Drawings of layered earth.
Sixth graders sometimes have difficulty thinking in terms of the abstract. As a culminating activity for a unit on line, I have my students make a drawing of underground layers in the earth. The layered earth drawing asks them to abstract a rather concrete subject. But, with the right motivation, they soon forget that this is a "difficult problem" and jump right in.
I begin with a drill; students are asked to list eight or more things which might be found under the earth's surface Noun 1. Earth's surface - the outermost level of the land or sea; "earthquakes originate far below the surface"; "three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water"
surface . Their responses are wonderful and stimulating; sometimes including items such as coal, water, minerals, dirt, oil, gems, clay, animals/insects, bones, fossils, treasure, ruins
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Following this discussion, the students begin designing their "layered earth" drawings after discovering that they can borrow my "magic earth-slicing machine." (This machine can slice open the earth at any location and hold back everything in its way to enable students to observe.) After a discussion of this machine, and observation of actual samples of things found under the earth (assorted rock formations, fossils and artifacts artifacts
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These layered earth drawings are laid out on 12" x 18" (30 cm x 4-6 cm) white drawing paper and rendered in felt-tipped pen and colored pencil. (I keep the use of colored not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
See also: Color pencils to a minimum because their color looks flat compared to the felt-tipped pens.) If an area in the background needs a light layer of color, this can be done with colored pencil and felt-tipped pen lines on top. A black line emphasizing the change between various layers may be necessary, depending on the weight of the line patterns, textures, etc.
It is very rewarding to watch the enjoyment and excitement as the "layered earth" drawings begin to evolve. In the early stages, the process can be stimulated by short discussions about archaeologists Archaeology is a discipline that was virtually unknown until the 19th century. Archaeology, originally an amateur pastime, is becoming increasingly popular, and it is now possible for archaeologists to become minor celebrities as a result of media exposure. , artifacts, hidden treasures
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When the finished layered earth drawings are displayed, each one contains a mystery to be unravelled. Close observations may reveal some truly unique ideas and effects. This activity is one in which success is almost inevitable.
As a follow up to this assignment, I give a short writing exercise following the format of the Maryland State Department of Education Functional Writing Test. This exercise encourages analytical analytical, analytic
pertaining to or emanating from analysis.
control of confounding by analysis of the results of a trial or test. thinking skills and gives the students an opportunity to explain the layers they "discovered" under the earth's surface.
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