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Coordinate Graphing Math, Art, Literacy & Science Project

Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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The Vincent Van Gogh Coordinate Math, Literacy, Science & Art Project is a multi-disciplinary project. Students read a Van Gogh biography and quotation biography, develop a theory about Vincent based on his biography and his own words. They view "Starry Night" and engage in a visible thinking routine to explore the painting.

They read a nonfiction article about constellations, complete a graphic organizer to review main idea and supporting detail concepts. They also research constellations and the myths about them.

After reviewing coordinate graphing concepts, students learn to apply rules to coordinates. By influencing the X or Y axes, they can change the size of their lines. They practice this skill and notice how their line changes.

Finally, they are given a real world situation in which they are contracted to created a Van Gogh-inspired art piece using a real constellation. They choose one of their researched constellations, graph it and record the coordinates they used. Then their employer sends them a letter stating that it needs to be double the original size that was communicated. Students apply two rules (X * 2) and (Y*2) to accomplish the task. They cover their coordinate graph using oil pastels or crayons, and cut a night time silhouette to mimic Van Gogh's village in the painting.

The project ends with a student reflection!

Here's what you get with this download:

1. 7 pages of Teacher Talk directions, tips, and photos.

2. 2 page biography (colored).

3. 2 page biography (black and white).

4. A GORGEOUS quotation biography (6 pages, colored).

5. 2 black and white reader response sheets.

6. A copy of the "Starry Night" painting.

7. 1 black and white art response sheet.

8. 1 black and white constellation nonfiction article.

9. 1 black and white main idea/supporting details student response sheet.

10. 10 black and white (with minimal color) constellation cards.

11. 4 black and white coordinate graphing student sheets.

12. 3 answer keys

13. 2 black and white constellation data table and rule sheet.

14. Colored Young Artist Assignment sheet.

15. Black and white Young Artist Assignment sheet option.

16. 1 postmarked employer envelope and letter. (minimal color)

17. Colored Young Artist Customer Request Assignment sheet.

18. Black and white Young Artist Customer Request Assignment sheet option.

19. 2 student reflection direction pages (one colored, the other black and white).

20. 2 student reflection pages (one colored, the other black and white).

21. 10 black and white 11" X 17" landscape photos for silhouette tracing.

22. 1 black and white 11" X 17" coordinate graph

23. 1 (8 1/2" X 11") coordinate graph, black and white.

Looking for more ways to practice this coordinate graphing skill? You should check out this game: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Game-Dueling-Rules-Coordinate-Graphing-for-Upper-Elementary-4800728

Total Pages
59 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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