Grade Level: 1st
& 2nd Grades
Ant and the Elephant” by Bill Peet
Paper elephant-head pieces (enough for entire class)
Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
Students will be able to identify what cooperation and teamwork are
2. Students will work together on an art project
3. Students will reflect
on how to be a good team member based on the activity experience
Ask if anyone
has ever been a part of a group or team. Are there any other times they have
been asked to work together (at home or at school)? Does anybody know what cooperation
means? Does cooperating make things easier or more difficult? Why?
book “The Ant and the Elephant”. Tell the students to look out for
examples of characters who are cooperative and who are not cooperative. What
did they do? What could they have done better? Discuss after the story is read.
Elephant Art Project
the students the elephant face you made. Explain how it took a long time to do
it by yourself. Tell students that since we don’t have a lot of time today,
we’re going to work in groups to make the job of making elephant faces go faster.
Have students count off so they are in groups of five. Distribute 2 ears,
2 sides of the face, and one trunk to each group. Tell the students to take 5-10
minutes to color in and cut out their elephant part. Remind students to share
crayons and scissors.
Help groups tape together their elephant face as they are finish. Discuss
how it felt to
cooperate. Ask questions like, “How did it feel to cooperate?”,
“Do you think one person
could have done the whole project in 10 minutes?”, “Do you see how even though all the
parts look different, they can come together to make one face?” Emphasize
part of a team and working together can make big projects a lot easier!