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: Sequence Flower Reports
This is a hands-on book report project. It will be an extension activity that occurs after the reading of the stories The Secret Gardens and/or The Gardener. Paper flowers will be designed and put together by each student. Story events will be composed on the flowers parts.
Standard(s): [ELA2015] (4) 9: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the Grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.4.10]
Title: Creating a Prehistoric World
In the lesson, students will research, create, and present knowledge gained about Prehistoric and Historic Native Americans in Alabama.
This lesson plan is made possible through the ALEX and the U.S. National Park Service Partnership.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GHS (3) 13: Describe prehistoric and historic American Indian cultures, governments, and economics in Alabama. (Alabama)
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: Roman Arches
Students will watch a slideshow presentation on Roman arches with followup discussions and activities focusing on the arch as it is used in architecture and art images. They will then create a collograph using an arch.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (4) 5: Describe functions of art within the total environment, including functional sculptures, urban improvement, and transportation.
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: The Art of Rene Magritte
This unit is about the artist, Rene Magritte. Students engage in hands-on research in various areas of art utilizing images, software, and Internet resources. Students will then create their own image, and work in groups to create a slideshow presentation on Magritte.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (4) 4: Describe how the elements of art and principles of design, including rhythm, movement, and emphasis, are used in a specific work of art.
Title: The Great Divide--A Lesson in Symmetry
This is a whole group, hands-on, fun lesson where students will use knowledge of symmetry to produce art work.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (5) 26: Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. [5-G4]