Thursday, February 5, 2009

Art Angles

I've been working on a lesson plan for one of my classes and I thought you might be interested in some of the materials I've been preparing. The lesson is meant to teach 3rd graders to indentify right angles, acute angles, and obtuse angles. One of the activities I've been readying is a set of note cards with pictures on them. In the pictures, I've traced some of the angles and numbered them. The students are to tell whether each angle is right, acute, or obtuse. They are then to label each angle ABC. My note cards will be laminated so the students can label them and then erase them. This means I'll be able to reuse them.

Some of my images are photographs of objects like trees, fenses, and planes. Some, of course, are pictures of artwork. The artwork is below. If you want to use the images, copy them into a word document and resize them so they fit on note cards.

In order: 1. John James Audubon's Flamingo, 2. Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Girls at the Piano, 3. Henri Matisse's Jazz, 4. a Greco-Roman bronze sculpture called Boy with Thorn, 5. Gustave Courbet's Cliffs Near Etretat, 6. an Egyptian sculpture of Akhenaten, 7. Andre Derain's The Turning Road, 8. and a color field painting by Piet Mondrian.


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Peter said...

No problem to define Piet Mondrian's angles! :-)

Ms. Julie's Place said...

Wow! This is what I am always harping about!! Good work.
Identifying those types of angles is a key step in learning to draw too.
After this first presentation, giving them a step by step drawing lesson identifying those angles as you go may yield very interesting results.

Jessica said...

Peter: I certainly hope it wouldn't be a problem!

Julie: That sounds like a fun lesson, but I'd need someone to give me a step-by-step drawing lesson identifying angles first!

School for Us said...

I LOVE this!!! I'm getting ready to teach an 8 week geometry class and I will definitely be using these. Thanks for the wonderful idea!!!

Jessica said...

I'm glad you like it. I made 24 of these angle notecards with various pictures on them. These are just the ones that include artwork. I would be happy to email you the file with all the images already in a 3X5 format. Send me an email at artsmarts4kids AT

Lee said...

This is a fantastic activity. I'd love to use it too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting! I'm going to use this as an intro to a 6th grade unit on geometry!