Extensions and Adaptations
A culminating activity for this lesson could be a party where the Kindergarten students meet their high school buddies. The students could use the Interview Questions as an ice-breaker.
In this lesson, Kindergarten students will be paired with high school art students. Each class will read the book Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. This book is a collaboration between Maya Angelou (poem) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (illustrations). The students will discuss their own fears and how they can overcome those fears. In the Kindergarten class, the focus will be on overcoming fears though special “super powers”. In the high school class, the discussion will be centered on fears about graduating. In both classes, we will compare our fears to those of the other class. In the end, students will discuss the fact that everyone has their own fears in life but managing those fears helps us grow as individuals.Kindergarten students will pick their partners, or “buddies,” randomly from a hat. They will write a sentence about themselves in Kindergarten class and specify their favorite colors. The high school students will then paint a masonite panel using their buddy’s color. The Kindergarten students will draw on the panel in oil pastel. The theme for their work will be their “super power.” The work will be exchanged 3 or 4 times per class with the kindergarten students drawing in oil pastel and the high school students adding to the work in paint. Both classes will discuss respect and cooperation and art exchange “etiquette” (ex: not covering their partner’s work).