Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Eric Carle Author Study

Eric Carle has written lots of books and some we had seen before but others were new to us.  Here is a link to his website. http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html

Other teachers in the school and the school library helped us out with lending us more copies of Eric's books that they had,  We love having more than one copy of a book so two or more kids can read side by side.

We finished the unit with one of his art techniques by making butterflies by dropping paint on one side of a wing shape and folding the paper to make the other side match.  They made a great display in the hallway!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bunny Art

With Easter fast approaching, we worked on a Bunny Art Project last week.  The idea came from this blogger who calls her online space Learning in Spain. Thanks for the inspiration!

We started with watercolour paints in stripes for the background.  For some students, this was their first time using watercolours and it took a few tries to get the hang of wetting the brush enough but not too much.  

The next step in the process was drawing a semi-circle for the head and 2 long ovals for ears.  We spent some time working on the show me boards on cartoon eyes, lashes, brows and nose/mouth/whisker options.  These boards allowed kids to share their ideas with everyone and erase and make changes until they liked what they saw.  Then they used markers to create that face and add some colour to the ears.  Assembling the pieces with glue was the final step.

We hope you will stop in to see the display across from Room 21.  It is a bright and attractive way to get us in the Easter spsirit! 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Science Design Project

The Grade Twos have been learning about Position and Motion as part of the Grade 2 Science curriculum.    They had doing some experiments to find out about friction, incline planes and wheel & axles.  As a final design project, they were given the challenge to create a vehicle with wheels and axles that could roll down a ramp.  It needed to have a place for a driver and cargo.  You can read their task below and see the criteria checklist in the second picture.  Materials were gathered and the students went to work!  
Woody was the able driver assigned to the challenge and Pikachu was the cargo!  
  After lots of practise and trial and error, it was time to show off the vehicles and test to see if they met the criteria.  
Following the Cardboard Challenge, the students had already practise in planning and then adapting the plan as needed.  It was a successful project and hopefully inspired the budding designers in the class!