Art Flood: Putting It All Together

At four o’clock on April 4th, I delivered our labelled river stories to the Shawnessy Public Library; this, after making certain I took a photograph of each student sitting on the comfy chair, with their art piece on their lap. (these, to be shared with the parents of our classroom only)  Numbered and placed side-by-side, the individual art stories tell the story of a community that struggled, rebuilt and now awaits spring with a certain amount of anticipation. Our class hopes that Mayor Nenshi will enjoy our Art Flood effort and that the City of Calgary will remember the stories of a group of twenty grade ones, living in the suburbs, as being important.  Along with all Calgarians, we remember the flood of 2013.

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Art Flood: Counting by Fives and Tens

Over the next couple of days, we did soooo much math related to our Art Flood project.  We draw ticks on the white board next to our word list.

Birds
Bike Riders on the Bike Path
Canadian Geese
Fish
River Rafts and Boats
Who will do the Saddledome? the Calgary Tower?
Mountains
Helping-People
School Buses
Cars
Clouds
Houses

We count the mountains by fives right up to 271.  We have 271 mountains in our community river story.

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Art Flood: Mr. Falcone Cuts Our Community Boards Into Individual Boards

Our shop teacher generously cuts our large boards so that each of 20 children now has their own board.  Time to create our own painting/collage about the river.

“Let’s create a river story of our own.  Maybe each of you can have your very own page!  What is the beginning of the story?  What happens in the middle?  What happens in the end?”

WE COME UP WITH THESE CHAPTERS.

1. Peaceful River
2. Busy River
3. Springtime River
4. Flood River
5. Busy River
6. Peaceful River

We speak with one another at length!  What do we need to put into each chapter?  MOUNTAINS!  We talk about Canmore and the snow melting.  We talk about ice getting piled up.  We talk about how fat the river gets.  Here in the suburbs, the golf course comes up, the bike paths and the walking/biking bridges.  Here in the suburbs, there is talk about people getting stuck.

The Grade ones begin to build their river story with sentences and paint their river.  The river in the Flood River chapter is brown.  We remember the river when it was brown.

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P1150987 P1150988 P1150989 P1150995 The students create their coloured sketches of the Flood River.

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Art Flood: Grade Ones Collage Flood News Stories Onto Community Boards

The grade ones write sentences about happy days on the river and on the shore, skipping rocks and many sentences about fishing!  We play grouping games…groups of two and groups of five…groups of ten.  We look at the pictures of the floods on the front pages of several newspapers.  Using gloss medium, the students coat their white boards, apply the news stories and coat again with gloss.  The children are happy to learn that the white gloss is clear when it dries.

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