Today was a full day of learning how to move our bodies in different ways to create dramatic effects. We moved in a variety of ways - slow, fast, at low, medium and high levels. We shadowed a partner paying close attention to the details of their movements. Then we explored using our bodies to create shadow plays. We remembered from our puppet play that when we move closer to the light source our bodies appear bigger. When we move closer to the curtain our bodies look smaller. It was fun and silly - especially when the adults got to "play" too!
Thank you so much for your support at the Grade 1 Used Toy and Book Sale this year. We were able to raise $1099 thanks to you!!! That means we were able to buy new items to fill 40 backpacks with toys, books, toiletries, etc. for children that are living on the street here in Calgary. For more information on an amazing local organization, please check out Stephen's Backpack Society at http://www.stephensbackpacks.com/
Grade 1 Team
Painting and music filled our day.
This morning we painted and completed our sculptures. We are very excited to bring them home tomorrow. In the afternoon we visited Cathedral Church and listened to Winter songs. There 5 women singing. We also heard a piano, cello and guitar. People from the community who came to listen to the concert commented afterwards how the students listened calmly and respectfully showed their appreciation by clapping.
Near the end of the day, we toured another gathering space for sharing music - The Jack Singer Concert Hall. We were amazed at the size and how it is structured to allow the sound to bounce off so many surfaces. We also went on a neat scavenger hunt throughout the 3 levels of the Jack Singer looking for different types of artwork. One more day of exploring The Arts!
We began our morning in the art studio painting a base coat to prime our sculpture for painting tomorrow. Adrienne showed us painting techniques and shared with us some of her art work. She paints 2D work using watercolour and acrylic paints. She also uses paper mache and bronze to make 3D sculptures. One of her pieces of work is a large mural at the Children's Hospital.
Before lunch we did drama, writing and drawing with Carmen. She talked about the importance of being creative by acting on our impulses. Then we imagined ourselves exploring different places and acted like different animals. We travelled through the jungles, caves and imaginary places from our own minds.
In the afternoon, we explored the sounds outside. We noticed many different sounds in a city space. Then we went inside and visited the SoundScape where we listened to sounds that ranged from trickling water, crackling ice, drumming, throat singing to other sounds which our imaginations created.
This morning at Arts Commons we met with artist, Adrienne Jenkins. She helped us begin our 3D sculpture using wire and nylons! We made a prototype using crayon on paper to plan out our artwork. Later in the week we will paint our sculpture. When we returned to The Hub we played some drama games where we needed to watch closely to the leader and be spontaneous. Before and after lunch, we created a map following a path inside our Hub room and then in a variety of spaces around the Arts Commons. We needed to think about planning our space, measuring our steps, showing different floors on a 2D page. Then we need to transfer our map onto a larger page to create a larger map.
Phew ... a busy day - creating, exploring and mapping like artists and explorers.
Our view from The Hub room.
1) Arts Commons Monday - Thursday. Remember to dress warmly and bring lunch / snacks / water bottle.
2) PJ Day & Caroling (10:30 am) on Friday.
This morning we met with our Grade 4 buddies. They shared their First Nations Diary writing and Simple Machines chain reaction. We also played a math game. It was great to be together again.
We had music and gym where we practiced our throwing skills in basketball.
We also wrote in our home journals. Please read, write a short note and return.
Meet our Ice Elf...
We also explored a new website with lots of Literacy, Math and Holiday activities: www.abcya.com
This week we have been focusing on ‘ing’ endings. We are learning that for words ending with an ‘e’, we drop the ‘e’ and add ‘ing.’ For words ending in a consonant we just add ‘ing.’ During buddy reading, we looked carefully and recorded words with ‘ing,’ Some words we found were: dreaming, migrating, thanking, cooking and singing.
We have also been learning about idioms. Some of the idioms we have been discussing are:
We also listened to the story, The Very Last First Time and wrote about our own very last first times. The story is about an Inuit girl who travels under the ice at low tide to get mussels for the very first time. We talked about how she wouldn’t have the ‘first time’ experience ever again so it was her very last first time. Hmm – a little bit of a word riddle!
Let's get some new books to enjoy for the wonter break! If your child has had their books from the Learning Commons for awhile please return them so that we can exchange them tomorrow. As well, if your child needs new home reading books, please return those as well.
Today we did a lot of completing and refining the work we've done in our Explorer Journals and Visual Sketch journals for Social Studies and Science. We were improving our work by:
* making sure it makes sense
* including titles and labels
* adding pictures for experiments
We also set up a new experiment in Science. We filled 6 balloons with water. We put 3 outside and 3 in the freezer. We are going to compare if they take the same amount of time to freeze. Once they have frozen we will build an ice snowman. Then we will see how long it takes to melt. The experiment will show how water can change from a liquid to a solid and then back to a liquid. Water is amazing!