Central Idea: The seas and oceans are a resource for all life on earth
Visual Arts Line of Inquiry: Drawing the features of the seas and oceans
I am such a sucker for the glue/black paper/pastel combo. Those strong black lines make such a difference in the final product. We did so much realistic drawing for this unit-- originally I told the kids they needed to use realistic colors as well for the turtles but when I let them loose with the pastels the results were way better---much more interesting than shades of brown. :)
A little trick I used to get the turtles to come off of the paper-- the kids drew their turtle in pencil on white A3 paper and then cut them out. They tested arranging the turtle three different ways on the black paper before choosing one-- the only rule was part of the turtle had to be hanging off the black paper. Then they just traced their outline and drew in the details onto the black. Much easier than redrawing the whole thing.
The turtle drawings were great practice for their Ocean Letters (part of the same unit.) I wanted them to be confident in drawing at least one animal (turtles in this case) before setting them loose to choose their ocean animal to draw for their final project.