Above, student artwork of bugs in jars
Topic: insects, botany, drawing
Goals & Objectives:
• Students will create a still life from observation using drawing tools to illustrate living organisms and the organism’s environment.
• Students will use crayons and magic markers to demonstrate line.
Show-Me Standards for Visual Art in k-2nd Grade
Strand IV: Interdisciplinary Connections, Explain the connections between Visual Art and Communication Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies
Strand I: Product/Performance – Select and apply two dimensional, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas and solve challenging visual art problems
• Produce a line using crayon, pencil, or marker for kindergarteners
• Fill an area with solid color/value using crayon, pencil, or marker for 1rst Graders.
Strand I: Product/Performance – Communicate ideas about subject matter and themes in artworks created for various purposes
• Still Life: Create an original still life from observation for 2nd Graders.
Show-Me Standards for Science Course Level Expectations - Grade level expectations for grades K-8 are clustered into suggested units and arranged to support development of conceptual understanding. The standards listed below are for grades levels 4-7.
Strand 3: Living Organisms
• Characteristics of Living Organisms
Strand 4: Ecology
• Interactions among Organisms and their Environments
Grade: k-2nd Grade
Length of Class Period: 55 min.
Frequency of Class Period: once a week
Time Needed: one class period
Facility & Equipment Requirements:
- One computer lap top
- Room with good lighting
- Large tables, approximately ten, each seating four students
- Two sinks
- Dry erase board
- Drying racks
- Cabinets for storage
- Projector for viewing computer video, CDs and DVDs
- Four or five glass jars with a variety of plants displayed in each.
- Photographs of insects or living/realistic looking plastic insects in each jar.
- Power Point showing pictures of insectariums
- “Just Kiddin’ Around” video by the Missouri Department of Conservation (JKA #02 Insects)
- White drawing paper
- Crayons, pencils, pens, watercolors
- Stencils of jars if the students wish to use these
- Photographs of bugs
- Living bugs in jars too!
- Insectarium - An insectarium is a kind of live insect zoo, or a museum or display of live insects.
- Display - a visual representation of something
- Natural History - the scientific study of plants or animals
Step-by-Step Studio Activity Specifics:
Phase 1: Clarify goals and establish set
- Students will watch brief video selection from Missouri Department of Conservation about insects.
- Students will discuss the video in a large, classroom discussion
- Students will draw from life or photographs a minimum of three insects in their jar.
- Plants should also be included in the children’s drawings.
- Draw also the plants or insects that your insects would need to eat in order to survive in the jar if they were real.
- Color in the drawing completely using the natural colors found in the insects and their environments.
- Students will either trace a jar from a stencil on a white piece of paper or draw a jar free-hand.
- Student may then take time to observe insects in the jars or to sift through pictures of insects supplied in the art classroom
- After selecting three insects to draw in their jars, students should organize their drawing materials at their table and proceed to draw their favorite insects.
- Each child should also include plants and appropriate foods in their artworks that the insects would need to survive comfortably in their miniature insectariums.
- The teacher will supply a wide variety of drawing tools for students to use in this project.
- The instructor will also set at each table a real jar containing insects for students to observe and draw from.
- Photographs and picture books of insects will be available in the classroom.
- Samples of insectariums will be shown to the children and discussed during class as they work.
- The teacher will circle the room and work one on one with each student as they need it.
- The instructer will continue to describe the life cycles and eating habits of the insects selected with the class during the hour.
Special Needs Adaptations:
Modifications for the hard-of-hearing or deaf student:
- Student will be seated closer to instructor so they will be better equipped to hear instructions or read lips
- Student will be provided with written instructions so that they read about the discussions and demonstrations
- The instructor may use a amplification devise provided by the school or student’s parents
- Students will be allowed to observe samples of art projects with their hands and for extended periods of time
- Students will be provided with safe tools and one-on-one guidance during a demonstration of the project
- The project may be slightly adjusted to accommodate the student’s limitations or for safety reasons
- Student will be given ample time to exist classroom before large crowds gather outside of the classroom.
- Students will be provided with duplicate instructions for home and school. Student will not need to remember to carry home materials to review.
- Students will be given ample time to exist classroom with a pre-determined aid or peer before the official end of a class.
- Instructor will provide for parent e-mail communication concerning the progress and needs of their student.
- Student may be given special seat assignment in order to enable his participation in class appropriately. Specific peers may be better equipped to articulate projects visually for this student.
Assessment: A standardized rubric will be used to analyze and critique each individual student’s artwork
Provide extended practice and transfer – Students will be encouraged to create even more projects at home. Materials used during class may be duplicated in their own home. A handout for children to take home and color will be provided from education.com
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