Thursday, October 30, 2014

Do you, 'Want 2 Be' an artist?

Are you kidding me!!  Is this not the best picture you've ever seen?  I would like to introduce you to my new dramatic play area.  It's called 'Want 2 Be, Artist".  Here's what the kids are asked to do (at this point), They choose an artist image.  They find the props that make them look like that artist.  They have fun, laugh, play look in the mirror.  It's going to be a hit.

I invited my staff to bring their families to my classroom before Book Bingo last Friday.  Many of us were donating our time to help with the event so I thought we would have a little pizza party in my room.  These kids loved it.  I can't wait to introduce this to my classes.  I know we are going to have a great time with this and it's just the beginning of where I plan to take it.  I will share more!

This was totally inspired by Cassie Stephens.  She has a presented a 'dress like and artist' event going on.  I dressed like... well who else?  Matisse!  As I was teaching the kids how to 'draw with scissors', I kept thinking, I bet the kids would love to do this.  Why not have them dress like and artist too?  BAM!  Thanks again for all your great ideas Cassie!!  You inspire!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Looking for ATC Swaps...

Art rubric

These medium rubrics are a great new tool in my classroom.  I have been able to give the kids the tools to evaluate themselves, and set goals for themselves with these posters.  I kept them generic so they would be applicable for most projects.  I had a good time making them as well! 

Below I'm showing you the set up in my room, I have also put my coloring table rubrics by all of these posters.  (see more on table rubrics here)

I found the inspiration for these posters here... 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ATC Fever!

We are excited to have received some Artist Trading Cards from Canada!!  I didn't think I would have time for ATC's this year and after getting this trade, my 4th grade is hooked... I can't help but bring them back big time in this grade.

Here are the cute cards that we got from up north.  Cute idea, concept and great craftsmanship!

We responded with these little metal treats.  We had to make them a little smaller then 'traditional' ATC size so they would fit into the sleeve well.  It was our first try using metal.  This was a lot of fun for us!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Landscape Pre and Post Test

I posted about my fall landscape project that I did with my 4th grade.  To start this project, I wanted to do a pre-test.  I hate the word TEST though.  I asked the kids to, 'show me what they know' before we started the lesson.  We took notes on how to create a pumpkin, and tree.  They also discussed the characteristics of foreground, middle ground and background. 

The project was intended to support these skills discussed.  Some classes had to move forward a bit faster than others because of missed days.  I found that those classes had less growth in their landscape pre and post test. 

None the less... I could have taken 90% of the turned in pre and post test and identify great growth in the skills of my students.  I sent home this packet at the same time as their projects.  I encouraged each kiddo to go over this with their parents when they celebrated their finished product.