Kandinsky’s Place Value

We are off to a great start this year in 4th grade!  One of our first arts integration lessons included students looking at the works of Wassily Kandinsky.  Students noticed that he planned out his works so that he could communicate through the colors.

Student have been studying place value.  They were given a four digit number and wrote the number in standard, word, expanded, and short form.  After showing that they could show the number in different ways, they replicated Kandinsky’s work.

The students then watercolor to crate a background similar to Kandinsky’s paintings.  They then created shapes from construction paper to represent the number that they were given.  They used 3D shapes for numbers in the thousands place and 2D shapes for the hundreds, tens, and ones.  Examples of students’ work can be seen below.

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