Utah National Parks
Christy Delaney & Trish Saccomano
1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade & Kindergarten
Utah is an amazing place, rich in resources, in geographic wonders, in inspiring history, and in the diversity of its people. The study of Utah permits students to understand more deeply the place they call home, while developing essential skills unique to the social studies disciplines. Within these standards, Utah Studies offers an opportunity for students to learn about their own families and cultures as well as those of others. (Utah National Parks Slideshow)
SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT & RESOURCES
- Basic Art Making Supplies found in Elementary School Classrooms
RESOURCE PICTURE BOOKS & VIDEOS
Download PDF Lesson Plan
Standards & Objectives
Fine Art Standards
Students will generate artistic work by conceptualizing, organizing, and completing their artistic ideas. They will refine original work through persistence, reflection, and evaluation
Students will understand, evaluate and articulate how works of art convey meaning for the observer as well as the creator
Students will understand the relationship between the physical geography in Utah and human life.
Classify major physical geographic attributes of Utah.
Utah’s physical geography has a direct impact on the cultures of the various peoples who have inhabited it throughout time. By learning about the physical geography of Utah and how it has changed over time, students will be able to understand the interrelationships between the physical geography of Utah and human cultural development.
Teaching and Timeline
PROJECT 1: LANDFORMS
I am learning about landforms in nature, so can make observations about my local environment and create my own landscape.
KINDERGARTEN & 1ST GRADE:
- Using a black sharpie marker, draw your landscape.
- Using warm colors paint your landform.
- Using cool colors paint your background.
2ND & 3RD GRADE (Thanks Mindy Vandegraaff):
- Using cool colors, paint you background paper.
- Using warm colors paint your water color paper. Remember to make layers of color, like rocks.
- Using sandpaper, rub to erode your paint and make your landform.
- Outline the shape of your landform with maker and cut it out.
- Glue your landform to you background paper.
4TH & 5TH GRADE:
Draw a landscape using 1 point perspective
- Draw your horizon line.
- Identify you vanishing point.
- Draw your read, river, or trail.
- Add background landforms.
- Add foreground and id-ground features.
PROJECT 2: PETROGLYPHS
I am learning about petroglyphs, so I can create my own message using symbols. I’ll know I’m successful when I have a petroglyph with a clear message.
ALL GRADES (Thanks Jamie Wisner):
- Read information sheet provided on petroglyphs. (See PDF)
- Think about what message you would want to tell if you made a petroglyph.
- Looking at the sample symbols on the sheet provided, decide on the symbols you can use to portray your message.
- Crumple your paper into a ball to make it look distressed. Then open it back up and smooth it out a little.
- Using a dark color, (black if available) draw your message using the symbols on the sheet provided. (See PDF)
- You can add color to your petroglyph if you’d like to.
- Using complete sentences, write out the meaning of you petroglyph message.
PROJECT 3: LIVING SCULPTURES & HABITATS
I am learning to shape and form clay to create a living thing, so that I can make a habitat that represents the environment in a Utah National Park.
- 1. Fold your square paper on the diagonal lines.
- Using scissors, cut up one line.
- Using crayons, color your habitat.
- Using glue, attach your to bottom sides to form a 3D habitat.
- Using model magic air dry clay and markers, student make a sculpture of a living thing found in a Utah
National Park to go in their habitats.
PROJECT 4: IF I WERE A PARK RANGER SELF PORTRAITS
I am learning to write from a different point of view – a Utah National Park Ranger.
- Using the worksheet on page 10, have students write about if they were a park ranger.
- At top of writing worksheet, draw yourself as a park ranger.