Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Few Tinted Tree Results

3rd graders finished their tinted lollipop trees last week. They used white paint to tint colors for their concentric circled lollipops and shaded the crayon trunks using a darker color on one side. We also had talked about balancing the colors of their lollipops, thinking about placement of warm and cool colors. I loved the way students were surprised at the fanciful look of their trees as they began assembling the "lollipops" on them. I heard a lot of mutual compliments as they shared their work with each other!!

You may remember this recent post (click here). We used the song by Burl Ives as inspiration:

                                                                                                              The Lollipop Tree
One fine day in early spring I played a funny trick.
Right in the yard behind our house I planted a lollipop stick.
Then every day I watered it well and watched it carefully.
I hoped one day that stick would grow to be a lollipop tree.

Ah, ha, ha, Oh, ho, ho, what a place to be;
Under my lollipop, lollipop, lollipop, lolli, lolli, lollipop tree.
Ah, ha, ha, Oh, ho, ho, what a place to be;
Under my lollipop, lollipop, lollipop, lolli, lolli, lollipop tree.

Then one day I woke to find a very lovely sight.
A tree all full of lollipops had grown in the dead of night.
Well, I sat beneath that wonderful tree
and looked up with a grin;
And when I opened up my mouth, a lollipop dropped right in!!
Winter came and days grew cold, as winter days will do.
And on my tree, my lovely tree, not one little lollipop grew.
From every branch an icicle hung. The limbs were bare as bone.
But when I broke those icicles off,
they turned to ice cream cones!!
Performed by Burl Ives


  1. They are lovely! Nice simple lesson with some real learning taking place.thanks for the Burl Ives share. I bet most of your readers are too young to remember wonderful Burl Ives..

  2. Beautiful! Reminds me of Kandinsky with the concentric circles :).

    1. Thanks. We actually took a look at a Hundertwasser painting, or two:))

  3. What a lovely result! Your students have done a great job :)

  4. The trees came out really nice! The students did a great job! I love Burl Ives!

  5. These are very effective. I think the backgrounds help greatly. I have worked with circles twice already, but I might have to go there once more. Thanks.