Kindergarten - Mixed up Lines
Kindergarten is quite possibly the most fun grade to work with. Kindergarten students are eager to learn, cute as buttons, and have a genuine joy to them that really just brightens up your day. I had a blast teaching this lesson on lines to my kindergarten students this year.
I was inspired by one of Mrs. Brown’s art lessons. I liked the idea so I modified it a bit to suit my teaching style and gave it a shot, the results were fantastic.
We started by talking about different kinds of lines - I actually had the students stand up and act out the kinds of lines they named. One student, for example, hopped around the room like a “dotted line”, another weaved in and out through the desks to show me how a ”zig-zag line” moves. It was a good time!
After we talked for about 10 minutes about lines, I showed the students how to set up a grid of all the different lines we talked about. I wanted them to create four different lines going “up and down”, and two lines going “side-to-side” using crayons. Once the lines were drawn, I showed them how to add color to their grids using tempera paints.
We talked about how to hold the paint brush, how to get enough paint on the brush, and how to wipe the brush off so that their paper didn’t get too wet. I did not go into warm/cool colors, but I did group all the warm colors together and the cool colors together. My thought process here was that when they did learn warm and cool colors in later grades, they would be used to seeing those particular colors together, making it easier to understand.