Sunday, April 2, 2017

Geometry Stars: Arts-Integrated Math Lesson

These look great in the hallway. It really makes a breathtaking display.
It is visually stunning and also a powerful way to document student learning.
This is a lesson that the fourth grade math teachers at my school always use! It always turns out great. I mean they are visually stunning. Each is very individual. There is a tutorial available on Teacher Pay Teachers from Virtually Montessori. It is a good tutorial. I downloaded it and checked it out. It is also FREE! I think you could just put that tutorial in a center and let students work independently!

This teacher has the process instructions printed as well as the objectives. There are some photos of students working posted.
We always post the objectives and process of our arts-integrated lessons at our school. (Thank you JJ, HK, and EH for everything you do for our students!)

I encouraged the math teachers to have the students add patterns to some of the larger spaces. I think this helps with the individuality of each piece. Plus, it is a visual art skill that I work on with the students. Sharpies and black paper behind the starts also helps them POP!

This star has some very strong patterns.

Below, you'll find some more student work samples as well as up close photographs of the objectives and instructions sheets that were posted in the hallway. Hopefully, this will also help you if you want to teach this lesson. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to learn about an artist that can be taught in conjunction with this lesson. 

I recently discovered the artist Raul Lozza while playing around on WikiArt. This is the perfect artist to pair with this lesson. I would just give the students a little information about him and show some of his works. Students will think it is interesting to see his simple compositions. Tying this to an artist and talking about patterns will make this a truly arts-integrated lesson!

Lozza's artwork is used on WikiArt under the Fair Use copyright policy. So, I will also use this image under the same guidelines. This image is for educational purposes, not for sale, and of low quality.

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