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Math: Symbols and Shapes

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore how symbols are made from shapes. They will create various compositions using a variety of number shapes and tools, focusing on new forms that can be made by combining number shapes with paint and drawing materials.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will engage in discussion about symbols vs. shapes.

Students will explore combining number shapes to make new shapes.

Students will develop abstract art that creates new shapes out of familiar ones.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Engage students in a discussion of symbols vs. shapes.
  • Demonstrate how numbers are made up of geometric shapes.
  • Demonstrate various techniques for using stencils to create new shapes.
  • Demonstrate how to use foam numbers to stamp new shapes.

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National Standards


Create

Through experimentation, build skills in various media and approaches to art-making.

VA:Cr2.1.Ka

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Repurpose objects to make something new.

VA:Cr2.3.2a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

10 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Number stencils (large)
  • Geometric drawing templates/stencils
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Foam numbers to use as stamps
  • Tempera paint for printing

National Standards


Create

Through experimentation, build skills in various media and approaches to art-making.

VA:Cr2.1.Ka

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Repurpose objects to make something new.

VA:Cr2.3.2a

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Steps

Discuss and Work with Templates

Discuss symbols vs. shapes. Use geometric shapes to create number forms.

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Instructional Materials

Student

Math Integration Discussion Guide

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Reference

Artists Who Use Numbers in Their Work

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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Basic Painting Vocabulary

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Reflection

Stoplight Exit Ticket

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