Great for Memorial Day, Veterans' Day, Presidents' Day, and more! This Social Studies integrated art lesson is a creative alternative to copying or coloring the American flag. Use it with any units relating to patriotism, symbolism, and national holidays.
The abstract, open-ended nature of the collage encourages and fosters student creativity, and assures success for students of all abilities.
The lesson is introduced with a read-aloud of the picture book I Pledge Allegiance, by Bill Martin, Jr., which presents the vocabulary of the Pledge of Allegiance through torn paper collage illustrations.
The lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- a “stars” template to reproduce
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for use of the read-aloud book
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- writing extension ideas
Plus….. a stars template to copy onto construction paper.
Also included: a Draw & Write literature response template
in two versions: without lines to allow for all types and styles of writing, and with lines for more writing support.
The lesson should take about an hour.
This comprehensive lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
Because I teach in California, the lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; this lesson can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
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This lesson is included in Three Literature-Integrated Art Lessons for Kindergarten
Another version of this lesson, Patriotic Colors Cut Paper Collage,
is designed for older students.
Voting and Elections: A Unit Framework
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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