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TeachNet NYC: Lesson Plans

Reflection and Similarity: Designing a Coat of Arms

Project URL:
http://teachers.ithsnyc.org/landerson/
coat%20of%20arms/frontpage/frontpage.htm

 

How it works:
This program is comprised of several step-by-step Photoshop lessons with screen shots and clear descriptions of the correct tools to select. It enables students to be creative and includes math concepts such as reflection and similarity along with technological development. While learning these concepts and developing their technological skills, the students use the Internet to learn about the concept and history of the family crest, or coat of arms. They learn about the significance of the various colors, shapes, symbols, and mottoes that have been used, and they design, draw, and color their own coats and write descriptions of them that explain their aesthetic and symbolic choices.

Standards addressed:  
Students reinforce the geometrical concepts of similarity and reflection. They apply technological knowledge and skills to design products to satisfy a variety of needs;  understand and gain proficiency in Photoshop software; and use the written language for explanation and description.

Materials used: 
Required materials include a computer with Internet connection and Photoshop and Microsoft Word software.

The students:
These lessons are appropriate for students from eighth through twelfth grade. Students need some technology skills. The lessons can be adjusted to the level of the students.

Overall value:
The Photoshop lessons in Reflection and Similarity: Coat of Arms are clear and work with a variety of age ranges. Students are highly motivated to learn Photoshop and enjoy creating art with the computer while they learn math concepts. The students also learn about a unique aspect of history that can enhance their understanding and appreciation of classic literature, and they like personalizing their coats and choosing appropriate mottoes.

Tips:
While students generally enjoy their work, they can become impatient and it can be difficult for the teacher to assist them. Walk around the room in an orderly path and assure the students you will get to all of them. You may also want to demonstrate the steps using an LCD projector. Enlist a student who is familiar with the program to assist others.

About the teacher:
Laura Anderson is a math/technology teacher at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School in New York City. She has been teaching for 20 years and currently teaches Web Design, Computer Math, and Oracle Internet Academy.

E-mail:
LauraJaneAnders@aol.com

Subject Areas: 
Math
Technology

Grade Levels: 
8-12


 

 

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