The study of Japan is a FAVORITE unit I do each year. The lessons are: a Lantern, Torii Gate, Carp Flag, Japanese Woman, Fan and Iris which are displayed throughout the room. We make the Colors of Japan Book. The lessons in this Make-A-Book are: Red is for the Japanese flag, Orange is for volcanos, Yellow is for school caps, Green is for green tea, Blue is for the water around Japan, Purple is for Mt. Fuji and Pink is for cherry blossoms. There is a section of Japan facts.
The TLC directed art lessons are designed to help the children develop their self confidence and creative ability. The children are given only squares and rectangles to create pictures. The children learn to cut circles, ovals and triangles from the squares and rectangles. All of the children begin with the same materials and follow the same directions, but the results are individual and no two creations look alike.
TLC teaches across the curriculum, math, literature, science and social studies. The lessons are not just fun, but meaningful and cover many of your benchmarks. TLC lessons are featured on many teacher websites.
The following is a note from a TLC Fan:- "I have been using TLC for 10 years. There is so much learning and it is FUN! The children are learning to follow directions, developing fine motor skills as well as reading and math skills. They are learning the art principles of form and placement. The lessons are based on literature, science, and social studies so it is using art to increase literacy. I just want you to know you are impacting kids here in Michigan. Thanks for providing such a wonderful teaching tool."