For the first clay sculpture my team looked at SOL 4.4 “the student will investigate and understand basic plant anatomy and life processes”. To use this in a classroom we would first have the students create the play dough structure of the flower, making sure to separate each part with clay. After they have finished their structure I would describe a part of the flower or its function and they would have to put the light on the part I am describing.
This activity addresses SOL K.16 “the student will identify, describe, and extend repeating patterns”. For this activity I would separate the students into groups of about 3 or 4. Each group using colors or shapes would come up with a simple pattern. The groups would then switch tables and have to place the light on the shape that comes next. This activity also benefits from the light because it would only light up if they chose the correct shape. We could do this as shown in the picture by only having the clay separating two shapes so that the other shape would not work. They would be instantly able to check their work. The only problem that we couldn’t figure out was how to only have the triangle light up and not the triangle and the circle.
For our English activity we addressed SOL 4.8 part g “use correct spelling for frequently used” words. We would first look to students past writings and look for common themes of missed spelled words. Using the words we find that many students have misspelled previously we would set up a word on each table with two letters that need to be switched. Between those two letters we would put the piece of clay so that the light will only work if they place it correctly. Students would then work in small groups and discuss what two letters need to be swapped to correct the spelling error.
Are last activity we did was understanding the regions of Virginia. This is under SOL VS 10. Students will create a map of Virginia’s regions (we would give them a piece of paper with the outline to help). When we called out a region they would have to identify it with the light. To expand on this activity we could ask them questions about the major products and industries of each region.
My groups making activity idea was to create a learning clock. This fits under SOL Standard 1.8 where students need to be able to tell time up to the half hour mark. Our idea for an activity was to have each student have their own 3D printed clock and for them to be able to move the hands according to the times we told them. We also had the idea of having pictures of times on a digital clock which would then have to be recreated on their analog clock.
We also discussed how this design could be modified to work with older students by instead pf using it as clock use it to create fractions. For example for half one hand would be at 12 and one would be at 6. Or 1/4 where one hand would be at 12 and one would be at 3.
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I have attached my digital story. I decided to do a short story about the seasons.
- How did this documentary make you feel?
This documentary mainly made me feel sad for the children in that circumstance. Where someone is from is not their choice and the decision to move to America is almost never in the hands of the children effected by this proposition. I hear a lot about immigration policies but its harder to see its direct effect on our youth.
- How will you reach all of your students? Do you think art integration can play a role in bridging different socio-economic divides in the classroom?
I think art can bridge the gap in my classroom between different socioeconomic divides. I think the basis of art is creativity and that is something that all kids have regardless of wealth. To try to reach all of my students I will be cautious and purposeful about the assignments I assign to make sure they are applicable to all of my students. For example, I would not ask my students to write or draw about their favorite vacation because that is not a reality for all students.
Something not mentioned in the documentary or in class so far is that I do believe certain forms of art do create a divide between different socio-economic classes. I know the most about theater so that is the example I will use but I am sure there is others. I know a lot of students do not have the opportunity to see live professional theater ever because it is just not affordable and accessible to all. So not every student is able to gain an appreciation or an interest in this art at a young age. I think this show how especially important it is for a teacher to integrate as many diverse art forms as possible to their students because the classroom may be there only opportunity to experience it.
- Was there anything shocking about this documentary to you?
The film did not shock me too much because I try to stay informed. However, that being said actually seeing the faces of those effected makes it much more real.
I chose this picture of students as my multimedia because it shows how we need to get to know are students on a personal level. Just my looking at these students we can’t say anything about them. That is why as a teacher we need to make sure we take the time to make those personal connections and to learn about our students.