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Gardens by 2nd graders (Concept Map)

by Marylu

I preloaded the Essential Standard goals onto the map before I presented it to my 2nd grade class. We spent about 20 minutes making observations and I was the recorder for the students. They loved watching their words being summarized and appearing in type on the projector screen. I used this exercise to stimulate art discussion/critique. It also led to what does "Perspective" really mean; how depth is depicted on the artwork; and also from the perspective or thoughts of the artist; and how the viewer interpreted. This map works with second grade because of their Science weather unit. Our followup activity is to use our courtyard outside the art room as a subject for a garden picture. We will then compare our works to this concept map and see similarities, differences.