LESSON TITLE: All About Me 3-D Cube
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer Schupak
GRADE LEVEL: 4th – 8th
CLASS TIME: _45_Minutes _1_Days/week _1_# Session(s)
SUBJECTS COVERED – Personal History, 3 Dimensional Objects, Pre-planning
- Students will understand the concept of pre-planning a project.
- Students will express their personal history through words and images.
- Students will build a 3-D cube.
- Pre-planning worksheet and cube layout. All About Me Worksheet
- Colored Pencils
Pre-planning – a way of mapping out goals and intentions for one project, without forgetting the initial goal of the work.
Cube – block: a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
Students will be focusing on themselves for this project. They should be evenly seated at tables.
This lesson is a great set-up lesson for any project which you feel needs pre-planning. Students are to follow written instructions leading them to a proper direction. This can be combined with a book report, a map before making a big projects with many elements involved or even an interview cube for a biography report. This lesson I’ll be presenting to my students will focus on themselves. They will answer 6 questions about themselves on the pre-planning worksheet. They will then use their answers to fill in each box on the cube layout with pictures and words. When all the boxes have colors and images they will cut out the cube, and then make creases in the lines to form the cube shape. Once this is done students will use glue stick to glue one tab at a time and attach the tabs to the inside of the cube parts. Have students put these all on a table and allow them to each look at each others cubes so they can critique each others work.
I was pleasantly surprised when my students had all hear of pre-planing. Although when I said the words, they were all disappointed. This worksheet, at first glance seems like a punishment. And I understand that when one thinks of Art, they don’t think of lectures, of power-points, or having to do written work. But as a teacher, even the art teacher needs a written base for grading. I explained to them that this is easy written work. And then had each read a sentence or two out loud. After all the instructions were explained, I handed out pencils and let them fill in the questions. Once they had finished the written work I handed my first student his cube worksheet and showed everyone in the room the next step. I showed them where they can pick up the worksheet once I’ve approved the work, and then allowed them to use crayons, markers and colored pencils to color everything in. Only a few moved on to building the cube. They cut the shape out and caught on quickly as to how to fold and build the cube. Todays class went much much more smoother then last week, and I honestly believe it’s because the subject matter was toned down, and they had guidelines they created for themselves. This actually allowed me to have a self-sustaining, working, classroom.