Chickens and Hens and Math Oh My!


Students in the 3rd grade created these fantastic chickens. We talked about shapes that create a chicken. –(Oval body, Triangle tail, circle head, rectangle legs etc.) We looked at photos of chickens raised by my friends.  After the shapes were drawn in pencil, the students started to paint with bright colors. The emphasis was on the brushstrokes- this really portrays the feathers on the bird.


 The second class the students finished with all the details then started on the background. The background resembled the chicken wire of the chicken coop. This was created by using a hexagon math manipulate and students traced around those creating a tessellation type pattern. Even though they used the shape to trace many students had difficulty with connecting the hexagon shapes. We just joked the wire was a little bent. HA! Students then cut out the chicken glued in on the chicken wire then added some painted paper straw.  The project took 3- 40 minute classes.


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    Hope Hunter Knight
    October 6, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I heart chicken art!
    these are great…

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    October 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Very unique lesson! I sure like the chicken wire background too. Their chickens are very detailed and each has a personal look. Well done.

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    October 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Beautiiful! With the little white edge the chicken really pop of the sheet. Great lesson!

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    Patty Palmer
    October 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Love these! Every art lesson you do, laura, has your personal signature stamped all over it! Love your teaching style.

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    October 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Thanks Guys for all your kind words! 🙂

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