First graders had fun learning about the Great Horned Owl while creating their own.
Students printed feathers on 9 x 12 colored paper with a 2 x 3 piece of cardboard and black and white tempera. Once the paper was dry, we drew a large oval body shape on the backside. We folded over the head and placed glue just in the center of it. The triangle beak was added, then came the eyes.
They chose either eyes with an attitude or eyes wide open and looking for a mouse.
Racing stripes were cut and glued to the wings, making a plain area more interesting.
I use the term "MAGIC FOLD" when we fold paper in half and draw one shape, such as the circle for an eye. When this circle is cut, two identical circles are actually produced. Calling it "MAGIC FOLD" helps my students remember this easy technique. On this owl we did magic fold for the yellow irises, black pupils, wings, and claws.
The students fringed the wings and tail. They cut the sides of the head to make the feather tufts that "look like horns."