Hey, y’all! I’ve officially survived the first two weeks of school. Last week we really started to dig into our curriculum. In reading, we did our Henry and Mudge unit with a focus on retelling the plot and analyzing characters. I like to start with simple texts at the beginning of the year so that we can really understand the comprehension skills. And I knew I wanted to pair it with a Mudge directed drawing!
Well, I’ve been really into directed drawings lately. Joelle and I did a bunch over the summer and she just loved them to pieces, so I figured my kids would too! I don’t have a lot of tips when it comes to directed drawings. If you aren’t comfortable with drawing then I would definitely check out First Grade Blue Skies’ pack (HERE)! She is really great at communicating step by step instructions! Anyway, I knew that I wanted my students to use character traits to describe Mudge. So, I decided to teach my students how to draw our favorite dog!
I get a lot of questions about how I teach directed drawings. I just go step by step with my students. I explain what I am doing and show them using my document camera. Here are the steps I used to draw Mudge:
I think what I love the most is seeing how students interpret the directions and how they make the drawings their own!
I think it’s important to realize that all students are different and not everyone sees things the way you do. As you can see below, there is a lot of room for individuality :). While I love a pretty finished product, I always appreciate the effort that everyone puts forth.