Today was my last lesson with my second graders.... can't believe Summer is here already! I was going to do this lesson with the kids because I just love love love how they turn out, but the 2nd grade team asked me to make an adjustment. They asked if instead of a bird sitting on a branch, if we could make a pollinating hummingbird and bee next to a flower that included a stamen, anthers, petals, etc. Of course! Any time I can connect a lesson to science that the kids are already studying, I'm happy to do it. I could go deep into why kids need art and how art can help teach kids important concepts, but you probably already know that. If not, then, well, trust me. Or just do yourself a favor and read this book. Actually, read that book anyway, whoever you are. Anyway, onto the lesson! A lesson about the birds and the bees..... Not the one you're thinking ;)
• black sharpies
• colored drawing chalks
• half sheets of a flower petal color, and green for leaves.
• quarter sheets of yellow for middles of flowers
• whole colored sheets for the background
• Lead a step-by-step drawing of a bee and hummingbird with pencils first. Don't be scared! Start with the big shapes: first a lemon shape for the bird body. add a circle for the head. Make a big "V" on the bird's back. Add feathers to both sides of the "V" to make the wings. Add feet. Add head feathers and tail feathers. See? You can do this! And I'm gonna let you figure out the bee :)
• Trace over drawing in sharpie.
• used smeared chalks to color them in....sharpie lines still show through!
• Review parts of the flower with the kids.
• Draw the stamen and anthers (the middle parts of a flower) on the quarter yellow sheets.
• Make flower petals out of half sheets.
• Make leaves out of half sheets.
• Cut out ALL pieces, including bird and bee from last time, arrange on paper how you want it, glue!