Autumn comes to Life!

Project Title: Bringing Autumn to Life!

Students use leaf rubbings to make fish

Grade level or Targeted Age Range: Preschool to early elementary

Historical Art Examples or References: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Vocabulary: circle, oval, triangle

Materials: thin paper, leaves, crayons

Anticipatory set: Read Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Demo Directions:

  1. Place crayons on the table
  2. Give everyone one sheet of thin paper and place a leaf under it
  3. Instruct the students to hold the paper with the opposite hand that they write with
  4. Then have them take the crayon and rub over the leaf
  5. Then trace around the leaf making a fish body and adding a tail
  6. Draw other fish on the paper by drawing an oval and a triangle
  7. Add circles as bubbles for the fish
  8. Draw swirly lines as seaweed

Discussions: (Questions to go with Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister)

  1. Did you ever have something someone else wanted?
  2. How does rainbow fish feel about sharing?
  3. What do you think he should do?
  4. How do the other fish feel about rainbow fish?

Instructional Reflection: The children need more work on identifying their shapes. I would like to work on this in further projects.