Objective: Children will explore the basic shapes that make up an animal.
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Animals come in many different shapes. Animal bodies can be simplified by basic shapes that many young children are familiar with such as circles, squares, and triangles. These basic shapes can be easily identified since they are painted on the work of art highlighted in this lesson. In addition, some of the bull’s body parts are basic shapes. The body of the bull and the legs are all rectangles. The head and horns are triangles, and the eyes and ears are circles. Talking about shapes with children and helping them to construct things using shapes helps children learn the common words for shapes.
A sculpture is a three-dimensional piece of artwork; meaning that it takes up space and can be viewed from different sides. Sculptures can be large or small and are made from a variety of different materials such as clay, stone, wood, paper, metal, or a combination of materials. Sculptures are created by artists as a form of expression and can be realistic or abstract.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.