Monday, January 30, 2012

What is a shadow?

Sorry I didn't get to blog over the weekend, I had a lot of errands to run! So I'll start off by sharing what we did on Friday! Friday was hat day and more than half our class donated a dollar that went to a local food pantry--
Our morning message
A.R, K.W, and D.K with their hats
We got to create representations of light switches on Friday using a variety of materials and beautiful junk! Students got to create the switch, the plate, various nuts and bolts as well as various hardware shapes to their light switch representation.
D.K creating his light switch
J.M creates a space for the switch on her light switch plate
J.C displays his light switch representation
J.A shows his light switch representation
O.B adds fruit wrapping to create the hardware for his light switch representation
Here are some of the completed light switch representations--
Our buddy readers came Friday afternoon to teach our class a Lunar new year craft activity-the second graders each taught their buddy readers how to create an accordion dragon.
G.P and her buddy reader color the dragon
J.C and his buddy reader
T.S' buddy reader explains the directions
K.M and her buddy reader working together
By the end of the day, I was also able to complete our outside bulletin board to display some of our project work with lights! If you happen to stop by our classroom, take some time to look at all the hard work the students have put in to learning about lights!
Our new bulletin board in the hallway
Today, we started talking about shadows. Several of the children in the class have expressed interest in shadows especially when I showed them the projector and they realized that placing their hands/bodies in front of the projector created shadows! I wanted to take the class outside to look for shadows and to find their own, but unfortunately it looked like a snow globe outside! So, we switched up the plans and went on to creating our shadow portraits using the light from the projector.
Our shadow chart
K.W stands in front of the projector to see his shadow
I trace out D.K's shadow
K.M's shadow was fun for the kids to see because of her prominent ponytail
Tracing out O.S' shadow
T.S' shadow
G.A's shadow
J.A's shadow
T.D's shadow
X.I's shadow
A.K's shadow
A.R's shadow
T.W's shadow
Special happy birthday to J.A who turned 5 today! 

Tomorrow, we will be (weather pending) going outside to look for shadows and creating shadow mosaics from the shadow portraits we traced out today! 
Also, with February coming up-I have updated the important dates tab. I also added a video about the Reggio Emilia philosophy to education on the Reggio Emilia tab, if you're interested in learning more.