Friday, 3 June 2022

June 3rd


June 3rd

Students were given material to make a magnetic maze that would include tricky routes.  They planned their mazes in their visual journal first and then tried to build it on card stock paper.  They used magnets, and popsicle sticks to make their routes and markers, pastels, pencil crayons and crayons to decorate their mazes.  The students shared their mazes with their grade 5/6 buddies.  They were excited about their project and the buddies gave them lots of positive comments.

Monday, 16 May 2022

May 16th

May 16th

We grew marigolds, sweet peas and lava terra.  The plants went home today as they are ready to plant.  These marigolds are only 3 weeks old in this picture.  We planted them the 2nd week of February. They get lots of sun during the day. We gave the plants a little bit of  water each day.  We put them away from the window at night so that they did not get a chill.

12 weeks after planting the seeds the marigolds look like this.....
Some marigolds need a little more time to grow taller.

Getting lots of sun.......

The lava terra can grow up to 6 feet tall.  They will need support to stand up straight.
They are very healthy.
Here is what a lava terra looks like....very beautiful......bees love this plant a lot......

On Earth Day, April 22nd, we went outdoors to find signs of spring.  Here are a few images of what the students recorded:  

Saturday, 9 April 2022

April 9th

April 9th

We have been very busy creating art cards.  The students voted to keep their original art card and decided to display  their designer art cards in a poster format.  This allowed each of the students  to take their original art card home to their parents.  Here is a preview of our three posters that are named: "Artspiration 1",   "Artspiration 2", and "Artspiration 3" .  ( I must say that I learned a lot about scanning the art cards, formatting the images  and printing the pictures on glossy paper, and the quality time it takes.  I have another skill set now. ) We will be submitting our posters to support the up and coming Auction for the new Playground Project and for Colton's Crusaders Cancer Drive. 

Your child will able to identify their work.  The original art cards are signed by the artists (your child/ren) on the back.  Ms. Jordan , our grade 3/4 teacher and artist, was gracious enough to let us borrow her professional sets of water colour pencil crayons.  Each student used water colour pencil crayons, skinny markers and the fat smelly markers to colour  their images.  They loved the water colour pencil crayons.  They liked going over the water colour pencil  crayon areas in their work with clear water and brush to smooth out the colours.  They thought it was like magic.  The inspiration for these pieces of art came from their drawing books.  Each day we do ten to fifteen minutes focused on drawing strategies that artists use to create images.  Choices of drawing activities ranged from flowers, sea creatures, animals, skylines, and mountains.  Some of the students used a Ted Harrison style to create their piece of art and others took a realism or impressionism approach. We hope you like our work. 

As we engaged in activities focused on the First Nations Culture, we researched the history of Dreamcatchers.  We collected information through experts at the new Downtown Library, books, articles and a recent staff Professional Day workshop focused on the First Nation's Culture.  We used fishing twine, beads, and hoops to create three dreamcatchers.  The third one will be completed soon. The names of these pieces are: Winter, Summer and Rainbow (still being developed). 



The dreamcatchers were used to teach natural wisdom.  They used twigs, sinew and feathers to create their dreamcatchers.  They were created to give infants peaceful and beautiful dreams.  Bad dreams cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and then they dreams evaporate.  Good dreams know the way to the dreamer and descend through the feathers.  When a feather moves, it indicates the passage of another beautiful dream.   Here are the meanings of several of the feathers........

White feathers -Protection, love, and hope
         Red feathers-The colour of the source of energy
Blue feathers -Truth
Yellow feathers - Cheerfulness
Green feathers -Love
Orange feathers -Positivity
Pink feathers -Caring and friendship

See you at the Art Auction...........

Thursday, 7 April 2022

April 7th

 April 7th

I made a raft with popsicle sticks.  The raft has 2 layers of popsicle sticks.  I used my crayons to colour the raft to make it waterproof.  I predicted that the raft would hold 13 blocks.  It actually held 7 blocks before it sunk.  

 Here is my raft.

  .           I placed the cubes on carefully.

I used 2 hands for the top layer.

.     It sunk......

Next time I would make a 4 layer raft.  I would place the cubes by starting in the middle of the raft to see if would hold more.
                                                              By Jillian                    



Wednesday, 6 April 2022

 April 6th continued

So far we have decorated the deck and glued the mast in position.  Here are a few images.....




April 6 

Boats and Buoyancy

We drew our boats to scale in our visual journals.  Next we used our wax crayons to waterproof the bottom of the boat.  The crayon helps to repel the water.  We put the crayon on very thick.




            Lots of wax crayon to waterproof the boat.                                                              


        Lots patience is required.                                                                                                                                                                                  


We used skinny and fat markers to decorate the deck.  The next step is to glue in the mast and connect the rudder at the back (stern) of the boat.

Stay tuned for the fleet.........................                                                       


Wednesday, 2 March 2022

March 2nd

March 2nd

The students worked with Jenna Kerr and Ms. Bishop to create a unique way to show their understanding of belonging.  In the words of Kate a grade one student explained belonging in her expression..........

"It is when you walk into a place and you feel the love". by Kate

These are the materials that we used to create our images of belonging.