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Students discuss ways to care for the environment by creating a product from recyclable materials. In this arts and crafts project, students utilize yarn scarps and plastic lids from a drink to create a coaster for drinks. Students give their gift to one of their parents for Mother or Father's Day.
Students use a variety of objects to integrate the arts into their learning experiences. In this arts lesson, students can create everything from animals to bookmarks to human body models, they use these crafty ideas to help them understand curriculum concepts more accurately.
Students study the use of symbols in cultural art and create a collage of their hand prints. In this symbolism and art lesson, students learn about the use of symbolism in cultural art by studying the Moroccan art design called a Khamsa. Students trace their hands on black paper and embellish the hand. Students create a collage with the hands
Fourth graders exercise and improve their elaboration skills by engaging in this creative writing activity. They practice their narrative writing abilities and use higher-order thinking skills by creating a representation of an imaginary animal that could live on the Coastal Plain.
Students study the life and crafts of Washoe Indian, Dat-so-la-lee. In this Washoe Indians lesson plan, students read and study the life of Washoe Indian basket weaver Dat-so-la-lee. Students study images of her crafts and discuss the similarities. Students then make their own three dimensional artwork using the given materials.
How has art changed? Are young people artists? What is art? These questions are up for discussion as critical thinkers examine several works of art expressed through multimedia. There are five different sessions outlined, complete with discussion questions, procedure, and activities. Each art piece discussed is mentioned by title and artist but not included as a link.
Do you remember the days when a cup of coffee cost five cents? At A.W. Dennett restaurant in 1894, you could buy a five-cent cup of coffee and as well as a five-cent slice of pie to accompany it. The menu from that year is a primary source for an interesting lesson plan that could be a fun English language arts or social studies addition to a math unit about money. First or second graders will enjoy the activities that include: reading aloud a food-themed picture book, reading a historical menu, and designing a menu. The resulting menus could be used in a learning center or make a fetching classroom display.
The eighth lesson in this series continues the focus on vocabulary and increasing young readers' awareness of academic language. Pairs of learners participate in a short vocabulary review activity called Interactive Words in which they explore the relationships between words from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) text. Then your class will compare a simple language version of the UDHR with the original text. Through discussion and writing, learners should think about how the simple language version may be useful, as well as what is lost from the original version.
Have your class analyze the narrative art in quilts. They identify elements in this domestic art and the stories they tell. They define a story quilt, view an example, and analyze the work of Harriet Power. This is a great lesson to teach story elements and link them to a concrete object. The language of art and culture is also woven into this unique activity.