Grade 2 painted some sunflowers in Art. We used photos taken of my sunflowers in my garden from late summer and looked at Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings of sunflowers. We used acrylic paint. Everyone did a great job. Here are some photos of us at work.
October 30, 2013 by teacher102 · No Comments · Uncategorized
Room 102 has been learning how to use a green screen in class with the help of videos from Tricia Fuglestad. You can visit some of her fugleflicks to learn more.
We looked at a famous painting by an American painter named Andrew Wyeth called Christina’s World and learned that the woman’s name was Christina and she lived in the house at the top of the hill.
Then using Apples’ Keynote we inserted multiple copies of Andrew Wyeth’s painting. Then we inserted the individual student green screen photos. Using the magic “apha” tool we took away the green screen.
We have also been learning about speech bubbles and conversation. Students drew Mo Willems characters Piggy and Elephant. We took photos of our classroom and then using a green screen we took photos of our characters. Next we inserted the characters into our photos and put them in comic life. The final product is below. If you double click on a photo it will appear in another screen larger. Then you will be able to read the speech bubbles better.
What do you think?
Would you like Piggy and Elephant to visit your class?
October 8, 2013 by teacher102 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized
We had our annual Terry Fox Run last Wednesday morning. Our school remembers Terry Fox (1958-1981) each fall by doing a run to raise money for Cancer Research. Terry Fox was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980 after having a leg amputated, he began a run across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to quit his efforts it resulted in a lasting worldwide legacy. Each year over 60 countries participate in a day long event to raise money for cancer research.
Grade 1, 2 and 3 met at the park across the street and we ran or walked around it as many times as we could. Then grade 4, 5, and 6 did the same thing.
September 28, 2013 by teacher102 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized
Grade 2 completed some great Wild Thing Art. We got inspiration from an Art Teacher in the U.S. Her name is Tricia Fuglestad. Click on her name and a link will take you to her webpage. If you remember or saw our Monet Paintings on our blog last year and saw us sitting on the bridge it was this same Art teacher that gave us that idea, too.
If you would like to try this idea with your first or second grade class check out Tricia’s slideshare. This is a step by step guide on how to make a wild thing using texture. Of course, I didn’t find this until after we had done these but it would have been a great help if I had. For my students, if you want to try making more wild things just watch the slideshow again. Have fun.
What do you think?
Would you like to make one?
September 22, 2013 by teacher102 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized
Room 102 has been busy these past few weeks getting to know our new friends and practicing our classroom routines. We are getting better at lining up quietly and listening to the teacher’s quiet signal. This is going to be a great year.
In Math we are reviewing counting and writing numbers to 100. When counting large groups of objects we are making groups of 5 or 10. This helps us to be more accurate when we count. We are also learning about number patterns and rules. We’ve been exploring with some of the class math manipulatives, too.
In Art we’ve made a self portrait and have also made our own versions of Wild Things from Maurice Sendak’s classic book “Where the Wild Things Are”. Check back later to see our Wild Things.
In Reading we are all reading from our favourite leveled books. Mrs. Lynch has made a shelf in our library for leveled books that are “just right” for us.
Check out the slideshow below and see some of the things we’ve been doing in our classroom.
September 10, 2013 by teacher102 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized
Room 102 had a great beginning to Grade 2. Check out our slideshow of the first day. Welcome to our 4 new students. Now we have 20 students.
In Math we are reviewing reading, writing and representing 2 digit numbers. Play some of these games below to practice working with 2 digit numbers. Click on the picture and it will take you to a new site. Click on your back arrow to play a different game.
June 19, 2013 by teacher102 · No Comments · Uncategorized
The three grade one classes walked to a neighbor park today for a picnic. The weather was beautiful and the park was so nice. We had lots of fun.
Just two more days of school. Tomorrow we will watch a movie. What are your summer plans?
June 18, 2013 by teacher102 · No Comments · Uncategorized
Yesterday we had our Ice Cream Sundae Party. Thanks to the parents who could come and help us. Well, they looked scrumptious. We had plenty of treats for toppings but I miscalculated on the ice cream so the adults didn’t get any. I guess it was a good thing for me as I certainly don’t need the calories. The children sure know how to build a sundae, though. Check out the video and see their amazing sundaes. Yum.
What do you like on your sundae?
What is your favourite flavour ice cream?
My favourite ice cream flavours are coffee and mint chip or mint oreo cookie.
June 16, 2013 by teacher102 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized
Grade One wants to wish all the Fathers of our class and all the Fathers of our blogging friends a very Happy Father’s Day on Sunday. We hope that you get a little spoiled and know that you are loved.
We painted a picture for our Dads showing a favourite activity we do with them. Then we wrote a message to our Dads in our journals. Watch the movie to listen to us reading our messages to our Dads.
June 7, 2013 by teacher102 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized
Grade 1 went on the BEST Field Trip Ever on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. We went into Montreal to the National Film Board to learn about animation and sound. It was an amazing day. After braving the traffic and spending an hour and a half on the bus we arrived at the NFB. Ann met us at the door with a big smile that made us feel so welcome. She brought us to the Education Room where we saw blue chairs lined up in front of a big screen and 5 stations set up against the other two walls with cameras on tripods and computers all set up. We knew we were in for an awesome day of learning about claymation and sound.
Watch this first video to see “Behind the Scenes” with clips and pictures of our day.
This next video is all of our Claymation creations.
This final video is our “Seeing Sound” video -adding sound to an animation.
It was such an amazing day. All the children loved it. They especially loved that they could keep their clay characters that they had made. One thing about animation that we had trouble with in class was keeping the camera still. The setup at the NFB was great because the scenes were set up on tables with the cameras on tripods. The children still had to be careful not to move the tripod but it was easier to keep the camera still. Our previous work in class really helped us. We already knew that we needed our characters to make small changes. Ann and Jessie were really impressed with what we knew about animation. The children also enjoyed the sound game. But the best was making the movies with the clay characters and putting sound to the cartoon. A very big thank you to Jessie and Ann for all you did for us. It is a day we will all remember.