Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dollar Bill

Second Grade George Washingtons on the dollar bill. We used the festisite site to add our photos! You should check it out! There are so many possibilities with this website! We had a lot of fun!

Second Grade learned about the first President George Washington! We watched a fun cartoon by Mike Venezia about the man who is considered the "Father of our Country". Students looked at the George Washington portrait by artist Glibert Stuart. 
Students drew and painted their very own representations of George Washington! They turned out so cute! Thank you Dryden Artists for the inspiration!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Clean Up Map!

Revamped Clean up Map! Created in Notebook for the Smart Board!
Clean up can be a difficult time in the art room. Recently I started using a clean up map that I can project on my Smart Board to show students the steps they need to take to clean up. Having a visual really helps student's understand what to do during this time. If they can't remember what to do next they just have to look at the board.
When students hear the music they know they need to follow the steps on the map. If they finish they go to their seats and dance! That's my favorite part! We have so much fun! I love being an art teacher!

Here's how it works:
I keep the file projected on the SmartBoard throughout the day and change the supplies to meet the needs of the class. Early finishers have to follow the rules before they get out a free choice center. When it's time to clean up I press one of the blue circles with the play button to play the music. I have two different songs on it right now (I am going to try to change it up every once in awhile).

The purpose of the box is to have a place to keep all of the images so I can quickly grab them!

When I introduced this to the kids we discussed what each image represents. For instance, the 1st step on this map is a drying rack, this means the kids need to put away their art. The 2nd step is to put away all materials, 3rd wash hands, 4th wash tables, 5th sweep, and the last step is to meet me at the carpet (3-5th grade find their seats so i would change the carpet to the chair).

When they finish they go to their seats and dance to the music! That's the best part! We pull out all our best moves!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Wish Was Granted!!!

I made a wish on the IPEVO Wishpool and I just found out that it was granted and is on it's way to Cresco!


Friday, January 11, 2013

Elf Yourself With 4th Grade!

Fourth graders used the Elf Yourself app on the ipad as we finished our Foreshortening Winter Characters and Elves. You can add up to 5 elves with the app so each table got a chance to create dancing elves! We had so much fun and could not stop laughing!

Elf Foreshortening with Fourth Grade!

Falling For Foreshortening: Elves and Winter characters!
Before break fourth graders started discussing perspective and point of view. We drew large hands and feet and then drew small figures behind them to make our characters look as though they were falling from the sky or sliding down to the ground.