1: Students will
learn the salmon cycle, be able to explain it through an art
2: Students will
develop observation skills for the plant unit by observing and
illustrating some plants with vine charcoal.
This will also allow students who are stronger in visual
learning to feel significant as they show their skills in areas
other than language.
1: Visiting scientist
from NOAA to talk to class about salmon.
2: Field trip to
release salmon as well as listen to naturalist on native plants of
3,4, & 5: Divide
the class into three groups; rotate between three activities.
cycle nesting origami cups
learn how to fold origami cups
are to use five pieces of paper, graduated sizes (8" down to
4") and fold into cups.
each cup, they are to illustrate the salmon cycle in chronological
hunt program on the computer with the
teacher, focusing on
drawing of native plants
are introduced to vine charcoal and its usage.
then tape two pieces of large newsprint to cover their desks.
choose a plant from our collection, tape it to the corner of there
paper, observe and draw their plant by enlarging it to cover as
much of the newsprint as possible, using whole arm movements.
I have 28 students, whose reading level range from 1st
grade to 5th grade.
I have both bilingual as well as special ed. Students from
a variety of cultures.
I used both vine charcoal and origami for this unit.
The outcome was wonderful.
The students were so surprised by my own successful
drawings (because they have witnessed my lack of drawing skills
all year), that it gave them confidence to try it themselves.
They were all so pleased with their results.
Here are some of their comments.
"I guess I proved myself wrong, I can draw after
all" "I like this, where did you get the charcoal ?
I want to get some and do it at home"
" Wow, Sue! You can draw good"
Sue is a Special Ed. Student in my class who struggles with
reading and writing as well as socializing.
She shined in all the art that I introduced in my class.