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Traveling in Style

Plan an imaginary trip anywhere in the world; then draw and paint groups in the clothes of the culture.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Working in small groups, students research foreign countries to visit and select a single country. Groups develop a travel budget for an imaginary tour. What will you take with you? What will you pay for while you are there? How much will the trip cost in total, and for each person? If you had a year to save for the trip, how much would you need to save each week? Find out what the climate is like at the time of year you will arrive, and the kind of clothing that is traditional for the area in that season.
    2. Using Crayola® Crayons on a large sheet of watercolor paper, students make heavy outlines of imaginary tour group wearing traditional clothing for the culture visited. Design fabrics, colors, and designs common to the culture.
    3. Outline a background scene of one place on the visit.
    4. For dense color, paint Crayola Washable Tempera on dry paper with a Crayola Paint Brush.
    5. For lighter colors, wet portions of the drawing and thin paint with water. Let colors bleed and blend into each other for a softer effect. Dry.
    6. Once artwork is complete and dry, student groups prepare a presentation for classmates focused on their selected country and including researched facts collected by the group. Allow students to present to small groups of classmates.
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    MATH: Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.

    SCI: Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Identify and use various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and others.

    SS: Describe and speculate about physical system changes, such as seasons, climate and weather, and the water cycle.

    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: Integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in artworks.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: A Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People - From the Grand Canyon to the Great Wall of China by Heather Alexander; A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World by DK Publishing

    Teams of two students research a selected culture. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates. While presenting, students wear costumes appropriate to the culture made from appropriate recycled materials.

    Student teams create a collage of the clothing of the culture under study. Pictures can be retrieved from discarded magazines, newspaper articles, etc.

    Each groups of students working together can prepare a proposed tour for their 'Traveling in Style' exhibit. Include a proposed budget for the tour. Students delineate specific items in the budget such as traveling expenses, meals included/not included in the budget, etc.


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