Monday, January 28, 2013

Jasper Johns & Random Acts of Kindness

This post is a two-part"er"...First, I want to share this short little article that will be going out to the local newspapers!

During the month of December, elementary students at Edwards-Knox School participated in a “Random Acts of Kindness” challenge.  They were asked to do a random act of kindness for someone without expecting anything in return.  As part of the challenge, the elementary counselor, Mrs. Deleel and art teacher, Mrs. Impey, challenged the students to a penny war to benefit the Potsdam Humane Society.  Over the course of four weeks, students raised $704 for PHS!  Students also brought in donations of pet treats and cleaning supplies for the shelter and a class of 3rd grade students created wire sculptures of cats and dogs to hang in the shelter.  The 1st grade class, pictured here, brought in the most change during the challenge, $171!  Congratulations students at EK!  You should be proud of what you did together!


Secondly, I would like to share our finished Kindergarten Jasper Johns projects.  We created two artworks in this unit.  First, after the introduction to Jasper Johns, we created a simple 0-9 number artwork.  I taught students how to turn their numbers into bubble numbers.  We drew the numbers with markers and then colored the background with crayons.  This project most definitely covers COMMON CORE MATH standards with the younger students.  Recognizing numbers, writing their numbers, and putting the numbers in order.  This project could be changed in an infinite number of ways...count by two's...count by 5's, count by 10's...even numbers, odd numbers, etc. etc. 

For the final project, I had students fold their own paper to make 16 squares and we numbered 0-9 again.  When we ran out of numbers, we started back at 0.  For this project, I introduced oil pastels. 

I did this project with the special needs class.  These two students have very poor motor skills, so instead of drawing their numbers, they had to trace a number pattern.

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