This is an integrated, differentiated math and reading activity, inspired by Alexander Calder’s life and artwork. Children read interesting vignettes about Calder, determine the essential details and numbers, problem-solve, and show their work in figuring out the solution Two differentiated levels and a detailed lesson plan are provided. Children’s artwork is added to demonstrate reading comprehension. Your students will learn about this great artist while enhancing their abilities to pull out important information from a text and to apply problem-solving strategies.
This activity is part of an Alexander Calder Artist Study, which is a portion of our complete Artist Biography Unit.
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Common Core Standards Addressed:
Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.1 Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.2 Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
CCSS Informational Reading 7. Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
CCSS Informational Reading 10. With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1.
CCSS Foundational Reading 4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.