We are squeezing in our Day & Night unit in one short week.  In between Thanksgiving and our Gingerbread units, we tried to learn about what causes day and night and some of the nocturnal animals out at night.  To say it was a rush would be an understatement.  I saw an idea for a mural online and thought my kids would love to create something like this.

This morning, with a little help from my amazing Ed Tech (before you comment how lucky I am, I only get her for one hour a day, but wish she could stay all day long) and two wonderful third grade helpers, we banged out an awesome mural.  For a little over an hour, our entire classroom became an artists’ studio.  Some children were drawing, others cutting out trees, still others painting and coloring.  It was chaotic, hectic, passionate, and out of this world!

I purposely didn’t plan much.  I had a framework of how the mural would be made, but I left much of the details up to the kids.  I provided materials and photos for them to reference and let them goto work.

We spent time this afternoon labeling the mural which had them segmenting and blending the words with more fervor than ever – this was reading for meaning!

It was a quick project, but I know they enjoyed it as much as I did.  When we finally put up and stood back to look at it, there were a few audible ‘Oooohs’ and ‘Ahhhhs’.  Here is the mural we created together, on display for everyone to see. (Click to make them bigger)