Over the course of the past two weeks, two of my classmates, Divya and Haley, and I have been working on a lesson plan for a class of second grade students. The assignment given to us was to create a plan with four sections, for any grade, for any subject provided. The three of us wanted to think outside of the box so we chose second grate art. The four sections we had to cover were an opener, a mini-lesson, a work period, and a closer. Below, I will explain our lesson, “Geometric and Organic Shapes in Art”.
In our opener, we wanted to do something to draw the attention in to what we would be discussing. Haley remembered using a tool called “Tangrams” in school when she was younger, and thought it would be perfect to assist in learning about the geometric shapes. This is a computer program that allows students to think and using trial and error throughout the process. The program gives you a shape, with other geometric shapes that you have to fill it in with. This requires the student to turn the shapes and place them in different ways in order to advance to the next level. Tangrams is a great opener, because it allows us to educate the students on the difference between geometric and organic shapes, and it allows them to become involved with the lesson immediately.
Next for our mini-lesson, we decided to bring in a collaborative and constructive piece to teach about organic and geometric shapes. Students will pair up into groups of two and will be given a blind fold. Then student 1 will blindfold themselves, while student 2 looks at the screen. We will put an image on the screen that only student 2 can see, and student 2 will describe it to student 1. Student 1 must use prior knowledge of the shapes being described and must attempt to draw the image. After student 1 has finished, we will switch the blindfolds, and student 2 will now draw. After, we will look at the pictures drawn and discuss how they were able to create these drawings using prior knowledge of these shapes.
Coming up after the mini-lesson is the work period. In this time, students will have already downloaded the app “Let’s Learn How to Draw” from the app store. This app gives users the opportunity to draw and color with a guide. We will have students choose the option to draw a monster of their choosing. Using organic shapes, the monster will be created, and after we will ask the students to fill the monster in, using geometric shapes. The students will then name their monster and share with the class. This will show the knowledge they have gained through learning about geometric and organic shapes in the class.
Finally, we will use a video to tie the lesson together in the closer. Divya found a video on YouTube called Geometric and Organic Shapes in Architecture. This video helps explain the topics that we discussed prior. It uses real life things to show where these sorts of shapes can be found around our world. Once the video is over, we will open up the floor for discussion and questions regarding the topic.
For us, this project gave us the opportunity to use technology in teaching. We combined a multitude of tools and resources such as Tangram, Google Slides, apps from the app store, and YouTube to put together our presentation. In this process, we also learned about creating a lesson plan for students based on course criteria. We discovered different requirements that we needed to fulfill, and we had to brainstorm to decide how we would do so. This project was insightful and fun, and I enjoyed learning about this.