Transform your mathematics classroom into an art gallery by using a work of art as the focal point to a mathematics lesson!
Open your mathematics lesson by students viewing a PowerPoint (with informational footnotes; 13 slides) featuring the life and works of the artist, Vincent van Gogh. Students color their own Starry Night masterpiece (coloring page included), and then adorn their night sky with color foil stars. With their math goggles™ on, students count the number of colored stars in their night sky, generate a bar graph of this data, and then discuss/compare/contrast their bar graphs (worksheet included). Excite students about learning mathematics by using the visual arts as a tool!
This detailed lesson (7 pages) focuses on:
- generating a bar graph of the color stars in their Starry Night;
- making observations of bar graphs;
- comparing and contrasting bar graphs;
- solving simple put-together and take-apart problems.
Each field-tested lesson plan includes color photos of students’ artwork, so you know what the final product(s) should look like. Also included are list of related children’s literature, list of related websites, and extension activities.
Each slide of the PowerPoint slideshow is footnoted with details about the artist and his artwork, as well as and supporting information and math questions! Plenty of information is provided to make you, the teacher, feel confident and knowledgeable!
©2014 by Robin A. Ward, Ph.D. Permission is granted to original purchasers to reproduce material as designated only for THEIR own classroom use only. No other part of this work may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems without permission in writing from Robin A. Ward, except by a reviewer, who may quote brief passages in a review.
I am uploading more integrated mathematics-visual arts activities regularly for grades Prekindergarten – 5th. Keep an eye out and tell your teacher-friends!
Put your math goggles™ on and see math in art!