I am doing a multi-faceted lesson with fourth graders, inspired by the
fact that I(we arts people) insisted the arts be included in our
school improvement plan. We already do so much other content area
integration, I thought it would be good to "lock it in" and help
alleviate the thought of future cuts!
Dragons, Castles and Legends!
Students are introduced to the book "Dragons, Dragons, Dragons" by
Eric Carle (who has a great Web site). We read some of the dragon
poetry and examine the three different kinds of dragons he drew. We
then examine and Describe, Analyze and Interpret the Raphael "St.
George and the Dragon" and the Chinese Dragon Robe image. the students
discover (eureka!) that the Chinese dragon head is exactly like the
head of one of Eric Carles' dragons.......hmmmm
Students create their own Eric Carle imaginary dragons using multiple
textures and media on paper, cut and assemble. Then off they go to be
Next we have made clay castles with at least two towers, we have
incorporated design, history, symmetry, assymmetry and clay hand
building techniques. Now, while they are drying the kids are writing
(yes, in art class!) a one page legend (read the legend of St. George
and the Dragon) or Fairy Tale(rough draft first). We examined some
illuminated manuscripts on web sites .... now they are creating an
"illuminated manuscripts" (complete with gold glitter) to display with
their castle and dragon!
The kids are so excited to write after making the dragon and castle
it is a hoot to watch them come up with their "new" legends! Great
ideas, great imagery.....fun unit!