After reading Elmer by David McKee, we discussed pattern and color. The girls were given a template of Elmer the elephant to decorate however they wished. We then looked at several works of art and pointed out the background. We discussed how the background in a work of art shows where the environment in the painting. The girls were given a large piece of paper to make a background for Elmer. They then cut Elmer out and placed him on the background.