December 8

Creating Winter Trees with glitter everywhere : )

In a collaborative effort, two Grade 3 classes contributed to the making of a set of trees to decorate the Learning Commons. Given time constraints, I hot glued the pine cones into the small dixie cups in advance. Activity  linked to Winter Trees by Carole Gerber.

The first class painted the base and the green tree. This allowed the first coat to dry before the next class added the white paint and glitter.

Rather than each student have to leave the room for clean up, or try to squeeze to use the sink in my office, I put out a shallow container of soapy water and a pile of paper towels.

Update: The class that did the painting decided to gift the creations to the class that did the glitter. Great practice on how to wrap presents. 

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November 17

If I Built a House: Literature link to MakerEd

We like to keep the literature closely linked to our Maker Education activities. Here’s a link to a useful list of books that can easily be linked to a Maker activity. This week we explored Chris Van Dusen’s If I Built a House and designed our own structures with unique features. We have also done this activity with the companion book If I Built a Car.

Like the character in the book, we used a variety of materials to design our structures including Tinker Toys, Lego and K’nex. We will be linking this to our Japan theme next week and some classes will be exploring traditional Japanese home design.

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November 17

Building With YOXO

Students explored building with cardboard shapes made by YOXO. We started with seeing if we could follow instructions for one of the suggested designs. We are looking forward to experimenting with the pieces and seeing what other creations we can come up with.

The slotted shapes are also useful for tracing to make your own cardboard creations. They can be a little tricky to slot together at first but we think they will loosen up the more they are used and the softer the cardboard gets.

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November 9

Origami Wreath for Remembrance Day

We learned about Sadako through pictures, videos and the great book Sadako’s Cranes by Judith Loske. Building on their previous knowledge, students created origami ‘Fortune Tellers’ that were transformed into poppies when added to our wreath. Students who knew how to create the origami, taught others in their table group and had a chance to shine as leaders.

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November 9

Lighting up our Fans with Paper Circuits

We decided to light up our terrific Japanese Fall Fans by tinkering with making a circuit using copper wire, LED lights and a small battery. Different classes have used these fans for a number of projects since we created them.

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November 3

Sumo Digital Makers

We have been learning about the Japanese national sport of Sumo. Students created mini wrestlers and these were used by other classes to show their learning through digital creation.

Sumo Wrestlers from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

A second class also focused on sumo and used Superimpose App to digitally show their learning.

Sumo SuperImpose from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

A third class imported the Superimpose creations to use as a background to show their learning in Tellagami App.

 

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November 3

Kimono MakerEd with Newspapers

This week Grade 3/4 showed their previous learning about Kimono design. Students focused on core competency skills such as working in a group, problem solving, peer encouragement and celebrating our learning. We searched for inspiration from images of clothing designed from newspaper and other recycled materials.

Students were able to complete the lesson and the activity, including clean up and book circulation during a 40 minute prep.

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October 28

MakerEd and Fall Fans

Students have been learning about the artistry of Japanese fans. We explored seasonal fan designs and enjoyed a Maple Fan Dance video from Kyoto.

Using fall colours, with inspiration from Ehlert, some classes designed fans with wooden handles using crayons, cut out leaves or by painting maple leaves collected from outside.

To celebrate the work of their peers, Grade 4 and 5 students created stop motion videos using keys from discarded laptops or used Lego to design display stands for the fans.

Students had to work co-operatively, share the materials as well as show respect for the work of their peers.

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