Do Unto Otters Guided Drawing and Classroom Rules

Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing steps and examples for students

My fabulous principal magically finagled FIVE workdays before school started this year, so my co-teacher and I (I'm currently in a classroom that uses a co-teaching model - Hurrah!) had FIVE amazing days to get our classroom ready and get prepared before the students came. 

Thus we had lots of time to make things cute and think about what we wanted to change for the upcoming year.

One of those things ended up being our classroom rules.  The sign was faded, you couldn't read them, and they didn't come close to passing my cuteness test.

Thus, we came up with these!
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're looking for something new to start out the year or need to update your classroom rules.  Check out this darling book!  I love starting out the year with Do Unto Otters.  It's super cute and witty, and I laugh all the way through reading it while I explain to the second graders (who are staring at me like I'm 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 an Amazon link.  I need to get a new one as my paperback is sorely worn.
Back to School idea using Do Unto Otters for classroom rules PLUS otter guided drawing examples for students
Since we had a little extra time for a fun art project at the end of the week I decided to try my hand at guided drawing.  This was pretty last minute so I just came up with a drawing and about 8-10 steps which I said aloud as students followed along with my drawing on the doc camera - nothing fancy.
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 steps we used (or thereabouts):
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.  On the first week that's what I 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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