TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour

Students create a talking mouth Valentine's Day card to suit the person who will receive it.

Required Time

60 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 4

Subject

Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

colour contrast pattern repetition

Materials

Construction Paper – 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9” X 12”) Scissors newspapers White Glue Crayola Construction Paper Crayons

Steps

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step One

Step One

Fold the paper in half short end to short end - hamburger fold.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Two

Step Two

Fold it in half again - short end to short end.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Three

Step Three

Use Crayola® Project Glue to draw a design on the front of the card.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Four

Step Four

Allow the glue to dry for 3 hours.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Five

Step Five

When the glue is dry open the paper and fold it long end to long end - hot dog fold. Make a small cut about 5 cm long starting at the folded edge of the paper on the half that does not have the glue design.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Six

Step Six

Fold the bottom flap back to make a triangle.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Seven

Step Seven

Fold the top flap back to make a triangle.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Eight

Step Eight

Open up the paper and refold it into the card. Place your fingers inside the card and gently push the two triangles out. 

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Nine

Step Nine

They should form a mouth that opens when you open the card. 

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Ten

Step Ten

Open up the paper and place it on a pad of folded newspapers. Draw a person or creature around the mouth. Remember to repeat lines, shapes and colours as you create your design.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

Add a message.

TALKING MOUTH CARD – Repetition, Pattern, Colour - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

Colour the front of the card.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Design a talking mouth Valentine's Day card to suit the person who will receive it;
  2. Use a variety of crayon techniques;
  3. Use repetition to create visual rhythm; and
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

Extensions

  1. Have children create small talking mouth books about caring and kindness.

Prepare

  1. Prior to this lesson have students experiment with crayon techniques in their sketchbooks. (See Crayon Techniques lesson plan.)
    Crayon Techniques
  2. Gather some Valentine's Day books such as Arnie Lightning's, Happy Valentine's Day, and Be My Valentine.
  3. Gather a variety of Valentine's Day cards, or pictures of Valentine's Day cards. (Wikimedia Commons is a great place to find copyright free images.)
    Valentine
    Tan Valentine
    Gladys Valentine
    Stamp Valentine
    My Dearest

Introduction

  1. Read a story about exchanging Valentine's Day cards that focuses on matching the card to the receiver, for example, The Blue and Green Valentine in Happy Valentine's Day by Arnie Lightning.
  2. Have students look at a variety of Valentine's Day cards and art to find some common characteristics. 
  3. Make a list of the common elements, e.g., colours, symbols, text. 
  4. Introduce the challenge

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Design a talking mouth Valentine's Day card to suit the person who will receive it.
  2. Use a variety of crayon techniques.
  3. Use repetition to create visual rhythm.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

The Process

  1. Walk students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  2. Remind students to think about the person who will receive the card. 
    - What colours do they like?
    - What details would they enjoy?
  3. Encourage students to use repetition and pattern in their design.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. From time to time ask students to stop and view their work from a bit of a distance so they can see it with 'fresh eyes'.
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Once all the cards are complete ask students to share their card with a partner. 
  2. Ask them to look for:
    repetition – How has visual rhythm been achieved?
    - technique – How have different crayon techniques been used? 
  3. Ask some students to share with the whole class.

 

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads – VALENTINE_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads _ VALENTINE_self-assessment.pdf)