Monday, May 20, 2013

Gears, Levers, and Pulleys--Oh, My!

At Forest North, third grade students study simple machine in Science. Ms. Bell, Forest North's art teacher, reinforced the learning by having students create simple machines in Art.  

To create the machines, students used a photograph of their own silhouette and traced it onto a sheet of paper.  Next, they brainstormed an action that could take place in the brain like sneezing, crying, thinking, laughing. After narrowing down an idea, students created a series of events with levers, pulleys and gears.  All of these objects had to be constructed out of paper and glued onto the silhouette.  

The students then wrote a short explanation of the process and used Vocaroo to record themselves reading their artist's statement.  Once that was complete the recording was turned into a QR code and attached to their final artwork.

Ms. Bell effectively integrated both science and technology into an art lesson--a great example of teaching across the curriculum! 

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