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Students draw themselves in proportion to larger and smaller creatures.
In preparation for this lesson, students will work in small groups to investigate animals, how sizes of creatures is determined by nature, habitats, etc. Student research should be organized into an electronic format so as to be easily accessible to classmates.
Open a discussion focused on the relative scale of human beings to large animals such as elephants or whales. How many people, standing shoulder to shoulder, would it take to be the same length as a whale? How would knowledge of ratios and proportions assist with predicting how many average-sized humans will be needed to measure the whale or elephant?
Reverse the discussion to focus on the relative scale of human beings to small animals such as cats. How many average, adult cats would it take to measure the length of the average human being? How does the knowledge of proportions assist with this prediction?
Once the discussion is sufficiently exhausted and you feel students are on the right track, provide them with Crayola® Colored Pencils or Crayons and construction paper. Ask students to select an environment, such as a barnyard, rainforest, desert, sea, etc. What animals live in the selected environment? Which are larger and smaller than the average human? Draw an illustration which includes each of these animals in the environment and that of the average human being. Remind students to focus on being proportionally accurate when planning their drawings.
Once drawings are complete, ask students to share their artwork, explaining what type of habitats they selected and how they used proportions to create the animals illustrated.
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