I showed the grade four students a couple of Youtube videos about the essential nature of bees to our agriculture.
We talked about the differences between the physical traits of wasps and bees. We talked about the differences between caricature and realism, along with some examples.
The students were dealing with lines of symmetry in math, so I decided to have them choose an imaginary line of symmetry and to create two different compositions, without crossing that line. I also thought that by creating a sort of frame, we would avoid desk clean-up at the end of day. I think that the students produced some amazing pieces. After that, they wrote a poetic/informational or descriptive piece containing things they had learned about bees, honey production or collapse of hives. Once they peer edited with a friend, they recreated their writings on bright yellow paper.