What happens when snowflakes are few and far between in Georgia and your students really want to see the icy crystals up close and personal? You create your own, of course! We began by reading Snowflake Bentley, the story of a young man who was the first to photograph snowflakes and document their unique beauty. Next, students created a snowflake based on the understanding that snowflakes are symmetrical. This was a terrific way to introduce elements of dance-including symmetry so students practiced this technique with a partner. Finally, students used elements of poetry to write about their snowflakes. In the end there were no two poems alike- just like snowflakes!
It’s only the beginning of the school year and all I can say about this group of 4th graders is…they are AMAZING! I’m overwhelmed by their kind hearts, love for learning, and immense talent showcased in our classroom. This Arts Integration thing is really working for them!
Here’s a glimpse at our first writing activity this year, which was inspired by a quote by Martin Luther, “If you want to change the world pick up your pen and write.” Their masterpieces consisted of watercolor backgrounds and sketches of their hands emphasizing shading techniques. No words needed. They are simply amazing. The sketch you see was drawn by one of my 4th grade students. Like I said, no words needed.
The Dialogue Cafe is back and better than ever! Students used writing skills to create a recipe that would “WOW” the critics and win the coveted title of Dialogue Cafe Champions! The four houses competed by submitting their creative recipes to be prepared by the famous “Chef Dia Logue.” The critics (students from the other 3 houses) carefully tasted the recipes while the chefs wrote the dialogue. The competition resulted in deliciously created recipes that were worthy of praise by the food critics and well-written essays that were worthy of praise by their teacher!
Which organelle is the most important to the functioning of the cell? Students used paired passages to research the role of each, then were placed on a character panel to take on the role of a specific organelle. Each had to defend the title of “Most Important Organelle” within the cell!