Godwin Heights — Kindergartner Lillian Martin wanted her carrot to be scary.
“It is why I made the eyebrows go up, and he has four teeth to make him scary,” Lillian said. “In the story, the one carrot has a tooth up here (she pointed to a tooth on the top right of her mouth) and he has one down here (pointing to a tooth on the bottom left) and that made him scary.”
The story Lillian is referring to is “Creepy Carrots!” by Aaron Renoylds, which West Godwin teacher Dawn Soblesky used as part of an art project to help students learn about facial expressions.
“This is an opportunity for them to be creative and do their own thing,” Soblesky said. “I want the students to take ownership of this project and do what they want to do.”
As the students read the book, Soblesky talked to them about how, if they placed eyebrows a certain way, they could make a character angry, happy, or silly. She also talked to them about how carrots can be any shape: skinny, chunky, squiggly or round.
“I lived on a farm and only the perfect carrots made it to the store,” she said with a laugh.
Kindergartners spent the week before cutting out their carrots, eyebrows, eyes, and carrot top (teeth were provided), with the opportunity to assemble the carrots together at the school’s annual Fall Harvest event. First- and second-graders cut out and built their carrots on the day of the event.
Principal Mary Lang said the school has been hosting a Fall Harvest for the past several years, providing an opportunity for students to experience farm life. Mary’s Country Critters brought live animals for the students to touch and get up close. There was pumpkin picking on the school’s outside court, face painting done by Godwin Heights High School students and facilities director Philip Weaver offered hayrides through the school’s parking lot.
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