I have done a presentation called Creative Digital Projects that turn Stem to STEAM at three conferences over the past couple of years. These 45-50 minute presentations include a bizillion ideas in a media packed keynote file that I have trouble sharing online. However I did create a condensed version of the presentation for the AOE Online Conference last summer. The presentation has been behind a pay wall for one year and can finally come out for public consumption now. The following lessons are shared in the video below. Learn more from my links. Also, see Wes Fryer's review of my live presentation at the Illinois Computer Educator's Conference here.
Fourth Graders are putting the final touches on our American Gothic spoof project. We explored this painting through an interactive lesson, watched an edited SNL skit about it, listened to a song about it, watched commercials featuring it, and so much more. Look at my past posts to see all these fun learning experiences and look below to see our results!
My fourth grade students worked on a double portrait drawing (in a frontal pose and three-quarters pose) of the two characters in the famous American Gothic painting by Grant Wood. I photographed them for our online gallery before they were reworked into spoofs and painted. See examples below or the entire gallery here.
They are currently working on the painting step. Since this has been a long term project they are becoming very familiar with our "Theme Song" via Greg Percy. We listen to his song called, American Gothic at the start of each class while they settle in. This week I grabbed a camera and caught their enthusiasm. If you look closely you can see their beautiful artwork on the tables. These are going to be amazing!
Greg Percy's song American Gothic:
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We solved a mystery! The lyrics (my students' favorite part) say that the songwriter sees the American Gothic on his cornflakes box. We didn't understand what that meant until I found this video on pinterest. They used the American Gothic image to sell cornflakes in the 60's. This is one of the commercials from that time.
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