MaterialsWhite board/large drawing paper and markers
Paper for period art project
Supplies for students to create art project: paper circles in various colors and sizes, crayons, glue
Activities1. Review what a sentence is with students. Write a sentence on the board as a visual example. Point out a sentence requires a capitol letter, spaces between each word, and punctuation. Today we will focus on the period. Ask to pre-assess, “Where is the period?” “What does a period do?” “Why is a period important?”
2. Teach students a song to help remember the important parts of a sentence.
3. “What does a sentence need, a sentence need, a sentence need?
4. A capital, a period, and spaces in between.”
5. Have students stand and teach the first line with a simple movement. Ask why each thing is important to a sentence.
6. Ask why each thing in the next line of the song is important to a sentence.
7. Have students choose the movements they want to do for the next line.
8. A simple movement for a capital letter, another for a period, and another for spaces in between. Practice song and movements all together.
9. Ask students what shape a period looks like. Draw a circle and another various shape (or scribble) to show that circles have curved lines and no beginning or end. Explain they are going to make art with circles like a period. They can create what they want with crayons or paper as long as they make it with circles (curved lines and no beginning or end).
Differentiation Approaches1. English Language Learners: repetition of the movements and song in addition to the visual sentence on the board. Examples of circles art can be prepared as an example.
2. Students who are differently abled: movements to song can be modified for students in a seated position. Pre-cut circles are supplied for students who have difficulty with scissors.
3. Students who complete the work quickly and carelessly: Have tables partners ensure student art is created with circles.
4. Students who complete work quickly and successfully: When students start completing art, have students who are done return to group setting and begin “showcasing work.”
AssessmentAssessment of dance and song will be a visual observation. The visual art can be used as an assessment to verify the shape of a period.
Follow Up and Extension Ideas1. Follow-up: Students will return to this song as they progress in their writing to aid them in proper writing conventions.
2. Extension: Song and dance can be modified as students learn more about sentence structure and other punctuation. Song and dance can be modified for other subjects.
3. Art can be used during shapes unit (as students mature, they should be able to cut their own shapes with the appropriate characteristics).