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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Warm and Cool Color Landforms

Created on January 16, 2013 by millerrl

This an interdisciplinary lesson for 1st and 2nd graders (but can easily be adapted for higher grade levels) combining geography (landforms) and art (lines and color).

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2 sessions; 45 minutes per session

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Use different types of lines to draw four different landforms: mountains, plains, valleys, and hills.
- Identify warm and cool colors and group them together in a composition.
- Demonstrate appropriate use of oil pastels.

Landform handout, paintings of landforms, examples of warm and cool colors/poster, projector, 10 x 10 black construction paper, pencil, white colored pencil and oil pastels

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Day 1

1. Show students the landform handout on the projector and discuss the lines that can be used to draw each landform.
2. Show students a sample of the final project they will be making and go over the different steps involved using the step board.
3. Then, demonstrate the steps for today using the projector. Distribute black paper to students and instruct them to follow along and complete the steps with you:
- “Once you get your paper, the first step is to draw one land form line across the center of your paper.”
- “Then, you will draw a circle somewhere above the landform line that you just drew. This is the sun/moon.”
- “Next you are going to draw repeating landform lines underneath your first landform line. Continue drawing these until you get to the bottom of the page.”
- “Finally, you are draw repeating circle lines around the first circle that you drew. Do not cross the circle lines with your landform lines!”
- “Last, but not least, trace all of your pencil lines with white colored pencil or crayon.”
4. Assist students individually as they draw all of the lines in pencil on their black paper.
5. Clean up.

Day 2

1. Introduce students to warm and cool colors by going over the warm/cool color poster.
2. Hang colored construction paper on the lockers in the back of the room. Call on students to find and group the warm and cool colors.
3. Show students how they will being using warm and cool colors on their landform projects:
- “Half of your project is going to be colored using warm colors and the opposite half will be colored using cool colors. Raise your hand if you are going to make the top half warm colors, raise your hand if you are going to make the top half cool colors, etc.”
- “After you decide which half is which, take oils pastels and color in the lines that we drew last week. You must use all of the warm and all of the cool colors. You can not color two lines in a row the same color.”
4. Students can then work independently coloring in their projects.
5. Assist students individually with coloring their projects.
6. Clean up.

Students will be assessed using a rubric that is directly aligned with the objectives of the lesson:
1. Did the student use line to visually represent a landform?
2. Did the student correctly use and group together the warm and cool colors?
3. Did the student draw the repeating lines correctly?
4. Did the student demonstrate proper use of oil pastels?

Project inspiration:
Google image search: paintings of landforms, mountains, plains, hills, and valleys


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

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[K-4] Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

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
[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art

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

[K-4] Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines
[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Abstract Art

Color/Value, Line, Rhythm/Pattern


Geography, Science


  • RVArtist 05/01/2013 at 01:48pm
    Love how this turns out!