Wednesday, April 9, 2014


We read Three Hens and a Peacock, by Lester L. Laminack, focusing on the big idea in the story.  After predicting what the story would be about, we dove in and read the first 'chunk'.  I stopped the students and had them sketch an important image and ask a question about what were they wondering?  We shared and then continued on, stopping one more time to sketch and question.  At the end of the books we discussed the big idea and why it was important.

We also read Steve Jenkins (love him) book, Bees, Snails and Peacock Tails, about animals and patterns.  Then we were ready to make oil pastel peacocks!

Students focused on drawing a pear shaped body in blue before colouring in it and adding legs, an eye and beak.  Then, long feather lines were drawn using the clock as a reference (for example, 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock).  Lots of additional feathery lines were added, before the brightly coloured eyes were added at the end.  Colourful feathers were hot glued onto the head as a finishing touch.  Didn't they turn out great!