Scarecrows ~ Poem and Art!

Although we've now begun our bat unit, our poem this week was about a silly old scarecrow.

Click on the image to grab two versions of this poem.

We painted some fabulous scarecrows today, too! This lesson is from Deep Space Sparkle (one of my favourite art sites)!

We did this lesson in two parts. In the morning we did a directed drawing of the scarecrows using black pastels. No pencils allowed! I was worried some of my little perfectionists were going to be stressed out with this, but it was seriously great. There were no tears and EVERYONE ended up with a great looking scarecrow.

Here's what a couple of them looked like before we painted them.

Aren't they sweet?

In the afternoon I gave the kids some blue, red and yellow tempera paints and they went to town. For some of them, the best part was mixing the colours to make new ones:)  

If you're looking for a scarecrow book to go along with this, Sandi from rubberboots and elf shoes has a great recommendation for you.

Stay tuned! My next post will be about some of the fun bat activities we've been doing.

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  1. I love everything about this. That poem is cute. The art is adorable. AND that book looks fantastic!

  2. Barb, I love these activities! Do you have a poetry journal that the kids put their poems in? I started one several years ago. The kids really like being able to go back and read the poems (and songs). The scarecrows are so cute! The boys and girls did a great job!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. The scarecrows turned out so darling!!! What a wonderful little group of artists you have. Thanks for sharing the pictures and Deep Space Sparkle. I really enjoy adding new resources to my list.

    P.S. Art is so good for the brain, the heart, and the spirit. I so admire that you take the time to teach it. In this age of common core standards (U.S.) so many really healthy endeavors are being left by the way-side.

    Granny Goes to School

  4. What adorable scarecrows! They did a great job and the poem goes great with them!
    Conversations in Literacy

  5. They pulled off the scarecrows wonderfully. They have an old-fashioned look about them. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  6. Those scarecrows are great! I just love seeing what little artists can do. :-)

    Teaching Little Miracles

  7. Wow Barb, these look wonderful. I loved the poem too and will keep it ready for next year with my new class. Can't wait to see what you find for bats!
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  8. Bet your kids had fun creating their scarecrows. Thanks for the shootout.

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