Toolkit

TOOLKIT: STORY CARDS

THEME: HISTORY           
SUBJECT: EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTIST: BILL WOODROW / CHIHARU SHIOTA
GRADE: recommended PreK-3rd grade
 
OBJECTIVES
Students will learn about the concept of history, i.e. a sequence of past events which determine the present.
Students will study objects through art as clues into the past.
 
KEY QUESTIONS
1. What objects do you see?  Describe the space.
2. Do these objects look new or old?  What was this space used for in the past?  What is it used for now (in the present)?  Is it the same or different?
3. What event(s) may have happened here?  Is the artist trying to tell us something?
 
BOOK REFERENCES
1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
3. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
4. Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
5. The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig by Jan and Mike Berenstain
6. Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton
 
VISUAL REFERENCES
1. Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time, (1986) by Bill Woodrow
2. Trace of Memory, (2013) by Chiharu Shiota
 
ACTIVITY
Using pictures from magazines, old books or photos, choose three to five different images.  The images do not have be related in theme.  Cut the images out and glue each image to a different index card.  Using the images as your source for inspiration, create a story.  Though your story can be as imaginative as possible, make sure it has a beginning, middle and end (i.e. “First … then … finally …”).  Tell it to the group.  Mix the cards up and make a new story.
 
BONUS
Using standard size dominos, stand individual dominos up vertically to create a line (any kind of line or shape and as long as you want).  Decide which end is the start (or past), and carefully tap that domino. Watch what happens!  Did all the dominos fall down in sequence?  Did anything unusual or unexpected happen?  Can you think of an event in your life similar to the line of dominos? Something which started in the past with a sequence of events?

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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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