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Science - 4th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 1
This activity is an opportunity for students to us their knowledge of environments in an activity that will also allow them to explore fine art paintings from the Springville Art Museum. In small groups, students will investigate a variety of paintings of places in Utah in different seasons and different environments using different mediums. They will then decide on physical characteristics of these using a graphic organizer.
Springville Art Museum will visit schools throughout the state and conduct day-long art presentations for the whole school, as well as provide teachers with sets of artist postcards for classroom use. Contact names: Amanda and Jessica 1-801-489-2727.
Examples of environmental pictures and models for narrative language:
You will need photos of the postcards that contain paintings of landscapes from the museum. These can be easily downloaded from the museums Web site. Directions for Creating Your Own Postcards (pdf) are included. You can also obtain sets of postcards from the museum and use only the ones containing landscapes. Many of the pictures are also available from your school library in the Utah art prints.
1. Use Science Process and Thinking Skills
4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning
Invitation to Learn
Several days ahead of time, hang a variety of the Springville Art Museum art posters around the classroom. Use posters that show landscapes, specifically of deserts, wetlands, or forests from Utah. As you begin this lesson, mentally choose one of the landscapes. Then play a game of 20 questions where students may only ask questions with yes/no answers. For example, you might choose the painting, Moonrise in the Canyon Moab, by Birger Sandzen. Students might ask, “Does the painting have lots of trees? (No) “Are there mountains in the painting?” (Yes) When the teacher’s painting has been guessed, let a few students try it. Then respond, “Some of the observations that identify physical characteristics of environments are the same things that were in the questions you asked. You have good eyes!”
Students need a piece of paper that is long and skinnythe size can vary. It can be as simple as brown construction paper cut to 4 1/2 x 18.
If possible, allow students to choose the medium they want to use. If necessary, review some of the art principles about space such as:
During a week (include a weekend) have students, along with family members, keep a tally of how many different environments the family observes. Discuss together the physical characteristics, or clues, they observed and used to classify them.