Saturday, October 13, 2018

Primary Art

Students in the K-1  art class with Mrs.Gardner began the year in with an opportunity to really look at  in mirrors to see how their unique features line up to create their unique selves.  Children experimented with modeling clay to make clay balls, clay coils, clay spirals and clay slabs to reproduce their features on paper heads.   They later drew their faces on the heads with markers and are now creating box sculptures of their whole bodies utilizing those paper heads.  They are looking at the box sculptures by the Spanish sculptor Marisol and learning about shape versus form as well as balance as they figure out which boxes to use to get their sculpture to stand in space.   Soon they will be painting their sculptures and adding paper, yarn, and other collage materials  to complete the appendages, hair, hands etc as needed.

Magnets Push and Pull!

     Magnet lessons teach students about the polarity of magnets and how the vocabulary words 'attract', Pull, and 'repel', Push, are used to describe the motions of the magnets as they come into close contact. It is important for the students to have some understanding of how magnets work so that they do not just think they are magic! We started our lessons with books and short videos to show lots of examples and clear explanations of polarity, the north and south poles of a magnets, and then I demonstrated polarity using some of the same magnets that the students used during their investigation.

'How do magnets work?' 

"We learned how some forces, like pushes and pulls, have to have direct contact. In other words, you have to touch something to push it. With a magnet, that is not always true. There are forces called 'unseen' forces - you do not see them. We discovered magnets have a 'magnetic field' around them. It isn't like a field with flowers and grass. It means an invisible area that creates the force. 

We learned that the earth is a giant magnet with a North Pole, 
a South Pole and a Magnetic field. 
The compass points to the North Pole. 

Apples, Apples and Apples!

     Apples were a very popular topic for study in kindergarten and first grade.  Apples are so American  due to the history of being intertwined with the settlement of pioneers who moved west in our country.  Johnny Appleseed, Johnny Chapman, gets much of the credit for the spread of apples across our nation.  Our class did an apple unit study.  We taste tested all manner of apples.  We read about apples. We engaged in apple science activities, apple math activities, and more. 

Our learning objectives for our apple lessons included:
  • Kids will know that there are different varieties of apples that have different colors and tastes
  • Kids will be able to identify the parts of an apple
  • Kids will have an understanding of the apple life cycle

We made a super easy and healthy recipe of homemade applesauce in a slow cooker in our classroom! First you wash and peeled the apples while tasting the peels. 

After chopping them up we added lemon juice and stirred them.  Then we sprinkled them with cinnamon and sugar in the pot and stirred.


The Next Day......... 

We strained them and 
tasted the apple cider.


The applesauce was yummy and tasty.