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Middle School Morph

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will use jumbo drinking straws to engineer a sculpture that can change its shape. They will make aesthetic decisions and explain their choices.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will use new materials to experiment with constructing a sculpture that can change its shape.

Students will organize their approach to designing and constructing sculptures.

Students will experiment with multiple permutations of their changeable sculpture.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the idea of sculpture that changes form.
  • Demonstrate how to cut straws and punch holes in them.
  • Demonstrate how to assemble straws into segments which are moveable.
  • Demonstrate combining segments to create a sculpture.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.1.6a

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.7a

Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art- making or designing.

VA:Cr2.1.8a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

10 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Jumbo drinking straws
  • Brass paper fasteners
  • Hole punchers
  • Scissors

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.1.6a

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.7a

Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art- making or designing.

VA:Cr2.1.8a

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Steps

Preparation

Cut jumbo straws into varying lengths, and punch one hole into each end of each segment. Students should have 30 - 50 segments.

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Instructional Materials

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Theo Jansens Strandbeests

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Basic Sculpture Vocabulary

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Perception and Value

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Engineering Design Process Steps

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Engineering Design Process Visual

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Summative

Teacher/Student Conference Questionnaire

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