We made these animals or robots using recycled pieces that we brought into the classroom from home. This was a great lesson in creativity for the kids helped them understand that they can use anything that they can find at home (that is a safe material) to create their masterpieces.
We had a great time this holiday season and worked on many different artistic projects. The kids had fun with playdough, made a mural with our grade 6 buddies where each pair worked on a different piece of the mural, wrote about us as Santa's elves and "elfed" ourselves, and made salt dough ornaments with our grade 6 buddies, turning our handprints into a Santa! What fun!
Ted Harrison study
As part of our art unit on warm and cool colours, we looked at the painting style of famed Canadian artist, Ted Harrison and made it a background for our snowmen. One of the most important criteria for this art piece was grouping the warm and cool colours together, regardless of which the kids chose and where they were located. If you would like more information about Ted Harrison and to see some of his art works, please click here.
As part of our math unit on increasing patterns, the students were presented with the challenge of creating different ways of demonstrating their knowledge of how a pattern can grow using a variety of different manipulatives such as blocks, cubes, chips, and legos. They came up with creative ways to show their learning and grew their patterns by different amounts.
We put a regular brown chicken egg into a glass jar full of vinegar to see what would happen. What did we notice? The shell on the egg dissolved in the vinegar (because of the calcium content) and then we were left only with the membrane. When we looked very closely at the egg, we could even see the yolk through the membrane!
The Chickens are Here!
We had the mobile chicken barn come to Westerman today! Inside the giant barn, there were chickens at different stages of their lives. Farmer Dale talked to us a bit more about how he works to take care of his chickens and we got to see the chickens eating, drinking, and sleeping in their mobile home! We were all very excited to see them!
As part of our chickens unit, we had the opportunity to visit Science World and explore. The kids had a wonderful time in their groups visiting all of the different rooms, learning about different animals, seeing the bugs and touching the animal furs, playing with physics ideas such as gravity and momentum and building structures with the Kiva blocks. We were lucky enough to attend the chicken workshop where we got to see the different types of chickens up close, see them eating, and sleeping. We even got to pet the chicken! It's feathers were very soft! We made sure that we disinfected our hands before we went back to play inside Science World. It was great getting to take transit there and back. We had a lot of fun taking the bus and skytrain even though many of us were quite tired after a long and exciting day.
We were lucky enough to have this group from Guinea, West Africa perform for us. They had amazing balancing acts, masks, dancing, and drumming and really got the crown roaring! Visit their website at http://kikeyambay.com/home.html
Watching the tree outside our window come down...
Our class worked hard to find repeating patterns in our classroom. We took photographs of these items using ipads. This is what we found.