So I'm teaching Postive/Negative Space to my 2nd graders this week. We've looked at still life art...created some...and now are making the jump to Postive/Negative Space. I've struggled a good bit with my 2nd graders this year. I'm not sure exactly why, but I've had to reinvent how I teach some concepts to get them to understand. So in the midst of scratchin' my head wondering what I did wrong...I came up with this quick idea. I used my document camera(a Ladybug) to show them. They thought I was crazy at first when I dumped the sharpener bowl on top of the turtle. However...they finally "GOT IT" when they saw me remove the turtle from the pile of shavings. Don't know if you are having the same issues as me, but maybe this idea will help you too!!!