Second grade is currently reading "In the Small, Small Pond" so I created a lesson plan for them to think about science and nature while creating art. It starts with a discussion about water. What does it look like? How is still water different from moving water. The students have been great in their discussions about what will float and sink. They make predictions about what the water will do and look like.
We're tying this into the impressionists and what artwork could be better than Monet's waterlilies?
Using watersoluble crayons, they've started making the backgrounds for their floating lilypads.
Next week they will choose a lily or a frog to paint, which will sit on their lily pad among the rippling water.