Kaleidoscopes Inspired by Yayoi Kusama: A STEAM Project with adaptations for PK – 4th Grades

Last year, I designed a STEAM lesson wherein students build a kaleidoscope. I liked the lesson, but felt it could be more rigorous. While looking at the art of Yayoi Kusama it occurred to me that there is a natural connection between kaleidoscopes and her work. And, thus, this lesson was reborn (and I think it is SO much more interesting, rigorous, and relevant to art and to students). I hope you enjoy the project! If you teach this to your students, please give me a shout on social media; I’d love to see what they create. . .And, as always, please enjoy the free, but be cool. Please don’t reproduce my work for personal or professional gain.

Materials Needed

Slides About Yayoi Kusama

Math Slides According to Grade Levels

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The Science of Kaleidoscopes

PK, TK, & Kinder Project Adaptation

1st & 2nd Grade Project Adaptation

3rd Grade Project Adaptation

4th Grade Project Adaptation

Standards Addressed

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