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|| Description: Murals can take many forms. This is a big project that involves 90 minutes to 2 hours of class time. Murals are often the focus of Artist in Residence programs, but can also be a classroom project.
This mural, done in a 2nd grade classroom, focused on the levels of the rainforest and the creatures that live there. The class was broken into 4 groups, and each group worked on elements of one layer (forest floor, understory, canopy, and emergent layer). At the end, students put their animals and plants on the mural. This mural included 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces. Also included were word bubbles with the students’ favorite facts about the rainforest.
Wood Mural with Mark Ragonese:
This mural was part of an Artist in Residence program with wood artist Mark Ragonese.
NH Animals Mural
Fourth graders draw their own animals and added them to a large canvas mural to be hung in the school hallway! Students researched their animal to know what it looks like and where in the ecosystem it lives.
Fractions Garden Mural
This mural challenges students to add their own creature to the garden, using only fractions of a circle! Once their piece is finished, they were tasked with labeling each fraction in their piece, and creating a number story to determine how many circles it took to make it. There were two murals – one features 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8, the other 1/3 and 1/6.
|| Prerequisites: Students should be well-versed in the content of the mural.
|| Variations: Some more examples of murals: