Artist Spotlight of the Month
School: Whittemore - Kindergarten
Teacher: Mr. Winters
“Origami Dog Lesson”
The Kindergarten students at the Whittemore School created their own origami dog using white square paper, crayons, and glue. First, we read the book Sparky the Fire Dog, written by Don Hoffman and illustrated by Todd Dakins. The book describes a Dalmation dog that was adopted by the local fire department; the dog reviews fire safety tips with children of the town. Next, we folded a square piece of paper into triangles and formed the dog’s head; we added details using a black crayon. We drew the eyes, nose, mouth, and spots using basic geometric shapes. During the next class, we read the book Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell; we created the dog’s body with another square piece of paper. We folded it once into a triangle, then folded a small triangle for the tail. We added details such as legs, paws, and more spots. We glued the head to the body and added aa identification collar, in case our dog got lost!
The Massachusetts Arts Standards used in this lesson:
1. Methods, Materials, and Techniques. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques unique to the visual arts.
2. Elements and Principles of Design. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design.
3. Observation, Abstraction, Invention, and Expression. Students will demonstrate their powers of observation, abstraction, invention, and expression in a variety of media, materials, and techniques.
1. Interdisciplinary Connections. Students will apply their knowledge of the arts to the study of English language arts, foreign languages, health, history and social science, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering.