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Lesson Plan #:AELP-ARA003
Submitted by: Terry Sayre
Email: sayre@ix.netcom.com Date: July 11, 2000

Grade Level(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


  • Arts/Visual Arts

Duration: two class periods

Description: This is a lesson that encourages students to develop creative skills in art media.

Goals: Students will develop their skills in creating shapes (Oval), patterns and art media.

Objective(s):  Students will:

1.     create a spring egg out of pastels, construction paper and glue.

2.     create and continue a pattern.

3.     experience a different type of art media.


  •   Black Construction Paper (8 ½ x 11)
  •   One Bottle of Elmers or Sparkle Glue per student
  •   One Box of Pastels (Colored Chalk) Per Table Group
  •   One Bottle of Hair Spray
  •   One Pencil Per Student
  •    Paint Shirts
  • Procedure:

    Preparation Cut a traceable, egg shape pattern out of thick, card stock.  The egg
    pattern should be as tall as an 8 ½ x 11 piece of construction paper.
    Trace at-least one onto black construction paper per student.  A few
    extras would not hurt!

    Day 1

    1.     Have the students close their eyes and imagine an Easter
    egg.  Ask: What colors do you see on the egg?  What patterns/shapes do
    you imagine on the egg?  What colors do you usually associate with
    Easter?  Make a list on the board.  (Explain what pastels are.)

    2.     Pass out the black construction paper with the egg outlined on it.
    Ask: What do you think you are going to do with this?

    3.     First have the kids write their names on the back.  Next, have
    them whisper draw (draw lightly) patterns inside the egg outline.
    Circles, straight and squiggly lines are all OK.  Make sure that they
    do not draw the lines too close together or spend too much time on
    their patterns.

    4.     Next, have the students cover their pencil lines with a bead of glue.
    Set aside and let dry over night.  The glue will dry clear.  The
    next day they will fill in-between the lines with pastel colors.

    5.     Review pastels.

    Day 2

    1.     Create a pattern using students in front of the class.  Example, line up a boy, girl, boy, girl, etc.
    Ask the remaining students to identify the pattern.

    2.     Show a spring egg and the pastel chalk.  Ask: How could you create a pattern using these pastels and the spring egg?

    3.     Demonstrate how to fill in-between the dry, glued, lines with pastels to create a pattern.  (This is messy!  Paint shirts should be worn.)

    4.     Pass out their egg patterns and one box of pastels per table group.

    5.     Lay the eggs in a well-ventilated area and spray with hair spray. The hair spray sets the pastels and prevents it from rubbing off when touched.

    6.     Mount the spring eggs onto construction paper for display!

    Assessment: Students are able to complete the assignment to specifications based on the following:  1. Student creates one pattern on their egg with pastels.
     2. Student can describe and name at least three pastels.
     3. Student can name which holiday is usually associated with pastels
     4. Student successfully cleans their area and selves.