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