First graders discussed that February is Black History Month and watched a short video by Kid President about Martin Luther King, Jr.
We then learned about the African American artist and author Faith Ringgold. After reading Tar Beach, ( which is written and illustrated by Ringgold), students discussed the sorts of activities that they did at their family table. Students said they eat dinner, play games, and do their homework at the table. Students then used a circle tracer to draw their table and people tracers to add their family. Details were added to show the table activity and to create individual family members.
They outlined their drawings with Sharpie pen, colored in with colored pencil, and then created quilt squares with oil pastels.
They did a great job working on their drawing, tracing, and coloring skills.