Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Bad Kitty!-1st grade

Yes, I've been offline (off the blog, anyway) for faaaar too long.  Too many irons in the fire, and not enough time.  Anyway, I'm baaaaaack!

The Bad Kitty books by Nick Bruel are pretty well known with the elementary set.  I'm always trying to get the younger grades to use shapes more often when creating anything living instead of using STICKS!  Stick people and stick animals drive me absolutely bonkers.  We discussed the different shapes used to create Bad Kitty, and used the MoMA Art Lab app  to put those shapes into motion.  Students had to work with a partner (which is asking a lot for some) to create ONE bad kitty from shapes, use lines for only the little details, and make sure that the cat is doing something, well, BAD.  Most stuck with the basics, such as getting tangled in yarn, tearing up homework, and knocking down decorations, but my favorite Bad Kitty was interactive.  One pair of students came up to me for grading, and all that could be seen was a pair of eyes and a mouth.  I asked them what he was doing, and they quickly tapped the background color button to "turn the lights on".  They said their kitty broke the lamp, and that's why it was dark.  Genius!  Of course, I didn't get a picture of that one.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Boxing kitty


 Chewing up flowers (beneath circular clouds)


 Tangled up in yarn


 More boxing...with some shredded shorts


 Even more boxing, with sweatpants!


 More yarn!


 Destroying homework


Crying her eyes out...because she's so bad


 Knocking down the Christmas tree


 Making a pumpkiny mess


 And getting all tangled in Christmas decorations!