Four Square Activity
Select a standard, benchmark and indicator for a grade level and answer
the questions in squares 2, 3 and 4. Text in red is a sample response.
Square 1 Square 2
Standard, benchmark(s) and indicator(s): What must students know (knowledge and
Visual Art skills)
Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts K-4 • Knowledge: how artists use line, color,
A. Recognize and describe visual art forms and artworks
from various times and places. gesture, images and symbols to tell stories.
Gr. 2-2 Use historical artworks such as paintings, • Skills: observation and reasoning
photographs and drawings to answer questions about daily
life in the past.
Square 3 Square 4
What must students be able to do? What are the significant understandings
Observe and point out subject matter, images, art students should develop?
elements and symbols in narrative artworks; relate these
to tell the visual story.
Students develop awareness of how artworks
What are the best way(s) for students to
tell stories about history, customs and daily
demonstrate what they know and can do?
Interpret and create visual narratives about a selected
How do artists use narrative elements and images to
tell the story of history and daily life?
The Fine Arts Standards can be
downloaded from the ODE
Web site --
choose quick links—Academic Content Standards
Under “subject” click on Arts