Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Alphabet Challenge

Yeah I know, my absence on here has been real--BUT good news everybody--I made it through my first semester of Middle School!

This 8th grade project was all about themes. The idea for this lesson came from a hashtag. That's right a good ole hashtag on Instagram: #kolboalphabetchallenge. This challenge was started by a high school teacher in Nebraska, but people were participating around the world.  I even dabbled in it a little bit.

S is for Sprinkles....duh!

My middle school students are OBSESSED with Instagram, so when I told them about this they were just excited that I was using Instagram as a learning resource.  I had everyone's attention.  We did our own challenge by drawing a letter of an alphabet from a bucket. Luckily my largest class size is 26 so no letters had to be repeated!

 Check them out--I love the variety, simplicity, and complexity of each!

O is for Office Supplies

N is for Nightmare

A is for Aerospace

Y is for Yarn

 T is for Teen Titans

M is for Moon Phases

V is for Volcano

E is for Earphones

W is for Waste

Q is for Queen

F is for Fish

W is for World

L is for Leopard 

 Z is for Zap


  1. I just stumbled on your blog and I love it! I'm currently teaching 8th grade and needed some exciting ideas for a twist on the usual portrait and your Lichtenstein project popped up and thought - Yes! I love teachers who share! Sooo.. thank you! We don't have photoshop so wondering how I can get them to see the cartoon effect on their own. Hmm.. did you take every student's picture?! These alphabet letters are pretty cool.. totally want to search the hashtag now.

    1. Yes I did take every student's picture. To get the comic book effect you can also just take a transparency, have the students put it over top of their printed out picture, and outline with a sharpie to create the "cartoon" effect. Microsoft Word actually has a really good setting in the image filters that cartoons/comic books an image in black and white as well.

  2. This is great. I teach elementary art, and you just gave me some ideas that I can use with my Kinder and first graders. Heck, I can think of ways to use this with every grade. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Awesome! You'll have to share what you come up with.

  3. These are so cool! I love the social media inspiration -- what a great way to keep the kiddos engaged! :)

  4. Your blog (and this post!) are so awesome! I can't wait to show my little girl when she gets home from school, she is only six. But she loves, loves, loves, art! :)
    Found you on Pinterest.