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See a Heart, Share a Heart


When I was approached about using the book See a Heart, Share a Heart in my classroom, I was so excited to incorporate it into my hearts lesson. This book is a collection of vibrant photographs of everything from leaves to cracks in the ground. The one thing all of these pictures have in common is that if you look closely, you can see a heart!

My kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders loved the pictures and “oohed” and “ahhed” at the colorful hearts on every page. We read the story together (many of the words are sight words for young readers) using the document camera. It was fun to read as a group, the kids love showing their skills.


The kids were AMAZED that I was showing them what is essentially live footage. They thought the ol’ doc cam was pretty nifty. I am not usually a supporter of this type of technology but I thought it was important that they were able to see all of the details in the story.

Students were excited to learn that they would be creating their very own hearts. We began by talking about symmetry and students folded a piece of construction paper in half. Then, they drew a funky letter “C” on the fold and cut it out.


They used the negative space heart as a template and filled it in with oil pastels on white paper.


Some students were even inspired by the story to find hearts in the art room! Most were paint spills that kind of looked like hearts.

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Its HEARTly perfect but it will do 😉 Next, artists used watercolor paints to fill in their artwork.


The results are colorful hearts:


And of course, we made hearts to share too! The positive space heart was decorated and the kids could give it to someone they love.


I LOVE this book and I recommend it for any classroom. The pictures are beautiful and it shows kids that you can find hearts (and love) in the world everywhere if you only look close enough. This charming and timeless book is a great addition to my story collection and I am excited to use it with more classes. For more information and images of this LOVEly project, check out the Tumblr: Boy Sees Hearts!

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Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

4 thoughts on “See a Heart, Share a Heart

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Will definitely be doing this in February! 🙂

  2. 🙂 it is such a great project and an easy way to explain positive and negative space! Last year i had the kids choose color schemes too but this year I let them use whatever colors they want.

  3. This is such an endearing project! I would have loved doing something like this… We all know hearts are the only thing I can draw successfully.

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