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Shake Up K12 Lesson Ideas
Explore arts-integrated lesson ideas from the Shake Up K12 Community of educators.
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Fine Arts
Theme; Desertion
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Social Studies
Using the image, have students analyze the painting and connect it to the primary sources about first-hand accounts of people’s migration experience. Then, have students select a person who went through the migration and write a short biography of their life (provide students with a list of names to choose from). Students will then compile the biographies to create a short informational text about people from the Great Migration.
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Music
Segregated musical chairs
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Fine Arts
using small picture of a regatta monochromatic watercolor study and shapes to create perspective using expression of feelings as choice of color. how does color reflect ones expressions and emotions
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Social Studies
This is a quick activity to enjoy a painting with friends by describing a painting and making a sound scape of it.
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Science
I am a first grade inclusion teacher working with a small population of sped students and a large population of ELL's. Our school is an EL School - expeditionary learning. Our next expedition is about Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder. I am thinking about integrating Klee's work with looking at the activity in the bee hive or the construction of a bee hive.
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Math
For Grade 6-8 and introducing types of triangles, you can use this painting and describe and classify the types of shapes that are involved. Dissect the painting to see what polygons are used and perhaps have students make the 3D objects and then determine the ratio of the boats in the foreground to the background. From there the students could estimate how far the boats in the background are from the shore.
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Fine Arts
Describe the types of colors you see Are they the same as what you might find in a watercolor set? Do you think these colors come "straight out of the tube" or were they mixed? If you could chose a descriptive name for the pink, blue, and yellow you see, what would that be? Choose 5 colors, white and black and peach. Experiment with different color combinations until you get a new color that you will name. How many different shapes can you identify? What types of shapes are they? Do you see any patterns? Using your newly created palette, choose a few colors to paint into shapes and create a pattern. What types of lines do you see? Now continue to fill the space with other shapes and lines.
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Science
Using artwork as an entry point, getting students to identify and describe various elements of a whole and how they work together to create a bigger picture. These skills can then be applied to natural history science, identifying component parts of organisms, using the artwork as a way to train the eye to notice details and how they work in concert to create a multifaceted whole.
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Music
I would have students listen to Bach and Mozart while playing pass the painting using works by Klee. I would have students work in pairs or threes and discuss how the painting makes them feel. What elements make them feel that way? Are they also influenced by the music? Have students take turns sharing what they discussed.
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Social Studies
Create a series of mountains and rivers and other geographic areas laying them in different colors while listening to quiet versus bouncy music noticing the difference it makes in the lines.
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Language Arts
Write a story about sailing in one of the vessels. Describe where you are going, what is the weather who are the people in the other sail boats, why are there so many?
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Science
Background: pH scale runs from 0 to 14, with each number assigned a different color. At the bottom of the scale sits red, which represents the most acidic, and a dark blue at its opposite end represents 14 and alkalinity. In the middle zone, the pH scale becomes neutral. Milk has a pH of 6 and a neutral off-white color. Look at the colors in the painting what would the PH levels of the various sections of the painting be. Pick up to five points in the painting and assign the color a PH level. Explain why you chose this number.
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Fine Arts
For young students— -have them identify the different shapes Klee used. Why are some triangles large and some small? (Perspective) -talk about colors used—why are the stripes in the bottom of the picture a different color than the other stripes? Tell name if painting and what a regatta is—what do they think is happening in the painting? -have them use simple line and simple shapes to draw the outlines of a scene. Use watercolor to fill in their shapes. Have them choose one particular color to focus on, as Klee used Blue (monochromatic)
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Social Studies
Students apply working knowledge of Native American and Egyptian symbols to a mixed media project using Klee’s painting as a source on inspiration. First students will review symbols from Native American tribes reflecting on what they are communicating. Students will practice drawing these symbols using various line techniques and primary colors. A final painting with watercolor, pastel and ink pens with Native American symbols to reflect a message on their individual identity.
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Fine Arts
Students will look at the painting and identify shapes they recognize . I will lead students in a discussion about the difference between geometric and organic shapes. We will discuss terms that are similar between music and art and how they apply. Students will use pencils , rulers , and paint to create their own geometric designs while listening to the music that inspired Klee. Students will look at each other’s work and decide how they were influenced by the artwork and music.
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Fine Arts
Paul Klee was an artist inspired by music and the subconscious. Look at this artwork by Paul Klee. What do you see? How does he use shapes? Colors? Use your imagination and dream up a fantasy world that you would like to live in. What colors would it be? Why? What shapes would you use? What do they represent? Draw an imaginary world with pencil on watercolor (or thick paper.) Use Sharpie to outline the different shapes. Use watercolor or tempera paints to fill in the shapes.
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Social Studies
Social studies Create landscapes inspired by klee’s work. What is this community like? (Land of the Lemons) How do you know? What do you see here that reminds you of your own community? Does this remind you of any place you’ve ever been? Write about an imaginary trip you would take to this place.
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Music
So many students connect to the music they hear. How does the music you listen to effect the everyday? When you hear a certain piece you are fond of what do you think of? How does it make you feel? Empowered? Joyful? Contemplative?? How does it link to you? With my older students (3-5) they will bring in heir chrome books and pick their favorite song. While they are listening to it they will sketch how that music makes them feel. From there they will build upon their sketch to add the colors, rhythms and patterns that go along with the music. Finally the students will wrote a short narrative to accompany their artwork.
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Social Studies
What can we tell about the subjects of the painting? Are they of the same social class? Are they friends, family, colleagues a mixture? How did the artist paint their interactions? What makes you think that?
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Science
You can have students try to replicate these boats with tin foil and test how they float, experimenting with different ideas about buoyancy, density, and surface area on water. Students could talk about what material it looks like these boats are made of (folded paper like origami). Would they float on that water, is it fresh water, salt water, brackish, etc. They can keep experimenting based on what they see or notoce about the boats in the painting.
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Fine Arts
My art lesson is about comparing triangles. We are going to explore how triangles with a variety of sizes and orientations can stand for multiple objects that can stand for a complete picture such as this picture of a regatta. We can talk about different kinds of triangles, talk about how they are the same and different, make cut outs of triangles and then create a picture.
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Math
Have students work in pairs. Cut the painting into 8 separate panels. Have each student create a set of instructions or a word problem to recreate a section of the painting for their partner. Each student should compare their drawing to the piece of the painting. For this work in math, I would use as an opening lesson for looking at polygons. Perhaps students could use GeoGebra to recreate but with all regular shapes and see how both works of art feel. Also is it possible to use the same with regular shapes? This would be for grade 6 or 7.
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Social Studies
In a high school government class, I would use this piece of artwork to connect to an land use, development, and planning lesson. I would start with this piece of art as an introduction activity and use the "Looking 10 times 2" strategy. Students would look at the art for 30 seconds and write down ten words that come to mind. Then, students would look again for another 30 seconds and write down another 10 words describing what they see. Finally students will share out what was different about the second time they looked- more in depth, more detail, more connections to prior knowledge etc. The connection to the curriculum would be about taking a second look at communities and development. What makes up our urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. How did these landscapes become the way they are?
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Language Arts
Find a picture of the same location nowadays and right a poem about change.
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Math
Warm up : describe the scene Whole group: trace the lines of interest and sight lines in the art work. Follow the eyes and Measure the angles Discuss how geometry is used to create interest Have students use perspective or lines if interest in their own works
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Social Studies
How do the characters' clothes in the painting compare with what you're wearing today? What might their clothes say about them and the time their living in on the water? Why did they choose these clothes? Bring clothes for children to try on to see how they are different than today (bonnet, bustle). Have kids design what they'd wear to a party on the water. Read Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.
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Language Arts
* what cultural features are included in artistic representations? How is perspective apparent? Does point of view change the interpretation of this painting? What would a dancer see? A Spaniard? Write an essay comparing this work with the Velázquez painting "The triumph of Bacchus"
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Science
Why are the plants not flourishing? What conditions are needed for plants to grow? Compare with the movie The Lorax
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Math
Geometry is everywhere! Have students measure and record the different angles they find in Renoir's painting. How many different angles can they find? Afterwards, discuss how the different angles contribute to the composition of the painting. Do they help convey a certain mood?
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Language Arts
Student Instructions: Choose two figures in the painting. Record your observations on each figure’s facial expressions and body language. Next, examine the relationship between your figures-do they connect in some way? Finally, write a short piece of dialogue between your two chosen figures. Optional activity: have students create a tableau if the painting and have them improvise a conversation.
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Language Arts
Students explore how to express movement, first through writing and then illustration. Provide samples from authors and artist that express movement. If needed, provide writing/illustration prompts such as "as the crow flies". Demonstrate how Jacob Lawrence's "Migration" expresses the concept of movement
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Music
Ask students: What kind of music do you hear when you see this painting? What kind of music would express this painting? What kind of music would Renoir use to express this painting?
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Social Studies
Social Studies : our local culture, Landover MD. Compare our neighborhood to this landscape painting. What natural and architectural qualities do we share? Create a drawing inspired by this painting.
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Music
Compare lmpressionist painters with composers who created impressionist pieces in music: Debussy, Ravel, etc.
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Fine Arts
Students draw and paint their version of the Boating Party based on personal experience.
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Language Arts
Imagine you are going toward this person and start talking. What would be the dialog?
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Fine Arts
Students connect to their stories of moving or migration.
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Language Arts
Create a dialogue. What are the people talking about? Can you act it out
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Math
Kindergartner - caregiver program focused on parts of nature and counting- like snow, leaves, fence posts, etc!
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Social Studies
Students can recreate the painting by posing. How does it feel?
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Language Arts
Students would study Jacob Lawrence's captions and identify how the people entering the trains would be feeling in this panel. They would discuss possible emotions and portray the feelings in panels of their own.
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Social Studies
What do you think these women are feeling? Write a script to show what they are talking about.