2nd grade students created these Giant Crocs! Elementary age students (I can only speak for them) have a very hard time drawing BIG. This project was the perfect subject to teach them how to draw on a large scale- I told them, "I don't wanna see any itty bitty little crocodiles! Crocodiles are BIG! So fill up your whole paper!"
We watched a Power Point presentation I created on crocodiles, with lots of pictures and factual information. We discussed the texture of the crocodiles skin and the lines we would use to draw the crocs.Then, using a large piece of green craft paper, we drew them step-by-step. Once they were drawn in pencil, students outlined them in black permanent marker. Next, we added texture to the crocodiles skin by using rubbing crayons and texture cards. Students colored in the teeth and eyeballs with white crayons and cut their crocs out.
The final step was to make an environment for our crocodiles. We learned that they live in the water and find their prey on the banks of the water. So, on a large piece of cardboard, approx. 12" x 28", we collaged water and a sandy bank. This was the most fun project! The students liked making our BIG art project and they named all of their crocs!