Quick summary: The ability to think critically and creatively is integral to students becoming resourceful, imaginative and innovative learners. This lesson uses Visible Thinking Routines to make critical and creative thinking clear to students and their teachers – allowing them to identify, evaluate and improve upon their own thinking practices.
In this lesson, students will use 2 Visible Thinking Routines as they journey from an idea to a personal connection. The lesson explores the topic of food but is designed to be easily adaptable to other topics of interest. In this lesson, students will build on their prior knowledge of food and how it is grown by exploring the idea of a food garden. Students will make food artworks then work collaboratively to design a garden to grow their favourite foods.
Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.
- Students use and understand the ‘Think, Puzzle, Wonder’ and ‘Compass Points’ thinking routines to explore their thinking on a topic.
- Students understand that food can be grown by individuals and communities.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 4 Visual Arts:
- Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)
5 – 6 Visual Arts:
- Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)
Year 4 Design and Technologies:
- Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)
Year 5 – 6 Design and Technologies:
- Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments and prepared to enable people to grow and be healthy (ACTDEK021)
Year 4 HASS:
- Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI080)
Year 5 HASS:
- Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102)
Year 6 HASS:
- Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI130)
Syllabus outcomes: VAS2.2, VAS3.2, ST2-10LW, ST2-11LW, ST3-11LW
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability
Relevant parts of Year 4-6 achievement standards: Students create designed solutions for each of the prescribed technologies contexts suitable for identified needs or opportunities. They demonstrate different techniques and processes in planning and making artworks.They reflect on their learning to propose action in response to an issue or challenge, and identify the possible effects of their proposed action.
Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Faber-Castell Sculpture Competition – Early Learning – Year 10
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – seek relevant materials for art making prior to the lesson and facilitate class discussions.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. A3 paper – one sheet per student. Coloured paper. Colourful drawing materials such as connector pens, marker pens or pencils.
Keywords: thinking routines, creative thinking, critical thinking, drawing, art, food, food security, Faber-Castell.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.