First Grade: Tu B’Shevat

In Art, First graders learned about Tu B’shevat and created a collage of birch trees. They used paint scrapers, sponges and painted paper!  The birch trees were inspired by the book Snowballs by author and illustrator Lois Ehlert.

First Grade: Pablo Picasso Guitars

In Art, first graders analyzed Pablo Picasso’s paintings and sculptures of guitars. Picasso created a series of cardboard guitars. Students created their own guitars using recycled cardboard and they used copper tape as the guitar strings. Copper tape is a conductive material and can be attached to the Makey Makey to create an electric guitar.


First Grade Self-Portraits

First graders looked for clues about Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Khalo in their self-portraits. Vincent Van Gogh never smiled in his self-portraits.

Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat. Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise).

Autorretrato con Bonito – Frida Kahlo. 1941Frida Khalo was known for painting self-portraits with animals and curtains of leaves as the background. First graders created self-portraits in the style of Frida Khalo.

First Grade: Color Poetry

In language arts, first grade read a book entitled “Hailstones and Halibut Bones” by Mary O’Neill.  It contains works of poetry about the colors of the spectrum. Students chose a color and wrote sensory poems.  They described how the color sounds, smells, tastes, looks, and feels.

In visual arts, first grade learned about the color wheel, tints and shades. A tint is when white is added to a color. A shade is when black is added to a color. They mixed paint to create tints and shades and created a background for their poems.

First Grade: Stop Motion Animation

First graders created a stop motion animation using their 3D printed bookmarks.

3D Printed Bookmarks: Students drew themselves and then they were introduced to the app, Morphi. Morphi allows the user to take a drawing and turn it into a 3D picture.

The 3D picture was imported into Simplify. Simplify gets the 3D picture ready to print.

Stop Motion Animation: Students had different jobs to create their stop motion animation. The jobs were;

Car mover #1 moved the car into the frame.

Car mover #2 moved the car out of the frame.

People mover moved the bookmark to the door.

Director: Pressed the button and checked each frame.

First graders came together as a team to create their animations.