How to make a Spirograph and Orbit-Inspired Art
Meets the learning standards for grades 4-5 (can be adapted)
Media Type: Drawing
Subject: English Language Arts and Reading, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts
Formal Lesson Plan and TEKS Information

The following project includes one full week of lessons pulling inspiration from objects in space to explore the aesthetics of trajectory, repetition, and pattern.  Use common household materials to construct a Spirograph tool. Click through the buttons at the bottom of each page to move on to the next day of lessons!

Day 2

Activity 1:

Materials: paper, colored pens/pencils/fine-tipped markers

  • Check out this website with information about upcoming solar eclipses! If you were to plan a trip to see it, who would you go with? What special preparations would you make?
  • Use the maps to plot a route from your home to a location where you can view eclipse.
  • Are there any scenic views, historical landmarks, or family members to visit along the way? How many miles away is it? Create a route that would include sites and experiences that interest you.
  • What extra safety precautions can learners prepare for related to social distancing as you plan to experience the eclipse?

Activity 2:

  • Conduct independent research about eye protection and devices people construct from conventional materials to view the eclipse safely. Talk about about you discoveries and preferences.
  • Write a how-to guide for a friend or family member on how to view a solar eclipse safely. Provide some instructive illustrations to benefit your audience!

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