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Lesson Plans

value mountains....

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Bunki Kramer (
Wed, 3 Nov 1999 21:55:35 -0800 (PST)

I don't seem to have trouble generally with getting my mid. schoolers to
see value but they do tend not to understand how a value fades into another
value without a line inbetween. In order to get this across in the
beginning, I've discovered a way to make my point. First day is strictly
making a value chart of 10 values. I've cut out diff. shapes from tagboard
(like circles the size of a quarter, squares, parallelagrams, triangles,
etc.) and they take one selected shape and repeat it 10 times. They go from
darkest to lightest...blah, blah.

Next day we use 5x7 drawing paper. Divide into 5 spaces LIGHTLY with pencil
into wavy lines...representing mountains. Lowest space is darkest. Highest
space is white. Each space from bottom to top get sequencially lighter but
there can be NO lines inbetween each value....just value next to value. Not
as easy as it looks for these guys. The finished work looks like ariel
perspective of mountains. You can find many examples in magazines or, if
you as lucky as me, you can find them right outside your classroom window.
Now I have no trouble getting them to put value next to value without

Next day we have fun and make origami picture frames for our value mt.
chart which they can put in front of them for reference when we start doing
our drawing unit. Toodles.......

Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526

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