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Lower Elementary October 21-25

Our curriculum is rich in all areas but cultural topics are some of the favorite studies . Integrating these topics into language, math, history, creative writing and studio art bring a "sparkle" to the interest and creativity of all students. We have been exploring different artists, styles and elements of art. Being able to actually view awesome sculptures this week gave inspiration to create our own sculptures. Check out our field trip pictures to Davidson College. It was an inspiring walking tour for all.

Sculpture Projects

Mini Sculpture Accents Adding Texture and Color

Recycled materials are used to create our sculptures.

Our sculptures with inspirations from Alberto Giacometti.

Art History/Studio Art Inspiration

We learned about Alberto Giacometti. He was a Swiss sculptor who liked working with bronze. His sculptures were often tall, thin figures. We used foil to create animals and people.

3-D Sculptures Using Recycled Materials

Descriptive Writing/"How-To" format

Elements of Art Lesson

Sculptures have height, width and depth/3-D. We used paper, wood, plastic, wire, cardboard and clay to design these pieces.

Creative Writing

"How-To" writing pieces were very creative this week which included:


Ride a Horse

Make Pancakes

Clean Your Bedroom

Carve A Pumpkin

Be A Good Friend

Make a Birthday Card


Make Potato Pockets

Play Soccer

Braid Hair

Make a Pillow

Metal Insets are Montessori materials used to help with pencil control, to refine hand movements in preparation for writing. The first lessons begin with an introduction in primary. In lower elementary extensions with these materials become a keen interest as the designs become more refined and beautiful. From concentric circles to combinations of many geometric forms, students are producing collections of their work. These metal shapes are the same shapes as the geometry materials. Each year I observe children becoming the possessors of a great number of these drawings and the "run" on metal inset work begins.

Metal Insets supports handwriting skills and pencil control.

"Eggs in a Hole"/ Food Prep and Geometry In The Kitchen

We integrated our study of concentric circles with food prep making "Eggs in a Hole"! Yum!

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