Teaching Critical Thinking Strategies in the Classroom through Aesthetic Experiences: Life Cycles of Insects By: Jill Saverinske
Objectives <ul><li>The students will: </li></ul><ul><li>Observe and discuss pieces of artwork (showing life cycles of insects) from the slideshow I created online. </li></ul><ul><li>Use science and art vocabulary to describe the pieces of artwork. </li></ul><ul><li>Work together to search for insects outside and take digital pictures of the insects. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a life cycle of an insect using the computer program Kidspiration. </li></ul><ul><li>Create their own insect using the given art supplies provided by me (using the artwork and digital pictures as a guide). </li></ul>
Day One- Viewing the art slide show from the website: http://www.artsconnected.org/resource/98818/life-cyles
As we discussed the pieces of artwork, students brainstormed Science and Art words.
Day Two- We went for an insect hunt outside and the class took digital pictures of insects that they found. We also took a few pictures of the insects we have been observing in our room.
Day Three- Using the program Kidspiration, the students created life cycles of an insect and the diagrams needed to include appropriate labels and pictures for the insect.
An example of the life cycle diagram created by a second grade student…..
Day Four- The ending project: students created an adult insect out of clay. The insect needed to have three body parts and six legs.
The students used paint to finish off their insects.
Assessment Rubric that I designed to help determine if my students met the learning goals of this project: Turned in all work on time Created an adult insect using given art supplies for final project Participated in taking pictures of insects Created a complete life cycle (picture and words) using Kidspiration Participated in class discussions Total Proficient 4 Excellent 3 Basic 2 Below Expectations 1 TOPIC- Life Cycles of Insects
Final Thoughts….. <ul><li>I enjoyed this project with my students. It was very exciting seeing them so excited about the science aspect of knowing the life cycles (in particular to insects) and then incorporating art into the lessons. I think showing the class the slide show of art work helped tie it all together, with their final project of making their own piece of artwork (insect) out of clay. I feel lucky to teach at a school that is heavy into the fine arts and plan to continue to add the arts into my curriculum. </li></ul>