Art Flood: Grade Ones Talk About Rivers

We visited about happy times spent along the river.  We remembered that our Alberta rivers include the Elbow and the Bow rivers.  We talked about skipping rocks, fishing and the differences between oceans and rivers, what a community is.  We also prepared our panels with gesso.  The students each took a turn rolling paint on panels, an act that elicited a number of stories and memories as well!  The students received their site word list.

Having been hooked up fully on the classroom technology front, I also had the children gather on our community carpet to watch Mayor Nenshi’s invitation to make art on the topic of the flood.  Later that day, we began reading river stories.  Many good books are written about the river.

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Dragons Do Dance!

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the Year of the Horse!  The grade twos in my care today enjoyed a book written and beautifully illustrated by Ian Wallace, Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance.  It was a wonderful thing to be able to celebrate the possibilities of a dragon in visual journals afterwards.  Visual journals are such an entry point into the imagination!  Another awesome day as a guest teacher!

Ching Chiang and the Dragon's Dance

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