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Art Integration Lesson Plan

Lesson Title & Big Idea: Nature Around Us. The big idea for this lesson plan is diversity. Every
student will go on the same nature walk and none of the things they will create will be the same. They
may have similar things to make but it wont be exactly alike.
Grade Level/Month: 3rd Grade. In the Fall
Class Periods Required: 2 classes
Lesson Overview/Summary: Young artists will be taken on a nature walk around the school building.
They will observe the world around them. What creatures, plants, or anything else that they see. We will
discuss what we saw and then create one of the things that we saw on the nature walk. At the end we will
discuss the differences in what we made.
Key Concepts: Creating an object with cloud dough. Observation of the world around them. Using art
materials to visually represent things found in nature.
Essential Questions: How can art represent the world around us? How does art preserve aspects of life?
What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking? What factors
prevent or encourage people to take creative risks?
Art Standards: Artistic Process: Connecting: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences
to make art. 3: develop a work of art based on observations of surroundings.
Core Academic Standards:
Science: 7.1.D.3. a) Communicate simple procedures and results of investigations and explanations
Visual Arts. 1. 2. A. 3. Modeling with clay or a similar material
Content Areas Integrated: Visual Art and Science
Common Vocabulary/ Concepts: Color, Nature, and Texture.
Day One
1. Inform the students that they will be going on a nature walk. Make sure they know that they need
to be looking for different things in nature that they could make with clay that we saw on the
walk. (5 minutes)
2. Take them on a nature walk around the school. If there are woods around with a path go in there
so they have more options of things to make. If there are no woods go by every tree or anything
that they would be able to make. (35 minutes)
3. Once inside talk about all of the things that they saw outside. Make sure to bring up how they
saw so many different things. Talk about diversity. Tell the students how we saw so many
different things on the walk, but even with all of those differences they worked together as a
whole to create the world that we know. Then wrap up the conversation. Tell them to be thinking

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about what they will create tomorrow out of the cloud dough from what we saw today. (20
Day 2
1. Show them how to make something out of the cloud dough. (Less than 5 min)
2. Give them the directions. (Think back to yesterday and all of the things we saw outside. I
want you to make something that you observed yesterday in nature. This could be anything.
There will be lots of colors of dough for you to use. Make sure you are focusing on your own
work and no one elses.) (Less than 5 min)
3. Let them work. (50 min)
4. Clean up. (Less than 5 min)
Day 3
1. Let students make any final touch ups on their projects. (10 minutes)
2. Have them leave their work on their desk so we can have a gallery walk. (15 minutes)
3. Have a discussion about the differences in each of their projects and what they learned through
making this. (Let the students for the most part lead this). (15 minutes)
4. Have a discussion about things that were hard in the project. Based on each childs comments
give suggestions on how they could make the project better. (10 minutes)
5. Give them time to fix any problems they may have had. (10 minutes)
Prior Knowledge: They need to know the shapes of the objects they are making. They need to be
familiar with cloud dough. They need to be able to make shapes out of clay. Need to know how to be
safe on a nature walk.
Engaging Students in Imagining, Exploring, and Experimenting: This lesson is a great way to let
students imagine, explore, and experiment. Most of this lesson is completely student led. They get to
explore when we go on the nature walk and observe the world around them. They get to imagine and
experiment when they are making their piece. It is their decision what they make and they have to figure
out how to make it. This part may be hard for students to figure out, but problem solving is a big factor in
this lesson. They have to use their own understanding for how to make an animal, leaf, cloud, etc.
Revising, Reflecting, and Improving their understandings and work: In this lesson I provided time
for the class to have a whole time to think about their work and the problems or struggles that they may
have faced while making this piece. The class gets a chance to help each give each student that needs it,
strategies to make their art better. After the discussion there will be a short time that they will be able to
fix anything that they dont like on the project.
Sharing their learning, understanding, and work: In this lesson I also provided a time to first have a
museum walk of every students work that they did. We also have a discussion time built in where we
can talk about the diversity that we saw and also what they learned through this experience.
Adapting the lessons for differently-abled students: If a student is breezing through this lesson and
has a lot of time left over I may let them make another object that they saw on the nature walk, or I would
have them write a description of what they made and why. If a student is really struggling with making

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any sort of piece I may show the student how each shape can be made and then put it back in the pile so
they still have to make it, but will have a better understanding of how to make it. If they cant think of
anything to make I would give them ideas of things we saw on the walk.