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First Grade Robots

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In each of my grade 1-6 art classes, I finished the year with easy mediums: broad-tip markers, crayons, or colored pencils. This facilitated end-of-year art room clean-up and more importantly, students who needed additional time could easily finish at home. For my first grade classes, this strategy meant colored pencil robots.

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During the first class period, we looked at robots and discussed characteristics. Students were given 4.5 x 6 inch white construction paper and I directed the drawing of a one-part robot, giving lots of options for: body shape, appendage types, hands, feet, eyes, buttons, vents, etc. Of course, students were allowed to invent their own details. The second week, I used the same process with a two-part robot. Once students had drawn their second robot, they were given a third paper to draw a robot of their choice–with as many or few body parts as they desired.

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Each student’s three illustrations were mounted on black paper–more evenly than my photos reveal, since I cropped off student names. My firsties loved drawing robots and, to my surprise, many of my middle grade students were disappointed it was not their final project.

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