We enjoyed studio art outside on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Our cultural lessons this week included topics related to the vernal equinox and the coming of spring. After an art history lesson about Georgia O'Keeffe's life and work, students have beautiful watercolor pictures in progress. Our class studied O'Keeffe's leaf watercolors in the fall for our Davidson Library art exhibit. Several lessons this week integrated projects and follow-up work related to spring.
The Anatomy of a Flower
We use dissecting tools to dissect flowers. Each part was identified and labeled. The parts of the flower we learned are: stigma, style, ovary, ovule, sepal, anther, filament, petal. The stamen is the male part and the carpel is the female part of the flower.
Cloud Study/Lower Elementary Nephologists
Our lesson on the types of clouds included learning the Latin names of clouds and characteristics of each type. We made booklets with cotton balls for each type of cloud. Did you know there is a word for cloud watching and finding shapes of objects in the clouds? There's a name for what we are doing: "nephelococcygia". The word nephos is the Greek word for cloud.The scientific word for the study of clouds is nephology.
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