Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tales From the clothesline. Scarecrows and winter clothes.

November is the season of harvest and for some reason inspires scarecrows. The following are 2 scarecrow projects and related stories. Enjoy!

This scarecrow body starts with a double U shape. I precut these and made them by folding a standard piece of construction paper in 4 and creating the shape. When unfolded the full body appears.

Then I like to use raffia, paper and paper scraps to make the patches and hay stuffing. Then add a math element by having students cut circles and triangles for the head and hat.

This scarecrow is all about shapes. A rectangular piece of paper is it's body. Small paper plates make the circle shaped head. Triangles make the hat and rectangles make the arms and legs. Shapes can be precut while students need to decide how to arrange them to make a scarecrow.
Reads and Resources:
The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by David Diaz
The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, Illustrated by Megan Lloyd
The Hat by Jan Brett (These two are not specifically about scarecrows but are seasonal. I love how Jan Brett uses the side panels of her illustrations to show what other characters in the story are doing.)
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Tabak