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Lesson Plans

Elementary Composition

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Kathleen Slowik (
Fri, 07 Nov 1997 08:37:52 +0000

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Dear Mr. Wilson;
I do a project with my second grade class with basic shapes in
relief using oaktag and 3-do's or packing peanuts to teach composition.
The kids always enjoy it.
Previous to the class I will create a few designs on large paper
that have "composition problems" then ask the students which ones they
like the best. They are usually good a choosing ones with good
composition then we talk about why they don't like the others. They
will say things like 'the shapes on that one are too clumped together,
or are too far apart, or are all on one side of the paper etc.'
We then can discuss things like areas of interest, overlapping, balance
etc. I have also done the same project using a felt board with
removable shapes which the children love to volunteer to create as we
discuss their choices in a non-threatening way. It's a lot of fun,
everyone gets to participate and they learn about composition without
hearing about all the theory.
Kathy Slowik
North Allegheny Schools
Pittsburgh, PA

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