This resource was developed to help elementary students approach a real-word problem, and solve that problem using arts and mathematics skills and knowledge. The project is aligned to several standards, with an emphasis on the following for third and fourth grade students:
Grade Three – Measurement and Data CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.C.5
Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.
Grade Four – Measurement and Data
Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.
It has been my personal experience that students learn best when they have a hands-on, real-word project to connect abstract concepts to. Thus, I would recommend this project toward the beginning of a unit designed around area and geometric measurement. However, this project is designed for students who have already had an introductory lesson to basic concepts of measurement and two-dimensional rectangular area.
A first-person narrative is used to convey the story of a real-world art project students will be mimicking. This narrative is meant to help students feel comfortable with the project task as they follow along in their own project packet. It might be helpful to guide students through the narrative entirely before they begin working in their packet. This will allow students to start generating ideas prior to the pressure of putting pencil to paper.
Finally, this project requires hands-on measurement, and possibly travel outside the school. I recommend reading through the project in advance to make a logistical plan for implementation, especially for large classes.
Thanks for using this resource, and I hope you and your students have fun!
P.S. This resource was developed with generous funding from the Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts Community Outreach Grant, which is distributed through the Arts Initiative at The Ohio State University. This is a free, open-source resource for teachers, students, and other interested parties. Please do feel free to forward, print, and share this resource with teachers or students you know.
Table of Contents:
Page 1-2: Introduction for teachers
Page 3-29: Presentation Slides
Page 30-39: Student Project Packet
Note About Materials:
In addition to the presentation slides and student project packet, you will need to decide how students will construct the two-dimensional images for their window displays. These images can be drawn, painted, collages, photographs, or any art-form that would be visible from a window. Most projects will probably require some large form of roll paper, poster board, newsprint, or other substrate for students to work on. If you’re interested in creating photographs, several commercial printers (FedEx, BestValueCopy.com, Staples, etc.) print poster-size images on roll paper. If you have access to a large format printer at your school or at a nearby university, you could do the printing yourself or as part of a field trip for the class project. Otherwise, be sure to have scissors, coloring implements, measuring tools, and pencils on hand. If your school employs an art teacher, reach out to them for creative assistance and brainstorming. Have fun!