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Art with Natasha

Natasha, our art and Sky Class teacher
Pumpkin Art


















River and Sky students completed this lesson over the course of two art classes. In the first class the students learned how to draw a pumpkin using curved lines. We began by looking at a pumpkin and noticing the segments. Once the drawings were complete, the students painted their pumpkins. They had fun mixing the three colors of red, yellow and white to create the many shades of pumpkin colors that you see.



















In the second class, the students cut their pumpkins out with scissors and then created the pumpkin faces using primarily black and white paper scraps. They used watered down glue to adhere the face designs to the pumpkins.





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What's new in Design and Engineering?
River and Sky students have been:
Making predictions about which materials and properties of materials are good or poor choices for a hand pollinator design.Conducting controlled experiments to observe and describe the efficacy of materials for picking up and depositing "pollen."Analyzing and comparing results of the experiments to inform decisions about their hand pollinator design.
Science concepts taught include:
•Different materials have different properties.
•Pollination is the reproductive system by which many plants produce new seeds.
•Pollination can be accomplished by wind, insects, other animals.
•Flowers have specific structures with specific functions. 




Students were able to see which materials picked up and dropped off pollen the best.

They will use this information as they develop their hand pollinators in the next step of this unit.










Materials used in the pollen experiment:

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S'math We have just finished our first six-week rotation of S’math with the students is Sky and River.  Abby and Tom each did three different activities over the course of three weeks with one class.  Then they switched groups and did similar activities with the other class. 

Tom (Sky Class and S'math teacher)

In Tom’s first activity with Sky Class, each group was given a charge coming up with a name for their group by using the process of consensus.   The second week activity was taking the group hiking on the nature trail that surrounds the school. The second week, the students hiked down the gravel driveway to the entrance of the nature trail.  It was established in 2001 by a group of Upper School students. It is about a mile and a fourth long. It circles around in back of the Klopfer’s land, past the Davis horse farm to the Upper School baseball field and then follows the creek back to Lower School. The s…