These are student samples of a 2nd grader. The bird was fashioned from basic oval shapes and then the children cut ovals to make feathers.
This 2nd grader had time to add a very cute little tree frog. They drew the frog on the back side of the patterned paper, and then cut it out. Again, after experimenting a bit, I think it would be best to paint the light green background, and then paint some darker green accents and texture on the background instead of trying to add all the leaves with cut paper. Time was a factor with this lesson and another alternative would be to expand the lesson to 2 one hour sessions instead of one. There just wasn't enough time to add all the fun details like a snake, flowers and greenery. Unfortunately, we only had 1 hour to finish this project. The rainforest scenes are still very beautiful and the children were delighted with their work.
For the writing portion of this art project, the children could add a short paragraph on tree or in the background. The classroom teachers will be working the children to create poems or stories that go along with each habitat.
The birds were created using basic oval shapes and were inspired by an art lesson taught by Mimi Thomas.
English Language Arts Common Core W.5.1 Writing