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Lesson Plans


re: seeing/drawing window

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Teri Sanford (terily)
Wed, 04 Nov 1998 06:35:03 -0600


Marvin,
I know this isn't scientific data, but this year I decided to have the
younger students do some of the drawings of pumpkins that I have the
older kids do. I had K-1 look at the pumpkin and draw a pumpkin patch,
focusing on only overlapping, but I demonstrated using a blind contour
to draw the closest pumpkin. I spoke my thinking process out loud for
them, saying things like "I am following the edge of the pumpkin. Now I
am looking at the stem. I see there is an ellipse, or flattened circle
at the top of it." This is a process used in the regular classrooms at
our school, it's called a "read-to" or a "write-to" and comes from the
Learning Literacy Network/RC Owens, of which our school is a member. I
was amazed at how well some of the Ks did on their pumpkins. I also
went over how the "lines" on a pumpkin look, how they go with the curve
of the pumpkin and change as you go around, not just vertical
"stripes." I used the same procedure with 2-3s to do a still life,
using objects from around the room, like glue bottles, pencil cups,
etc. Again, great success by 75% or more students in each class.
I guess I should include here that drawing was never my strong suit.
I had a college prof who liked NOTHING about any of my work and was not
a good "teacher" so he could never really tell me how to fix what was
wrong. Well, this year I have one section of HS (10-12) and felt I HAD
to improve my drawing, so I was basically just reinforcing to myself how
to use these skills but the little ones really responded.

Anyone else want to try this?? I would be interested...
(Of course, this is after 10 weeks of school, with all that fine-motor
practice, etc. Don't think it would have worked week one!!)

teri