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Gingerbread House Graphic Design Lesson and Activity

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Even our youngest learners can master graphic design basics with digital design activities like this Recreate a Gingerbread House challenge. Students will drag the provided clip art pieces into the work area and then resize and layer the pieces until it looks exactly like the model. I’ve provided 5 challenges that are increasingly more difficult and require more tech skills and perseverance.
 
This resource includes:
  • Google Slides (or download as PowerPoint)
  • Background and Clip Art Graphics Included
  • 5 Levels of Challenge
  • Optional Slide for students to design their own Gingerbread House
  • Self-Assessment Questions

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Even our youngest learners can master graphic design basics with digital design activities like this Recreate a Gingerbread House challenge. Students will drag the provided clip art pieces into the work area and then resize and layer the pieces until it looks exactly like the model. I’ve provided 5 challenges that are increasingly more difficult and require more tech skills and perseverance.
 
This resource includes:
  • Google Slides (or download as PowerPoint)
  • Background and Clip Art Graphics Included
  • 5 Levels of Challenge
  • Optional Slide for students to design their own Gingerbread House
  • Self-Assessment Questions
 
DESCRIPTION
Graphic design used to require fancy software and an extensive background knowledge of design concepts. Now it can be as simple as downloading an app that can remove the background of an image and superimpose the image onto nearly any background we can imagine.
 
Using presentation software that students already know how to use, we can introduce them to the basics of graphic design. This activity specifically works on resizing clip art and arranging layers to create realistic visual scale of the finished image.
 
The goal is to introduce students to digital design so that they can transfer the knowledge to design software.
 
ISTE Standards:
  • Empowered Learner: 1c – Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice.
  • Computational Thinker: 5c – Students break problems into component parts.
  • Creative Communicator: 6c – Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by using a variety of digital objects.
 
Vocabulary:
  • ALIGNMENT
  • FOCAL POINT
  • NEGATIVE SPACE
  • ASPECT RATIO
  • MARGINS
  • SCALE
  • TRIM
  • CROPPING
 
Student Files Include:
  1. Introduction to Graphic Design Basics
  2. How to resize clip art
  3. How to arrange layers in Google Slides and in PowerPoint
  4. 5 slides of design challenges that get progressively more difficult
  5. Blank slide with the clip art so they can make their own
  6. Self-assessment
 
 
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Gingerbread House Graphic Design Lesson and Activity

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