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JiJi is more than halfway through our adventure! While in northern Russia, JiJi discovered that much of the land is tundra, meaning that there are not a lot of trees and plants due to harsh winters and short growing cycles. To brighten their landscape, artists have covered the gray buildings with colorful murals.
- What geometric shapes can you find in the buildings behind JiJi?
- What patterns do you see?
- What artwork do you see on or around the buildings in your area?
Teacher Note: Murals often commemorate an important event or person. Students can search for images of murals from around the world - or in your hometown.
Have students design a mural that incorporates things that are important to the class, school, or community or try enlarging JiJi!
Make a mural of JiJi!
- 1 copy of a JiJi grid - 16 or 36 grid, color or black and white, with or without grid values
- 16 or 36 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" paper
- Art supplies - scissors to cut apart grid, markers or pencils, and crayons or color markers (for the color image)
Cut out the grid image and give each student one of the small rectangles and a sheet of paper. Don't worry if you have too many rectangles, some are easier to draw than others so some a few students can do more than one.
If you're using one of the versions with the grid values, be sure each student writes the little number on the back of their paper. Explain that they don't have to include that number in their drawing.
Explain that each student will be enlarging their small piece onto their paper and then, all the papers will be put together to make a giant JiJi. You will probably need to talk about how to figure out how to start -- For example, a line might need to start about halfway down the side or go through a corner.
Have students draw the lines on their small rectangle on their sheet of paper. Start putting together the giant JiJi. If students have written the grid value on the back, you can put the papers face down in a grid and then turn them all over to reveal the big image.
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