Picnic Thieving Ants
I have some amazing kiddos in my class.
They’ve really been impressing me.
One of the shocking things that has been occurring this year is that my “quiet” cues (hand signs, chimes, train whistle, claps, attention getters and the rest of the arsenal used the last couple of years to no avail) actually work. The.first.time!!
I’m just as impressed as you.
Most are very neat and careful workers, too. And many have shown some creative, independent thinking that is inspiring and fun – not annoying and rule-breaking.
I’m so impressed with the effort and care. Look at that first picture. Gorgeous printing. Gorgeous coloring. Even the nail polish, gorgeous! In the second picture that little guy has colored his ant red. The samples had black ants. To be honest, I didn’t even give red ants a single thought. But he did. He didn’t even ask if he could color his ant red, he just did it. With confidence!
Moreover, there were no purple, green or pink ants. Everyone actually colored – with a variety of color! Not a scribbler in the bunch. Who knew you could be so happy making picnic thieving ants?!?
We started this little lesson brainstorming our summer activities – both indoor and outdoor.
We talked about “recall” and “reflection” and how it helps us learn new things when we use what we already know.
Then we went to work on the little fill-in/art “A Slice of Summer” activity.
The kids loved it and worked quickly but neatly on their ants.
These are the samples I put up…
….and this is the fantabulous bulletin board that was created from their hard work…
I have had that backdrop for YEARS. It is one of those vinyl tablecloths. I’ve actually had that watermelon for just as many years. It’s held up pretty well, too.
This is part of my newest pack, A Slice Of Summer. It’s a great introductory activity. The kids really enjoyed it. As most of you know, I do a TON of writing in my class. I like to start things out slow and easy so they get used to doing it all the time. This worked perfectly as one of our first “projects”. They weren’t overwhelmed and no one whined! Win-Win!