Thursday, September 17, 2009

What A Fine Line!

Kinder and first grade are examining, inspecting and experimenting with the world of lines this week in a variety of exploration stations. Students are allowed to move freely from station to station throughout the entire class period. As long as they are working on lines, they can spend as much time at whatever table they like!
Drawing Lines:
Students practiced drawing all sorts of different lines.
Straight, curvy, wavy, zig zag, dotted, jagged... and many students' personal favorite, the spiral!
Overlapping lines makes for a very interesting composition! One student cut a wavy line out of the top of her drawing and turned it into a crown!!
Students used their spatial skills to arrange and build lines out of colored tiles.
A long line turned into a caterpillar! Stacking horizontal lines on top of each other created a pyramid! Stacking individual tiles made vertical lines that looked like towers!
Here is a cool 3-D zig-zag line! A curvy line can be used to make a rainbow! Layering tiles to make a line and sorting colors were fun learning activities too!
Cutting Lines:
Students practice using scissors to "draw" lines. When a line is cut from one edge of the paper to the other, a new shape is made!
Cutting a spiral line makes a really cool pop-out shape. Cutting paper with lots of straight lines makes shapes like squares and rectangles.

Many of the shapes we created reminded us of things we see in nature - like mountains, birds, flowers and ocean waves!
Arranging Lines:
Students used yarn to arrange different kinds of lines on the table.
They also practiced cutting to make the lines different lengths. Students realized that they could connect the lines to make letters, too! The lines were also linked together to make shapes and pictures!
One student made a self-portrait. Another student made an alien! And look at this turtle!
Students worked together to make a large piece of mixed-media art.
Ripping and sticking tape to the paper created cool thick lines, and helped students strengthen their control of their fingers. Layering tape, crayon and sharpie lines was a fun way to collaborate!


Miss Tabarcea said...

I'm doing a line unit in my K, 1, and 2 classes as well. I love your idea of stations that show how different line can be, and how they can be drawn, built, etc. I'm definitely going to take some inspiration from you and try this out with some of my K classes! Thanks for sharing!

Mr. Freesen said...

Hey Great education page. I'm a band director and would love to know how you got your pictures arranged so you can do them 3 wide. I can't ever get the formatting correct!

Help is appreciated!

Katie Gonzalez said...

Mr. Freesen,
Thanks for the compliment!
To answer your question, there are a couple things to consider when posting images.

First, there are only a couple templates that are wide enough to allow for multiple images to be placed next to each other. Sand Dollar is the one I use for my page. I looked at your band page, and I think that is what you've got too. The other ones that say "stretch" work too.

You can post three vertical or square images if you post them "medium" sized and under layout, choose "none". Don't leave any spaces in between the images, and press enter so the text below is a new paragraph.

To get three images across that are horizontal, they have to be size "small" on the posting options.

I hope this info helps! I've found that often I just have to play with things until they work here on Blogger - write a post, publish it, see what's not working, edit it, repost it, etc. until it looks right. It used to be a lot of work, but now I've got the hang of it, so posting goes much faster now!

If you need more clarification or have other questions, I'd be glad to share what I know!

cats said...

HI - I have a Q. How would you follow up on this activity? WOuld you do a lesson that uses the knowledge they learned in the exploration? Would that lesson be as loose and free as this? Do you let it 'sit' there and stewer, to be harnessed again later on the year with another lesson.

Very very curious -

M - a new art teacher