December 2 2018

Exploring Structures and Story Mapping

This week several classes created structures following a reading of Shelter by Celine Claire. The story is a great one to share for Maker Educations as it focuses on core competencies such as working together, sharing and listening to each other’s ideas. Some classes created a story map with their structures.

We used Keva Planks to build. These are great for students to build with in a limited time frame.

November 23 2018

Abstract Art and Freedom of Expression

This week, many classes in the Learning Commons learned about Paul-Émile Borduas (1905 – 1960) He is an important painter from Quebec. Students created their own abstract art. We shared different books to help us imagine what our emotions would look like if we drew them.

Some colours made us think of different emotions. We read ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox’ by Indigenous author Danielle Daniel, ‘ The Noisy Paintbox’ – a biography of Kandinsky and Dr. Seuss’ My Many Coloured Days.

We used Doodle Buddy and the smudge feature to show our learning. Students K – 4/5  exported their work independently. Handy tips: Paint a solid colour layer first and use the widest brush option. Use a QR code on the hallway bulletin board to share learning.

Check out the video of our creations.

 

Abstract Art with Doodle Buddy from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

November 16 2018

Feathers for Lunch – Check out these Cool Cats!

This week in the Learning Commons some students in grade 3 created fantastic cats based on the wonderful illustrations in Lois Ehlert’s Feathers For Lunch. 

We used small paper plates and googily eyes with a feather stuck to the cat’s mouth. The ears were pre-cut triangles and the activity was easily completed within the library class time.

Scroll: A subsequent group tried a Face Swap with the cat faces. They turned out a bit creepy but it was fun to try. :  )

November 6 2018

Using png files in Pic Collage – Bug on My Arm

Students in Div. 9 read There’s a Bug on My Arm That won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh.

We used the iPad camera and imported an image as a background into Pic Collage App. Students used png files and captions to show their ideas, exported their work to the camera roll and uplaoded the images to Google Drive.

It’s a multi-step process that is a great way to show learning. Check out the video below of the creations from Mr. Gauvin’s class.

 

There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh Div 9 from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

We also experimented with a low tech version of this activity using LEGO.

November 5 2018

There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh

Students in some classes in Grades 1 and 2 have been enjoying There’s a Bug on My Arm That won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh.

We have been figuring out how to use the iPad camera and import images as a background into Doodle Buddy App. Students drew their bugs on their arms and then exported their work back to the camera roll.

It’s a multi-step process that is a great way to show learning. Check out the video below of the creations from Mme. Correia’s class.

There’s a Bug on My Arm That won’t Let Go by David Mackintosh from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

October 25 2018

Getting into character with text messages

Students shared ideas about a favourite Mo Willems story ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’. We discussed character and motivation and persuasive arguments and used Fake Text Message to show our learning. We uploaded these to Google Drive and read them together in class. Here are two examples and the website dashboard.

Here’s the dashboard of the site. We ended up taking a screen shot and cropping the image. The create image function did not work on our iPad 2s.

October 12 2018

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

In the Learning Commons, students have been discussing the changes they observe in autumn. We have shared several fall stories and were inspired by Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf to create our own fall tree. The project encourages cooperation and teamwork. Some classes were responsible for the yarn and others did the cutting after the glue had dried.

The leaf shapes were copied onto coloured paper with strands of yarn added.

Here’s the painted tree shape before the leaves were added.