The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola Classroom Activity Ideas
I’ve always had a soft spot for Tomie dePaola books and The Art Lesson is a great little autobiography to share with your class.
The Art Lesson Close-Read
Each week in our Engaging Readers units, we work on reading comprehension strategies during our close reading time. Research tells us that students in K-2 need repeated exposure to books that exceed their decoding abilities. This is needed because their listening comprehension is higher than their own reading abilities at this stage of their life. So during an interactive read-aloud, the teacher does the decoding, but the students do the thinking work.
While working with this book, students will practice the following reading comprehension strategies:
- Retelling (pictured below)
- Making Connections (pictured below)
- Opinion Writing
The Art Lesson Vocabulary, Sentence Study, and Art Project
Here is the pocket chart activity we include in our Engaging Readers Lesson Plans. Each week we look closely at 2 vocabulary words.
And when we can combine our art/craft with our sentence study, we do it!
You will find this directed drawing and sentence study in the Engaging Readers too!
Assessing with ESGI
While working with this group of students, I was asked to make a few custom assessments. This was so easy with ESGI!
When introducing centers, we want to be doing it slowly. The beginning of the year is tough, so you’ll want to give yourself grace and introduce centers that students can do independently. Here are a few of my favorites.
These centers are really simple. Students feel successful as they learn the routines of center time.
In the photo above, students are putting the letters in alphabetical order.
In the photo below, students are matching the capital letter and the lowercase letter. Then coloring the pup to match. Simple!
This set of activities is from my:
Sight Word Centers
Since we introduce sight words at the beginning of the year, we like to practice them… a LOT!
The fact that these are editable makes them so simple to customize! You can find them by clicking:
BUMP Color version
When learning to play a new game, we want to hook students! So we keep the academics on hold, while students become comfortable with the game structure. Once students learn the game, we will swap the colors for things like letters, words, numbers,… the possibilities are endless!
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The Art Lesson Lesson Template
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