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Re: Johnny Appleseed

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Mike Delaney (edelaney)
Sun, 30 Aug 1998 17:30:26 -0500

Having taught elementary art in the past and knowing the limits on time, I
thought the Johnny Appleseed project with the trees of various seasons to
be a great one. I also thought that this could have even been for grades
up to four. As to the Art Ed student's reply, he will see when he is in a
classroom full of various stages of development and learning styles as to
why there is not enough time to let them find out on their own about the
painting technique. Also leaving the classroom to observe will be an art
lesson in itself. Again I thought the lesson plan as originally sent in
was great. enola from Indiana

> From: Eric B. Drowatzky <>
> To: freckles spots <freckles_spot>;
> Subject: Re: Johnny Appleseed
> Date: Friday, August 28, 1998 12:34 PM
> Judy,
> 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
> color
> 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
> offensive.
> Eric