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I'm an Art Ed student in NC. As we are just now beginning to learn to
write lesson plans, I tend to look at plans by other people with a
critical eye. To evaluate it and decide for myself if it would work for
me. With this in mind, I have some questions about the Johnny Applseed
plan you posted.
In regards to this:
• Next, discuss how the tree would look different each season...the
of the leaves, the blossoms, the apples, and how the ground would look
also. Using watercolor paints, demo how to "dab" paint to look like
leaves and apples, demo how to make lines for the grass.
Why do you demo how to make paint look like apples and leaves and
grass? Why not just let the kids obeserve real trees and grass (or
pictures of the same) and work out the problem on their own?
In general, what do branches and the changing seasons of the tree have
to do with Johnny Applseed? Is there a real relationship drawn there or
is this just a project for teaching seasons? How do first graders
manage to make 4 trunks with branches that look the same and show that
"branches on the tree never really change"?
Finally, as an idea to everyone. As I recall, Johnny Appleseed traveled
the country not just to plant appletrees but to send/deliver a positive
message of some sort. How about if the kids discuss him from this
angle. What kinds of messages would they send to others? What do they
think other people need to know about or remember to make their lives
better. What kind of messages might they share with their parents or
school. Once these messages are decided upon, maybe they could make
their own apples (anyway they want) and on them include the messages.
Then deliver these home or to neighboors or to other classrooms or parts
of the school. This, it seems to me, is better related to J.A.
Answers and feedback are more than welcome. Hope I didn't sound