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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cross Hatched Animals by the 3rd and 4th Graders

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These lovely cross-hatched animal drawings were made by my 3rd/4th grade class. The students used pictures from Zoobooks magazine for reference and practiced hatching and crosshatching techniques.

I love using illustrated books to connect with our curriculum. For one, it gives a real life connection. Second, it might spark their interest in reading more quality books.

We looked at the beautiful cross hatched drawings by Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. Those are both awesome books. Many of the students had already read or seen these books, so it was a great way to connect with interests they already had.

drawing by Brian Selznick



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Alia Corrie said...

Painting opens up a world of colour and communication for young kids and is a wonderful way for them to create and learn. There are many simple and exciting alternatives to using a paint brush and this article presents a number of these alternatives.

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Nick Sunderman said...

What a great way to connect to a reading unit. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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