Math can be dancing, exploring, writing, investigating, collaborating, talking, organizing, drawing and questioning. This week we started our study of geometry in math. As you can see in the photos above, geometry can be taught many different ways.
Our literacy time is the busiest part of our day! We read, write, learn new skills, collaborate, illustrate and talk about literacy. Here’s a peep inside our literacy time this week:
Today, during our afternoon worktime, students were invited to explore shapes and glitter. First, students chose a shape they were interested in and traced it on a piece of paper. After tracing their shapes, they went to the glitter table where they added glue and glitter. Students were engaged in conversations about shapes, colors, and practiced using manners as they ask for the various materials.
As students go deeper in their Civil War inquiry, they are representing their knowledge and wonderings through journey boxes. Journey boxes turn a regular shoebox into a mini museum that showcases perspective and learning about a topic. The younger group investigated a plantation via virtual field trip to see where slaves and plantation owners lived and worked. Check out the virtual field trip by Downloading the Google Expeditions App on your device and searching for “Slavery in America.” After recording their findings, students chose an area on the plantation to recreate in their journey box.
The older group has been focusing on confederate monuments around the country. They each chose a state that contains confederate monuments and chose an American Civil War historical figure to study. Their journey boxes tell the story of the lives of the figure they chose using pictures, artifacts and text.
Students created “Mini-Me” statues. Their challenge was to build a house to fit their “mini-me”. Some homes included steps, roofs, walls, doorways, trampolines, and walk-ways.
Students had to recreate their building on the photo by only using the two different materials provided in each tub. Then engineers could draw their design.
How do artists or engineers create works of art or design to communicate their identity? How do simple machines make moving sculptures easier? In connection with their inquiry study of The American Civil War, the elementary students are working to answer these two essential questions during Studio and Lab. Ms. Vonder Haar and Mrs. Clifton began by sharing the work of sculpture artists Tara Donovan and Louise Nevelson. They practiced ARTFUL Thinking by observing the details of this sculpture very carefully. Next they used their body to create a frozen sculpture. Check out the pictures below to see students in action as they envision a design for a sculpture that represents their identity. Students were challenged to create a sculpture that is not assembled using tape or glue and would fit inside of the Size-O-Meter. Upon completion, the students will need to relocate their sculpture using a simple machine, just like some of the Confederate Monuments that are being taken and removed today.
Preschool students have been engaged in a study where they are exploring the people that make up their families. They have charted the number of people in their families and created paper families. Today, students were given the challenge to build a house for their family members. They could choose to build a house by themselves or could work with peers to create a house large enough to fit multiple families.
Students got creative and used many different materials in the classroom: blocks, Magna-Tiles, books, chairs, paper, tape, Lincoln Logs, Play-Doh, and much more! Checkout the photos below to see the various types of houses built. #BecauseofArtsEd #ArtsEdWeek
Henry built his house out of paper
Finley used blocks for her family
Some students wanted their families to stand so decided to use Play-Doh
Nate used the house building connectors
James, Fletcher, and Kalen decided to build a house together
Skyler used the house building materials
Maddox built a paper house
Ben used blocks
Masato used blocks
Kourtney and Masato decided to work together
Ben’s family fit!
Hard at work
Walter decided to help Masato and Kourtney
Fletcher decided their house needed a roof in case it rained
Anna used house connectors
Briji used a variety of materials
“Big House” is complete
They are very proud
Greyson made bricks using Play-doh
Will worked with Magna-Tiles
Quinn used Magna-Tiles
Mariyam worked with our magnetic connectors
Marvel also explored using the Magna-Tiles
If you walk through our hallway, you will see Preschool’s Dot Gallery. During studio time, Ms. Vonder Haar read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and then the students painted or drew their own dots to display for others to enjoy. Later, students learned that a dot that “goes for a walk” is a line. They have learned about horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines. They have begun practicing drawing spiral, straight, wavy and zigzag lines. You can see in the pictures below, students observing their Dot Gallery, drawing horizontal line patterns, using their bodies to walk and balance on different types of lines and tracing lines at our light table.
During all parts of the day, students are encouraged to use Studio Habits of Mind. These are habits that capture the ways that we think. Being aware of how we think, and our process for problem solving and reflecting are powerful tools. Throughout the year, students will be reminded of 8 Studio Habits of Mind.
Look closely and you will see our elementary students, during Studio Time, engaged in the practice of some of these important habits.