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Jennifer Martin

Engineer & Artist Alexander CALDER Virtual Studio

Grades: 5th Grade, Other, 9th Grade
Subjects: Math, STEAM, Science

Student Instructions

Enter by clicking on the Calder Virtual Studio, and then Opening the door in VIEW ORIGINAL at the bottom of the image. Every STEM & Artist discipline uses a (Design, Engineering, Journal-(whatever the name) Book to Document their ideas, research, progress, etc As you saw in the Videos on Sandy, he always had a journal and wire with him for documenting. Use any or all of the seesaw Tools that you would like= photo note drawing upload etc This is for you, and what is best for your learning. Remember also to use draft for In Process And check Completed

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

This is a multi day unit on Alexander Calder. It is also a great collaborative unit with the Art and Science Educators. Content Strands can be adapted as needed for k-12. The base point for this is 5th grade. If you are planning on doing everything It will be approximately 5 days. The wire material used is either chenille wire or cut up wire hangers. Another Science/Engineering connection is simple machines https://www.msichicago.org/play/simplemachines/ Extension- Design shapes for mobile with CAD and 3 D print. If you have access to Ipads NGAkids Art Zone for iPad has a Mobile Maker (sadly it used to be on computers, and not available for android) Other Materials if you have access: Balance Games such as: https://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Suspend-Family-Game/dp/B007EA4UBY An Actual Seesaw-playground, & A simple machine lever that you can add hang on materials/weights. Printable Extension Activities: http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/alexander-calder-biography.htm