ALEX Learning Activity


Wiggly, Squiggly Lines

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Author: Hannah Bradley
System:Dothan City
School:Carver Magnet School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1902
Wiggly, Squiggly Lines
Digital Tool/Resource:
Lines That Wiggle-YouTube Video
Web Address – URL:

The teacher will read Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman or use the digital tool to show the book being read aloud. As the book is being read aloud, students will use ribbon to create the different types of lines shown in the illustrations of the book. After reading the book, students will use art materials to create at least three different styles of lines.

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: K
Visual Arts
6) Share and talk about the art they are creating.

a. Use art vocabulary: line, shape, color, and pattern.

Example: Use the book Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman.

Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Creating
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Process Components: Reflect, Refine, Continue
Essential Questions:
EU: Artists and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.
EQ: What role does persistence play in revising, refining, and developing work? How do artists grow and become accomplished in art forms? How does collaboratively reflecting on a work help us experience it more completely?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
  • Art
  • Artwork
  • Collaboratively
  • Collage
  • Cool colors
  • Warm colors
  • Elements of Art
    • Color
    • Line
    • Shape
  • Imaginative play
  • Play
  • Portfolio
  • Primary colors
  • Principles of design
    • Pattern
  • Printmaking
Skill Examples:
  • Create two-dimensional artworks using finger painting, watercolors, paper collage, and rubbings.
  • Create three-dimensional artworks using techniques such as rolling, folding, cutting, molding, pinching, and pulling clay.
  • Work with a partner to create works of art.
  • Working in small groups, use recycled materials to create artworks.
  • Explore the books Why is Blue Dog Blue? by G. Rodrigue and My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss to understand color meanings and moods.
  • Read the book Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman to explore different styles of line.
  • Safely use and share scissors, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, paints, paintbrushes, and clay.
  • Use symbols to help tell a personal or make-believe story.
  • Manipulate art media to create textures and patterns.
  • Identify and use organic and geometric shapes to create works of art.
  • Show respect for self and others while making and viewing art.
  • Use the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) to create a free-style painting while singing the names of the colors.
  • Use patterns in designing colored stripes on the shirt of a person you know.
  • Collect found objects such as paper tubes, forks, and pieces of cardboard. Press them in shallow tempera paint, and stamp them on paper to show printmaking.
  • Create a T-chart that separates cool (blue, green, and purple) and warm (red, yellow, and orange) colors in different columns. Use the symbols of water waves for the cool column header and the sun for the warm column header.
  • Work with a partner to find colors, lines, and shapes in art and tell each other what you see.
Learning Objectives:

Students will share and talk about art they created using the art vocabulary term, line.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

1. Read the book Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman or use the digital tool to show the book being read aloud. As the book is being read aloud, each student should be provided with a length of string or ribbon. Students should use this to create the lines shown in the illustrations of the book.

For example: When the teacher reads the cover page "Lines that Wiggle", the students would use their ribbon or string to create a wiggly line on the floor.

2. After reading the story or watching the video, ask the students to recall some of the types of lines that were shown in the illustrations (wiggly, bent, wavy, etc.).

3. Distribute the white sheet of paper and art materials to each student. Direct students to draw at least three different styles of lines. These can be lines that were shown in the illustrations in the book, or students can create a unique type of line.

Assessment Strategies:

Require each student to share their completed art piece with their classmates. To check student understanding, ensure that students use the art vocabulary term line when talking about their artwork.

Advanced Preparation:

The teacher will need the book Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman or the ability to play an internet video with sound to show the read aloud. The teacher will need to cut foot-long lengths of ribbon or string for each student. Each student will need a blank white sheet of paper and an art material to create lines (colored pencils, crayons, markers, paint, etc.). 

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