I've shared this in a lesson plan exchange (of lessons for substitutes) that Art Project Girl arranged a year or two ago, but I've never posted it on the blog before. The flag image above had me thinking about our presidential inauguration, so I thought I'd share this lesson today. (By the way, did you LOVE Michelle Obama's red dress as much as I did? Spectacular color!)
Back to the lesson; the idea is simple. How can you illustrate a word so that the word itself illustrates what it says (but is still easy to read)? We brainstormed word ideas on the whiteboard, and then selected words. No two people in the same class were allowed to select the same word. Great words include nice descriptive adjectives (curly, frozen, boiling, tangled, etc) and almost any sort of noun, including objects or broader themes (sports, art, ice cream, mountains, rope, autumn, feathers, wild animals, cupcakes, magic, waterfall, ocean, snowstorm, rocket, hair, etc). Try to discourage the real easy words: hot, cold, short, tall.
Sorry the rest of these are sideways. They are the only pics I have of this project so they'll have to do :(