Sunday, April 22, 2012

Memoirs of a Goldfish





Have you seen this book?!?  


Ms. W., my student teacher, brought this in. It is hilarious!! I can honestly say I haven't laughed this hard at a children's book in a long time. It's about a goldfish who is bored in his bowl all by himself. However, as more and more creatures get added to his world it becomes crowded and he is a bit upset with the situation. Ultimately it is a wonderful book about friendship and patience.

I usually tie up my ocean unit with a large mural of some type. When I mentioned this to Ms. W, being the superstar that she is, she suggested we do a fish bowl of sea creatures instead since the kids were so excited about this book! Genius!!  Soooo....onto the mural.



Ms. W first began at writing time by having each of the kids write about their favorite creature from the book. She then took a small group of kiddos and they drew a "plan" for the mural together.  Each group member made suggestions and drew one or two creatures.







For some reason I've always done my ocean murals on clear shower curtains. I first saw this in some BEAUTIFUL Reggio based preschools in St. Louis quite a few years ago. They look great in front of a window or light source of some type. It took me years to figure out that they used acrylic paint though! My tempera paint looked great but just kept flaking off. Trial and error I guess.












Here is the completed outline all ready for the kids to begin.











The painting of the mural usually takes 2-3 days. On day one the kids painted the back with the blue water and gravel. This way their creatures would show up better on the front.

















On day two each group member took a turn reviewing the original plan with Ms. W. After reviewing they began painting their creature.









Now by the second day of working on this mural some of the kids' interest had fizzled and they only chose to do one of their creatures.  Also, one of the group members had some difficulty painting his creature to scale with the size of the mural. On paper his plan was fairly easy. When he first attempted to draw his slime eating creature it came out teeny tiny. We discussed that it wouldn't show up once we hung the mural up. After a few practice paint strokes he was able to create the adorable creature!  Overall this is a great cooperative activity that they did a great job with  and it's one I plan to repeat next year!





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15 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower! Stop by and visit me...

    learnplayandhavefun.blogspot.com

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  2. What a great idea! I've made the fish bowls with wax paper and crayons and then melted them. It also looks great hanging in front of a light source.
    Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!
    Connie:)
    www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

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    1. I totally forgot about the wax paper activity! Thanks for reminding me!

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  3. Shower curtain! What a great idea. 100 followers, congratulations!!!

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  4. Congrats on reaching 100 followers. I'm going to need to go get that book now - it looks too cute! :)

    Second Grade Sugar and Spice

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    1. Oh you should get this book....it is great!

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  5. I am a new follower! Love your fish bowl! What an adorable project! :)
    Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls

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  6. Isn't this the CuTeSt book?? LOVE what you've done to make the fish tanks come alive!

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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    1. Thank you! It's now one of my favorite children's books =)

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  7. I'm your newest follower - love the fishbowl and will have to check out the book! Come by and see me some time!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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