BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

"A is for Adirondack" - An Alphabet Book
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Grade: 4th Grade
Class: Elementary Art
Author: Kathleen Neal
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials & Resources
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryCulture & The Arts
Performance Indicators:

Art 1: develop their own ideas and images through the exploration and creation of art works based on themes, symbols, and events (b)

Art 2: understand the characteristics of various mediums (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, electronic images) in order to select those that are appropriate for their purposes and intent (a)

Keywords: alphabet, Eric Carle
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How might we represent outstanding features of the Adirondack Park in the style of Eric Carle?
Context:

This challenge is intended to give students the opportunity to use the textured cut paper collage style of Eric Carle to express their response to characteristics of the Adirondack Park. Prior to issuing this challenge, students should view videos, books, Adirondack Life magazines, and other resources that depict images of plants, animals, physical features, recreation, architecture, and crafts associated with the Adirondacks. The class should then brainstorm a "master list of Adirondack images" that come to mind for each letter of the  alphabet. Prior to or during the work phase of this challenge, the class should also examine books or illustrations by Eric Carle and explore the concept of "texture" using crayon rubbings, different textured paper, and/or the results of using different scissors or cutting techniques on various kinds of paper.

The Challenge:

Our challenge as a class is to create an Alphabet Book of Adirondack images that depicts important characteristics of the Adirondack Park using the style of Eric Carle.

With the assistance of your teacher, each of you should select a different letter of the alphabet. Using the resources available, please create a symbol  based on your alphabet letter that clearly and accurately depicts a characteristic of the Adirondacks that we can associate with that letter. Your symbol should be in the style of Eric Carle. Your finished symbol will be bound together with those of your classmates into our Adirondack Alphabet Book.

As you create your symbol, please consider the following:

- Does your symbol clearly and accurately depict an important characteristic of the Adirondacks?

- Does your symbol exhibit a variety of textures and shapes as in the style of Carle?

- Is your symbol creative or original in some way?

- Does your symbol exhibit qualities of quality craftsmanship?

- Is your symbol aesthetically pleasing?

- Do the details of your symbol accurately reflect information you'' ve researched about the Adirondack characteristic you are depicting?

You will have ___ class periods to complete this work in final form.

Related Files:
Example of Student Work
Example of Student Work
Example of Student Work
Quality Standards:

- Symbol clearly and accurately depicts an important characteristic of the Adirondacks.

- Symbol exhibits a variety of textures and shapes as in the style of Carle.

- Symbol is creative or original in some way.

- Symbol exhibits qualities of quality craftsmanship.

- Symbol is aesthetically pleasing.

- Details of the symbol accurately reflects information researched about the Adirondack characteristic depicted.

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Symbol clearly and accurately depicts an important characteristic of the Adirondacks.

Symbol exhibits a variety of textures and shapes as in the style of Carle.

Symbol is creative or original in some way.

Symbol exhibits qualities of quality craftsmanship.

Symbol is aesthetically pleasing.

Details of the symbol accurately reflects information researched about the Adirondack characteristic depicted.

The project is completed on time?

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