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Here's the lesson plan on fish kites that I received from another local
teacher(I also have some resource material, but don't have the time to type
all of it in--about 7 pages worth) I have not done this lesson so
unfortunately I do not have any pictures of examples to go along with this.
Grade Level: 4-6
Objective: Each student will create a fish kite with a color scheme
Motivational resources: Pictures of fish, pictures of kites, history of
kites, discussion of Japanese kites and traditions, color scheme examples
Vocabulary: Kites, color schemes
18x20 manila grid paper, newsprint, pencils/crayons, scissors, paper towels,
tea filters(industrial), acrylic paint, paint brushes/water contatiner,
craft bond glue, dowel rods 2/student, string, pelon, masking tape,
sharpies-black, "stroke master"
Essential elements: A) Awareness and sesnitivity to: 1. Line, color, shape
texture, value, form space 2. Unity, emphasis, balance, variety
B) Art Media: Drawing, painting, printmaking, 3-D, manipulating fibers
C) Understanding and appreciating of self and others through culture and
D) Aesthetic Growth 1. Explore artwork of students and major artists
2. Apply art knowledge and judgment through personal choice.
Procedure: Intro: Motivation/discussion--kites/Japanese traditions
Begin: Choose and design fish kite/3 thumbnail sketches on newsprint-choose
best sketch for kite. Draw all parts of kite on manila grid paper/lable with
Day 2: Complete drawing and labeling-cut out all pieces and trace them onto
large tea filters-paint tea filters with watered down acrylic paint-cut out,
notch and cut/tape dowel rods together for frame, stretch string around
frame, attach fish parts to pelon with waterted down craft bond glue
Day 3: Complete frame and attaching fish parts to pelon, attach kite to
frame, seal with "stroke master", make all kite tails at attach string to
Day 4: Fly kites!
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