After reading winter poems with sensory details and descriptive language, students created a winter scene using water color and salt. Ms. Silvia emphasized the cool color family, texture in the background and the use of tape to create their positive space which in this case were the trees.
6 classrooms at Hoopa Valley Elementary practiced using visual art to build observation skills and use descriptive language and sensory details in writing.
After learning oil pastel color blending skills, students in Ms. Brakeman's fifth grade class at Lafayette Elementary used oil pastels to illustrate concepts of photosynthesis in their own way. Using professional art supplies not only teaches students about the materials real artists use but also increases engagement. Illustrating concepts and posting them in the classroom is an example of "communication", one of the 21st century skills students need for careers today. By creating their own artwork, they are using higher order thinking skills to design and revise their poster, create their illustration and identify key concepts of photosynthesis.
"Artful Thinking Routines" (or Strategies) are at the core of day-to-day arts integration instruction. These strategies can be used regularly in almost any subject.
In an effort to consolidate these strategies and remind teachers of how each is implemented, we put together a webpage that highlights nine of our favorites. If you're looking for other strategies, take a look at the Project Zero site where many more are available.
Our team convened with other grantees from around the country to share strengths, challenges, and strategies for sustainability and dissemination.
Visiting local museums was inspiring.
We also cycled around the mall in the chilly Fall weather.
Ukulele recording artists Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward performed for several schools in Eureka and Hoopa in early November. Audiences sang along and acted out various fun children's songs. Teachers were invited to a children's music workshop at the Humboldt County Office of Education as well. Ukuleles are part of the K-2 teacher cohort training this year.
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.
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