Saturday, March 19, 2011

model magic birds

This is a project that I do with third grade- One day one of the lesson I have them mold the bird- two balls one smaller then the other pinch the small one for a beak and make the larger one like an oval and pinch for the tail. I show them how to twist the wire into to arch around the stick around the bird and how to twist the wire or pipe cleaners for the feet. I collected sticks before hand. They need to attach the bird with the feet wire ( it swings around so I hot glued them after class and it was much more secure). Then add feathers. On day 2 when the m.m. dries we painted the birds with sparkle water colors (i love those things!) This only takes about 10-15 minutes- so a mini lesson is needed. Here are some pictures. I forgot to take a picture of the finished product sorry : /.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Minute to Win it! and classroom management

This year I am experiencing some classroom management issue. The listening skills of my students need a little fine tuning (that is putting it mildly) so I came up with a "game". ..45 minutes to win it. Most of the kids have seen the game show on t.v. and are familiar with the format. This is the 3rd week of the "game" and it is going very well. The empty spots at them bottem are for the names of the kids at the tables (they now have permanent seats). I am not one for rewarding behavior that should be a given, but sometimes you have to do it to keep your sanity!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden

Here are some samples of of community workers (grade 3) and cityscapes (grade 2) inspired by Jacob Lawrence.

Here are some samples of our music inspired art (grade 4). We looked at works by Romare Bearden.

lessons were on previous post : )