Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Picturing our Heroes: Grade 7

Congratulations, Seventh Grade, 
on your first successful Hero Fair! 
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Not only did our Eighth Grade participate in the Hero Fair, but our Seventh graders did as well! 
 In addition to learning about, researching, writing, designing a Prezi and presenting their Prezi to an audience (whew!), these kids also learned to draw a realistic portrait of their American Hero. 

I wish you could have seen our student's skeptical faces when I first showed them what they would be learning! I think it's fair to say that even our kids were surprised and extremely proud of their finished artwork. 
For a general idea of how these were accomplished, please see the video below. (I just couldn't figure out how to move it up! )

Also, if you'd like to try guessing each hero's identity, answers are at the bottom. 

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1. James Madison
2. Abraham Lincoln 
3. Saint John Neumann
4.. George Washington
5. Clara Barton
6. Benjamin Franklin
7. Ulysses S. Grant
8. James Polk
9. Patrick Henry
10. Ben Franklin
11. Thomas Paine
12. Susan B. Anthony 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Picturing Our Heroes: Grade 8

Congratulations, Eighth Grade, 
on another successful Hero Fair! 
 SJS Eighth graders can teach us much about American Heroes from the Civil War to the present time.  They've just completed cross-curricular study on this topic involving research, writing, designing and presenting a Prezi to an audience, as well as rendering a realistic portrait drawing.

I must tell you- these kids were skeptical when I presented the lesson. In no way did they think themselves capable of drawing to this level of detail or realism. 

We began by learning to draw using the grid method first employed by Renaissance artists and still utilized today by artists such as Chuck Close.  Basically, students laid a transparent grid over a photograph of their hero. Then, on drawing paper, they lightly drew a grid to scale. Our artists then drew in only one grid at a time, moving across and then down their paper. 

I'm so proud of my students' persistence and determination. The portraits speak for themselves.

For fun, try to identify each American Hero. 
Answers are below. 

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Pictured Heros: 



1. Bob Hope
2. John F. Kennedy
3. Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratovich
4. Orville Wright
5. Dr. Martin Luther King
6. Dr. Jonas Salk
7. Eleanor Roosevelt
8. Walt Disney
9. John F. Kennedy 
10. Milton Hershey
11. Nicola Tesla
12. Edith Stein
13. George Patton
14. Danny Thomas
15. Theodore Roosevelt
16. Ronald Reagan
17. Thurgood Marshall
18. Theodore Geisel (Doctor Seuss)


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Egyptian Gold Necklaces

Kindergarten explores ancient Egypt.























Cinco De Mayo Maracas

January through March usually finds plenty of enthusiastic students forming paper mache and sculpture art in the SJS studio.  HOWEVER, not this year. Winter weather schedules altered the flow. Then all classes created  the Birthday Mural through April.

Not to worry. Fifth graders squeezed in a short ( two week) paper mache maraca session! Kids got to feel the mushy paste and cover round sport juice bottles filled with beans.  To speed the process, I spray painted the maracas during the week and today they painted festive patterns and designs. 
What cross curricular joy, as they currently study Mexico and prepare to celebrate Cinco De Mayo tomorrow.