We will be lapbooking all of our fun Arctic learning, so this week the kids made some beautiful watercolor artwork, inspired by the wonderful illustrations in this book:
We loved this book because a new animal is introduced for each page, and below the pictures children can see how the animals names are written in traditional Inukitut. At the back of the book there is a section where the author discusses his childhood encounters with each animal, while growing up in the Arctic. Bubba especially loved this part of the book, hearing about a young boy who had so many fantastic adventures.
My kiddos picked their favorite animal of the group and used a combination of watercolor, colored pencils, and pastels to complete their drawings.
We cut down the edges of the paintings, and glued them to our lapbooks for cover art. I then helped the children write the name of the animal in Inukitut next to their paintings:
If you can’t tell, Sissy(7) did “Killer Whales”, and Bubba(4) did “Arctic Char” (which are fish)
I think they turned out beautiful and they are super excited to fill them up with everything they are learning!
Here is a link to a tutorial with discussion questions for using this craft in your classroom.
Stay tuned for more Arctic Fun!