This packet contains multiple art-integrated math projects/activities aimed at grades 3-5 (covering counting, fractions, perimeter and area, and greater than, less than, and equal to). Makes for a great end-of-the-year project! :)
Activity One: “The Lego Portrait Worksheet”
Students answer various questions (finding perimeter and area, creating fractions to show certain color squares compared to the whole, using >, <, or = to compare fractions, etc.) based on a lego-styled mosaic portrait drawing already provided.
*Answer key provided.
Activity Two: “My Lego Portrait Project”
Students create their own lego-styled portrait on 1cm grid paper and then answer various questions based on their artwork on a separate worksheet. Worksheet questions include finding the perimeter and area of specific areas in the portrait, creating fractions to describe the relationship between the usage of certain colors to the whole, and comparing color usage using >, <, or =.
Extension idea: Have each student write a fact about their portrait (Ex. My portrait has a shirt with the area of 52cm2.) on a notecard. Hang up all the student portraits in the front of the room and randomly pass out notecards. Have students match their fact card to its work of art!
Activity Three: “The Instructed Lego Portrait Project”
Students are given a set of rules they must follow to create a more specific lego-styled portrait on 1cm grid paper.
Sample problems from the rules/worksheet page --
2. The person must be exactly 24cm tall.
a. How many blocks high must the person be? ______
3. The bottom half of your person (the pants) must be exactly ⅓ the height of the person.
a. How many blocks high must the pants be? _______
4. The pants on your person must make one solid shape and cover an area of 64cm2.
a. How many blocks wide must the pants on your person be? _______
b. What shape are the pants (with these measurements)? ___________
c. How many blocks do you have left to create the rest of the body with?
Total height – height of pants = ____________
Questions/building rules are scaffolded, so students must answer the questions in numerical order to be able to construct the correct figure. Students are asked to find the perimeter and area of different parts, compare the size of those parts using >, <, or =, solve fraction problems, and create fractions to describe color usage.
*Answer key provided.
Activity Four: “Follow the Fraction Rule”
Students are given a set of rules they must follow to help them decorate/color 12 blank lego people templates. Students must expand the fraction on their rule card to match the number of people on their coloring sheet.
For example --
"1. 1/2 of your lego people should have
some kind of hat on.
2. 1/6 should be wearing a rainbow clown
3. 1/12 should be wearing a tuxedo....."
>> 4 different rule cards provided.
*Answer sheet provided.
BONUS: Activity Five: “Lego Self-portrait” (Added 4/29/14)
The is a bonus art lesson that you can use as an extension activity or as a project students can do while others are finishing up the other included activities.
Students create their own self-portraits in the style of a lego person.
An 'Art with Ms Gram' product. :)
You can also visit my blog at www.artwithmsgram.com to view my elementary art student and teacher samples, lessons, resources, and more!
Lego Portrait Project
by Ms. Gram
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