My School, My Museum
3rd Grade | SEPTEMBER | Science + Visual Arts
Teachers, staff, and museum educators collaborated to dream up a project that focused on the science concepts of balanced and unbalanced forces (push, pull, gravity, friction) and Alexander Calder's mobiles. To learn more about the program: My School, My Museum, click HERE.
Check out the lesson plan to get a feel for class visit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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In the Classroom I
Amanda Willard leading the class in the experiment.
Students see what happens when one person pushes the ball (this is an unbalanced force and the ball moves).
Students use a ruler to experiment with balancing the ball. They also notice how friction and gravity cause the ball to slow or stop moving.
Students document their findings in their journals.
In the Galleries
Students participated in discussions about the art and artworks in the galleries. Educators moved the conversation to include vocabulary that the students learned in the classroom.
Sally Ball introduced the students to the Calder mobiles. Students discussed the movement, shadows, and theme of the artworks (and so much more)!
Kaye Collier leads a conversation at the Calder mobiles.
Alyssa Wilson facilitated a discussion about Calder's standing mobiles and the importance of color and movement in his artwork.
Students created their own standing mobile and experimented with how added shapes changed the aesthetic of the sculpture and caused movement.