With Earth day around the corner, there have been many ideas passing – from activities, to initiatives, to posters and more! While searching and making my through all of it, I came across a great pin on pinterest! A great Earth Day poster. This is just a simple idea to get you started on creating a poster of your own! Personalize it! Make it yours! Include some of the things you are doing with your own classroom…..with your students…..in your school….in your community! Work together with others to create a great, personal poster for your class or school! Another idea: Have the students each create one Either or works!!! It’s yet another item to add to your Earth Day ‘Ideas’ List!’
Don’t forget to check back with us next week for your Words to Live by Wednesdays!
“In Today’s Blog, the Teaching Rocks Contributors explore ways to incorporate environmental awareness into daily classroom/home activities. Check out “Earth Day, Any Day: 12 Ways to Celebrate All Year Round”
The three of us, here at Teaching Rocks, would like to share with all of you one of our most current accomplisments! Just last week, we were contacted on behalf of Scholar’s Choice whom might I add, has just recently launched an online community that includes blogs from both teachers and/or parents! We were asked to be part of this community! We were definitely interested in taking this opportunity in collaborating with Scholar’s Choice, as we are now contributing and sharing blog articles, resources and activities with a new community! We began working right away on our first article titled,‘Earth Day, Any day: 12 ways to celebrate all year round. Although Earth Day festivities usually take place during the week of April 22, you can definitely incorporate small activities on a daily or weekly basis. There are various ways in which you can integrate green initiatives into your classroom and school routines. Follow the link which will take you to Scholar’s Choice online community where you will find our very FIRST article which was just published on April 14. Again, we are just so happy and proud to be a part of this community and couldn’t wait to share our news with all of you! Take a moment and read the article – it’s a fantastic resource! Share the link with a friend!
We are currently in the middle of an exciting art lesson. I’ve seen several pins on Pinterest showing the transfer of photographs onto canvas using a gel medium. I thought that I could use this same concept to transfer text onto canvas as well.
A few things:
I painted the canvas since I did not want a plain white background
This art project takes several steps and a few lessons to complete (warn your students ahead of time that patience is key!)
The gel medium is permanent when dry (so don’t use it on your kitchen table like I did…though I did get 99% of it off)
Any image you transfer will become reversed (maybe not important with pictures, but super important with text)
When I went to Michael’s (i.e. the place I go to almost every day), there were so many different types of gel medium. I’m not very knowledgeable about the differences between the various types, but I used this one and it worked well:
laser printer (I don’t believe this works on ink jet printers!)
acrylic paint and paintbrushes
On to the process!
Designing and printing the text:
1. I chose a quote that I wanted to display. I went with 1 Corinthians 2:9. I used Microsoft Publisher to turn this bible verse into subway art (see Lisa’s post on subway art if you are unsure). I did this by inserting a new WordArt text for each different font. I really recommend this process as it gives you a lot of control with respect to size, font, and positioning. Keep the font black.
2. Once the subway art was created, I selected all the WordArt texts and grouped them together to created one selection:
3. When the ink transfers onto the canvas, the image will be reversed. To keep the text correct and legible, I then flipped the image horizontally:
4. I then printed this on my laser printer.
Painting and ink transfer:
1. I painted the canvas with the acrylic paint. I went with yellow, pink, bronze, and red. This process was really simple and just required blending the colours together. Here’s my canvas and printout right before I applied the gel medium:
2. I then used paintbrush to apply a pretty thick coat of gel to the canvas. Don’t skimp on the gel as you really want the ink to be absorbed well. Flip your printout ink side down onto the gel. Press firmly and smooth out any wrinkles:
3. Step away from the canvas! Don’t be like me and start poking at it (I ended up messing up a couple of letters because I was too curious). Just let the ink slowly seep into the gel and dry. I let it dry for about 8 hours.
4. The gel medium is permanent and water-proof, so now you want to use water to remove the white paper from the canvas. I kept a bowl of water nearby and completely moistened the white paper. I then used my fingers to scrub and scrape the paper completely off the canvas:
Prettying it up:
1. I could not get 100% of the white paper off of the canvas and this was really annoying me. I brought my sample in to show my students and many of them liked the flecks of white throughout as it made it look “old” they said. It still bothered me. So, I took out the same acrylic paint I used at the beginning and used a dry brush technique (i.e. very small amounts of paint on the paintbrush, so that the paintbrush stays pretty dry. This applied pigment onto the white paper flecks, but not enough paint to cover the black text). This worked very well!
2. Once the paint touch ups were dry, I applied a thick coat of Modge Podge to seal everything and give it a nice sheen (I used the gloss finish):
3. I let it dry and ta-da!
At school, we have created and printed our subway art and painted our canvases. We will be completing the gel phase next. Once they are all done, I will share pictures with you all. I have very talented and artistic students and their work is always beautiful!
Many of you do not know that I have not been working in the classroom for the last 15 months. I have been recuperating from an injury I sustained and after all this time, I am mentally preparing (although I am not completely ready physically) as to how I would enter a classroom at this point in time in the year and take the reigns. I know that many of you out there have done this, either returning from a maternity/paternity leave, or a short term absence, and many of you have taken over mid way as well (on a contractual basis). Therefore, who else to help me and others in this situation than you! We all look to each other for support and assistance, so let’s get this conversation started. What are your best techniques, strategies and ideas in entering into a classroom at this point in time? What would be your first plan of attack? What do want to have on hand prior to entering the classroom (realistic or ideal)? How do you address the diverse classroom management style between the exiting teacher and yourself?
I will start it off, add in your comments and help us all out, especially me!
1) I would definitely need to see the daily schedule for the classroom. This will help me understand the classroom logistics and what happens on a daily basis. Having this item ahead of time would definitely streamline transition times in the first few days.
2) I would ideally prefer to have the opportunity to converse with the current teacher, regarding programming and which curriculum has been completed and what still needs to be completed.
3) The completed grades for all students, and an understanding of the upcoming assignments and their respective due dates.
Tomorrow, I will be working on Abstract Art with the Grade 5 students – something I know they will definitely have fun with! A great, easy technique enjoyed by most, as you can do just about anything with it! It’s all about the lines – drawing them straight, across, intertwining them, adding in circular lines, etc. The best part for most students, in which I think explains the reason as to why they enjoy it so much, is that it doesn’t HAVE to look like something. In other words, their finishing picture does not need to represent a house, or an animal, or a thing per se. Rather, it’s simply about creating something original, different and interesting! As an idea from a fellow colleague, we decided to pull an activity from a great link called ‘Teach Kids Art’ . This site has great resources for teaching kids art, along with various activities in which you can easily engage in with your students! If you click on the picture above, it will direct you to the activity in which I will be working on tomorrow! I will be sure to post pictures once we are done! Enjoy!
We have been hard at work once again. Today’s post provides our latest science unit for Gr. 4 Science. Our past units have had great success and have been inspired once more to keep creating complete units that address the Ontario Science Curriculum in a cross curricular approach.
Learning centres: students work in small groups or individually to rotate between three centres over the course of the activity (four types of centre activities: technology, reading/writing activity, creative response, and a fun or hands-on activity);
Whole class lesson/discussions followed by either small group activities or whole class activity
Cross-curricular integration with other subject areas, including Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, Media Literacy), Drama, Physical Education, Art, and Health
A focus on Assessment For and As Learning through student self-assessments and group assessments, KWL charts, exit slips, anticipation guides, and project planning sheets;
Reading strategies addressed include making connections, determining important ideas, drawing conclusions, and cause-and-effect;
Differentiated Instructionis achieved through Learning Centres, group work and a variety of hands-on activities and labs
The entire unit, including lessons, assignments, assessments, printables, and centre activities comes to over 120 pages!