Today we welcomed some grade 3's from the Annex into our classroom, and together the students created a Collaborative Circle Painting.
With collaboration and teamwork at the heart of this project - students were called to make a circular or soft edged illustration, then move on to make a new design and/or add onto another persons design. The idea is that nobody owns any particular illustration, nobody covers another persons illustration, but everyone adds onto each others illustrations one by one as they move around the table. After making it all the way around the table students get to see what everyone else has done to complete their original design.
The painting has been hung up in our classroom, and will be there to welcome Division 10 and the Annex children back in September.
What a beautiful day for our Trout Lake Potluck Picnic. It was a busy afternoon, and my pictures don't catch all of the activities but provide a little taste of what was going on. There was a baseball game, a casual soccer game, water pistols, sun bathers (some with cucumber eye coverings!), playground games, we visited the Aboriginal Days Celebration, and of course enjoyed lots of tasty treats supplied by you all. By 2:30 they were exhausted, and the walk back required several boulevard rests in the grass. Thank-you for your generous contributions, I hope you enjoy the pictures!
And here we are in June! These kids did a wonderful job collaborating on our final class calendar. So much to do, and so little time left but June should prove to be a fun month. We have our Marimba Concert on June 15th, we'll continue working on Fractions in Math, finish up our Literature Circles, explore more Food Science, complete our French Grocery Flyers, and work our way to the year end field trip at Water Mania!
On our way to see The Gladstone Dancers Charlie and the Candy Factory. Thank-you to all who joined us for the walk over. It was a beautiful day, and a wonderful production.
Thank-you to all of the parents who drove and supervised for this field trip- we really appreciate all you've done to make this trip possible!
The Pacific Crossings Exhibit examines different generations and artistic practices of those who immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong during the1960s through the late 1990s. Students experienced a variety of contemporary and more classical artworks. During the workshop we explored mindful mark making, positive and negative space, and visual movement while painting with ink.
In preparation for our Food Science in the Garden unit I prepared a slideshow of pics featuring my food garden and a variety of things we've grown over the past 4 years. Our annual goal is to grow as many colours as we can- because to eat a rainbow is not only fun but tasty and healthy! I will be sharing these pics in the classroom this week with the hopes to inspire my class and build some food science and gardening excitement.
The May calendar has been built and hung. Beautifully done Holly, Tessa, Bennu, Sophie, and Kate!
This month we have a couple field trips. One more trip to the VAG, and a trip to Gladstone Secondary for the dance show.
Here's a brief rundown of what to expect in the classroom for this month:
Theme- we are wrapping up Student Vote and moving into a Food Science Unit with a focus on food gardening. Students will get to dig their hands into the soil, grow food, learn scientific diagramming skills, engage in food experiments, learn about the important interdependent relationships between plants/earth/humans/insects, and much more.
Math- our math groups will be continuing into the month of May. My class will be transitioning from multiplication to fractions within the next week.
Writer's Workshop- Within the next week division 10/11 will begin Lit. Circles. This has been a popular activity in the past and we are looking forward to getting it going once more. I will post more on this soon.
Kid Blogs- we will continue our Kid Blogs until the end of the year. At this time the posts are only open for the teachers to view/comment. Students are working toward meeting blogging criteria and learning respectful commenting. Soon we will open them up for classmates to view/comment. If your child would like to make posts from home, this is always welcome!
P.E.- division 10 took a vote to establish what our next unit would be. California Kickball won in a landslide victory. We've already had one game, and it was a big hit! We will plan to play outside as often as possible- so please send sunscreen and appropriate shoes. (Tues. & Thurs.)
Art- art will be woven into our Food Science unit through the gardening journals and various other related art activities.
French- in May we will move on from numbers and start learning some food vocabulary, and a food related project is in the works. More on this to come.
Wednesday, May 17th is our final field trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Please note that we will require parent volunteers for driving and supervision during this field trip. A notice will be sent home with students next week.
Please complete and return to me by Fri. May 12th. Thank-you!
Here's a little bit about the exhibition that we will be attending:
Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver
As written on the V.A.G. website:
Pacific Crossings examines different generations and artistic practices of those who immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong during the1960s through the late 1990s.
Students will explore various visual languages from Hong Kong’s modern and contemporary art beginnings including contemporary ink painting, abstract figurative and landscape painting, etching and performance. They will also examine the influence that a new environment has had on the immigrant artists’ practices.
Participating artists include David Lam, Carrie Koo (Koo Mei), Paul Chui and Josh Hon. While renowned in Hong Kong, many of these artists remain today under-recognized in the visual arts community of Greater Vancouver.
On this beautifully warm and sunny day-before-Earth-Day, divisions 10 and 11 came together to celebrate by getting out into nature.
For French the students learned some nature vocabulary, partnered up and put it to work while on a nature scavenger hunt.
During Art Class we introduced the concept of ephemeral nature art, and together the students headed to Sunnyside Park to design and create art for others to discover and enjoy.
If you're interested in learning more about nature art, you may like to start by looking at Andy Goldsworthy' s work:
Happy Earth Day Weekend!
Trout Lake Picnic
Gr.3's from Annex
Year-end Field Trip- Watermania
Last Day of School Assembly
My name is Sara, and I'm excited to be the Division 10 teacher of a grade 3/4/5 learning community at Dickens this year! Here's a little bit about me- I'm Mom to an 8 year old boy, an educator, artist, vegetable gardener, yoga enthusiast, foodie, cook, pet chicken keeper, nature lover, hiker, and in my "past life" an interior architectural designer.