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The Great Wave

What is a tsunami? Find out more by creating a picture based on the Japanese painting The Great Wave.

  • Grade 5
    Grade 6
    Grades 7 and 8
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. During a study of weather and storms, share a variety of artwork created by Katsushika Hokusai with students. Pay particular attention to “The Great Wave” and encourage students to discuss what they see throughout the painting. This painting shows the power of water during a storm, such as a tsunami.
    2. Ask students to discuss what causes a tsunami and make connections to Hokusai’s painting.
    3. Based on their knowledge, have students create a picture of a tsunami. Use a variety of Crayola products such as Erasable Colored Pencils, Fine Tip Washable Markers, etc. Pay particular attention t the blues and greens needed to create the artwork and the foam of the waves. Crayola’s Bold, Bright, Tropical Neon and Metallic Washable Markers may all assist with creating this artwork.
    4. Post student artwork in the classroom for viewing and further discussion on tsunami storms.
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SCI: Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.

    VA: Students will reflect on, share insights about, and refine works of art and design.

    VA: Students experience, analyze and interpret art and other aspects of the visual world.

  • Adaptations

    Create a story based on the painting by Hokusai, “The Great Wave”.

    Create a 3D model based on Hokusai’s painting or based on pictures of tsunamis.

    Read a nonfiction book about tsunamis.

    Have a discussion about the aftermath of a tsunami and what we can do to help prevent a disaster of this kind.

    Write a haiku about a tsunami or other storm.

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