Under the guidance of Hoopa Elementary School's teacher, Stephanie Silvia, two eighth grade girls took their compelling history day project to state. Their presentation featured strong native women from several local and national tribes who play important roles in preserving American Indian culture. NCAIP contracted with Mahalo Video to video the project to showcase this work and preserve it for educational purposes. This is the finished video. Photos of the filming day available here.
Tafadzwa Bob Mutumbi, from Zimbabwe, performed dramatic stories for students at Lafayette on Friday. He is touring Eureka City Schools and Klamath Trinity Schools this month and in November. Storytelling is a strong part of Zimbabwe's social and cultural heritage. It is used as an effective tool to transmit history, knowledge, experience, and folkloric traditions. It is also used to teach social responsibility and provoke dialogue on social and human morals. Here is a video about Tafadzwa.
First grade students at Alice Birney created tile squares by painting patterns with radial symmetry on a circle. They then cut their circles into fourths and rotated them on a square. Students used their math and art vocabulary to describe their art work.
Students in Mrs. Barrera's kindergarten class read books by illustrator Todd Parr and observed his style of art making. Then the students mixed secondary colors to paint paper. Finally, the student used their painted paper and the collage process to create their own self-portraits in the Todd Parr style. Self-portrait lesson plans here.
This STEAM unit engaged students in designing and creating cities in both 2-D works of art and 3-D models. Collaborative groups of fifth graders applied what they knew about area to create nets and calculate volume when transferring a city plan to a 3-D model. (Teacher Rachael Brakeman at Lafayette School)
Oil pastels and metallic paint were used in creating the city scapes.
Students from across the county enjoyed the stunning and daring talents of this visiting troupe of acrobats from China. Center Arts hosted the event at the Arkley Center. The North Coast Arts Integration Project funded the trip for classes from Hoopa Elementary, Alice Birney Elementary, Washington Elementary and Lafayette Elementary. The children were truly enthralled!
2nd Graders waiting for the show to begin.
Reflecting on the show, 3rd graders from Lafayette said...
This guy who could change his mask was so cool because nobody knew how he did it, not me, not anyone.
The people who were throwing the hats were in frog costumes and one of them dropped some hats, but what all of them had in common was that they all had a specialty and they all had fun.
I liked the lotus flower because her acrobatics were so beautiful.
The one that surprised me was the glowing yo-yo because they were juggling with the strings and threw them way in the air and caught them.
It surprised me that the yo-yos didn't fall.
They have to work so hard together.
Epic! I never saw that before!
How did they do that flexibility with their bodies? I can't bend my feet over myself. It takes a lot of practice.
It's different than watching it on TV because it's actually happening and we saw it in real life.
Students in Mrs. Pelren's 2nd grade class used fraction skills, writing and painting in this watercolor project. By folding the watercolor paper into 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and then 1/16ths, they created a grid for the letters in their name. During the painting, students were amazed at how the crayon resisted the watercolor paint. Concepts of color value and complementary colors were also addressed.
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