|Leatherback Sea Turtle, By: Xitlaly - 5th grade|
Using my endangered species book, "Through Endangered Eyes - a poetic journey into the wild" as an example, my goal was to create a book that the students would write and illustrate about California endangered species.
Each student was assigned a different animal. I spent three hours with each class writing poetry. The poems were four line stanzas, which two lines rhymed. I devoted three hours with each class painting. We used my style of painting, a mosaic acrylic dot painting approach in front of a sponge painted background.
The results were surprising, fascinating and magical.
Here are a few of my favorite poems and paintings from the students.
Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard (Endangered)
By: Anyeli C. (5th grade)
I have the pattern of a leopard,
and my snout is flat.
Yes, just like a leopard, but
of course I’m not a cat.
California Condor (Endangered)
By: Mason T. (5th grade)
The California Condor
has a bald head.
will eat stuff that’s dead.
California Red-Legged Frog (Threatened)
By: Jessie (4th grade)
You usually find me
in the Bay.
I use my eyes
to track my prey.
|Alameda Whipsnake, - By: Gerardo - 5th grade|
|California Clapper Rail, - By: Eli - 4th grade|