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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Eric Carle illustrations and stories

Created on March 18, 2014 by RuthByrne

Bright beautiful illustrations in the style of Eric Carle are a perfect inspiration for thrilling day by day stories created and narrated by the students. Recording the stories on the computer adds a special published touch.

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5 sessions; 45 minutes per session

-Students will apply colors and textures to paper
-Students will employ art elements and principles in their creation of animals with shapes
-Students will use their imaginations to create a story based on their art work.
-Students will create a video to communicate their story.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2. Tissue Paper
3. Tempera paint
4. Brushes, scrapers, texture stamps
5. Scissors
6. Glue
7. 9x12 white paper
8. Writing template (attached)
9. Computers with microphones
10. Photostory for Windows or comparable software (download in Notes)

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1. Introduce Eric Carle to the students through the Hungry Caterpillar.
2. View Eric Carle's art and process through his website:
3. Have students play with paper shapes to create a variety of animals, drawing favorites or final ideas in their sketchbooks
Day 2
1. Set up painting stations for different colors that include brushes, paint, stamps, scrapers, texture makers, sponges
2. Demonstrate how to separate tissue paper into for sections to accommodate/delineate different colors
3. Students pant and texturize sections of color on their tissue paper.
Day 4
1. Redistribute tissue papers and demonstrate how to trace or draw shapes on the back of the tissue, cut them and glue them to white 9x12 paper.
2. Students compose their chosen animals adding scenery if time permits.
Day 4
1. Review Eric Carle's story identify temporal words (days of week) that help move the story along. (I like to have the kids brainstorm other temporal words (then, after) to complete the ELA connection)
2. Distribute "A Week in the Life of" worksheets and have students fill in events for each day of the week in the life of their creature.
Day 5
1. Introduce Photostory software (how to get their picture from the drive, ask kids what button they might push to get to the NEXT step, or record)
2. As students finish writing their stories allow them to take laptops to the hall to record their story on Photostory. When complete, bring to teacher for assistance saving.

Example of a student's story:

Eric Carle talks about his work:

Photos and slideshows of his process:

Here's a place to download PhotoStory 3:

It's the really the worst software, but it's simple enough for the kids to use and you can record the audio within the program which is important. I usually end up editing the audio in Movie Maker afterwards.

If you know of better but still simple software, let me know!


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Color/Value, Shape

Collage, Digital

English/Language Arts, Technology