Students drew their Lima Bean monster on paper, traced it with black marker in the photos below. Next they will try to paint with color balance neatly and completely.
Students were inspired by the story, Lima Bean Monster by Dan Yaccarino.
We also enjoyed the song, Veggie Rock Song Fizzy's Lunch Lab on PBSkids.
We used the handouts in our Lima Bean Monster Packet to get ideas for Eyes, Noses, Mouths, expressive eyebrows, and teeth. Students each made their own choices and drew as big and expressively as possible. I also printed out these examples for each student.
Results: Finished paintings on Artsonia
First graders are posing with their favorite vegetable in front of green screen so they can become the body of their lima bean monster. These photos will be combined with their artwork to help make an EAT YOUR VEGGIES poster.
EAT YOUR VEGGIES POSTERS
First graders had their first iPad creation experience this year by combining their lima bean monster (with body) and a background with text. They downloaded the files from dropbox, imported them into the superimpose app, resized and placed their figure, added a drop shadow, saved, uploaded the finished graphic design to the correct folder in dropbox and renamed it. (whew!)
1-1 Class Movie
1-2 Class Movie
1-3 Class Movie
1st Grade Multi-Age
A long time ago I responded to Ian Sands on twitter asking for digital images of children's art that he could offer to his high school students to play with as they learn to animate. Some of his students selected my students "He Came with the Chair" paintings. The animations turned out SO adorable and inspiring-see example below or check them all out here. It has been one of my goals to figure out an elementary level lesson with a straightforward app that would give my students the experience of animating their own artwork in the same style. I think I might have figured it out. This technique isn't perfect, but, it will work.
I have done a presentation called Creative Digital Projects that turn Stem to STEAM at three conferences over the past couple of years. These 45-50 minute presentations include a bizillion ideas in a media packed keynote file that I have trouble sharing online. However I did create a condensed version of the presentation for the AOE Online Conference last summer. The presentation has been behind a pay wall for one year and can finally come out for public consumption now. The following lessons are shared in the video below. Learn more from my links. Also, see Wes Fryer's review of my live presentation at the Illinois Computer Educator's Conference here.
What better way to get a message out than to embed it into a visually interesting image? Social networks and media sources online are full of memes from others. Why not create your own? There are some easy iPad apps loaded with tools to help you.
Now, go change the world with your messages of bacon and other compelling things (but what can beat bacon?)
The high school artists of APEX High School in NC under the direction of their art teacher, Mr. Ian Sands, did a collaborative art project with our 1st graders.
Look at how they transformed these Lima Bean Monsters into super cool animations!
This collaboration was formed via Twitter. Take a look below to see our tweets.
First graders have been going LIMA BEAN MONSTER crazy (and so have I).
Today they completed their
Lima Bean Monster Mob eBook
This book has every 1st grader's lima bean drawing featured in a mob design.
Some of the students were able to add their voices to the book next to their work.
"It is simply adorable! I want to eat it up!" -Shelly Celery
"It's the best read I've ever had." -Tom Mato
You can download this interactive book by clicking on this link while on a mobile device and opening the ePub file in iBooks (or another ePub reader.
The tutorial below will give you some tips.
While we were finalizing our Lima Bean Monster Mob Book, 1st graders also posed for a photo dressed as their lima bean monster (with monster hands) holding their favorite vegetable. These images were combined along with a message to "Eat Your Veggies!" You canview all the finished pieces on our gallery and enjoy a slideshow video of them below or here.
Sure, one lima bean monster is cute, but a massive mob of lima bean monsters is ADORABLE! I started playing with my first graders' images this week (see their individual lima bean monsters here) by assembling them into different designs. To be honest, it became a bit of an obsession. I was so engrossed in these monster mobs that I actually asked my family to pass the lima beans during thanksgiving dinner. Oops, I meant green bean casserole. I kept on designing until every first graders' lima bean was used in a mob. I uploaded the images to each student's portfolio as well. I hope you enjoy these cute little creatures and always remember to EAT YOUR VEGGIES.
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He is in the running for Artist of the Week. Below is a lima bean monster's message.
We are going to try to animate lima bean monsters using iPads and the app called DOINK. I've been practicing this lesson quite a bit and am very excited about helping my 1st graders learn to animate for the first time. See my post. Click here to download the digital animation lesson from TpT.
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