A second grade lesson on alebrijes, a type of Mexican folk art that features imaginary animals with lots of colors and patterns- perfect for studying colors and patterns with elementary students! When I introduce it, I tell them it’s hard to make up your own animal and you can mix parts of existing animals to make your own alebrije. I have them suggest animals and then draw it on the board, then I call a few students up to have them collaborate on their own.
The last picture is a visual rubric on what I expect from them based on how our district grades. 3 is on grade level and 4 is exceptional so I tell them I want at least a 3. No spaghetti coloring or scribbles! I am getting some excellent results from this lesson so far and I’m excited to see them finish! I did this lesson when student teaching and I had early finishers make trees for a forest for their alebrijes to live in because in the story of how they came to be, they come from a forest in a dream. The student alebrijes get cut out and attached to the forest.