26 Dec 2012

Bear Triaramas

Happy Boxing Day! I hope everyone had a happy and peaceful Christmas :)

Just before our holiday break, we wrapped up our bear unit with these triaramas. My fabulous TOC supervised (I was home sick). I thought the kids did an amazing job! Their task was to draw their bear's habitat. I think maybe the polar bears under the Northern Lights are my favourites, but I'm loving the little panda bears, too :)

Panda bear in bamboo forest

Polar bear under Northern lights (about to attack seal)

Brown bear in the mountains of BC

Vancouver Island black bear

The kids made the bears using Crayola Model Magic.


You can get it in different colours, but we chose white. The kids with the panda and polar bears used black markers for the final details. The brown and black bears were painted. We used water colours, but next time I'll splurge and buy acrylics.

If you've never used Model Magic before, it's definitely worth the money. It's super easy to manipulate, air dries fairly quickly and is lovely and light.

A couple of the legs fell off (we just reglued) so next time I might encourage the kids to make their bears from one piece of clay.

The triaramas were made from a large 11 x 14 piece of paper, cut down into an 11 inch square.


If you're working with kindies or Grade 1s, you'll want to fold the paper for them (from corner to corner as you can see above). Then cut from one corner into the centre.  It's super easy. Just make sure the kids do all their colouring while the paper is still flat. When ready, just slide one side of the cut section onto the other side and glue together.

I love doing triaramas (they're way easier than getting everyone to bring in shoe boxes for dioramas) because it's such a fun way to review the needs of bears.  I hope you give it a try!




12 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. They had a lot of fun with this and I think it helped solidify some of their learning, too!

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  2. The kids did a great job! (I've never seen the Northern Lights.)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  3. Hi Barbara! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE your blog design {and the panda page, too!} I am now following you :)

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  4. These are so cool!! The kids must have had a blast!

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  5. Barbara, these are terrific! I have such a creative group of kids this year, they would love doing this! Thanks for the instructions.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  6. These are great and make a wonderful display! I know your students had fun making them too. :)
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  7. I can see making these for story characters and settings. maybe gluing three back to back to make a story sequence beginning, middle and end. What a great open-ended idea. Thank you very much for sharing it.

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  8. I can see making these for story characters and settings. maybe gluing three back to back to make a story sequence beginning, middle and end. What a great open-ended idea. Thank you very much for sharing it.

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    1. That's an awesome idea! I'll have to remember that :)

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