Part of exploring the world is discovering all of the critters that live on our planet and in our minds.
Kindergartners will engage in creating their own critter. Either based upon a real critter or created from their imagination. They will also create a small scale environment for their critter to live in. Kindergartners will be working in clay and mix media to complete their process. Important art learning skills they will engage in are:
Expressive features and characteristics of art (Elements/principles of art)
Kindergartners will engage in a multiple day process of first designing their critter through a 2D drawing, then transferring their idea to a 3D rendering in playdough. On the second day they will learn how to build their critter in a 3D form in earth clay. They will engage in hand building techniques to create their critter. Once they have built their critter and added the textures they want the critters will be fired in the kiln. While we are waiting for the critters to be finished and ready for the next step, kinders will create their critter's habitat. We will talk about what a habitat is and why animals choose very specific places to live. (Science connections)
Below you will find a link to the lesson plan for this extended lesson.
Kindergartners were presented with the following slide show to learn more about critters and inspire their creations. They particularly enjoyed the mixed up animals. Below is the PDF of the slide show.
Along with creating a critter, learners provided a place for their critter to live. After learning more about animal habitats by reading the book Welcome Home, Bear, by Il Sung Na, kinder learners created their own 3D habitat for their critter to reside in. Below are a few examples of what they created.