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: Explorers Come to America (Activboard and related software suggested)
This lesson gives a brief overview of the fact that America had to be discovered.
It also provides an introduction to each of the explorers who are given credit for exploring the American continent between 1492 and 1542.
Standard(s): [SS2010] USS5 (5) 4: Determine the economic and cultural impact of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European society and American Indians.
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: The "T" in Art is for Thinking
This lesson provides fourth through eighth grade gifted and talented students with a research-based project, and can also be used with art and language arts students from sixth through ninth grade. Students will design and create a slideshow presentation as a vehicle for analyzing a painting. Using the art criticism process, students will describe and analyze the art elements and principles of design and provide an interpretation of a painting of their choice. Biographical information about the artist and contextual knowledge concerning the art period/movement and the associated historical times may be included.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (6-8) 4: Discuss strengths and weaknesses of a personal portfolio or other work of art.