My students are full of personality. creativity, and imagination. This school is an urban, high-needs elementary school. Many supplies for hands-on learning are out of reach for my students due to budget constraints. All students, regardless of socioeconomic status, deserve the same materials to help bridge the gap of student achievement.
My students are eager to learn!
Often times in their regular classrooms, students are unable to go in depth with learning through hands-on exploration due to time constraints on the pacing of the required curriculum. In my art class, I am able to further enhance students’ learning and achievement by extending their learning of their regular classroom subjects, whether creating paintings inspired by plant and animal cells, quilting using fractions, or handmade books with student written poetry. By making these connections, my students are able to retain information longer and improve student achievement.
My third grade students are learning about environmental science. They are studying the characteristics and life needs of animals in their regular classrooms. Science is a subject which students in my school often struggle. Many students have difficulty making connections to environmental science in their own lives because they come from an urban environment where connecting with nature does not always come easily.
With hands-on materials and activities to connect environmental science into my students' daily lives, I believe their curiosity of science will grow.
In my class, students will study the characteristics and life needs of the fascinating world of insects-from creepy crawlies to beautiful butterflies. As my students learn about insects, they will be creating drawings of insects. From their drawings, students will create printing plates by carving their insects onto the foam with a pencil. Students will then print their insects onto paper using a brayer and printing ink.
Each group of students will get to use a baren on their printing plates. Using a baren is a printing tool that applies pressure to the back of printing plate which produces a better and more successful print. This tool will be able to be reused for years to come in my classroom.
Once the students' prints dry, they will draw a habitat around their printed insect. Upon completion of the hands-on insect project, students will summarize what they have learned about insects and printmaking through an assessment.
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