Fun-Arts
Year 6 – California
Migration, Cooperation & Community
Lesson 4: Community Responsibility
Copyright 2013 Fun-Arts, Folsom, CA www.Fun-Arts.com [email protected]
Lesson Plan: Community
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Map: The World
California
Our Community
Plants & animals
 People
 Rights & Responsibilities
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Music: rhythm, tempo
Art Terms: symbols, lines
ACTIVITY Time!
Where is California?
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Where were your parents born?
California: Our Community
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People have moved to California for over 19,000 years
Over 200 languages are spoken & read in California
today.
We are all different, but we have common goals.
We can live & work together peacefully.
This map shows all the different Native American
languages spoken here.
Caring for Our Community
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California has plants & animals that are
endangered, threatened or rare:
 157 animal species
 220 plants & trees
Sacramento County is home to the Riparian
Brush Rabbit.
Southern California is home to the San Joaquin
Antelope Squirrel.
Instead of chasing a wild animal or breaking a
branch off a tree:
 stop & think
 It might be an endangered species which
needs your protection.
If you see someone harming a plant or animal:
 be brave, be bold: someone must be told.
Community Responsibility
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Just as we need to be kind to animals, we need to
treat PEOPLE with respect.
Rules and laws help us live together more peacefully.
We don’t even have to speak the same language.
What do these symbols mean? (click on each)
RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
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When Barack Obama started his 2nd term as
President, he reminded us in his speech:
All people are created equal.
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Our rights as humans include:
 life,
 liberty, and
 the pursuit of happiness.
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Individual freedoms require collective action.
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Communities thrive when each person has
independence & pride in his/her work.
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Everyone deserves
 security &
 dignity.
Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr. taught similar
ideas.
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Music:
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200 years ago, there were
200,000 Native Americans
living in California.
Let’s listen to Native
American music.
These songs have no
words, but the drums still
represent feelings.
Tom-Toms 01:39
Tempo
Rhythm
“Pow-Wow Club” by Harry Fonseca
Drum Circle 01:31
Meditation 01:38
Dynamics
Pitch
Melody
Harmony
VISUAL ART:
Lines & Symbols
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Lines and symbols can be powerful.
What does this lines mean?
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What are these 4 symbols?
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Line
Shape
Texture
Color
Light
Space
YOUR LINE
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If you could draw a line to
show how you feel, what
would it look like?
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Straight? Curvy?
Light? Bold?
What color would it be?
“West Mesa #1”
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painting by Harry Fonseca
(1946-2006)
born in Sacramento
Heritage: Nisenan Maidu,
Hawaiian & Portuguese
inspired by petroglyphs
Line
Shape
Texture
Color
Light
Space
ACTIVITY
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FIRST: choose a crayon or pencil
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SECOND: will have one minute of
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quiet listening &
drawing lines
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THEN: stand in a circle to get a can
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NEXT: draw a simple line on the can
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LAST: pass the can to the next person
Line
Shape
Texture
Color
Light
Space
MIND your MINUTE
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STAY SILENT
Choose a crayon or pencil
Draw a line on warm up
paper from edge to edge.
Continue drawing lines for
1 minute.
MUSIC
Track 6: “Native American Meditation Music”
Tempo
Rhythm
Dynamics
Pitch
Melody
Harmony
ACTIVITY: CIRCLE
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NOW: pick up your crayon or pencil
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THEN: stand in a circle to get a can
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NEXT: draw a simple line on the can
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LAST: pass the can to the next person
ACTIVITY: LISTENING
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Teacher will point to a student.
1 student will tap a beat on drum
quietly.
Match his/her tempo.
Tempo
Rhythm
Dynamics
Pitch
Melody
Harmony
ACTIVITY: THINK
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Look at your drum: everyone helped!
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EVERYONE is part of your school experience.
If someone is being teased or treated unkindly:
be brave
 be bold
 somebody must be told
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Who can help? Who will listen?
Teachers
 Parents
 Lunch Monitors
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ACTIVITY: DISCUSS
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Sit quietly at your desk.
When do you feel heard?
Do you listen to others?
How can we be more kind?
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Listen
Learn
Help
Although it is nice to be smart, it is smart to be NICE.
RECYCLE KINDNESS! IT’S FREE!
Credits
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Fun-Arts lessons are written and produced by Monica Merrill Vinberg
copyright 2013.
Craft plans are written by Christine Krause.
Fun-Arts is a non-profit group hoping to share the world’s fine arts treasures
with the rightful heirs: all children.
Thank you docents: you bring the lessons to life.
Thank you for permission to use work: www.ryanphotographic.com, Patrick
Keough (painter), Spencer Art Museum, Lars Åke Vinberg (photos), Sherri
Carter (painter), Ivetta Harte (painter), Elizabeth Robinette Tyndall (painter),
Vicky Richardson (photos).
Fun-Arts art supplies are provided in part by the PTA’s at the schools who
use the program.
All photos in Lesson 3-2 and those noted elsewhere are copyright Lars Åke
Vinberg.
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