How to Shade 3D Shapes
A lot can be said about fifth graders in an art room, but quiet is not one of them. Fifth graders need more technical information when it comes to art making. So to keep them on their toes I like to teach a somewhat diluted junior high level practice project on shading.
I found a printable from curkovicartunits.pbworks.com that fifth graders use to practice making value scales and to shade geometric forms. Students then cut out each shape and arrange them into a composition on a 6x9 neutral color paper. This is followed by a lesson in mixing neutrals to make shadows using complimentary colors. The more involved the lesson gets, the longer the hush in our room will last.