Second graders looked at collage illustrations of the sea and ocean for inspiration, and then created their own underwater scene using collage techniques (cutting, overlapping, and gluing).
First, students looked at fish, sharks, jellyfish, and other animals in the book Sea Shapes, by Suse MacDonald and learned how to create creatures using simple shapes. Next, students looked at the book Down, Down, Down by Steve Jenkins and noticed details (teeth, scales, eyes, etc.) that they could add to make their underwater creatures look more realistic. Last, students used their imaginations to add details (seaweed, shells, coral, treasure chests, etc.) to the environment.