstrate to students how to draw a large letter "U" in the center of their paper. Inform students that they should draw a self portrait being mindful of what makes them look unique. Tell them that they should include everything in their self portraits that would make people recognize them.
Remind students to include a neck and shoulders and the top of a shirt or blouse.
Once complete, display in the classroom or hallway bulletin board. Students can matte their work an a piece of colored construction paper and present their work to the class.
Provide class time for students to identify their self portraits and share what they felt was important to represent their unique attributes.
LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
MATH: Identify and describe shapes.
MATH: Analyze, compare and compose shapes.
VA: Use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art.
VA: Elaborate on imaginative ideas.
VA: Engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials.
Students can make a group quilt using each "U Face It" self portrait.
Students can write an all about me paper to be hung with the self portraits.
Students can make three dimensional self portraits using model magic.