Leaf art, Haiku writing and expository writing.
I used the following lesson as a community building
activity, integrated writing and visual art.
build a sense of community for all three classes of third graders
in the building.
show students how to use natural materials for art.
introduce them to Haiku.
Have a copy of a dried leaf art book on animals.
Dried leaves, liquid glue, glue stick, orange, green,
brown, and blue construction paper, and tag boards and filler
Making the leaf art.
them a book about using leaves to create pictures of animals.
Students collect fallen leaves of their liking.
wipe it dry and clean; press it between phone books for three
the dried leaves to school in a box.
All the leaves for sharing are placed in the "Leaf
three classes get together and after directions are explained,
construct their animals using the dried leaves.
Anyone can visit the "Leaf Bank" for leaves they
need or to donate unused leaves.
are given a choice to the size of the tag board for gluing their
leaf animal on. Making
a background with extra leaves is allowed.
waxed paper between finished pictures, stack them up in piles of
four, and place heavy dictionaries on top for a week as it dries.
finished pictures to desired size; glue this onto a colored piece
of construction paper with glue stick, not liquid glue (this makes
the picture buckle up).
stack in piles of four, place heavy dictionaries on top again for
a couple of days. Now
you are finished.
some Haiku to them.
syllables with rhythm sticks, using words related to autumn or
what a Haiku is and its form of three lines, 5,7,5 syllables in
order of first, second, and third line.
writing a Haiku about rain as a whole class.
them to write two Haiku about their leaf animal picture choose
their favorite of the two and make a final copy after
class sharing of Haiku.
Writing an Expository paper on how to make the leaf
Give some modeling about how to explain something to
someone by using a format. Students
have a choice to use the format or not.
First, secondly, thirdly,
fourthly and finally
with an opinion regarding the subject)
The students loved getting together with friends from
other classes. They
now have the experience of listening to directions from all three
teachers and thus are beginning to build a relationship with us in
preparation for camping overnight in the spring.
They are also comfortable being in each other's classrooms
The leaf animals turned out beautiful and the
students were so pleased and surprised by the end product.
Haiku poems were just a beginning attempt; I hope
they will improve with time.
It will be a good tool for exploration of emotions and
We will share the writing components and poetry.
a few students chose to make a background and those pictures
turned out richer in composition.
Next time, I think I should encourage more students to make
a background by telling them to try and compost a picture on paper
with pencil and paper first.
Otherwise, I feel that it was an excellent project.