Lesson Plan: My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A Cabera
Ohio Standards Alignment
Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties.
Organisms can be compared to one another and to present-day organisms according to their similarities and differences
Matter exists in different states, each of which has different properties.
The total amount of matter is conserved when it undergoes a change.
Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem
- Daily life is influenced by the agriculture, industry and natural resources in different communities
- Communities may include diverse cultural groups.
|After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more. On her way home from school, she seeks the guidance of her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in her backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. But most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.
This lesson will connect the chosen story to textures in the school garden with the use of additional picture books. In this lesson, geared toward grades 3-5, students will explore texture in the garden through living and nonliving things. They will determine how nonliving resources help sustain plant life, and experiment with visual arts techniques through an examination of texture in the natural world. Activities in this lesson include collecting and categorizing items from the natural environment, creating seed and soil mosaics, making clay imprints, and coloring cloth with plant materials.
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