Drawing is one of the greatest ways that students can learn to see the world around them. It makes them stop and look closely while recording what they see. Artists have been doing this for centuries! Bringing drawing into science class is a very natural way to help students study living things.
Many teachers are not comfortable with teaching drawing to students, especially if they do not have much experience drawing, themselves.
That is why I created this packet; to guide classroom teachers on how to teach observational drawing to elementary students.
Observing the natural world is a standard in science, and can be met while students draw from nature. With instruction, students are better equipped to draw from observation (which can be hard for students who don't usually draw at home).
This packet includes printouts of the step by step instructions on how to do an observational drawing, printouts of the essential questions and big ideas, a checklist of how-to-draw steps for students to use as they draw, a rubric for assessment, a list of artists to study, and instructions on how to introduce this lesson in your elementary science class.