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Swirls and Smiles

Beautiful poetry, art, and music are such wonderful ways to express your ideas and feelings. For brilliant Swirls and Smiles try Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Read poetry or listen to music that describes emotions such as anger, love, fear, anticipation, frustration, sadness, or happiness. Ask students to provide words that poets use to convey feelings. How do musical melodies, beats, and words evoke a mood?
    2. Invite students to find a poem or song that expresses their feelings. Or students may write personal poems or music describing emotions that they have experienced. Challenge students to use new and interesting words and melodies.
    3. In the visual arts, each color seems to have its own unique personality. Discuss how colors such as pink, red, black, white, blue, and yellow affect moods. Could line, shape, form, and/or texture also be used to convey feelings?
    4. Students apply the elements of the visual arts (color, line, shape, form, texture) to create a drawing that portrays the emotions in their poems or music. With Crayola Ultra Clean Markers, create a background.
    5. Create vibrant patterns, swirls, symbols, and dots. How much of each color will best reflect the mood?
    6. Invite students, individually or in small groups, to present their poems, artwork and musical compositions to classmates. In turn, ask audience members to identify terms, colors, etc. that evoked emotional responses.
  • Standards

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

    LA: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    MATH: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.

    VA: Describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses.

    VA: Explore and understand prospective content for works of art.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! by J. Patrick Lewis; Poetry Speaks to Children edited by Elise Paschan, Dominique Raccah, Wendy Rasmussen, & Judy Love; A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson; Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost edited by Gary D. Schmidt; Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin

    Individually, students select a color to take on as a personality. Students write adjectives that describe the color, the feelings the color often evokes, etc. Students write a short story about their selected colors, keeping in mind the list of adjectives they have generated. Post short stories and ask students to create an illustration of one scene from the story.

    Students work in small groups to investigate how colors are used in nature by animals and insects for such things as camouflage, habitats, warnings, etc. Students organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.

    Students write an original acrostic poem that highlights aspects of a self-selected color. Students may also select to create an acrostic poem using their first names. Encourage children to use color to illustrate their personalities. If students are not comfortable writing about themselves, ask them to write the poem about a classmate. Post acrostic poems in a public place for viewing.


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