You can support reading and language development while you tour ArtPrize without creating anxiety for struggling readers. Here’s the next phase of our ArtPrize for Kids: Language Connections Guide for 2012. Thanks again to our friends at grkids.com for the work done on creating the Tour!
Here are picks from Stop #10 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. I’ve also put some notes for some questions in brackets [ ] after. Feel free to comment with your responses, a child’s response or additional questions – and ENJOY!
#10: SiTE:LAB @ 54 Jefferson
54 Jefferson SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Some overall questions for this stop:
- How are the exhibits at this stop alike?
- How are the exhibits at this stop different?
- How is this stop alike or different from the stops we’ve already visited?
- How many syllables are in the word giraffe? [2; jer-aff]
- What other words can you think of that start with the /j/ sound? Bonus: can you think of any other animals that start with the /j/ sound. [keep in mind, it’s the sound, not the letter, so jackrabbit is totally okay!]
- Can you make a silly sentence for a giraffe?
- Where would we find a giraffe in real life?
- What colors are they in real life?
- Does this piece remind you of any others?
- This piece is like a puzzle. Have we seen any others that were like puzzles?
- Would this piece fit in your room?
- This giraffe is made of aluminum. Aluminum is what is called an element. It’s a kind of metal. Do you know anything else made of aluminum? [pop cans….]
- Do this remind you of any stories you know?
Follow-up activities could include looking up information on giraffes and animals of Africa; research elements and metals; creating sculptures of animals with aluminum foil; assembling a 3D puzzle; visiting Binder Park Zoo and feeding the giraffe; describing this piece to someone who wasn’t there with you.
Next: St. Cecilia Music Center, Stop #11 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour