I get email updates from Eric Carle. In the latest email, there was a link to his blog! The blog is really cool, it has artwork and writing, his latest post is about his childhood Christmas memories.
The blog reminded me of the Eric Carle unit I did during student teaching last spring. Each grade K-6 did a wax resist painted paper collage project inspired by Eric Carle.
Kindergarten students learned about complementary colors and made fruit pictures. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
1st grade students learned about the moon while making moon and stars pictures (Papa Please Get the Moon for Me)
2nd grade students learned about warm/cool colors and made caterpillars. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
3rd grade students cut hearts from their painted papers (3rd grade did wax resist and tempera with texture combs) which were displayed in the hall for Valentine's day.
4th grade students drew a letter out of a hat and chose a word to illustrate for that letter.
5th grade students made imaginary animals. To get the students thinking about combining parts from different animals, they were instructed to just draw the head of an animal. Next, the drawings were rotated in their group and each student added to it (exquisite corpse style.)
K-5th grade students were in charge of painting their own papers and 6th grade students were assigned a color to create for the classmates to use
6th grade students were to tell some sort of story with three parts/three illustrations. It could be a song lyric, joke, story, nursery rhyme, or process.