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Illustrating: Geography Icon
For the final step of the performance task for this unit, class members will create an illustration to go with the paragraph on their bookmark. After looking at models, guide pupils toward recognizing the criteria for an effective illustration. They can then spend the remainder of the class drawing. Take the time to circulate and check that their illustrations add to their informational paragraphs. While this is part of a specific unit, the project idea and specific procedures could easily be adapted for other purposes.
We're the Illustrators
Investigate illustrators with young readers. They will view several different types of illustrations. Then they discuss the differences in the style of illustrations and the materials illustrators use to create the pictures. Finally, they create their own illustrations and share them with the class.
Creating Illustrations for Biographies
Fourth graders illustrate their biographies that they have written. In this visual arts lesson, 4th graders use artistic materials to draw illustrations that represent the text in their biographies. Students view examples and are encouraged to illustrate the setting and characters.
Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Text-Dependent Questions, Main Ideas, and Key Vocabulary about the Bullfro
As your 3rd grade class finishes reading Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle, the eighth lesson of this unit helps readers from an understanding of the very specific information on the final page of the book. As with the entire unit, students answer questions by citing evidence from the text as they learn more facts about bullfrogs. Key vocabulary from the story is addressed in an activity where learners create glossaries including their own definitions and illustrations of the different words. A great lesson that furthers young scholars' ability to read and understand informational text.
Mid-Unit Assessment: Close Reading of Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle: Bullfrog Life Cycle
The sixth lesson in this Bullfrog at Magnolia Circle unit assesses your third graders' ability to read and understand informational text. The included assessment asks students to take notes about the main idea and supporting details of the text, while also focusing on information they can find in the illustrations. Using their notes, learners then answer one multiple choice and two free-response questions to demonstrate their understanding of the content and key vocabulary. Following the short test, pupils complete a self-assessment requiring them to reflect on how well they are meeting the specific learning goals of the unit. This lesson serves as an excellent resource for a teacher looking to determine their class's ability to read and comprehend this story about bullfrogs.
People and Whales: A History
Whales and people have had a long and sodid history. To understand the impact that biological populations have had on each other, learners conduct research on specific topics related to the whale industry. They use their findings to create Glogs, which are interactive posters that include text, animation, and illustration. Discussion, active research, and application, makes for a good lesson!
Before the days of cameras, scientists had to use pen and ink to capture the shape and form of their specimens. Learners take a virtual field trip to observe scientific illustrations of insects and plants. They choose two specimens to study, illustrate, and describe in written form.
Creating Scrolls Based on the Illustrated Tale of Genji
Now these are learning activities full of fun, art, and cultural exploration. Kids consider the art of storytelling through comic book images. They then look at the Tale of Genji as it was written in the 11th century. They discuss Japanese art and culture then create an illustrated scroll that retells the Tale of Genji with an updated twist. Multiple web links are included.
Making banana pudding despite misplacing your one-cup measuring cup is easy as long as you can find your quarter-cup measuring cup! This real-life activity provides a good opportunity for learners to interpret division of a whole number by a unit fraction. In addition, participants are asked to illustrate their solution and to write an equation that represents the situation. It is a great way for your class to apply mathematics to solve an everyday problem.
Learners compare three sets of fractions using the greater than, less than, and equal signs. To justify their answers, a drawing is also required that illustrates their reasoning. Including fractions with like and unlike denominators, as well as like and unlike numerators, this activity provides a brief, but well-rounded practice comparing fractions. Great for 3rd graders developing their sense of fractions, or 4th and 5th graders in need of a quick review. As added support, consider reviewing different ways of modeling fractions prior to implementing the activity. Follow-up with a short discussion highlighting the different methods learners used.
Interpreting Statistics: A Case of Muddying the Waters
Is river pollution affecting the number of visitors to Riverside Center, and is the factory built upstream the cause of the pollution? Let your class be the judge, literally, as they weigh the statistical evidence offered by the factory representative and the EPA. The lesson also addresses the dangers of misapplying simple statistics and illustrates some of the common abuses of statistics and charts by the media.
Students investigate and discuss current and historical techniques used by political illustration artists in this introductory lesson plan provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. A video is provided. Additional resources should be provided by the teacher.
Art of Illustration: N.C. Wyeth and Literacy
High school artists observe and research the illustrations and techniques of N.C. Wyeth. They read (and reread) stories and illustrate the texts using methods inspired by Wyeth's practice. Includes detailed instructional plan and useful links, such as one about the Wyeth family of painters. Large scale acrylic-on-canvas painting is appropriate for serious studio art classes; adapt scale and media for a language arts class or shorter time period.
Authors and Illustrators: What do they do?
Help readers understand the roles of authors and illustrators and why they have been recognized by medals of excellence. Your class will discuss and then create illustrations for a book. When they have finished, you can hold your own classroom awards ceremony. As an outcome, your class will understand what best practices are for illustrators.
Illustrated Children's Books
Students create their own illustrated book. In this illustration lesson, students review books given the Caldecott award. They create their own illustrations for a book and digitally scan them to a computer to make their pages.
Interpreting Illustrations: Using QAR with Pictures
The book Tuesday, is utilized to help students practice the art of understanding what they read by looking at the pictures present in a story. This engaging activity also has learners view a website which has many sample illustrations which they must interpret, and create a piece of writing about. This activity has a strong technology component, and some excellent resources embedded in the plan.
Students study the importance of scientific illustrations. In this science technique lesson, students examine the importance of anatomical features in scientific illustrations. They produce a scientific illustration of a plant or insect using watercolors.
Chinese Folktales: An Illustrating Activity
In need of a really good instructional activity that incorporates literature, art, and cultural themes? After hearing a traditional Chinese folktale and discussing cultural themes and symbolism, learners create original illustrations for the story. This resource is very well-thought-out and includes the full four-day procedure, extensions, and examples of student art.
Tintin and I: Primary and Secondary Sources
Mickey Mouse, Elmo, and Tintin? Belgian cartoonist Georges (Herge) Remi’s famous comic character launches a study of primary and secondary source material and the impact these sources have on storytelling. Class members also examine the work of Jason Lutes and his comic series Berlin before researching an unfamiliar culture and crafting their own illustrated adventure narrative.
How Many Servings of Oatmeal?
Here is another way to illustrate division of a whole number by a unit fraction. In this case, the problem is asking if there are so many servings per cup, how many servings are in a package of multiple cups. Learners are to model their solution and see how dividing a whole number by a unit fraction is the same as multiplying that whole number by the reciprocal of the unit fraction. A great exercise involving fractions.