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How Time Flies!

Document how things change over time by creating a layered-tab book with Crayola® Watercolor illustrations.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Students break into small groups to discuss how the passage of time affects themselves, their family, and the area in which they live. Questions they can discuss are: How are you the same and different from a year ago? How has your school changed? Your neighborhood? Think about changes that you can see over hours, days, months, or years.
    2. Students choose one example of how passing time has changed a familiar place, animal, situation, or group. For example, if you have a younger brother or sister, think about how your family has changed since that child was born.
    3. Using Crayola Colored Pencils make a list of the sequence of events first. Cut long sheets of paper into various lengths, so when they are stacked smallest to largest, the edge of each piece of paper can be seen. Draw each scene in chronological order on the pieces of paper with the first scene on the shortest piece of paper, continuing scenes on longer and longer sheets. Include details in the pictures to show how things change over time. Include a clock, calendar, or other indication of time on the edge of the paper, to be seen when the pages are stacked smallest to largest.
    4. Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. With Crayola Washable Watercolors, add background and details to the drawings. Dry.
    5. Staple the drawings together in chronological order to form a book.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    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: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SS: Demonstrate an ability to use correctly vocabulary associated with time such as past, present, future, and long ago; read and construct simple timelines; identify examples of change; and recognize examples of cause and effect relationships.

    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.

  • Adaptations

    Students can expand the focus of the lesson from a focus on personal lives to the focus on an historical event such as the American Revolution. Students can look at such an event from the perspective of the American colonists and/or the British Parliament. How would the events of this conflict be seen differently by the two sides?

    Students look at pictures of an insect, such as a butterfly or a bee. Students sketch the changes or metamorphoses as time passes. Document these changes in the flip book format.

    Students investigate a particular member of their family, such as a grandfather. After obtaining a variety of photographs of a relative throughout his life, the student will organize the photos from early life to present day. Students use Crayola products to create original sketches of the photographs. Organize these sketches in the flip book format for viewing.


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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