Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Art
- variety of paper for tearing: newspaper, pages from magazines or catalogs, construction paper, tissue paper, oaktag, and gift wrap
- art materials, including crayons, markers, glue, tape, string
- index cards
Objective: Children will develop creative-thinking, problem-solving, and fine-motor skills as they investigate ways to change paper without using scissors.
- Invite children to engage in an art activity using paper. Set out several types of paper for them to explore. Encourage them to make comparisons about how the different papers look and feel. Which paper is heaviest? Which seems as though it will tear easiest?
- Ask the group to think of ways that they could change the shape of the papers without using scissors. Encourage children to make suggestions or, if they cannot think of the words, demonstrate. For instance, a child may not know the word crumple, but he might demonstrate crumpling paper. Note any new words children learn on a language experience chart. Take the pieces they used for their demonstrations-folded paper, bent paper, torn paper, paper rolled into a ball-and place them where the class will be able to see them and refer to them during the activity
- Invite children to the art area to experiment and explore the many ways that they can manipulate the paper. Set out art materials for children to use for their creations. Remind children that they can draw and color on the paper before they change its share.
- After children have finished their creations, invite them to share their work. Ask them to notice all of the different ways they manipulated the paper. Create a language experience chart to record their comments.
Curriculum Connection: MATH
Investigating Triangles. Give children small paper triangles (2 inches wide), a sheet of white paper, and glue. Invite them to create a picture using triangle shapes. Ask each child to dictate information about his picture. Encourage children to share their work during group time. Help them to notice the different ways they used the triangles.
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