How can designing our own enclosure for a magical creature help us to understand what animals need to survive?

Visual Art Essential Question:

(Big concept(s) stated as an open question to be explored, combining the Arts & Academic goals)

How can designing our own enclosure for a magical creature help us to understand what animals need to survive?

Lesson Objectives(Outcomes you can measure in your assessment. Pick two for the academic subject and two for the artistic modality) Academic:

•Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need. (K-ESS3-1)

•Designs can be conveyed through drawings. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people. (secondary to K-ESS3-3) Artistic:

•Create a drawing that demonstrates: use of varied lines and shapes to convey expression and movement, placement of figures within a defined space.

•Developing Art Literacy: interpret artwork by providing evidence to support assertions Activities Introductory Activity (e.g. warmup, demo, hook, brainstorm, etc. Approx. 5min, ensure students are ready to focus on activity, set-up lesson- Must relate directly to content/next activity) (Time: 10 mins)As a group, carefully observe

The Unicorn Rests in a Garden (from the Unicorn Tapestries)1495–1505, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection at the Cloisters. (5 mins) •What do you notice about this image?

•What is the Unicorn’s habitat? •What do you think the Unicorn eats?•How is the unicorn kept safe? What else does the unicorn need to be kept safe and healthy? (water, affection…)DEMO:

Create a quick sample drawing that shows a magical creature in its habitat. Use overlapping and line weights to indicate foreground and background. (5 mins)Main Activity (describe sequence of what students will be doing, making, or producing. Include teacher roles throughout. Include time for each step.)(Time: 25 mins)Back at their desks, students will use crayons and colored pencils on construction paper to create their own drawings showing an enclosure for a magical creature that will keep it safe and healthy.

OPTIONAL: Add Collage

Page 2of 4Final Reflection (How will we share & critique our work so we can learn from each other? What did we learn? How will we highlight the connection between the art & the academic content?)(Time: 10 mins) GALLERY WALK: After clean-up, Students leave their artwork at their desks and quietly walk around the room observing everyone’s work while quietly sharing compliments with whomever is nearby.