Lesson Plan

Reading Symbols

This Reading Symbols lesson plan also includes:

Introduce your upper-elementary students to printmaking. Class members view prints, select and research symbols in a piece, and create their own sets of prints using styrofoam trays. Pupils can wash off the paint on their trays to make prints in varying colors.

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Classroom Considerations
  • Researching the meaning of symbols in art may prove to be a complex task for elementary students; this does depend on the level of your class
  • Find the images referred to in the lesson in either Artworks and Artists or See and Compare
Pros
  • Comes with a glossary, extension ideas, a rubric, and more
  • The styrofoam tray will work well for making prints in various colors because styrofoam is easy to wash
Cons
  • None