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Fall Leaves

September 15, 2010

Second graders welcomed fall by creating bright oil pastel leaves.  We discussed the changing of the seasons and looked at examples of real leaves, noting the variety of sizes and shapes.   We brainstormed on different designs they could use in the leaf project and added them to the whiteboard.  I chose yellow, red, orange, light green, dark green and brown oil pastels and demonstrated how to press hard with the pastels so their leaves would be gorgeous with color.  I had large leaves cut out of manila paper.  Students were able to pick their favorite shape.  Once they filled in their entire leaf, they chose a background piece of construction paper.  They glued the leaf down.  Finally, they used their fingertips to add drops of fall colored tempera paint around the perimeter of their paper.

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