Toolkit

TOOLKIT: COMPARING OBJECTS

THEME: COMPARISON
SUBJECT: EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTIST: KATHLEEN MONTGOMERY / ALLAN WEXLER / VANESSA SICA and CHRIS KASABACH
GRADE: recommended PreK-3rd grade
 
OBJECTIVES
Students will learn the definition of comparison by using opposites and examining at shapes and colors.
Students will learn how to compare objects visually using museum installations.
Students will learn words to help compare objects, shapes, colors and feelings.
 
KEY QUESTIONS
Can you tell me what is the same between these two objects? Can you tell me what is different?
Can something be the same in some ways and different in other ways?
Can you compare something you see at school / in your community / at the museum, to something you have at home?
 
BOOK REFERENCES
1. Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
2. Fred and Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman
3. Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis
4. Big and Little by Steve Jenkins
5. A High, Low, Near, Far, Loud, Quiet Story by Nina Crews
6. Big Dog . . . Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
 
VISUAL REFERENCES
1. Body Memory Architecture by Kathleen Montgomery
2. Bed Sitting Rooms for Artist in Residence by Alan Wexler
3. Unbrella by Vanessa Sica and Chris Kasabach
 
ACTIVITY
Students will choose one or two colored pieces of paper.  Fold each piece of paper in half and then open it up and flatten it on the table.  Using large, round brushes, have students place several dots or lines of paint on the folded piece of paper (make sure students put paint on just one side of the paper).  Next, help students unfold paper and press un-painted side on top of painted side of paper to create a mirror image of paint design.  Allow it to dry. Ask students to look closely at their paintings along with their classmates. What is similar about the two sides of the paper? What is different? What is different about two different paintings? 

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PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
VISUAL ARTS
(9.1.3.A)
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
 
(9.1.3.B)
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
 
(9.1.3.D)
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
 
(9.1.3.E)
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts

 
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