July 7, 2012
June 12, 2012
Besides talking about each shape friend individually we also did comparisons. I paired the students and they had to find out what was the same and different between their shape friends. I first modeled the activity to the group. Pairing students to talk about something is a great way to develop language specially if you have EAL students in your class as well as to create bonds between students.
June 9, 2012
June 6, 2012
There are numerous activities we can do with this book. I have paper cut outs and props that go with the book for retelling.
But today the post is about the read along movie I made as the culmination of the shared reading about this fabulous book. I posted in youtube as there are no visuals of the children just their voices and it is a read along version.
I began using Garage Band but could not get pass the 'sharing the file' stage so I ended up using iMovie as I am more familiar with it and the file is saved on an m4v format, which is one of the formats Youtube allows for uploads.
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See from Amelia Mello on Vimeo.
June 5, 2012
We decided to use one single color. We chose black paint on orange paper. Nobody wanted a different background. It was interesting how they all stuck to the same colors, maybe a bonding experience. After they were ready we place them all together on a big table to dry and they looked really cool but I did not have any more battery on my camera to take a picture.
June 1, 2012
Here is the link to Sally's post about O'Keefe.
Here is how I did it:
I showed a power point of Georgia's flowers and poppies to the students.
When looking at the flowers I asked how big the flowers were. The students said, "veeery big" and the discussion went on until together we noticed that the flowers were so big that they touched the sides of the paper. That was the missing ingredient for the project. Thanks Sally!
The students got the idea and followed it without hesitation. The flowers grew and grew and some of them took over the whole paper.
We decided to use warm colors only. The students requested black for the middle as they saw it in O'Keefe's flowers. We used paintbrushes and regular A4 paper cut in an almost square shape. Most of the children naturally started by drawing the center of the flowers and then the petals.
May 31, 2012
First I showed the students a power point with Kandinsky paintings while listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Then I stopped on the circles and we wondered about the painting.