Showing posts from March, 2014

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Fun in River Class - a video dedicated to our grandparents and special friends

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A focus on Spanish

In Spanish class over the last few weeks students have been working on vocabulary relating to family and culture. Children are making a mini book about their family, which they will be able to share with others. This week the children made tortillas, an activity aiming to bring cultural awareness, highlighting the importance preparing and sharing food plays in a family.

Students have also been learning about cognates and false cognates. (A cognate is when two words sound similar and mean the same thing in two different languages, such as family and familia. False cognates are ones that sound similar and have completely different meanings, such as blanco, which sounds like black but means white.)
Abby has been teaching the children 'brain tricks,' which is a strategy to support memorization of Spanish vocabulary. For example, blanco sounds like black, but means white, so the brain trick is that when you hear blanco you think blank wh…

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Focus on Art Class

Click here to view on mobile devices - River Art 2014
1.  Chalk Pastel Cats (inspired by Paul Klee)

River students began this unit of study looking at the painting titled Cat and Bird by the artist Paul Klee. Then, using black oil pastel and following a line directed drawing lesson, each student drew a cat in a similar style to the cat in the painting. Students also drew a small image in their cat's forehead to let us know what their cat was dreaming about.

In the next class we read the book titled The Cat and the Bird A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul Klee written by GĂ©raldine Elschner and illustrated by Peggy Nille. The story explained why the cat in Paul’s painting was thinking of a bird. Next, the students used chalk pastel to add color to their cat drawings. The final step involved adding whiskers using the black oil pastel and retracing the original oil pastel lines.

2. How to draw a monster adapted from Drawing Lab for Mixed Media A…

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Our new project in Design and Engineering:Car Building

Students have been working on their new Design and Engineering project. They are designing and building cars to transport a "passenger" of their choosing. 
The first assignment was to draw a plan for their car. Children had the option of three chassis sizes: small, medium, or large. They made their choices based on the passenger they would be transporting. Passenger choices include Lego people, small stuffed animals, and other small toy animals and people. 

Students were asked to label, color, and write notes about their designs as pictured in the examples above and below. 

The next step was for the children to learn handsaw safety (pictured below left) and how to position their bodies for proper wood sawing. They worked with partners to accomplish their cutting goals. After the chassis sizes were chosen and the drawings completed, students measured, cut, and arranged their chassis parts to be as…