We needed a no mess project for Grade 5 because we were moved into a different classroom for SBAC testing.
I came up with this lesson based on the art of Carol Nelson and Liana Bennet. They created images of rocks that are just super cool. Carol Nelson calls them geological abstractions.
We also looked at geology book illustrations from the 1930’s.
I gave each student a rock or slice of rock or a broken bit of rock tile so that they could make observations.
They then could interpret this lesson however they chose to using the colors they wanted and zooming in or out of the image as they saw best. they used oil pastel.