Family Heirloom Cuckoo Clock

Family Heirloom Cuckoo Clock lesson plan

It's time to explore Germany's Black Forest region and the history of the cuckoo clock.

  • 1.

    Find information about the Black Forest area of Germany. Learn about the people who live there, natural resources in the region, and people's skills and crafts that have made the area famous. Locate examples of cuckoo clocks. Compare them to other clocks. What is different about the clocks? What is similar?

  • 2.

    To make a base for your cuckoo clock, place a sheet of dark construction paper in a vertical position. Choose another sheet of construction paper for your clock's roof. With Crayola® Scissors, cut out a triangle that is wider than the clock base, and about half as tall. In the middle of the triangle, cut out a square for a cuckoo. With a Crayola Glue Stick, attach the triangle to the top of the rectangle.

  • 3.

    With Crayola Construction Paper Crayons on white construction paper, draw a circle which will fit inside the rectangle. Cut it out and glue it onto the rectangle. This is your clock face. Write in numerals from 1 to 12.

  • 4.

    Draw two clock hands-a larger minute hand and smaller hour hand-on construction paper. Cut out the hands. Insert a brass paper faster through the ends of both clock hands and then in the middle of the clock face. Spread the brad apart on the back of the clock.

  • 5.

    Draw a cuckoo to fit the square opening on top of your clock. Color your bird with crayons. Cut out the cuckoo.

  • 6.

    To make your cuckoo pop out from the clock, cut out a thin paper rectangle. Fold it like an accordion. Glue one end of the folded paper on the back of the clock just below the square opening. Pull the paper through the opening to the front of the clock and glue your cuckoo on that end.

  • 7.

    Using crayons, decorate the roof and around the face of your clock with brightly colored clover, mushrooms, ladybugs, acorns, or other forest items.

Standards

  • LA: Read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, an d artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: The Cuckoo Clock by Mary Stoltz; Black Forest Clocks by Richard Ortenburger; Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks by Justin J. Miller; American Clocks and Clockmakers by Robert W. Swedberg & Harriett Swedberg
  • Students compare and contrast the climate, geography, etc. of the Black Forest region of Germany to the region of their home country. Students create a chart or table to illustrate their findings.
  • Students compare and contrast the clocks of the Black Forest region of Germany to the clocks of their home country. How are each made? How are decorative symbols chosen to adorn the clocks? How are clocks used in each country - only for time-keeping? For decorative use?
  • Students organize a travel brochure for visiting the Black Forest region of Germany. This brochure can be completed electronically and printed for display in the classroom.