Tomorrow is officially the first day back to school for teachers, but most of us have already been in our classrooms numerous times. One of the things I accomplished this week was making and installing my door display. Doing these creative tasks gets me excited for back to school. I always like to have a display on or around my door that includes student names. Last year it was owls, and this year I opted for turtles.
I am partial to turtles. I have them all over my yard as yard art. I have them in my home. I have them in my classroom. For me turtles represent patience and tenacity. I started thinking about using them on my door at a math PD this summer when I saw that Common Core Standards talked about teaching children to persevere in problem solving.
First I had to figure out how to make them. I am not an artist, so I broke out my scrapbooking drawing books and Googled "How to draw turtles." Using those ideas I practiced drawing turtles. I wanted a cartoon turtle that was friendly looking. After sketching several I came up with four that I liked best.
I went over the lines with a black permanent marker and erased all the stray pencil lines. I cut them out and mounted them on cardstock, then I photocopied them to make my pattern.
I made two copies of my pattern. The first I copied onto various shades of green and brown cardstock for the turtle bodies.
The second set of patterns I cut apart in order to make a shell pattern for each turtle. These I ran onto various shades of pattern scrapbook paper. I have a lot of money invested in scrapbook supplies, and I am trying to use up my stash.
Then it was just a matter of cutting out the turtles and shells and gluing them together. I glued the patterned shell right on top of the solid card stock turtle.
|Stick Out Your Neck and Learn! Take Risks, Try New Things, Persevere, Be Patient, Do Your Best.|
I took them to school and arranged them on the door. On the inside of the door, we will hang our class contract.