Spider, by Kate B.

Posted in Grade 2 - HL, Holmes Elementary School on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Darien Public Schools

spider collage by Kate B.

Spider and web, by Rachel

Posted in Grade 2 - HL, Holmes Elementary School on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Darien Public Schools

Spider collage and drawing by Rachel

Spider, by Hugh S.

Posted in Grade 2 - HL, Holmes Elementary School on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Darien Public Schools

Spider Collage and drawing by Hugh S.

Mandala, by Sydney M.

Posted in Grade 5 - HL, Holmes Elementary School on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Darien Public Schools

Mandala by Sydney M.

Giant Panda, by June Q.

Posted in Uncategorized on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Darien Public Schools

Panda by June Q.

Giant Panda, by Katie G.

Posted in Grade 3 - HL, Holmes Elementary School on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Darien Public Schools

Panda by Katie G.

Giant Panda, by Chloe B.

Posted in Grade 3 - HL, Holmes Elementary School on Sunday, November 9, 2014 by Darien Public Schools

Panda by Chloe B.

Third Graders have been studying about Giant Pandas and how they are an endangered species. While ancestors of the Giant Panda lived in several countries of Asia, they are now only found high in the mountains of China.

Students learned that Giant Pandas eat almost 14 hours a day! Their diets are about 99% bamboo, but they also eat fruit, roots, wildflowers and even birds, fish and eggs. They sleep and take naps for the rest of the day, but do not hibernated like bears. In fact, Giant Pandas are probably more related to the raccoon family!

After looking at various photos and videos of pandas, students realized that drawing them is quite easy, because they are made up of mostly circular and oval shapes! Students created the furry texture of the pandas by using short strokes with their oil pastels. They also observed that although pandas are basically just black and white, that all the whites and blacks are not the same.

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