My Favorite Things
By Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, September 13, 2006
- Elementary School
- Product Design
- Language Arts
- identify masterpieces and mass-produced items
- identify materials used in the creation of objects
- explain why they value a given object
- photographs of a variety of masterpieces, such as buildings, paintings, jewelry, etc.
- photographs of a variety of interesting mass-produced objects, such as glasses, airplanes, clothing, etc.
Building Background Masterpiece or Mass-produced?The purpose of this activity is to help students learn to identify masterpieces and mass-produced items. Students will also explore how objects can be created out of physical materials. Teacher Note: Before beginning this activity, ask students to bring in an object from home that they really like. 1. Explain the definitions of both a masterpiece and a mass-produced object, as you show an example of each. Masterpiece 1. An outstanding work of art or craft. 2. Something superlative of its kind. Mass-produced To manufacture in large quantities, often by or as if by assembly-line techniques. (The American Heritage Dictionary) 2. Show the class the photographs of the masterpiece and mass-produced objects. Ask the class to determine if each item is a masterpiece or a mass-produced item. Tape the images on the wall or blackboard in two separate areas (a masterpiece and mass-produced area). 3. Involve students in a discussion about what they think the word "valuable" means. Point to the photographs of masterpieces and mass-produced objects on the board and ask students if they think the item is valuable. 4. Call students' attention to the photographs and ask students to identify the physical materials that were used to create the object. Discuss how new objects can be made from other materials. Draw attention to the fact that somebody designed the original mass-produced objects, and that a factory then mass-produced the item. Ask students to find examples of objects around the classroom and discuss what materials they were made from.
Steps for Learning Trash or Treasure?
The purpose of this activity is to provide students with an opportunity to analyze masterpieces and mass-produced items.
1. Have students select one of the images of a masterpiece that they particularly value. Ask students to share the objects that they brought from home and explain to the class why they value the masterpiece and the mass-produced object.2. Provide time for students to ask questions regarding the object that each student brought in to share with the class.