Has it really been a month since my last post?! I know you guys never do this but sometimes I get in the bad habit of saying at school, "I can do this at home," and when I get home say, "I can do this at work." Time flies when you are having fun!
Students have finished up SO. MUCH. WORK. and they look absolutely amazing!
We finished the flowers and shoes for 6th grade:
5th Grade finished oil pastel flowers:
Finally we got to move on to Lascaux cave paintings.
The SETUP & STANDARDS:
As always, when students come in they have to write their daily question in their sketchbook. I try to make the first one an essential question and the second one a personal one. I made a flipchart and embedded a virtual tour of the caves as well as a 2 minute video on the short history of the caves. We talk about why people in the Paleolithic Era had a need to create and how does that compare to today's world of creativity? I also got my first evaluation during this time, and everything went smoooootthhhllyyy- thanks to my pacing friend, the flipchart.
While we were discussing environmental implications such as the carbon dioxide damage between the 40s-60s, the kids had some great responses like, "Why didn't the cavemen do damage to it with their breath?" One student reported that because the people were a nomadic society maybe they weren't there long enough to do harm. I LOVED IT! My hardest challenge is how can I make my kids ask questions. How can I motivate them enough to have individual based inquiry and want to know more. I'm trying to reflect on how it happened but all I can come up with is- these kids just have a love of learning! It seems like an intrinsic motivation and I am just their guide. Pretty cool.
So 6th grade got to jump into clay. Everyone loves clay! Except this is air dry clay and super brittle so it doesn't last long:( We had to come up with three original symbols and replicate an animal from the caves. They looked amazing once they dried and we applied wood stain!
5th grade did Lascaux cave paintings and we learned how to make our signatures with our hands once finished! They completed a planning sheet which helped them practice parts of a story (ELA standard 5.2) "My Favorite Memory"
Overall it has been a busy month filled with production, Kahoot assessments, displays, and planning. 6th graders are going to be working on Nichos for October and 5th grade has to do some food chain Science reviews. I found some cute ideas on Pinterest for that one. Hey why invent the wheel, right?
I hope you enjoy looking through the Student Gallery. These kids are working their tails off and HAVING FUN in the process. You can tell they are proud of their work and eager to know what's next.
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I can't wait to show you the Nichos. They are my favorite project, ever! Until then- Keep arting!