January 31

Celebrating the Salmon Run by Clayton Gauthier

We have been getting ready for our First Peoples in Residence program to be held Feb. 5th to 9th. Students in Grade 4 have been exploring the powerful messages in Clayton Gauthier’s book The Salmon Run.

Mr. Gauthier graciously agreed to allow the students to gather inspiration from his art. To celebrate the journey of the salmon and to help to share our learning, students painted their own versions of the salmon on T-Shirts. We will wear our shirts at our welcoming assembly, our closing gathering and throughout the week as we enjoy a variety of workshops.

The colouring images of the salmon were kindly provided by Mr. Gauthier. We blackened the lines so they would show through the fabric and pinned them in place. We used fabric paint by Tulip Brand that will withstand the washing machine if turned inside out.

We completed the painting in two sessions to allow the initial colours to dry before adding the final outline. This gave students a chance to cover over or re-do any parts they wanted to change.

Salmon from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

We are looking forward to a further project with this book after the Spring Break.

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January 26

Picture yourself in a Japanese Garden

Students in Grade 3/4 have been learning about Japanese Kimonos. We shared the story of Suki’s Kimono and cstudents worked cooperatively to make a kimono using origami paper. I painted the design over with Mod Podge which gives it a matt sheen. Grade 1’s used the creation to picture themselves in a Japanese garden using Superimpose. This was a teacher lead activity and the class is looking forward to tinkering with the app.

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January 26

The Wave: Art inspired by Barbara Reid and Hokusai

This was a collaborative project by Grade 2 and 3 students. Focus was on appreciating and respecting the work of their peers as well as exploring how to combine styles from two different artists: Hokusai and Barbara Reid. Following explorations of the artists, the first class created the blue background with plasticine. We used the cardboard sleeves to present our work.

The second class imported a photograph of the background into Doodle Buddy and added the details. It was uploaded to Dropbox for sharing. The final group added white plasticine and the images were displayed in the hallway.

Art inspired by Hokusai and Barbara Reid from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

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January 26

Upcycle DVD cases with Japanese Calligraphy

Students in Grade 4 have been learning about different styles of Japanese writing. We chose some powerful words to put on display using old DVD cases. Students chose words such as Kindness, Beauty, Truth and Peace. We used calligraphy brushes purchased at an inexpensive Japanese Dollar store (Daiso in Richmond).

 

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January 26

Problem Solving with Japanese Gardens

Students in Grade 2 have been learning about the features of traditional Japanese gardens. The challenge was to create a curved bridge where each student created a section. Students had to be mindful of how their creations would fit together and how their work could be put together to make a whole. We used Doodle Buddy app for this activity. Students also had to figure out how to change the background in the app.

 

Japanese garden bridge from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

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January 21

Learning about Japanese postage stamps

Students in Grade 1 were interested in learning more about Japanese postage stamps. We each used a magnifying glass to look at the details and made a stamp book mark. Students put their own designs on a stamp using the free Face on a Stamp App. This process would work well for students to design their own commemorative postage stamps by importing their artwork and creating their own text on the stamp through the app. 

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January 15

Core Competencies and Digital Citizenship: Screen time

Here’s a handy list of book titles that can help launch discussions about keeping a healthy balance when it comes to screen time. Linked images and extension activities. Synopsis provided by the publishers. Read more for Indigenous connections.

Dot’s a spunky little girl well versed in electronic devices. Dot knows a lot. She knows how to tap . . . to swipe . . . to share . . . and she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her. Dot’s tech-savvy expertise, mingled with her resourceful imagination, proves Dot really does know lots and lots. Ironically, there is a little video series to accompany the book.

 

After the star of this story gets her brother’s hand-me-down camera-phone and a quick lesson in the “selfie,” there is no stopping her! Until, that is, it’s time to call it a day. Turns out, camera-phones and kids alike need to recharge their batteries! Here’s a great ‘Selfie’ Digital Citizenship follow up activity.

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December 15

Labelling in Japanese using Google Translate

We have begun our explorations of Japanese written language. Students explored using Google Translate to read some Japanese books. We enjoyed comparing the english version to compare our translations. Students then used Google Translate to figure out signs in Japanese for common items in the Learning Commons.


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