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Ceramic Ocean Food Chain Mobiles

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will research ocean food chains and construct a ceramic mobile representation of a three organism food chain.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will research food chains within the ocean ecosystem.

Students will construct a ceramic mobile representation of a three organism ocean food chain.

Students will demonstrate proficient care of clay and clay tools, keeping their clay plastic over many class periods.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate student research related to food chains within the ocean ecosystem.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to construct a ceramic mobile from decorative slabs.
  • Model strategies for the care of clay and clay tools and for keeping clay plastic over multiple class periods.
  • Prompt and support students as they explore and invent techniques for adding texture to their clay sea creatures.

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National Standards


Create

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

VA:Cr2.1.4a

Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.

VA:Cr2.2.3a

Individually or collaboratively construct representations, diagrams, or maps of places that are part of everyday life.

VA:Cr2.3.3a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Sketchbook (or scrap paper), pencil, and eraser
  • Low fire clay
  • Kiln
  • Canvas or similar table covering
  • Assorted clay tools, including a needle tool and rolling pin
  • Assorted texture tools
  • Glaze and paint brushes
  • Wire

National Standards


Create

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches.

VA:Cr2.1.4a

Demonstrate an understanding of the safe and proficient use of materials, tools, and equipment for a variety of artistic processes.

VA:Cr2.2.3a

Individually or collaboratively construct representations, diagrams, or maps of places that are part of everyday life.

VA:Cr2.3.3a

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Steps

Research Ocean Food Chains

Explore ocean ecosystems. Study food chains and the interconnectedness of undersea organisms using books, the internet, and other sources. Using the Food Chain Planning Sheet and a sketchbook, research and sketch the three organisms that will create a food chain.

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Instructional Materials

Worksheet

Food Chain Planning Sheet

Resource
Manage Material
  • Pre-K to 3rd Grade
  • FLEX 3rd Grade - 1st Edition Scope and Sequence (Copy)
  • Line
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Contrast
  • 3D
  • Drawing I - Sample Class (Copy)
  • Still Life
  • Portraiture
  • Abstraction
  • Architecture
  • Beginning Exercises
  • Community
  • Identity
  • Test Unit
  • Unit 10
  • Unit 10
  • Sub Plans (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
  • FLEX Kindergarten Sample Class (Copy)
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Color
  • 3D Texture
  • Kindergarten Art on a Cart
  • Sub Plans - All Grade Levels (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
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Anchor Chart

The 6 Stages of Clay

Resource
Manage Material
  • Pre-K to 3rd Grade
  • FLEX 3rd Grade - 1st Edition Scope and Sequence (Copy)
  • Line
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Contrast
  • 3D
  • Drawing I - Sample Class (Copy)
  • Still Life
  • Portraiture
  • Abstraction
  • Architecture
  • Beginning Exercises
  • Community
  • Identity
  • Test Unit
  • Unit 10
  • Unit 10
  • Sub Plans (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
  • FLEX Kindergarten Sample Class (Copy)
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Color
  • 3D Texture
  • Kindergarten Art on a Cart
  • Sub Plans - All Grade Levels (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
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Critique

Sticky Note Critique

Assessment
Manage Material
  • Pre-K to 3rd Grade
  • FLEX 3rd Grade - 1st Edition Scope and Sequence (Copy)
  • Line
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Contrast
  • 3D
  • Drawing I - Sample Class (Copy)
  • Still Life
  • Portraiture
  • Abstraction
  • Architecture
  • Beginning Exercises
  • Community
  • Identity
  • Test Unit
  • Unit 10
  • Unit 10
  • Sub Plans (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
  • FLEX Kindergarten Sample Class (Copy)
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Texture
  • Color
  • 3D Texture
  • Kindergarten Art on a Cart
  • Sub Plans - All Grade Levels (Copy)
  • Kindergarten sub plans
  • 1st grade sub plans
  • 2nd grade sub plans
  • 3rd grade sub plans
  • 4th grade sub plans
  • 5th grade sub plans
  • 6th grade sub plans
  • 7th grade sub plans
  • 8th grade sub plans
  • High School- Proficient sub plans
  • High School- Accomplished sub plans
  • High School- Advanced sub plans
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