|The Novak Pumpkin Patch|
|My sister and Miss Piggy|
I originally saw this lesson idea on pinterest, but it is actually from Adventures from an Art Teacher blog. It is a wonderful lesson for patterns as well as tying in student's interest and excitement for pumpkins!
Students and I first talk about patterns and when it means. They give me examples and I write them on the board. (big, small, big, small) After a few examples I write up a few harder ones and have them give me a "thumbs up" if it is a pattern and a "thumbs down" if it isn't. This gives me a good idea of who is struggling with patterns and who really understands. I then make a super simple pattern of "medium pumpkin" over and over and over. I ask them to give me a "thumbs up or down". I get a lot of confusion on this one - it stumps a lot of kids. Many say it's not a pattern - but we find out that it is a pattern! The same pumpkin is repeated over and over and over. I always have one student say, "but it's not a very good pattern" - exactly! Then we quickly talk about making it the best pattern then can!
After they draw their pumpkin pattern they have to decide where their pumpkins are - inside, outside, night time, day time, under the sea, in space, in candy land... etc.
When everything is drawn in pencil they Sharpie outline EVERYTHING. We of course discuss that sharpies are ONLY for paper and not fingers, tables, clothes - etc.