Rainbow Fish

5 days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements, organizational principles, patterns, relationships, techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

P.1 Apply the techniques, elements, principles, intellectual methods, concepts, and functions of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline to communicate ideas, emotions, experiences, address opportunities to improve daily life, and solve problems with insight, reason, and competence.

 

P.2 Demonstrate skillful use of appropriate vocabularies, tools, instruments, and technologies of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

P.4 Perform, present, exhibit, publish, or demonstrate the results of the artistic/creative process for an audience.

Objectives:

·         Students will make a three-dimensional fish using recycled material (pop bottle).

·         Students will successfully use geometric and organic shapes and lines to create an interesting patterned design on their fish.

·         Students will successfully develop, type, and print out their own unique Rainbow Fish story.

Vocabulary Words:

geometric shapes, organic shapes, line, pattern, 3-Dimensional, recycle, transparent, rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)

Preparation:

·         Have 2 liter plastic pop bottles cleaned, wrapper removed, pop bottle bottoms cut off - cut out and stapled like fish tails.

·         Reserve computer room for 5th day.

Materials and Resources:

·         Example of pop bottle Rainbow Fish

·         The Rainbow Fish – book

·         The Rainbow Fish – videos – can show during the last work day

·         2 liter pop bottles – 1 for every student

·         Rough draft paper

·         pencil

·         A variety of color permanent markers

·         Black permanent markers

·         Pictures of different types of fish

·         Evaluation Sheet

·         Yarn (for displaying from ceiling)

Motivation – Instruction:

·         Show example of pop bottle Rainbow Fish – hold fish up to the window to show students how it is transparent – like stained glass.

·         Read The Rainbow Fish book together in class.

·         Show the photographs of different types of fish.

·         Discuss what geometric and organic shapes are – draw examples on board.

·         Discuss and demonstrate how to draw different types of lines.

·         Explain what the rainbow colors are.

·         Go over evaluation sheet and project expectations.

Procedure:

Day 1:

·         Show example of pop bottle Rainbow Fish – hold fish up to the window to show students how it is transparent – like stained glass.

·         Read The Rainbow Fish book together in class.

·         Show the photographs of different types of fish.

·         Discuss what geometric and organic shapes are – draw examples on board.

·         Discuss and demonstrate how to draw different types of lines.

·         Go over evaluation sheet and project expectations.

·         Explain what the rainbow colors are.

·         Pass out rough draft paper to each student and have them draw a fish on their paper as the teacher demonstrates how to draw a fish on the board. Have students complete the fish by drawing a pattern using geometric and organic shapes inside their fish.

Day 2:

·         Pass out pop bottles to each student.

·         Have students begin to draw with black permanent marker their design using geometric and organic shapes and a variety of lines (they may use the same design as they had drawn on their rough draft or create a new one). Remind students that they are using permanent markers and to take their time and to be very careful!

Day 3:

·         Students will finish drawing their design on their fish.

·         Students will begin coloring inside the shapes they created on their fish. Remind students to color neatly and to not smear the black marker with their colored markers (which can sometimes happen on plastic). Have students try to use all the marker colors, since they are rainbow fish!

Day 4:

·         Students will finish coloring in all the shapes/design with colored markers. (The Rainbow Fish movie can be shown on this last work day as students are finishing up). Fish can be hung from the ceiling by yarn – they look great next to a window! (Have students begin writing their story {Day 5} – if they finish their fish early).

 

 

Day 5:

Students will go to the computer lab and write their own “Rainbow Fish” story. They must write at least 10 complete sentences. The story needs to include: name of their fish, where their fish lives, a conflict/problem, and a resolution with a happy ending to the story. The stories will be printed out and displayed with the pop bottle Rainbow Fish.

 

Resources:

Adapted from Fran Legman – www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/Files/fish.htm