Module 1

Introduction

Welcome to Module 1

All lessons in this Module are grounded in the Saskatchewan Arts Education Visual Art Curriculum, Outcome CP3.7 (Create visual art works that express ideas about the natural, constructed and imagined environments). Students will begin this module by generating questions around the topic of Saskatchewan Wildflowers. This module consists of a shell of lessons and one fully developed lesson (artifact). There will be a number of formative assessments and at the end, students will be asked to create a visual art product (summative assessment). This product will then be self assessed and peer assessed by students. See overview of the Module lessons in the visual concept map below:

 

In the following lessons, you will find the student instructions first and any notes that have been added for teachers will be included at the end [in square brackets].

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Lesson 1

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Hello Grade 3.  Today we are going to talk about the plants we see growing in Saskatchewan.  What plants grow wild in your backyard?  What plants grow wild in the field by your house? Which plants to you see when you go to Wascana park, or on a class field trip?  How are these plants different from the ones your family might buy to plant in your yard once the spring brings warm weather to Saskatchewan? What about a plant like this that grows in warm tropical places? :

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[These lessons will begin with an ‘Invitation’ in Lesson 1: The teacher will bring a variety of flowers into the classroom – some wildflowers, some petunias, and some type of tropical flower. The flowers will be placed at the front of the classroom and students will be ‘invited’ to look, touch and feel them. Following this we will have a class discussion about flowers.  Hopefully the discussion will work it’s way to what they see growing wild, what they might see that gets planted in their yards just for the summer, and tropical plants that need tropical weather to survive. This will potentially lead to talking about perennial and annual plants.  Finally, we will brainstorm together to see if we can come up with a list of plants that grow wild in Saskatchewan. Students will then be given the opportunity to generate a KWL in small groups. They will be given the option to create this chart on paper or to try to make one on the computer using a tool called KWL Creator after watching the following You Tube video]:

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Lesson 2

Hello Grade 3. I know you are watching this at home.  If possible, please go to the following websites to find out some different wildflowers that grow in Saskatchewan:

http://prairiewildflowers.blogspot.ca/

http://www.saskwildflower.ca/native-plant-photos-list-of-all-plants-common-names.html

 

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As you can see, these sites have been created by a woman named Shelley Banks who just happens to live in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I contacted her by email and she said she would be happy to be our ‘Saskatchewan Wildflower Expert’.  She said that as we come up with important questions as a class, we can email her and she will be happy to try to answer our questions.

After you look at her sites, please try to pick one or two flowers that are your favorite. Tomorrow when you come to school, you will have the opportunity to get together in pairs and create a fun wheel online. You can add in the favorite flowers that you find and then spin the wheel to take turns looking at the different flowers. We will use an online tool called Wheel Decide and I will show you how to make one.  It’s easy to make and fun to play!

 

 

See you tomorrow Grade 3 🙂

 

[After our in-depth introduction and Lesson 1 discussion about what kinds of flowers grow wild in Saskatchewan, students will be asked to explore the following website at home.  This ‘flipped’ lesson will provide students the opportunity to navigate the website in the convenience of their own home, at their own pace, and revisit it as often as they like. As before, with a flipped lesson, students without access to a device will have access to the classroom computers.]

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Lesson 3

Hello Grade 3.  I’m not sure if any of you chose the Milkweed as your favorite from the sites you looked at from Lesson 2.  It is a plant that grows wild in Saskatchewan.  Does anyone know why the Milkweed plant is so important. Let’s look at pictures of different kinds of Milkweed:

 

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Milkweed is very important to the Monarch Butterfly, that is why we see them fluttering around in the summertime in Saskatchewan. Monarch butterflies depend on this plant and that is why Saskatchewan is part of it’s migration pattern.  You will watch a fascinating video at home on your next lesson where Google Earth has followed the migration pattern of the Monarch Butterfly.

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After this discussion I would like you to work alone or together to create a concept map of what you have learned about the Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed.  We will use a tool that we are already familiar with called Google Drawing to create these concept maps.

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Lesson 4

Hello Grade 3. Here is the You Tube video I promised you.  When you watch it at home tonight, you will be able to see clearly why Saskatchewan and the Milkweed flowering plant is important to the Monarch Butterfly Migration. As always, please see me if you are unable to watch this at home.  While you are watching, please try to make note of or simply remember two things that you learned while watching this video. When you get to school tomorrow we will ‘Fishbowl’ our information.  We have used this technique before – Please remember to use your best listening skills.  See you tomorrow 🙂

[For teachers who are not familiar with the Fishbowl technique for assessment you can check it out here]

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Lesson 5

Hello Grade 3. Today we are going to take a look at all kinds of books about flowers, Monarch butterflies, and Saskatchewan Wildflowers.  These will include some of the books written by our own ‘Saskatchewan Wildflower Expert’ Shelley Banks:

 

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Medicines to Help Us is a great book by Christi Belcourt that demonstrates how certain plants have been used by First Nations people. We will go through this book to look at it’s beautiful pictures and discover the many uses of wild Saskatchewan plants.

 

Also we will look at a great story book that talks about a young girl who learns how to pick medicinal flowers with her grandmother.  The book is called Relatives with Roots:

 

And there will be other picture books available for students to look at for information and pictures (such as…)

 

and…

 

[Students will be able to study these books and appreciate the information and beautiful pictures as they continue to learn about the plants that grow in Saskatchewan.

Before we leave the classroom after this lesson, students will be asked to create some sort of ‘exit slip’ to show something they learned. Each student will have the option of writing it neatly on a piece of paper, or going on to See Saw to make a video of them self, or draw what they learned. If they have another idea about how to present their ‘exit slip’, they can simply clear it with the teacher.]

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Lesson 6

(This is my artifact)

 

Hello Grade 3.

Please watch these videos at home tonight. If you do not have access to a device, please let me know and I will meet with you outside of school hours so that you can watch on one of our classroom devices.  The first video is Mrs. Switzer showing you a video of how to draw a monarch butterfly, and the second one is showing how to draw a few wildflowers. Enjoy!

 

[Here is the original You Tube video for the butterfly]

 

 

Please try to draw either a monarch butterfly or a wildflower of your choice before you come to class tomorrow. Then together, we will try to create an art piece first with pencil and then with some form of color (markers, paint, pencil crayon – your choice). Remember to be open to the artistic process and don’t worry about being perfect. See you tomorrow 🙂

Tomorrow you will have a chance to look at the rubric that will be used to assess your work time as well as your finished product so you can keep it in mind during the creation process.  If you need more time, we will find it – so don’t feel rushed – please try to do your best work 🙂

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Lesson 7

Hello Grade 3. Today we will try to create a representation of something we have been learning about over the last few weeks.  You can choose to make a wildflower or wildflowers of your choice.  You can make a Monarch butterfly.  You could even make a Monarch butterfly sitting on a Milkweed flower.  The choice is yours.  Please remember to be kind to yourself and try not to compare your creations.  Simply do your best and ask me for help when you need it.  There are lots of supplies around the room.  Take a look at the self-assessment rubric and the peer assessment rubric, so you can be thinking about the things you want to do.

 

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Tomorrow you will have a chance to take a look at the Peer Assessment Rubric that each one of you will use for two different classmates.  See you then Grade 3.

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Lesson 8

Hello Grade 3. Now that we have come to the end of our time for this topic, you will have the opportunity to tell and show what you have learned.  Each of you will have a turn with one of the ipad computers.  Please begin by signing in as usual – with your QR code: remember – it is the thing that looks something like this:

 

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Once you have signed in,  you will have the opportunity to choose how you want to “Show What You Know” about our topic (please choose at least one of the options you see below:
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Once you have finished explaining yourself, I will review your finished product and we can share it for your classmates and your parents to see.  Good luck Grade 3.  Ask me for help as you need it  🙂

Thanks for your great work and participation in this Module Grade 3  🙂  !

 

Lesson 9  (can either be combined with Lesson 8 or done separately)

[Students will do a self assessment similar to the ones below]:

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[Students will also be asked to respond to a minimum of two peers with as assessment sheet such as the following:]

 

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