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.
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.
Students learned about Japanese Kokeshi dolls. We used the 3D printer to create our own dolls and carefully painted them using standard school acrylic paint. They are on show in the hallway display case.
Students explored traditions behind the placements and meaning of Japanese Torii. Two classes designed and built a Torii and a third class created digital images using the lego structures and green screen.
In the Learning Commons we began our Japanese theme with an exploration of the Tanabata Festival . We shared a short video which shows the joy in the celebrations. Students thought about some of their personal goals and created their own Star Festival streamers. We hung them on our ‘bamboo’ tree.
‘My Goal this year is to be on time for school’.