HOW CAN YOU USE THESE BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM?
Kindergarten teacher, Lora Bishop, gave me permission to share her lesson plan using my book. Many of her ideas adapt to other grade levels. Find it by clicking Kindergarten Lesson Plan.
Other ideas for use in core curricula include the following.
LANGUAGE ARTS: STORYTELLING
- Pick any picture as a storytelling prompt. Use the five senses to help children put themselves in the painting. Ask: "If you were in this painting, what would you see? Hear? Smell? Taste? How would something feel if you touched it? If you were in the painting, how would you feel?"
- Then suggest that when you turn an imaginary switch like on a TV, the picture will come to life. Have them tell what would happen next or finish the story the picture presents. They can perform their stories or write them.
- Require they show/tell in their story the who, what, when, where, why and how.
LANGUAGE ARTS: POETRY
- Do not tell the students they are going to write poetry. Instead, set the scene and lead them to make poetry.
- Ask the children to describe the painting with adjectives. Make a list down a page or on the board.
- Then ask the children to use "as" or "like" with a noun to make similes. List. Then read what they have written with lots of expression.
- colorful like or as a rainbow
- beautiful like or as a sunset
- sad as a hurt child
- happy as a bride
Read the similes back with lots of expression. Only then tell them they have written poetry. Have them choose a picture and write a story.
Choose another picture and write similes to make another poem.
- Have the children check out library books dealing with the turn of the 20th Century when Charles Russell and Frederic Remington lived.
- Study history of their own state. Find out if similar conditions for their state's early life matched that of the artists.
- Compare a home of today to a home in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
- Compare clothing, toys, transportation and entertainment.
- Write a play about Russell or Remington.
- Visit a history, art, or pioneer museum.
Looking at art:
- Use one of the book's art objects. Play a game of naming everything they see. Rules: Each child names something they see. Must listen. Can't name anything named before. See if they name all there is including lines, shapes, colors as well as things. Play the game again looking at another piece from the book.
- Have them look at one picture for one minute. Close the book. Name what they saw. Open the book. Did they name everything? What did they miss?
- Have each child choose their favorite picture. Have one child tell three clues about the picture they have chosen such as "It has at least three people. It has the color blue. There is an animal." Have the class guess which picture it is by first asking three yes or no questions such as "Is there a man? Is there an Indian? Does a woman carry an umbrella?" Then they can guess which picture the child chose. Select another child to play.
- Choose which picture is their favorite and tell why.
- Discuss the different mediums used - oil, wax, watercolor, ink, bronze.
- Discuss different styles of art and determine which the artists used.
- Draw or paint a cowboy or Indian.
- Research other artists of the time period.
- Research western artists of today and compare to Russell and Remington's works.
- Different forms of the visual arts - sculpture, ceramics, architecture, drawing, photography, prints and painting.
- In painting, study the various mediums - oil, watercolor, pastels, graphite (pencil) and crayon, to name a few.
- Study different styles: realism, Impressionism, abstract.
- Look at other artists' works of the same period. How do they differ? What were their subjects?
- Men painted/sculpted but so did women. Find women who painted/sculpted the west.
- Follow the two artists' travels on a map.
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Burlington , New Jersey
- Chicago, Illinois
- Great Falls, Montana
- Lake McDonald, Montana
- New York City, New York
- London, England
- Los Angeles, California
- Washington, D.C.
- New Mexico
- Ogdensburg, New York