Geometric shapes are interesting to study, Have the students count and add up how many straight sides are needed to construct the mosaic beetle shape. How many circular shapes? What is the ratio between the straight lines versus the circles?

Mosaics have been a popular art form in many cultures globally. Dating back over 4,000 years ago. Mosaics may have been made of seashells, stones, or other small decorative pieces. Early samples may be found from Ancient Greece and in the relics of the Roman Empire. Talk about how modern day mosaics have changed, and what role they play as an art form.

Try writing a sentence about the beetle, but use a creative path for the type to follow, for example up the jagged bark of a tree. Mix and match ink color and letter styles.

Discuss what role the beetle plays in nature. Identify different types of beetles and make a chart showing where they are most likely to be found. Create a beetle mosaic and glue it to a magnet to hold up the student’s chart.

Create small coaster size tiles using mosaic pieces. Sell the coasters along with some refreshments at a school fund-raiser. Try adding paper designs around water bottles to match the coaster designs.

Art Infused Cross Curriculum Educational Lesson Ideas – Mosaic Beetle Design

Ideas for ART INFUSED Cross Curriculum Lesson Plans

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