Hey y'all! I've officially survived the first two weeks of school. Last week we really started to dig into our curriculum. In reading we did our Henry and Mudge unit with a focus on retelling the plot and analyzing characters. I like to start with simple texts at the beginning of the year so that we can really understand the comprehension skills.
Well, I've been really into directed drawings lately. Joelle and I did a bunch over the summer and she just loved them to pieces, so I figured my kids would too! I don't have a lot of tips when it comes to directed drawings. If you aren't comfortable with drawing then I would definitely check out First Grade Blue Skies' pack (HERE)! She is really great at communicating step by step instructions! Anyways, I knew that I wanted my students to use character traits to describe Mudge. So, I decided to teach my students how to draw our favorite dog!
I get a lot of questions about how I teach directed drawings. I just go step by step with my students. I explain what I am doing and show them using my document camera. Here are the steps I used to draw Mudge:
I think what I love the most is seeing how students interpret the directions and how they make the drawings their own!
I think it's important to realize that all students are different and not everyone sees things the way you do. As you can see below, there is a lot of room for individuality :). While I love a pretty finished product, I always appreciate the effort that everyone puts forth.