I sent a note home the week before class asking fifth graders to
bring in a bag with the 5 items that say something about who they
are without their actual names or photographs of them in it.
Then I showed the picture of Van Gogh's bed room to the classes .
We talked about what we could figure out about Van Gogh by
looking at this bed room. What clues were on the walls, in the
room? Was he rich or poor, did he paint realistically, how can
we tell, etc., etc., etc. Then I put pieces of masking tape on
the tables with the numbers 1 through 24 written on them and I
randomly placed the bags with the items out of the bag on display
by the numbers. I gave each student a class list and let them
wander around looking at the items and then matching the number
to the person who they think it matched. There were many who
could guess the whole class. I felt this lesson pointed out many
important concepts that an artist needs to use: seeing, deductive
thinking and being aware of your world. The only thing missing
was a short final lesson to use after this activity. Any ideas?
It does take about 40 minutes to talk and to guess.
By the way a year ago someone suggested gum sculpture and I just
loved it at the end of the year. A tooth pick and a stick of gum
is all you need to create an interesting tiny sculpture. Lots of
ducks, and fish. We also played a guessing game with this
activity. The kids could not believe I was asking them to chew
gum and I was asking them to play with it!! I love this list.
> . I love Ellen Hall's garbology
> exercise; its a great opener and a perfect beginning for
> considering found
> Laurie Muelder