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Guided Drawing and Classroom Rules with Do Unto Otters

Such a cute idea for a back to school book! The otter guided drawings would make a perfect bulletin board display. You can also use this book to set up classroom rules and expectations. Would work well in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade.
If you're looking for a new book to start out the year, or need to update your classroom rules, check out Do Unto Otters!  It's super cute and witty, and you'll laugh all the way through while you attempt to explain to your kidlets (who will most likely be staring at you like you're crazy) why the little things the otters say are funny.  If you haven't seen it, or don't own it, click on the pic for the Amazon affiliate link.
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for students
Reading Do Unto Otters is a great anticipatory activity for a mini-lesson on classroom rules and expectations.  After you read it, have students brainstorm how they can be good neighbors to one another at school.  A few classroom discussions and you've got new otter themed classroom rules! (I copied and pasted the images for my individual classroom from Google images so I'm not allowed to share these - Boo! Otherwise I would be sharing away!)
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for studentsBack to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for students
If you have time for a fun art project to go along with the book, try this otter guided drawing.  All of the otters ended up turning out pretty dang cute, so we used them as an all-year bulletin board display around our otter themed classroom rules.
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for studentsBack to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for students
Here are the basic steps we used:
1. Start in the middle of your paper.  Draw 2 vertical lines 2 inches apart.  Stop at the bottom of your paper.  This will be the otter's neck/body.
2. Draw a lightbulb shape at the top of the 2 lines.  This will be the head.
3. On each side of the lightbulb shape draw a curved rainbow/frown line.  These will be the ears.
4. Draw 2 large circles in the middle of the lightbulb shape.  These will be the eyes.
5. Draw a smile line between the two circles you just drew.  This will be the nose.
6. Draw a rainbow/frown line in each of the large circles and in the nose.
7.  Make a large dot in each of the football shapes in the eyes.  These will be the pupils.
8. Draw a large crescent moon shape under the nose you created.  This will be the smile.
9.  Draw 3 curved lines on each side of the head close to the smile.  These will be the whiskers.
10. Draw a moon shape on both sides of the body.  These will be the arms.
11.  Finish  your otter with hands, teeth, stripes, fur, and color!
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing steps and examples for students
I think the results were SUPER cute!  Plus, it was QUIET and NO ONE CRIED (shocking!).  On the first week that's what we call SUCCESS.
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing steps and examples for students
Try reading the book Do Unto Otters during your first week back.  It would work wonderfully in grades K-3.  Let me know if you try out the guided drawing.  I'd love to see your cute otters!







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3 comments

  1. That book was picked as the Michigan Reads books this year. The author is from Muskegon and making a tour around the state. I haven't ever read it, but I'm going to.
    Patty
    2ndinline.blogspot.com

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  2. Your otters are adorable! I am heading on over to Amazon to put the book in my shopping cart.

    Shelly
    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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  3. How cute! I will definitely incorporate the directed drawing this week. I have the book in my plans, but I'm so glad that I found your cute idea. Thank you!

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