Step 1: Creatures that live in the ocean Using videos, books, and images create a list of creatures that live in the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about the different habitats required for the various sea creatures and where those habitats exist (ocean floor, caves, etc.). Students will use this list of sea creatures to choose their research
LESSON 2: Scientific Drawing
Step 1: Observational drawing Using books and/or the internet, have students find two or three clear pictures of their sea creatures, possibly from different angles or sides. Many science museums or nature centers provide three-dimensional plastic or taxidermic animal models for classroom use. Explain that scientific drawings are meant to be as accurate as possible.
LESSON 3: Sculpting Sea Creatures
SET-UP Once students are ready for plaster: Each table should be covered with newspaper for collecting plaster drippings. Each table should have a bowl of water for dipping strips. Be sure to keep stash of strips away from the water. If they get wet prematurely, the plaster’s ability to stick is compromised. Step 1: Building
LESSON 4: Painting Sculptures
SET UP: Cover tables with drop cloths or newspaper. Place a large container of water on each table. Mix paint colors that will work for each sea creature (e.g., red, orange, green, brown, gray, pink, etc.) and put paint into small containers or trays. Create a station that has the following items laid out for
CELEBRATION OF LEARNING
Celebration Suggestions: Community Exhibit Exhibit the sea creature sculptures and research in the school or community. Arrange the sculptures alongside the research cards for students and community members to read. Host a Performance Have students read their sea creature facts while holding their sculptures. This performance can be for classmates, teachers, or parents. Partner with
SCULPTURE & ILLUSTRATION: STANDARDS ADDRESSED
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS corestandards.org Reading Standards for Informational Text: CCSS ELA literacy RI 2.1-2.10 Writing: CCSS ELA literacy W 2.1-2.10 Speaking and Listening: CCSS ELA literacy SL 2.1-10 Vocab Acquisition: CCSS ELA literacy L2.1-10 Math, Measurement and Data: CCSS MATH CONTENT 2MD A 1-4 NATIONAL CORE ART STANDARDS nationalartsstandards.org Anchor Standard 1: Generate and
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