Little Art Explorers
Especially for our youngest students, this all-time favorite is an enjoyable introduction to fine art. Creative activities and projects support Mathematical practices, address content, and encourage students to use their imagination and creative skills.
Grade Level: Pre-K–K
State Standards, Benchmarks, and GLEs
Louisiana State Standards Visual Art:
VA-CE-E5 Students will draw on imagination, individual experiences, and group activities to generate ideas for visual expression
VA-CA-E4 Students will express and explain opinions about visual works of others using basic art vocabulary
Counting and Cardinality
Count to tell the number of objects.
K.CC.4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
a. When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
b. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
c. Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
K.CC.5. Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.
Operation and algebraic thinking
Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from
K.OA.2. Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
Measurement and data
Describe and compare measurable attributes.
K.MD.1. Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
K.MD.2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.
K.MD.3. Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.3
Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).
K.G.1. Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
K.G.2. Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
K.G.4. Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
K.G.5. Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
K.G.6. Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you
ELA & Literacy: Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and collaboration
K.SL.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
b. Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
K.SL.2. Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
K.SL.3. Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
Presentation of Knowledge and ideas
K.SL.4. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
K.SL.6. Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
ELA & Literacy: Language
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
K.L.6. Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.
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