PEPPER MONTAGE

MATH
This colorful montage would look stunning as a wall mural. Measure the area of a space on a wall in the room that you would like to display the montage and then figure out how many squares will be needed to make the mural.

HISTORY
“POP” art was an art movement that emerged in the United States during the 1950’s and became a popular style of art used in advertising and comic books. Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol were two famous Pop artists. Create a time-line of the POP art era using pictures and words.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Write a report or create a PowerPoint on the various types of Hispanic peppers using a montage of pictures and words.

SCIENCE
Hotter pepper plants use their spiciness as a defense mechanism against predation. Capsicums, including chilies and other hot peppers, are in the middle of the antimicrobial pack (killing or inhibiting up to 75 percent of bacteria). Discuss the health benefits of peppers and label the montage.

EXTENSION
Create recipe cards with montage images used to identify the different peppers used in the ingredients and have a cook-off. See if the contestants can match a pepper montage card to the correct recipe.

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PAPER FLOWERS

MATH
Try to calculate the number of flowers which can fit into a given size vase. Keep in mind that an odd number of flowers usually makes for a more visually appealing artistic arrangement.

HISTORY
Flowers have been symbolic throughout history. Create a poster of paper flowers used to commemorate various events like holidays or school graduation, using your school colors or the appropriate color for a special event.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Add a special touch to your next writing assignment. Have the students create paper flowers, and then spray them lightly with their favorite perfume. Have them compose a formal invitation to a special gala , in the correct format complete with RSVP, and attach the flowers to the invitation.

SCIENCE
Try studying and identifying different types of plants and recreate paper flowers as close as possible in color, size and shape.

EXTENSION
Build a flower box and fill it with colorful flowers. Add decorative bees and butterflies and some floral smelling air freshener, making it a real show stopper.

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ORIGAMI FROGS

MATH
Discuss symmetry and the angles used in origami. Discuss the different types of angles, like right angles and acute angles, and have students identify them in this design.

HISTORY
Origami is the ancient art of paper folding developed by the Japanese. Discuss the history of this art form, and how it is still used in art today

LANGUAGE ARTS
Have the students come up with different words made from the words “Origami Frogs”. Every time they come up with a word, their frog can hop one more time, see who can come up with the most words and which frog hops the farthest, this can be done individually or as separate teams.

SCIENCE
Focus in on the special properties of the frog and the power behind its jump. Place a dab of wet paint on the bottom of each origami frog (a different color for each student) and let them see which frog jumps the farthest (the color markings will help to identify the winner).

EXTENSION
Make this a contest, see which frog can hop to the finish line first. Have the students decorate an obstacle course with blue construction paper for water and sticks for the frogs to jump over.

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OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

MATH
Discuss symbolism and the relationships found in art and math. For example parallel lines are similar to an equal sign. The Mobius strip appears visually similar to that of an infinity sign, how many other symbols can be related?

HISTORY
The history of optical illusions can be traced back to the 5th century B.C. and the Greek philosopher Epicharmus. Create a time-line of other famous inventors of optical illusions throughout history.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Have the students write humorous prose that creates an optical illusion about an unrealistic situation. For example write about a person trying to climb a staircase in the art by MC Escher called “Relativity”.

SCIENCE
Epicharmus believed that even if our mind knows and understands everything clearly, the sensory organs deceive us and present an optical illusion. Discuss how optical illusions can play tricks on the mind.

EXTENSION
Try making a game board using an optical illusion. Use air dry clay to sculpt playing pieces in crooked shapes, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the “Crooked House” from the storybook rhyme.

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NOTE HOLDER

MATH
Talk about mirror images and determine what happens when a shape is reflected on a vertical axis. Make connections to size and scale of objects.

HISTORY
Discuss the historical significance of the dragonfly and what it symbolizes in different cultures. It often refers to a type of positive change.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Make connections between words and communication skills. Set up clues in the note holders and place them in various areas, then give students the first note holder with a hint as to where they can find the next one. Each note holder will give a clue until the last one is found.

SCIENCE
Disuses the numerous species of dragonflies, look at the size of their eyes in relationship to their head. Talk about the long migration patterns and try to map a route using the note holder to denote facts about their journey.

EXTENSION
Try creating a pencil station where the dragonfly can hold writing implements needed in class. Attach them to the edge of a dry erase board to draw attention to special notes.

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NEOPLASTICISM

MATH
Squares and rectangles are geometric shapes. Use math figure out the area of each shape. Add up the vertical and horizontal planes, discuss the quantities and contrast and compare the differences between various pieces of art.

HISTORY
In the early 1900’s the term Neoplasticism, was coined by an artist named Piet Mondrian. Create a gallery of art samples on a world map showing other popular styles of art from different cultures, during this same time period.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Look at words used to define different styles of art during the same time period as Neoplasticism, and show visual examples to go along with the identification of each piece, for example Fauvism, Expressionism and Surrealism.

SCIENCE

Neoplasticism influenced the science behind somearchitectural structures found in different parts of the world. Try constructing a small scale building and paint it using colors and designs with black lines and primary colors, similar to the
art of Piet Mondrian.

EXTENSION
Try recreating this style of art in other areas, like painting (or knitting) a scarf or baking a cake using the bold black horizontal and vertical lines with blocks of primary colors.

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MOSAIC BEETLE

MATH
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?

HISTORY
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.

LANGUAGE ARTS
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.

SCIENCE
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.

EXTENSION
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.

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