ET A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING
Title: NATURE FRAME-UPS
Author: Ruth Emery, Eulalie R. Rivera
Grade Level: K-2
6. Resources 1. Language Arts
12. Stewardship 2. Social Studies
The students will become more sensitive to color, line, texture, and size and shape in nature as
a result of looking closely, handling and arranging the items that they select for their nature
While the final product in this task is highly decorative and individually designed, the process
involved in planning it and putting it together encompasses not only perceptual and designing
episodes, but mathematics, science, and language arts experiences. Students learn about the
natural objects they have collected.
Assorted natural objects, which can be collected by each individual child. Seed pods, feathers,
shells, beans, pieces of old Danish pottery collected from the sea shore, driftwood, dried
flowers, leaves, sticks, small rough or polished pebbles, sea glass. Each student will need a
small piece of ply board, pressboard, or cardboard to use as a frame for backing. Bottle of
Students can participate in several nature walks at school, or bring in items found outside from
around their home, or participate in a class field trip to acquire bits of natural matter. After
acquiring these natural objects, the students can identify their own collections.
Students may contribute to a class discussion with regard to their findings. Some sample
questions could include:
a. Name each object you have in your collection.
b. Where did you find each object? (Seashore, cane field, roadside, etc.)
c. Can you group (classify) your object according to:
... similarity of object (shells, rocks, feathers, pottery, etc.)?
d. What is beautiful or especially interesting about these natural objects?
After discussing the objects, the students may mount them on their ply board, pressboard, or
cardboard bases creating individual nature scenes.
L / Blades of grass
Students may display and explain their pictures to the rest of the class having found new beauty
in nature by framing a few of its many forms. Some children may write poems about the items
that they have used for their frame-ups.
Adapted from Early Childhood Art; by Barbara Herberholz, William C. Brown Publishers,
Dubuque, Iowa, 1974