assess prior learning, have students identify different shapes and
lines used in the classroom. Discuss the relationship between these
shapes and lines and those in previous lessons.
Ask students to use only a square to create a simple picture
of an animal. Have students describe how the shape they selected
dictated the animal they created or how the animal they selected
dictated the shape they used. This focuses student’s attention on the
relationship between properties of figures and their uses.
To begin the lesson, organize students in pairs at computers,
and ask them to research the artist Wassily Kandinsky. Give them
5-7 minutes to find several sites with Kandinsky paintings, and then
encourage them to identify the various geometric figures Kandinksy used
in his paintings. If printers are available, you may wish to have each
pair of students print images of Kandinsky's work and share them with
the class while describing the geometric figures that they found.
After a period of exploration, distribute the Scavenger Hunt Activity Sheet.
Scavenger Hunt Activity Sheet
Have each pair of students select one
painting that is their favorite. Explain that the class will discuss
the location of each of the items on the list once the pairs of
students complete their searches. Collect the Scavenger Hunt results from each student to use in the next lesson.
Have students write a description of the shapes, color schemes,
and designs Kandinsky used in his paintings. Collect these work samples
and review them for students’ understanding of geometric figures and