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#4597. A Week Of Inventions

Art, level: 1-2
Posted Wed May 16 17:50:53 PDT 2012 by Saker Alexander (Saker Alexander).
University of Akron, Akron, OH
Concepts Taught: invention

Lesson Plan Title: Ironventions

Concept / Topic To Teach: Improvement of Moedrn Inventions

General Goal(s): To have students brainstorm in small teams ways to improve the "surprise invention"--to be decided at the beginning of the event!

Specific Objectives: To give students a better idea of what goes into making or improving an already-produced item.

Required Materials: Drawing implements, paper, the "secret ingredient".

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): Explain the concept behind Iron Chef and show a small clip to help students figure it out.

Step-By-Step Procedures: 1) Explain the concept behind Iron Chef.
2) Divide the kids into groups.
3) Assign roles to the students (secretary, "idea man", coordinator, artist, presenter, etc.)
4) Reveal the secret ingredient.
5) Have the kids brainstorm and draw out ideas as a team.
6) Set a time limit.
7) Judge!

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): Q+A set--what did you learn? Was it hard to improve?

Adaptations (For Younger Classes): More time for explanation and brainstorming. No judging.

Extensions (For Older Classes): No set "roles", more difficult secret ingredient.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects: "You, 2020", "Mama Necessity"

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Lesson Plan Title: Tomorrow's Transportation

Concept / Topic To Teach: How will our cars and other modes of transport look in the future.

General Goal(s): To have students think up and build the vehicles of the future out of cardboard and drawing implements.

Specific Objectives: To have students use everyday materials in creative ways.

Required Materials: Drawing implements, paper (for planning), a lot of cardboard.

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): Show a clip from Wacky Racers. Have a slideshow prepared of the evolution of vehicles. Ask what vehicles might look like in the future.

Step-By-Step Procedures: 1) Anticipatory set
2) Give the students time to prepare a vehicle
3) Race!

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): Q+A set--what did you learn? Was it difficult to come up with original ideas? What did you base it off of? Was there a theme? What makes it the "next evolution"?

Adaptations (For Younger Classes): Simpler concepts--perhaps less questions about why it's the "next evolution".

Extensions (For Older Classes): Do not limit them to cars. Ask more critical questions about evolution of vehicles.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects: "You, 2020"

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Lesson Plan Title: Mama Necessity
Concept / Topic To Teach: Necessity is the mother of invention. That said, what do YOU need?

General Goal(s): Students will brainstorm what could use an improvement in their lives and how they could improve it themselves.

Specific Objectives: To have students think about how to solve problems in their own lives.

Required Materials: Drawing implements, paper

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): Show a clip from a Rube Goldberg machine. Ask about daily little problems. Ask students to reflect on the little problems of the past and how they're now non-problems.

Step-By-Step Procedures: 1) Anticipatory set
2) Have students come up with a list of "little problems"--start with an example.
3) Have students brainstorm ideas for conceptually solving these problems.
4) Students will draw the inventions and explain them for the class.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): Are these inventions feasible? Will the help a lot of people?

Adaptations (For Younger Classes): Give lots of examples and help. Put specific "general" problems up in front of the classroom that kids might like to think about solving.

Extensions (For Older Classes): Have them create an advertisement for the product, as well. Would people buy this?

Possible Connections To Other Subjects: "Ironventions," "You, 2020"

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Lesson Plan Title: From Groovy to Awesome
Concept / Topic To Teach: Language (and especially slang!) has evolved much over time.

General Goal(s): Students will understand that language changes drastically with time and we must change with it.

Specific Objectives: To have students think about why language changes and what brings on these changes.

Required Materials: Drawing implements, paper

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): Show a clip from The Electric Company. Ask if the students have ever heard these terms before. Hypothesize on the origin of the terms.

Step-By-Step Procedures: 1) Anticipatory set
2) Discussion of terms and origins.
3) Question of what slang will look like in the future.
4) Discussion and illustration of slang of the future (the actual meaning vs. what it sounds like)
5) Presentation.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): How did you come up with these? What did they mean?

Adaptations (For Younger Classes): Show more Electric Company videos. Provide examples of "future slang" that they can modify or simply draw pictures for.

Extensions (For Older Classes): Have them come up with a picture of future kids who use this slang. is there a certain group or clique who uses it? What do they wear? What do they look like?

Possible Connections To Other Subjects: "You, 2020"

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Lesson Plan Title: You, 2020
Concept / Topic To Teach: We've examined cities, transportation, language, and life--but how will YOU live in 2020?

Standards Addressed:

General Goal(s): Students will illustrate a comic book predicting their daily life in 2020.

Specific Objectives: To have students learn sequencing and think about applying all the concepts of the "future" they've learned so far.

Required Materials: Drawing implements, "comic" paper

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): Show the trailer to "Back To The Future". Ask students to reflect on the predictions they've made thus far in the week.

Step-By-Step Procedures: 1) Anticipatory set
2) Pass out "comic" paper to the students, pre-boxed.
3) Have students draw a comic based on their predictions about their own lives in 2020.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): How likely are these predictions?

Adaptations (For Younger Classes): Give lots of examples. Show examples of comic books, too, to help them understand sequencing and dialogue.

Extensions (For Older Classes): Give them blank paper instead of "pre-boxed" paper. Let them create their own conceptual framework.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects: All.