Aboriginal Dot painting usually tells a story. Fifth graders created dot paintings from animal silhouettes.
Fifth graders learned about Henri Rousseau, his paintings, and analogous colors. Henri Rousseau never visited the jungles he painted, instead he drew inspiration from house plants and the botanical garden. Analogous colors are a group of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Instead of black stripes, the zebra’s stripes are analogous colors.
Students took apart toys and observed the parts, purposes and how the pieces related to each other. To find out more about this activity go to Agency By Design.
In honor of Tu B’Shevat, fourth and fifth graders created landscapes. They studied a variety of landscapes by artist Karl Shrag. Karl Shrag was born in Germany in 1912. He moved to the USA in 1938
They then reviewed the elements of art – line, form, color, space, texture, value and shape. They used the elements of art to describe Karl Shrag’s paintings.
In Judaic Studies, fourth grade learned about what makes a Chanukiah kosher. A kosher chanukiah has to have candles that are in a single row and the same height, except for the shamash. We also learned about the story of Chanukah from the perspective of Judah Maccabee.
In science, students learned about series and parallel circuits.
Students learned how to use Tinkercad, a program used to design 3D-printed chanukiyot. Next they used LED lights and batteries to create simple circuits to light up the chanukiya (Menorah) on the first day of Chanukah.