Thursday, April 27, 2017

4B Introduced to Badminton in PE!

Central idea: Learning the fundamental skills and techniques of badminton such as movement, striking the shuttle/birdie, game sense and strategies. 

The 4B class has spent the last few weeks learning the basic skills to badminton and introduced to the game! The first skill they learned was how to properly serve. 

Success criteria to serve a shuttle/birdie:
1). Opposite leg slight ahead of the other
2). Hold the birdie at my waist 
3). Hold the racquet like a handshake hold and swing it back
4). Step with opposite foot while bringing racquet forward
5). Don't throw the birdie and make contact with the racquet! 

They have also been introduced to the different types of strokes: forehand, backhand, overhead clear and smash. The girls have enjoyed the round robin single tournament and playing against their classmates. 

Field Trip to Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

Over the next few days, the fourth graders will finish the summative task for the How We Express Ourselves unit, which is called Expression through the Arts. They will use their knowledge of the elements of art (line, shape, color, space, value, form, texture) and the principles of design (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm and unity) to create artwork that reflects a social issue.

Today, the students used this knowledge to interpret artwork by Yayoi Kusama. Your daughter should be able to share some of her observations with you using specific vocabulary, such as geometric shapes/form and organic shapes/form, actual texture and implied texture, positive space and negative space, and tint/shades/shading (value).


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Celebrating Poetry Month

Celebrating Poetry Month April 2017

Currently, the fourth graders have been busy inquiring into different types of poems.  In their most recent library lesson, they looked for poems that have touched their hearts, made them giggle or even gave them a scare, to share with each other.  Some girls decided to add their creative flare when they shared.

"I didn't know they wrote poems about potatoes!  What else is there?"

"I found a poem about my birthday month!"

             Searching for the most interesting poem to share.


Demonstrating creativity when presenting their poems.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

How We Express Ourselves: Expression Through the Arts

Fourth graders have been creating their own artwork keeping the elements of art and principles of design in mind. They focused on using different elements of art to enhance the mood and message of their artwork. 

After looking at the artwork of world famous Japanese Artist, Yayoi Kusama, the fourth graders were inspired to create their own Yayoi Kusama pieces using oil pastels.  They focused on the elements of color and shape, and the principles of pattern and balance.  

Fourth graders also studied works of art from famous impressionists like Van Gogh and Monet. They learned that often times impressionist paintings have exaggerated colors and obvious brushstrokes. Landscape paintings were also very common during the impressionist movement.  Inspired by the sakura outside, they painted a landscape of Mt. Fuji with a sakura in the foreground. They focused on the elements of texture, color, and space. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Writing (and Reading) Poetry

Fourth graders recently finished a unit about information writing, which is one of three major genres taught at Seisen. (The other two are narrative writing and opinion writing.)

This week, both classes started a writing unit about poetry. We began, as we often do, by determining what we already know, which is in red. Those ideas lead to questions and information to find out, in green. We also added new information in brown.

The children's initial ideas about poetry included "rhyme", "repetition", and the "the way it sounds is rhythmic". 4A made connections between those ideas and the following quote by Paul B. Janeczko:

"You are trying to create a music with the words in your poem. It might be sweet music or it might be harsh music, but you must have your ears open when you write (and read) poetry."

Therefore, one way we will inquiry into poetry is by investigating how poets use words to create "music". We will add more!

To become better poetry writers, we will, of course, read lots of poems. Sometimes we record our thinking carefully on the text, as a whole class, with partners, and individually. It's a really productive way to analyse the writing, because it leads to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the poem.

Friday, April 7, 2017

How We Express Ourselves

The fourth grade is currently in the How We Express Ourselves unit of Expression Through the Arts. This week we looked at some famous pieces of abstract art by Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, and Wassily Kandinsky. Focusing on the elements of art used, we tried to interpret the mood and the artist's message. The fourth graders have become very familiar with the elements of art and presented in "expert groups" about an element of art.  

After critiquing well known works of art, fourth graders created their own pieces of abstract art symbolizing their personal life journey. As reflective learners they thought back on the major events in their lives and important people and things in their lives.  They focused on the elements- line, color, texture, and shape to create a piece that would evoke feelings in the viewer.