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Principles of Design
Students investigate the principles of design by viewing a PowerPoint presentation, and then finding or drawing examples of those principles in magazines.
You can't truly analyze art until you understand the types of decisions artists make while creating it. Presented here, are definitions and examples of the basic elements of art and design, in relation to how they are used in the creation of art as well as the analysis of it.
Float a Boat
Learners design and build a floating vessel with its own propulsion system that will carry cargo across a wading pool.
Students use materials found at a resource table to design simple devices that will house instruments to take water samples from a tub of water. They design 3 instruments, each varying in density so that one will float, one will hover and one will sink. The work in teams and each member contributes to the design. After experimentation, they share designs with the rest of class.
Students explore the drawings of Rube Goldberg to design and construct a simple machine. They discuss simple machines, and using various materials and toy parts, design and construct a "Rube Goldberg" style machine to ring a bell.
Bedroom Redecoration Project
In this bedroom redecoration project, your young mathematicians become interior designers. They plan, draw, and determine finances for the project. They apply their knowledge of working with decimals, geometric shapes, and problem solving skills as they choose paint, flooring and furniture for the project.
Engineering Air Traffic
Students work as air traffic controllers to read the radar and land 3 planes safely. In this engineering lesson, students use what they have learned about the principles and engineering and radar to land 3 planes then evaluate the current ATC system.
Sixth graders design posters for a billboard contest in order to educate the community about watershed protection. After class discussion about slogans and effectiveness in advertising, they create their messages and work on designs to attract people to the message.
Sea Urchins - Diadema Antillarum
Students investigate oceanography by painting sea life. In this crustacean lesson plan, students identify sea urchins in our ocean environments and describe the functionality of their spherical-shaped bodies. Students design their own sea urchins by painting a picture and making a collage.
Capturing Renewable Energy
Students design a way to store wind energy. In this environmental engineering lesson, students discover the various ways in which windmills transform wind energy into usable energy for other things. In small groups, students create a windmill design of their own and present it to the class.
The Mathematics of Convection: Nature's Model for Energy Production
High schoolers conduct a series of experiments to investigate density, buoyancy and climate. In this math lesson, pupils design and build a hot air balloon to demonstrate convection. They research and write a paper about solar chimneys.
Fourth graders design a necklace using beads. In this algebraic math lesson, 4th graders are given small packs of beads to use in creating a pattern for a necklace, then determine how many packs of beads they would need to complete the necklace and how much the necklace would cost. Lesson includes extension activities and a follow-up article explaining this type of activity.
Mix It Up
Students are introduced to proportional reasoning through modeling, student sharing, and questioning techniques. In these algebraic thinking lessons, students use the story Oliver's Fruit Salad and pieces of candy fruit to solve reasoning problems.
Rubber Band Racers
Students construct a rubber band racer. In this engineering lesson, students design, build, race their rubber band cars they make out of everyday items. They will measure and calculate the speed of their racers
Blazing the Trail
Students use proportions to find distances using maps and measurements. In this real world math lesson, students complete a course marked outside, then map the course and find locations. Lesson includes an article explaining why this type of activity is used and extension activities.
Create a graphic autobiography integrating images and text. Working within the structure of the programs Comic Life and Photoshop, pupils integrate the Principles of Design. They focus on balance, rhythm, proportion, and text structure. The lesson provides assessment, differentiated instruction, and enrichment options.
Art Criticism: Understanding Wayne Thiebaud's Salads, Sandwiches, and Desserts
Analysis consists of an understanding and interpretation of evidence and elements found in any number of expressive mediums. Upper graders critique the work of American Realist Wayne Thiebaud through a series of excellent guided questions. This is an excellent art analysis lesson that looks at the piece Salads, Sandwiches, and Desserts using a critical and thoughtful lens.
Making Sense of the World Economy
Students apply the economic principles of supply and demand, market economy, competition, unemployment rate, exports and imports and currency exchange rate to China's present economic success and Russia's economic strife.
What is Art?
Students become familiar with the art and architecture and history of the Chicago World's Fair. In this public arts project lesson, students compare and contrast fine art and public art through a study of the exhibits at the Chicago World's Fair. Students examine and discuss neoclassical design and modernist design. Students complete worksheets after examining pictures.
Algebra: Up, Up, and Away
Students will use and understand proportional reasoning to find actual distances as depicted on maps. Students estimate distances between landmarks as well as use a map and scales to determine the actual distances.