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A composite image. Center- A photo of a first-grade girl showing holding her drawing over the lower part of her face. She has drawn a vairety of lines and used shapes to make a drawing of a pencil. Left- A child's pencil drawing of a pattern using spirals inside of squares framed by short dark diagonal lines. Right- A child's pencil drawing of a character made out of squares, circles and triangle teeth & spikes.
Explore & Describe: Drawing with Pencil
Imbue an everyday tool with a sense of possibility by putting the kids (and their pencils) in charge. Visit this page for example videos and supports.
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Planning Details
Time
30 minutes
Space
Clear desks or tables
Materials
Sharpened pencils, Large sheet of paper for each table, More paper for each child
 
A composite image with a close-up photo of a smiling first grade girl leaning forward in the center. Smaller photos above and below show six different K-2 classrooms, each with groups of children expressing the word
Emotion Vocabulary Activity 1
Play The Statue Game to embody core emotions and engage students in the inferencing process through physical expression. Visit this page for example videos and support.
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Planning Details
Time
5 min set up, 2 min per word
Space
Room to move around and pose
Materials
none
 
Children in different classroom settings using their voice dramatically
Vocal Expression Activities
Use rhythm & repetition to explore vocal choices and build expressive skills & confidence. Visit this page to find Vocal Expression Activities with supports & video exampl...
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Activities on this page include…
I am Using My Voice!
Expressive Dialogue Game
Puppet Vocal Warm Up
 
Three students using their bodies and faces to show the three advanced emotion vocabulary words baffled, enraged and panicked.
Emotion Vocabulary Activity 2
Play The Statue Game to introduce advanced emotion vocabulary & support personal connections through physical expression. Visit this page for example videos and support.
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Planning Details
Time
4 min set up, 2-3 min per word
Space
Room to move around and pose
Materials
none
 
A classroom teacher and her students standing at the rug during a 5-senses journey under the water. The studentss are making a wide variety of physical choices to show what they are imagining .
5 Senses Journey
Collaborate as a class to describe and act out the details you see, hear, touch, taste and smell in a story setting. Visit this page for example videos and supports.
5 Senses Journey
Planning Details
Time
12-15 minutes
Space
Standing with space to move safely, in a circle or assigned spots.
 
Student smiling and holding up a small puppet of a person she made with torn paper. Student looking at a background she made using lots of small torn paper pieces in many colors filling the page.
Explore & Describe: Torn Paper Collage
Experiment to discover what construction paper can do, and what ideas it can inspire. Visit this page for example videos and supports.
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Planning Details
Time
30-40 min
Space
Clear tables, or joined desks
Materials
variety of color 9 x 12 construction paper, optional glue sticks
 
Student uses emotion mapping tool to get ideas for how to draw expressive puppet faces.
Emotion Vocabulary Activity 3
Use Emotion Mapping to visually compare & contrast advanced emotion words that your class explored in The Statue Game. Visit this page for example videos and support.
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Planning Details
Time
2 min set up, 2-3 min per word
Space
Make sure all can see The Emotion Map
Materials
Emotion Map, Advanced vocab cards, Tape, blank cards, marker
 
A composite image 1) two children enjoy using the shapes to create eyebrows on their own face 2) a child copies the puppet face they've made by winking their own eye 3) two contrasting puppet faces made by the same child. One has spread out shapes that give it a suprised expression and one has the shapes squished together giving it a determined expression. 3) A child explains the two contrasting faces she made to the rest of the class.
Explore & Describe: 5 Shapes Many Emotions
Explore how small choices transform what is being expressed. The shapes are limited but the possibilities are endless. Visit this page for example videos and supports.
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Planning Details
Time
40-45 min
Space
Clear tables, or joined desks
Materials
precut black shapes & heads
 
First grade students expressing the vocabulary word
Quick Pose Warm Ups
Make tangible, physical connections to new vocabulary and concepts to prepare to work as artists. Visit this page to find supports & video examples using a variety of vocabulary pr...
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visual arts vocabulary
emotional vocabulary
elements of story
 
Teacher kneels at students' desks and listens with a huge smile on her face to a student, who is also grinning ear to ear, describing his drawing.
Notice, Describe & Ask: Visual Arts
This language protocol allows children to feel seen for who they are, while building their ability to speak for themselves.
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Integrate this protocol…
… to notice the variety of choices kids make when creating art.
…to describe kids’ artistic choices with specificity & equal enthusiasm.
… into any visual arts activity.
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