Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Reading" Art - Telling the Story Part One

On our final day with the fabulous Melanie Layne,
The kids dove in even deeper reading the artwork.
They began writing and telling the stories 
that they imagined about the artwork.
They learned about 
6 Word Stories.


Then they set about choosing a piece of art to work on with a partner.

They worked together to write 6 word stories,
and then combined them into a poem,
telling the story of the piece of art as they saw it.

Here are a few of their masterpieces...

On Friday they tried this out on their own,
getting their own piece of artwork,
and writing a poem to tell the story.

Come back tomorrow to see what they came up with.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

"Reading" Art Day 2

Day 2 with Melanie Layne
was more "reading" of the artwork.
focusing on what the art made them 
and feel, 
and wonder.

The kids were very engaged and we had some terrific conversations.

Here are some more great books about art by Bob Raczka!

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Sunday, September 15, 2013


This week I had the incredible fortune to have
Melanie Layne, 
an Arts Integration Consultant
from The Kennedy Center
work with my kids and engage them in
Reading Art.
We talked about what art is using this book as an introduction.
Then she taught them how to "read" art, looking at lines, colors, textures, and objects.

At the end of the first day, she asked them to respond to,
What do you know about art that you did not know before?
Here are some of their responses...

"I did not know that art is everything.  
It's important because if we just thought it was drawings, 
we wouldn't know what art really is."

"I learned that art can be a leaning tower or nothing at all.
It is important because if you want to make art 
and you don't know what to draw you can just take a picture of something.  
You can also just put an empty frame on the wall for decoration. 
 I also learned that art can be just a bunch of colorful, 
scribbley lines and shapes.  
That's important because art can be pretty much anything."

"Something I learned is art is everywhere you go.  
Art can be just a normal dot."

"I learned that art can be more than what you think."

"Whenever we see a picture we can think about it without even knowing."

They also responded to the question,
Why was it important to talk about art with a partner?

"If we listen to our partner you can hear something 
that we never would of thought of.  
We can hear stuff that makes more sense 
and learn something new."

"It's important because you can get your ideas out
and learn about other people's ideas too."

"So you can listen to your partner's ideas, 
or you can maybe change yours.  
If you don't really understand how to describe it 
then listen to your partner's details.  
When you listen to your partner, 
you can think of better ones."

Stay tuned to learn more about our week of "reading" art.

Here are some amazing books about art by Bob Raczka 
that I use in my classroom.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Back-to-School Math Fun!

As a beginning of the year getting to know you activity this year
I made and assigned a Math About Me Poster Project.

The kids had great fun and loved working on the project.
They took turns and presented their poster to the class for a
Speaking and Listening grade too!

I had all of the poster on display for our Curriculum Night, a couple of weeks into school.
The parents really liked them too.
Here is the bulletin board outside my classroom where I hung a few,

and here are some of the rest.

They were such a hit that I revamped an old file to create a project for the end of our place value unit.
Here is my newly designed, Common Core aligned

Stay tuned to see how these come out!
You can grab both of these files from my TPT store by clicking on the images.

Have a great short week!
I will finish catching you up soon!

A very FULL First Few Weeks!

Wow!  What a BUSY first few weeks!
I have felt like I was barely treading water.

I am starting to get my rhythm back though.
So I thought I would share what we have been up to.

We started the first few days off with lots of team building.
We did Saving Fred, a favorite of mine.
The kids love it too!

We also played "Cooties" with a Classmate Quizzer

This year I tried a new activity that I had seen on Pinterest 
Spaghetti Races!

I used Chinet plates and generic spaghetti, but no tape.
It was WAY harder that it looked!
They had a LOT of fun, but no one got very far!

We also did the Back-To-School Poster Activity that I did last year.

No surprises this year in their responses, but it was fun to read their comments.

Oh, Snap! 
Technical difficulties.
My computer is not reading my SD card!
I will have to come back later to finish the updates.
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