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Early [PK-K] Lesson Plan

Patterned Shape Cows

Created on May 05, 2014 by MrsImpey

This is a kindergarten lesson that I use in conjunction with the Common Core standards. It connects with math (using shapes and patterns), as well as with the NYS Listening & Learning Strand about the farm.

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2 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT identify AB and ABC patterns.

2. SWBAT draw a pattern using shapes, letters, numbers, and lines.

3. SWBAT demonstrate their knowledge of how to paint with watercolor paint.

4. SWBAT draw a cow using basic, geometric shapes.

1. Pencils
2. Black crayons (or black Sharpie)
3. Watercolor paint

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Day 1:
1. Do a step-by-step drawing of a cow with students. Draw each step on the board and have them mimic on their own paper. (Good place to review cows on a farm: udders for girl cows, horns for boy cows, the tags on their ears, the parts of the cow, etc.). You may have students draw with pencil first or just use crayon.
2. After the drawing is complete, add a frame. Students then add patterns to the cow's spots and to the frame.

Day 2:
1. Review how to paint with watercolor paint.
2. Students paint everything BUT the white part of the cow. (Paint the spots, the background, the frame, the mouth, etc.).

See attached rubric.

***This was a review project for how to draw a cow for my kinders as we did the "Hey Diddle Diddle Shape Cow" project at the beginning of the year as a pre-assessment. See link above.

***I have done other versions of this where students are allowed to use colored crayons to make the patterns in the spots instead of just black.


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

[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

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

Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape

Crayon, Watercolor