Teaching is hard work. Over the past week we have been going over the rules and expectations for all of our classes. Each grade level has art once a week. Wednesday was the last day of our five day rotation.
Today we started new lessons with each grade level. I taught my own lessons for 4th and 5th graders.
The fourth graders are learning about cave paintings in Lascaux, France. These paintings are over 17,000 years old and showed detailed images of animals. The students learned how they made paint back then and even how the cave painters signed their artwork (handprints).
The fifth graders are learning about Native American Indians and the symbolism of totem poles. Each student is to think about their personality and match it with an animal. For example, if you are brave you would be an eagle, shy a deer, friendly a dog, intelligent an elephant, etc. The students explained their animal choices in a written assignment, sketched out their ideas, and began working on their animal. A main goal in this lesson is practicing symmetry. The students are only allowed to use construction paper to make their animal.
Today was also 9/11 and our school acknowledged this day by walking to the center of town (a few blocks away) to a memorial monument and singing a few songs.
I forgot to post some photos of the classroom at the 4th & 5th school.
So for the remainder of the week and most of next week I will be handling the 4th & 5th grade lessons and assisting my cooperating teacher with her lessons for K-3. Soon I will add on a K-3 lesson of my own.
Tonight is Back to School Night-- off to meet the parents!