This is the blog for the Waitsfield Elementary School Art Program in Waitsfield Vermont. This site is maintained by Nora McDonough. It contains photographs and information about past and current art projects completed at all levels, K-6.
What would a map of your life look like? What people and places would you represent? What type of landscape features would your island or country contain? Fifth and sixth grade artists began planning for their autobiographical maps by creating lists of their favorite people, things, foods, places, sports, etc. They also created lists of different land forms, such as rivers, mountains, deserts, lakes, etc. They figured out which of these would go together and how they would fit in their land. Here are some resources I used for planning and introducing this lesson: Autobiography Maps Geography of Self Our Life as an Island
This magical picture book of different types of homes inspired this first and second grade project. Watch a video of the book here:
Then watch a short interview with Carson Ellis and see her very own home!
Also, CLICK HERE to see some really cool homes from around the world!And, since I can't get enough of these really cool homes, here's another video about houses around the world. You won't believe the treehouse in this movie!