Engagement Fortune Tellers

By |2018-10-10T09:10:14-07:00April 10th, 2012|

It’s technique week!

I know that one of the things that everyone wants needs to implement Arts Integration in the classroom are some realistic, exciting techniques that are not intimidating to classroom teachers.  So this week, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite techniques that really engage students and are oh-so-doable for teachers.

Today’s technique is a simple idea.  Remember those paper fortune tellers that all elementary school kids learn how to make on the bus?  You put your hands in and move it open and closed until you open it up and find out what your “fortune” would be.  Well, we’ve taken that and created one for using Arts techniques in the classroom.  Students create their fortune teller from the template below, and then use it to determine which art element they will use to demonstrate their understanding (or that of their group) of a particular content objective.  Students of all ages love this method and because each art form is represented, everyone gets an opportunity to use an artform with which they connect.

So, if they are studying angles in math and you want them to demonstrate a 45 degree angle, they can use the fortune teller and possibly have to show this using a drama technique they know.  Additionally, you could print out a blank template and fill in specific ways that students could show their understanding using only one art area (ie: draw the angle, paint the angle, sculpt the angle, create a mosaic of the angle).

Below, you’ll find both templates for you to use, which also include instructions for how to make the fortune teller.  To download, just click the PDF download link.  Have fun!

Engagement Fortune Tellers, Education Closet

Engagement Fortune Teller Download

Engagement Fortune Teller Blank Template




  1. Angie April 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Wow. Thanks for this. Love it.

  2. artprojectgirl February 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    So Funny I stumbled upon this post while reading the blog and realize there are no new ideas! I was thinking I was so clever when I made a fortune teller to help my kids study the elements of art. . .I was like a proud peacock showing my hubby. . . I used mine to make a boring task (learning vocabulary) a little more creative. Your use is a lot more creative. I know you all just did a post on people stealing ideas! I want you to know that I really had no idea you made this and kudos it’s a great idea.

    • susanedcloset February 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Erica – I’d love to hear more about how you used these in your class! As I said in response to the other post, there’s only 12 keys in a music scale and I agree that there’s no “original” idea. Doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from what others are doing! How did you wrap the elements in with vocabulary? I’m curious! Also…my husband has to listen to me get excited about cool tools all the time, too, and I’m amazed he is so patient with me.

      For the record…I’m not against stealing ideas. I love that book “Steal like an Artist”! I’m only against stealing ideas and then claiming them as purely your own to make money. That’s different.

      • artprojectgirl.blogspot.com February 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply

        Here it is! Geez I felt like a doof when I saw this because I included it in my recent presentation on: Don’t Just Make Art: Play Art. Thank you for easing dumb feeling.

        Here’s what I came up with: Each corner was an element of art (Color, Line, Shape, Texture) I used the four main ones. The kids had to spell the one their friend picked while doing the fortune teller thing. This proved to be hard for some of my ELL and SPED Fourth Graders which was a learning moment for me. Then on the next turn all 7 elements of art were on the inside, the 8th place said (the elements of art) underneath when you lift up the flap it has the definition or example of. Then I made a fortune teller that did the opposite, it had the definitions and examples above the flap and the kids had to guess which element of art it was describing. I did this with fourth grade but some of my fifth graders show me in the hallway their gifts, kids seem to be trading them with each other (probably for those new band bracelets) I’m sure the classroom teachers are thrilled with the latest fortune teller craze.

        Yes . . . my SLO is on learning the elements of art and how to use them. Luckily in our state CONNECTICUT the governor has ordered a slowdown on implementing the common core and the teacher evaluations. I am wondering how this is working out in other states because we are usually the first to jump on any education reform. It’s hard to take it all this rapid reform seriously when even the governor can see the flaws.

  3. Oriele Puente de la Vega Amaya January 16, 2019 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Thanks a bunch. Great way to use the fortunate teller. I love it!!

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