Friday, 18 May 2018

Symmetry in Math, Science and Art

Grade Twos have been working on the concept of Symmetry and we were able to show our learning in a variety of ways.  

Symmetry is defined as
 The quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.

After reading Eric's Carle's book The Hungry Caterpillar, we were inspired to create butterflies with symmetry.  We folder paper and cut out the shape through both sheets to make a symmetrical butterfly shapes.  Then we used a coat of liquid starch and then an eyedropper to put drops of paint on one side.  By folding the paper back together, the symmetrical design was created. 

After the paint dried, we used the concept of symmetry again to cut out a body and create matching antennae for our insects.

They have certainly brightened up our classroom!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Soapstone Carving with Dave Zachary

Grade Two students were treated to two half day sessions with Artist Dave Zachary who taught us about soapstone carving and let us use tools to create pieces of our own. 

Dust masks were required to prevent breathing in the fine dust created as we worked.  We used hacksaws, files and hand drills to shape the stone and then sanded it in water to bring out the colours.  Oiling it to keep it shiny was the final step.  

You can watch a video here of Dave demonstrating a bigger project. 

We are very proud of the finished Artwork and would like to thank Mrs. Greig for arranging the visit and Manitoba Arts Council for their sponsorship of the program. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Wind Detection Devices

Our latest Science design project was to build a Wind Detection Device.  Students had two days to plan and build something that would move or make noise in the wind.  It had to be made of at least 3 different kinds of material and be sturdy and neat.  A checklist was provided to make sure it met the criteria.

We use the online link to the weather station on top of our school every day during calendar time to record the wind speed and today we found it was 14 kilometers/hour.  We decided that would be enough to test our devices.  

The students did a great job and showed their ability to use the design process once again.