Ch 2: Design Lesson Plans & Projects

About This Chapter

From interior design to web design, these teacher resources provide outlines of lesson plans you can use to keep your students engaged when teaching them about design concepts. Each lesson plan contains detailed instructions for group and individual activities as well as projects and assignments.

Design Lesson Plans & Projects - Chapter Summary

You can easily develop effective teaching strategies for design topics when you use the teacher resources found in this chapter. Our lesson plans help you teach students about graphic design, fashion design, costume design and landscape design, and more. You'll find plans built around designing a stamp, toy, theme park, postcard, dream house, board game, park, monument and much more.

In addition, this chapter offers links to video and text lessons that discuss definitions, examples and other pertinent information about these design types. Use the suggested questions to facilitate classroom discussions, and have your students take the quizzes that come with each lesson to measure what they have learned see what areas they might need to work on.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Helps you meet learning objectives in teaching your students about different design concepts and how to apply them.
  • Individual or group projects: Suggests group and individual design projects to support your students' learning process and allow them to apply what they have studied in class.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Provides sample questions that you can ask your students to keep them focused on the material and help them delve deeper into these design concepts.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning design lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific design topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your design class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related design lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of design.
  • Engage your students with relevant design-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

41 Lessons in Chapter 2: Design Lesson Plans & Projects
Graphic Design Lesson Plan

1. Graphic Design Lesson Plan

How much do your students know about graphic design? A text lesson provides key information and an activity gives them a chance to demonstrate what they've learned. Options for ongoing instruction are provided in the form of related lessons and extensions.

What is Graphic Design? - Definition & Explanation

2. What is Graphic Design? - Definition & Explanation

Graphic design plays an intricate part in marketing techniques used by companies. In this lesson, we will discuss what graphic design is and how it is used for logos, brochures, and packaging.

Web Design Lesson Plan

3. Web Design Lesson Plan

This lesson overviews the changes in web design from the 1980s to present day with an emphasis on shifts in color, text, and design. A group activity will challenge students to apply the lesson content and provide reinforcement of concepts, along with the use of a quiz.

Fashion Design Lesson Plan

4. Fashion Design Lesson Plan

Even if your students are fashionistas, this lesson plan will give a deeper understanding of the craft. Students will read a text lesson, learn new vocabulary and categories of fashion design, and create an original design.

Interior Design Lesson Plan

5. Interior Design Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores the history of interior design and allows students to use software to construct a design project. They will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Costume Design Lesson Plan

6. Costume Design Lesson Plan

Teach students about the world of costume design with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson on costume design history and techniques, observe and analyze costumes, then create their own.

Textile Design Lesson Plan

7. Textile Design Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the methods and processes of textile design. They will then have the opportunity to discuss these ideas as small groups and with partners.

History of Floral Design Lesson Plan

8. History of Floral Design Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the history of floral design and use their creativity to construct an online floral arrangement. They will read the lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete the activity and take a quiz.

Landscape Design Lesson Plan

9. Landscape Design Lesson Plan

Educate your students about landscape design with this lesson plan. They will read a text lesson, take a related quiz to follow up, and participate in activities to reinforce major concepts.

Radial Design Lesson Plan

10. Radial Design Lesson Plan

Teach students about radial design with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what radial design is and how it works, then analyze examples and do a fun hands-on project.

Kitchen Design Lesson Plan

11. Kitchen Design Lesson Plan

The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home. This lesson plan explores the key concepts and critical elements of kitchen design. An activity gives students the chance to design their dream kitchen using what they've learned.

Graphic Design Projects for High School

12. Graphic Design Projects for High School

Graphic design is a practical subject that can easily be taught using projects. Here are some ideas for graphic design projects, appropriate for high school students.

Graphic Design History Essay Topics

13. Graphic Design History Essay Topics

If your class is studying graphic design, it's important for students to understand the people, events, and influences that made graphic design into the field it is today. Use these essay topics to help students explore the history of graphic design.

Design a Postcard Lesson Plan

14. Design a Postcard Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will apply the concepts of art and design to marketing. They will be asked to consider how an entire place can be represented in simple visual terms and create a postcard as a result.

Design a Dream House Lesson Plan

15. Design a Dream House Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about domestic architecture and explore the elements of architectural design by creating their own house.

Designing a Book Cover Lesson Plan

16. Designing a Book Cover Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will practice synthesizing a literary work into a visual format. By creating alternative covers for books, they will engage with the plot, characters, motifs, and tone of the book in a new way.

Movie Poster Design Lesson Plan

17. Movie Poster Design Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn to look at movie posters as commercial art. They will analyze posters for aesthetic content and design a poster of their own.

Design Money Lesson Plan

18. Design Money Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to explore currency design and analyze the unique concerns of this type of project before creating their own mock currency.

Skateboard Design Lesson Plan

19. Skateboard Design Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to talk about skateboard art in terms of designing for a specific audience. They will apply their ideas to their own finalized skateboard design.

Package Design Lesson Plan

20. Package Design Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about packaging design as a tool for marketing. They will practice this skill be designing a product's packaging directed towards a specific target audience.

Design a Playground Lesson Plan

21. Design a Playground Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to examine playgrounds in terms of function and design. They will then apply their knowledge to their own designs.

Designing Board Games Lesson Plan

22. Designing Board Games Lesson Plan

Board games are a favorite past time shared by many families. Your students are going to enjoy learning how board games are designed as they go through the process of creating and designing their own board game and converting their favorite video game to a board game.

Design a Sneaker Lesson Plan

23. Design a Sneaker Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will have the chance to consider how art and function interact as they create a two-dimensional sneaker design, and translate that onto a 3-dimensional object.

Design a Community Lesson Plan

24. Design a Community Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to discuss the makeup and designs of communities. Then, they will apply their ideas to their own mock-up of a fictional community.

Design Your Own Bedroom Lesson Plan

25. Design Your Own Bedroom Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will practice thinking about space in terms of both specific function and design. Then, they will apply those ideas to a visual design project of their own.

Design a Monument Lesson Plan

26. Design a Monument Lesson Plan

Monuments are amazing to view, but a lot of work goes into designing them. Your students will enjoy the experience of learning how monuments are designed and having the chance the design monuments of their own.

Design Your Own City Lesson Plan

27. Design Your Own City Lesson Plan

Students will have the opportunity to put their creative and problem solving abilities to use in this lesson. Students will research cities and then plan and justify the elements they would incorporate into their own cities.

Designing a Park Lesson Plan

28. Designing a Park Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to explore public parks from an academic and design-oriented standpoint before applying their observations to their own park design.

Design a Stamp Lesson Plan

29. Design a Stamp Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will study the design of stamps and will create their own design with consideration for how their design will be impacted by the size requirements of the printed product.

Design a Toy Lesson Plan

30. Design a Toy Lesson Plan

What factors combine to make a toy fun to play with and popular with consumers? This lesson plan explores toy design in an engaging and hands on way. A small group activity gives students a chance at creativity as they apply what they've learned.

Theme Park Design Lesson Plans

31. Theme Park Design Lesson Plans

Theme parks are fun to visit and your students will have a great time learning how to design a theme park. They will learn terms associated with designing a theme park and work in groups to create their ideal theme park.

History of Fashion Lesson Plan

32. History of Fashion Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the history of fashion by reading an informational text, collaborating to build a fashion timeline, and designing an outfit inspired by history.

Fashion Design Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. Fashion Design Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Using Coco Chanel as inspiration, this lesson plan guides elementary students in the exploration of fashion design, considerations for design, and the importance of being an individual. Activities include designing sneakers, a backpack or a hat, and designing and making a t-shirt.

Design & Create a Flag Lesson Plan

34. Design & Create a Flag Lesson Plan

Flag designing is the process of blending color, shape and design to form one symbolic representation. In this lesson plan, students will discuss these aspects of flag design then demonstrate an understanding of the concepts through activities.

Summer Clothing Lesson Plan

35. Summer Clothing Lesson Plan

Clothing choices change as temperatures soar in the summer. This lesson plan is designed to guide your instruction on summer clothing. A dress-the-paper-mannequin activity gives students practice with summer clothing.

Winter Clothing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

36. Winter Clothing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

How does chilly weather change our wardrobes? This lesson plan is designed to support instruction for elementary students on winter clothing and includes a fun activity that gives students practice gearing up for winter weather.

Clothing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

37. Clothing Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Do your students know how to choose clothing that is appropriate for the day and occasion? This lesson plan is designed to help you explain these concepts to students. A hands-on activity reinforces learning.

Work Clothes Lesson Plan

38. Work Clothes Lesson Plan

Do your students know what types of clothing are appropriate for work environments? This lesson plan is designed to help you explain just that to students and includes an activity to challenges them to design wardrobes for assorted professions.

Fashion Illustration Lesson Plan

39. Fashion Illustration Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to practice creating quick fashion sketches. They will learn how to proportion the human body and will drawing garments in realistic ways.

Recycled Fashion Lesson Plan

40. Recycled Fashion Lesson Plan

What is recycled fashion? This lesson plan will help you explain this concept to students in an informative and engaging manner, helped by an activity that leaves students with their own article of recycled fashion.

Photoshop Movie Poster Lesson Plan

41. Photoshop Movie Poster Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to use Photoshop to design a movie poster. They will practice using the principles of design for marketing, as well as communicating a tone and narrative with relatively simple designs.

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