Draw a semi-circle the full length of a piece of Bristol board so the base is about 71 cm (28"). Cut it out.
Use shape tracers and crayons to make a design all over the Bristol board.
Use geometric and organic shapes.
Use watercolours to paint over the whole Bristol board.
Use several colours and let them mix together.
Fold the Bristol board into a cone.
Measure it so it fits your head.
Staple the cone together.
Use markers to scribble lots of coloured lines all over a piece of tissue paper.
Lightly spray the tissue paper with water.
When the tissue paper is dry softly crunch it into a long strip.
Decorate the cone with glitter glue and other things.
Staple the tissue paper to the base of the cone.
Students will be able to:
Create a cone shaped hat;
Create patterns with geometric and organic shapes;
Use crayon resist technique;
Explain their process; and
Express opinions about the works.
Use the crayon resist technique and shape tracers to create a set of small shape cards – one for each of 5 shapes.
Ask them to find examples of the various shapes in their home – for example, square tiles, and round plates, and record them on the back of the appropriate card.
Invite students to share what they have found with each other.
Gather materials needed for this lesson.
Place students in groups of about 6 so they can share the materials.
Cut out enough shape tracers for each group.
Gather books about shape, for example, Shape by Shape, by Suse Macdonald, A Circle Here, A Square There, by David Diehl, I Spy Shapes in Art, by Lucy Micklethwaite, Round is a Mooncake, by Roseanne Thong
Download the shape poster available on this website. Shape
Introduce the idea of shapes to students by reading one of the shape books, and referring to the shape poster.
Invite students to point out shapes they see in the classroom. Make a small doodle drawing to represent the object along with the word for it in the appropriate column.
Explain that shapes are so much fun that today they are all going to make a Happy Hat to celebrate shapes.
Introduce the challenge.
Create a cone shaped hat
Create patterns with geometric and organic shapes.
Use crayon resist technique.
Explain how you made your hat.
Share ideas about each others' hats.
Guide students through the steps in this project.
Encourage them to share ideas and to learn from each other.
Provide individual assistance and encouragement.
Ask students to wear their hats as they walk slowly around the room.
On your signal, ask them to stop and face someone.
Have students share their hats with their partner. Ask them to say one thing that they think is special about their partner's hat.
Ask students to continue to walk around the room on your signal, stopping and sharing repeatedly.
Have students return to their seats. Invite them to share something about the hats with the whole class.
Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - HAT_tracking.pdf)
Have students reflect on their work using the self-assessment form. (Downloads - HAT_self-assessment.pdf)