Exhibition 1, 2012

                                                      Communities and Individuals

Exhibition #1:  Monday, November 19, 2012

I.  Early Civilizations:  Survival and Settlement as a Community

For the first exhibition, each student will assume the role of archaeologist “digging up” information about the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia.   In teams, students will select a significant topic about this important early civilization.  Components of the project include:

  • Each student will write a factual paragraph describing his/her topic or artifact.
  • Each student will create a unique triorama to show graphics and information about that topic or artifact.
  • In each group, students will combine their trioramas to present what they’ve learned about Mesopotamia.

Students will be assessed on quality of factual information, organized and clear paragraphs, and neat, well-designed appearance of trioramas.

Common Core Standards:  Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language, Reading Informational Texts, History

II. Our Writing Community:  Story Books

            The students will become authors who compose a fully-developed narrative as part of a storybook.   Student stories will evolve from a first to a second draft, through revision and editing, and finally to a published narrative within a self-decorated booklet.

Students will be assessed on the idea development and focus of story ideas, clear organization of story events, strong word choices, and descriptions of characters and setting.   The storybook cover design should enhance the story and be neatly done.

Common Core Standards:  Writing, Language

III.   How are We a Community through Art: Early man cave paintings

Students will learn about some aspects of the lives of early men by looking at caves paintings, and take a virtual tour of the Lascaux cave in France, discussing what materials were used, why, how the paintings were made and for what purpose. Discussions includes how art can tell stories, communicate ideas, and gives us a lot of information about the lives, hopes and beliefs of cultures with no written language.

Students will create a mixed-media drawing that emulates prehistoric cave paintings such as the ones found in the caves of Lascaux and Chauvet in France, and Altamira in Spain. The final drawing will be on crumpled brown paper to represent rocks, using earth tones Cray-Pas and watercolors in a resist technique.

Students will learn how to use various media and techniques to create different visual effects. Students will be developing their observation skills by drawing animals from photographs and other handouts, and their composition skills by deciding how to best place their animals in their work to achieve balance.

Arts standards assessed:

Use of a variety of materials and media in 2D artwork,

Use of a variety of lines in 2D artwork,

Use of visual texture,

Use of shapes in 2D artwork,

Space and composition,



IV.   Bridges Build Communities

Working in Company Construction Teams of three or four, students will assume the jobs of Project Director, Architect, Carpenter, and Accountant as they work together to build a bridge.

  • Each company member (student) will perform only the duties listed for his or her job and will also be responsible for periodically checking the work of other members of their company (for example, the architect designs and draws the plans for the bridge, but will also be responsible for checking the company’s balance sheet maintained by the accountant.)
  • Each student will learn to write checks, balance accounts, and work within a budget.
  • Each student will be required to maintain a task schedule and work with other members of their company to accomplish a common goal.
  • Each student will keep a journal detailing individual and group process and progress.
  • Students will learn and apply concepts such as stress, fulcrum, law of gravity, and strength of different geometric shapes.
  • Students will present their final bridge, highlighting their individual roles and the process of constructing their bridge.

Bridges will be assessed on the accuracy and neatness of the building plans and finished bridge, cost of the bridge as compared to their proposed budget and how well the finished bridge matches the plans.  Bridges will also be judged for strength.  More detailed instructions will be given to students when bridge companies are formed.

Common Core Standards: Math, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Geometry Science, Technology and Engineering



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