First grade is reviewing the learning objective: I can create an alternating pattern with line, shape or color. We started with importing a mitten template into the app Brushes and creating a second layer to draw an alternating line pattern on each mitten. We then created another layer to add our alternating color pattern to our mittens. Finally we painted a fourth layer with one color for our background. I then showed the class how to move the layers around to create a neatly colored and outlined piece. They were very excited and surprised Brushes could do this. Finally we played back our pieces and then uploaded them to Dropbox.
With this piece we were reviewing the primary colors and learning to use the layers in the Brushes app on the iPads. I created a gumball machine template and showed first grade how to import a photo in the Brushes app and then add a second layer to add color. We then merged the two layers and added a third to add an alternating pattern of line to the base of the machine. I then showed first grade how to add their work to photos and then upload it to their Dropbox folder. They did a great job!
I began this lesson by reading the book: Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. It is a very cute story about a young rabbit who helps himself to carrots in a nearby patch. The carrots start to stalk the rabbit. He calls them creepy carrots but he can't get anyone to believe him they exist. The story ends well for both young rabbit and the carrot patch.
We then looked for color value and value contrast in the illustrations. I introduced color emphasis and how the carrots are the only color in the illustrations because they're the focus of the story.
I then walked the class through how to draw or illustrate in the app. We then created our carrot and then made a second layer to slightly change our carrot for the animation. Some students had enough time to create three or more layers for their carrot.
Finally we layered our background and carrot animation pieces and then tweaked the timing and path of our carrot. Below is one student example of their work. Here is a link to see all the fourth grade's Creepy Carrot animations:
Check the link next week for the remaining fourth grade pieces.
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