Friday, December 12, 2014

Future computer engineers?!?

Today the kindergarten students from Mrs Lowes class came to our room to teach us how to "code". All across North America people were participating in a hour of coding challenge.  Celebrities, sports pros, even the president of the United States participated. We had a lot of fun working together to learn about coding.  

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Eric Carle Inspiration

Eric Carle

We studied the work of author illustrator Eric Carle.  We loved his illustrations.  They had a lot of texture and were very interesting to look at.  We were inspired to try some texture art of our own.  We used a bunch of different tools to apply paint to colored paper.  We learned about different techniques to make different patterns and designs. 
Then we looked in the books to find an animal that we liked and we tried to make one that was a little bit the same but a little bit different.

We hope you enjoy viewing our textured animal masterpieces.

Santa Has A new Ride!

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way,
Oh what fun it is to make
Santa a new sleigh!

We read a story about Santa having a whole mess of problems the day before Christmas.  He lost his boots, got the sack stuck in the door, and finally when he was just about to take off the sleigh got stuck in the snow.  We came up with some very kind ideas about how we could help but the best idea was to make him a new sleigh because we have been learning all about materials and have a whole bunch of beautiful stuff to create with!  We tested the materials came up with the design criteria and researched different sleigh designs.  Then we created!  

Next step… Testing them out! 
Stay tuned!!!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Art smart!

We transformed our classroom into an art studio. We used paint, paper and a variety of different unexpected tools to create texture on the page just like our inspiration Eric Carle. Stay tuned for the final product! 

Exploring Larger Numbers

We spent time today exploring numbers above 10. We made towers to show numbers and then added more to make the number higher or took off blocks to make the number smaller. Then we challenged our friends to build the "tower plans" we wrote for them.  Some of the higher numbers were hard to hold on to!!! 

Concert Information

Room 14 will be preforming a Chinese New Year song and dance.  The students will need to wear white tops and black bottoms.  We will have a costume (a red sash and gold belt provided by school) to put over our white shirt and black bottom.  I am going to be making a special fan for each child to hold and could use some help assembling them. If you can volunteer some time to cut and glue let me know asap.  Thanks!  It's going to be a great show!