1. Preliminary activity: The seasons

To observe how the trees change according to season and place, and identify their characteristics. To represent trees in different seasons.

• Computer with Internet access
• One sheet of rectangular paper per student
• Origami paper, construction paper, tissue paper, recycled paper (newspapers, magazines, etc.)
1.1   Compare the trees in the ForestGallery in the Museum section of (20-30 minutes).

-   Browse the thematic gallery Forest on the Frédéric Back website, particularly the works numbered 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7.

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-   Aloud and as a group, compare the trees according to season and place: winter in Brittany and Quebec (paintings 1 and 6); the four seasons in Quebec (paintings 4, 3, 7, 6).
View the trees online in the computer lab, print out the images and hang them in the classroom for the duration of the project.

1.2   Create a tree whose appearance changes with the seasons
-   Divide a large sheet of rectangular paper into three equal sections. Fold the sheet and, using a pencil, trace the line of each fold. (Mathematics — 45-60 minutes)
-   Review paintings 4 (spring), 3 (summer) and 7 (fall). Identify the characteristics of the trees in each season. (Oral exercise — 15 minutes)
-   Using the paper divided into three sections, create one three-dimensional maple tree in spring, another in the summer and a third in the fall. Use various glue-and-paper techniques: cut-outs, ripped, crumpled into balls, curled, etc. The trunk should look the same in all three seasons. (Visual arts — 75 minutes)


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