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Snakes in the Grass

By on Jan 12, 2011 | 9 comments

Here is a cute lesson that I did a while ago with my second grade students. It’s a great lesson for achieving good cutting skills which I think by second grade is pretty crucial. The steps to draw the snake are fun and easy but creating the grass can be challenging for many second graders. 

Supplies for the snake

12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper, oil pastels, tempera paint, scissors, glue, glitter (optional).

Supplies for the background 

Blue and green sulphite paper, sponge and white tempera paint.

Drawing the snake

I encourage you to try a directed line approach to drawing the snake or else many children will go through a number of sheets of paper before achieving a snake that has enough girth to cut out safely.

1. Starting at the top corner of your paper, draw a sideways oval. This is the snake’s head. Add a half-circle shape to both sides of the oval (eyes). An alternate way to draw the snake is to create a drawing as shown above. I find it is helpful though, to do the former.

2. Starting on one side of the oval, draw a curved line (a letter “S” is a good suggestion) all the way to the bottom of the paper.

3.  Go back up to the oval (head) and draw another line along side the curved line, matching the curves as you go. Go slowly! If you run into the other side of the snake, draw another line.

4. Now that you have the basic shape, fill in the snake with patterns.

5. Paint or color in the patterns and if you’d like, add glue and glitter to some areas.

6. Once any paint has dried, cut out the snake.

The Background:

1. Cut a sheet of green 12″ x 18″ paper in half and use one half to cut blades of grass. The grass can be cut as individual blades or as one.

2. Place grass onto a blue sheet of paper and glue the bottom part of the grass only. Sponge paint clouds onto blue paper.

3. Place snake onto background and weave through grass. Carefully glue down snake and grass.

 

    9 Comments

  1. I really like how you had the kids make the grass and sky. This would be a good lesson to do with patterns. Thanks. I love you blog!

    Kri

    January 12, 2011

  2. Great idea! I will use this with my measurement unit.

    Deb

    February 22, 2011

  3. I love this idea. I’m going to use it for a St. Patrick’s Day project, and will tell the story of how St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. Should be fun!

    Thanks for sharing your many great projects!

    Shelly

    March 5, 2011

  4. I tried this out today with my Kindergarteners for an early St. Patrick’s Day project. I used a 3 piece template for the snake and watered down acrylics on Tyvex paper. The kids traced and painted each piece and most were able to cut them out too. Tomorrow we’ll do the grass and glue everything into place. Thanks for such a cute idea. I LOVE your blog – so many creative ideas!

    Sarah

    March 15, 2011

  5. I took your idea for this project and modified a bit for my fourth graders. We drew our snakes twisted around a tree branch. The kids loved it! Thanks for the inspiration!! I have a link to this page on my site:

    http://artteacherscloset.blogspot.com/

    Thanks again!

    Amanda Miller

    March 29, 2011

  6. Great idea! I incorporated it with my math lesson on measurment. After making their snakes they needed to measure them in standard and non-standard units and record it at the bottom of their picture.

    Deb

    May 18, 2011

  7. I ADORE YOUR SITE!!!!!
    THANKS FOR SHARING ALL THOSE GREAT ART LESSONS AND IDEAS!!!!

    Maro

    May 16, 2012

  8. Thanks for this lovely lesson – will come in handy for Chinese New Year lessons – Year of the Snake!!

    Anne Farrell

    January 8, 2013

  9. Wonderful idea. I plan on introducing Henri Rousseau and will create a jungle scene (detail snake).

    ME Grande

    March 5, 2014

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