Ms. Berta's 3rd grade class were able to add to their art knowledge with the help of Mrs. Tucker, our Knollwood art teacher, and Tuan Nguyn, the Director of Education for the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis. Before the Skype session Mrs. Tucker introduced the students to the art of Wyatt Kahn.
The art museum has a collection of work by Wyatt Kahn, which was shared with the students. Mr. Kahn is a young artist from Brooklyn, NY who uses the human body and the senses as inspiration for his work. The artist's goal is for everyone to experience art all around themselves. He even made a puppet show of his art "talking" to explain it to his audience, like the movie Toy Story.
Mr. Nguyn shared lots of art pieces with the students, and when asked, "How do you know so much about art?" He shared his passion about art and that it can be interpreted and experienced in so many ways. The students loved hearing that there is "no wrong answer".
Mrs. Nulty's 2nd grade class talked with Author/Illustrator Amy Fell. Together the class read the book Everyday Regular Kids!. A former art teacher, Mrs. Fell wrote the book to recognize that each student has a place and is special.
Mrs. Nulty's students did a wonderful job listening to Mrs. Fell share about her inspiration, and also asking their questions. She shared that she writes the words of the story, then illustrates them using pencil drawings and acrylic paint.
Mrs. Lambach's class participated in a Mystery Skype with a class in Oklahoma. This was the first Mystery Skype experience for the students and to help prepare them Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Crilley brainstormed questions to ask, and also information about NC that we can share with the class. The class played a practice round with Mrs. Lambach holding a mystery state and the students asking questions to narrow down her state.
On the actual Skype day, students asked questions like "Are you east of the Mississippi River?", "Do you border the Pacific Ocean?", "Are you North of Colorado?" and "Does your state start with a consonant?" Our students used their maps to answer questions about North Carolina from the other class and to use the process of elimination to guess the other classes' state!
The other class guessed North Carolina first! But, after 2 more questions, Mrs. Lambach's class was able to guess Oklahoma! After we both guessed - we asked each other questions about our classes like "What grade are you in?", "What city are you in?" and a few others! Our students were disappointed to hear that the other school does not wear uniforms to school and they get out for winter break on Thursday (we have to wait until Friday!). Mrs. Lambach's students decided they were ready to move to Oklahoma!
Our 5th grade students are participating in a virtual field trip with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Wyoming. The educators shared the story Iktomi and the Buffalo Skull with the students, then held up a buffalo head for students to see the huge size of the animal head.
The educators talked about the animals and traditions of the Plains Indian Tribes and showed students pictures of the different animals and how they lived. The buffalo is one of the animals that the tribes used for hunting and survival. Buffalo were heavily hunted and the population dropped dramatically from 30-60 million to just 100 in 100 years. The Buffalo weigh 2000 lbs. each; and were used to create bowls, storage bags, shields, drums and more.
The Plains tribes did not use the word tipi, but called it a lodge. Students shared their understanding of the word nomadic, and the tribes would move often.
The winter count was created on a buffalo hide and each year a symbol was added to tell a major event of the year. Students asked some great questions about the tribes, including how the weather affects them and how we learn so much about them.
Ms. Reyes' 4th grade class Skyped with South Carolina author Elysabeth Eldering, author of the paranormal mystery Finally Home. Mrs. Cunningham read the students a small excerpt from the book and they are excited for Ms. Reyes to continue it as a class read aloud.
Ms. Eldering explained to the students that writing is a process that can require many revisions and edits. We were shocked (and in awe) to find out that she wrote the novel Finally Home in 1 month! November is National Novel Writing Month and she tries to write 50,000 words each November!!
To help the students remember their awesome Skype experience Ms. Eldering sent a book worm for each student. These are handmade and each student received a unique color combination. They are made by crotcheting, and we were so impressed to learn the author can make one in just 7 minutes! Hope to see lots of book worms tucked in the pages of our Knollwood books!