Maurice Sendak was an author and illustrator. His family members were the inspiration for some of his characters. Second graders learned about Maurice Sendak, studied his illustrations and searched for visual texture in his drawings. They created their own Wild Things using visual texture.
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 Art class, second grade debated the question, “Why are primary colors important?” They identified primary and secondary colors by playing interactive games on the Smart Board.
They also created clay color wheels! They mixed primary colors of clay to make secondary colors.
Second graders painted color wheel trees in honor of Tu B’Shevat. They learned how to draw trees. Tree branches look like the letter Y and face the sky. They used watercolors colors and tempera to create their art.
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.
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.