Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Good Night Gorilla Part 2

Back in October, we wrote about the Good Night Gorilla projects all the students were working on. If you missed that post, I will give you a brief update. Students used the children's book Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann to practice descriptive writing. It's a great, little story about a mischievous gorilla who has a knack for "borrowing" the zookeeper's keys. There is very little text in the story, so students wrote their own "delicious" (our class word for wonderfully descriptive writing) versions; then they put their words to the images of the book using Photo Story. Here are a couple of exceptional examples of student work.

Gavin had some technical difficulties, but his writing is delicioso! 

Sophia and Rajveer also demonstrate outstanding writing AND narration in this video.

You can see each student's creations by visiting their Google page:

Please comment! 
Tell us what you think of our writing.
What was your favorite part of this project?
What did you learn from participating?

Friday, December 14, 2012

November 26-30

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Art With Ms. Avera

Art with Mrs. Heywood

Students used a method called sgraffito.

They talked about what a silhouette is and how silhouettes don’t show details or textures, just detailed outlines. When they began their trees, they created interesting silhouettes but they went one step further by adding textured bark and branches. We talked about cropping a design when some of the design goes off the paper and it leaves some mystery for the viewer. Their trees were cropped on the black paper, but then were completed in the border (a way for the artist to direct the viewer’s attention from the center of interest out towards the edges.

Here are the gorgeous pieces they created!