My Grade Ones made these cute polar bears back in February.
black construction paper
blue construction paper
white cartridge paper
black and white oil pastel
black charcoal chalks (optional)
Using white chalk on black construction paper they used the sides of their chalk to rub a round shape for the head and a body. Two smaller circles made the ears. Students used their fingers to gently blend the chalk to remove any harsh lines that may have been created. Black oil pastels were used to create the facial features and the inner ears. We rubbed a little bit if charcoal under the head to create a bit of a shadow. Then we cut our the whole polar bear shape.
I gave each student a precut piece of white cartridge paper and showed them how to carefully tear along one of the longer ends to create our snow. I would have used white construction paper but find the colour that the paper company calls 'white' to be extremely off-white and when placed beside the white chalk it looked more like dirty snow or slush!
We then glued our snow to the bottom of the blue construction paper. This photo is a bit misleading as I actually got the students to glue the polar bear on first and then draw the snowflakes and wind.
The final display in the classroom was adorable!