The teacher begins the lesson with a demonstration and says, "What's a square? We see squares everywhere. Look at these things here that are in the shape of squares. (Shows found objects that are in the shapes of squares or cubes) We know they're square because they have four even sides. All the sides are the same."
We can draw squares. Look at how I draw this square. Sometimes it's hard to draw a straight line, isn't it? We could use Rulers to make them straight but today I'm going to do it the best I can with just my hand."
"Look what happens when I draw squares different sizes. What happens when I stack them up on top of each other? Today we're going to make robots using squares. My robot will have a square head, square body, square arms and legs- everything on him will be squares! I will change colors with each square too. Don't hold your crayons too tight or your lines will be shaky."
What will your robot look like?
If you had a robot at home, what would you have it do?
Say, "Because my robot is tall, I am making my paper go up and down like a door. My robot will help me clean house."
After the teacher finishes the demonstration, the children will then create their robot pictures. When they are done, have each child tell the class what their robot is doing in the picture. They can also tell why they made their robot look the way it did.
Students will compose the squares into a robot image
Optional: This can also be done with colored paper that students cut into squares. The squares can then be glued on the paper. Manipulating Scissors is difficult at this age so students may have to practice cutting before this lesson.
Submitted by:Rohan Gosden, art teacher in
Bulleen, Victoria of Australia. Ages: Three to Seven