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Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You
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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

The first days and weeks of school can be exciting and terrifying, all at once. Arming yourself with a few “getting to know” you exercises can help ease you and your students into the school year.

I love a good Getting to Know You activity and this one fits the bill in so many ways. By answering questions about their lives with lines, shapes and colors, students will create one-of-a-kind (autobiographical) works of art.

Children of all ages are able to participate and all will feel excited and surprised at their work.

Designed for K-6 (ages 5-12 – and beyond!), this art lesson uses basic art supplies and shows you how to teach the material step-by-step.

This activity is adaptable, which means it can be used when teaching in the classroom, from an art cart, and at home. You’ll love it!

“This has been a GREAT getting to know you activity for my art classes! I had them do the activity on the front of their art portfolios and it has been so fun!”

— Stephanie H.

I love what children create by following the open-ended directions

What You Need:

  • White paper (cardstock or heavy photocopy/cover paper is ideal) 8 1/2″ x 11″
  • Black permanent markers (Sharpie)
  • Markers, crayons, pencil crayons, highlighters, etc.
  • Getting to Know You question sheet (see below)

What You Do:

Full instructions for this lesson plan can be found in our downloadable PDF lesson pack!

You can download our lesson plan pack, which includes:

☀️Lesson plan with full color photos

☀️Student examples

☀️Printable direction sheet

☀️Hints and tips

☀️8 Getting to Know You worksheets and printables

☀️Book recommendations

And more, for just $5.00.

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