Title: Alabama's Pine Barren
Students will read a description of the pine barrens by Basil Hall and analyze the text by using the 3-2-1 strategy. Students will discuss the life and work of Basil Hall, including his travels and journaling in North America. They will observe how a camera lucida functions and debate whether using a camera lucida is "cheating" in art. Next, students will venture outside to create a sketch of their environment while appropriately utilizing materials. They will compare and contrast their products to the sketches of Basil Hall and critique each other's work.
This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Standard(s): [SS2010] USS5 (5) 2: Identify causes and effects of early migration and settlement of North America.
Title: Topography of Fruit
This is an attempt to help students understand contour lines in map-making through the vector of digital photography. This hands-on activity will create an art piece out of fruit that will be analyzed to create topographic maps.
Standard(s): [SS2010] USS5 (5) 1: Locate on a map physical features that impacted the exploration and settlement of the Americas, including ocean currents, prevailing winds, large forests, major rivers, and significant mountain ranges.
Title: Carle's Crazy Critters
This lesson provides students with the opportunity to read books aloud to the class. Students also spend time researching Eric Carle and his practices as a writer and illustrator. Finally, students become writers and illustrators themselves, as they create their own books and present their books to younger students.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (3) 34: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. [SL.3.4]
Title: Animal Environment and Adaptation
In this lesson students will enjoy different activities focusing on how animals adapt to their environments. They will begin by researching two animals, their environment, and the ways the animals adapt to this environment. In small groups students will invent a new animal, including its environment and adaptations. Using presentation software, students will introduce their new animals to the class.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (4) 35: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace. [SL.4.4]
Title: Teaching Art with Picture Books
In this lesson, students will observe the work of artist Eric Carle, investigate the life of an illustrator, and make their own three-dimensional art project using tissue paper and paint.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (5) 4: Critique personal works of art orally or in writing according to specified criteria, including elements of art, principals of design, technical skill, and creativity.
Title: Ambiguous Pictures/Abstract Art
In this lesson students learn how perspective can change the meaning of art. The students will use a digital camera to take extreme close-ups of objects, thus causing the pictures to become resemble abstract art. This project incorporates art, writing and technology.
Standard(s): [TC2] (3-5) 12: Create a product using digital tools.
Title: Expressive Expressionist Faces
Students will learn about Expressionist artists and the strategies they used in their artworks. The students will also produce an Expressionist artwork using some of those strategies as well as develop a slideshow presentation about an Expressionist artist.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (5) 7: Associate a particular artistic style with an individual artist.
Title: Creating Holiday Cards
This lesson for incorporates painting and word processing software to create a card. Students will create original art work, insert it into a document, and print it. This can be done in a classroom or a lab setting with any age from second to fifth grade.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (5) 1: Utilize the elements of art and principles of design and the structures and functions of art to communicate personal ideas.
Title: Digital Camera Self-Portraits
Third graders use digital cameras and draw/paint software to create original self-portraits.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (3) 5: Demonstrate appropriate safety, care, and use of art materials and equipment.
Title: What's Your Style?
Through collaboration with the art teacher and library media specialist, students will use various electronic information sources to research an artist and discover the style of the artist through examination of the artist's work. Students will create their own miniatures in the style of their artist. A poster will be used to present their research information and miniatures. The art teacher will provide instruction concerning the basic concepts of presentation using a poster.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (3) 9: Contrast artistic styles of various cultures, times, and places.