25 March 2011
Here are a few photos from this morning's New Release Day...
24 March 2011
21 March 2011
SCCS Elementary Classroom will be featured on Ron Widbin’s segment at the following times:
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:00 p.m. ABC and 9:00 p.m. FOX
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:50 a.m. ABC
18 March 2011
16 March 2011
Our objectives in the coming weeks are to engage children in the meaning of freedom and to understand the value of freedom in America and the world today. Here are some examples of what freedom means to some of the children in our class.
“To be free is to not have to let anyone tell you what to do, to choose what job you want, and to not have to work all day. To be free is to have fun and enjoy your job and your life, not to have to be forced to do something you do not want to do. Some slaves were forced to be cooped up inside or work outside and did not have an education or go to school. This is not freedom.”
“Freedom means to be able to do whatever you want and not be controlled. You can do whatever you want, wear whatever you want, eat whatever you want. But even when you are free, you can’t break the law. Slaves didn’t have freedom, but if they escaped from their masters to go north, they could be free.”
“If you are free, you are no longer a slave, you have rights, you are a person, no one owns you, no one physically controls you, you are paid for your work, you can stay with your family, live in your house, own your own property, be your own person, be responsible for yourself. You can learn, you can read, you can communicate, you can meet your old friends and family, meet new friends, not have your children work. You can vote, celebrate birthdays, go to school, no whippings, less worries.”
“Freedom feels good because you get away from your master and get to know what your name is and you don’t have to work all day until sunset. Freedom is a lifetime where you don’t have to work or listen to a master. You listen to yourself.”
14 March 2011
Making spinners out of cubes
Luigi, Toad, Mario and Peach made of cubes
Holly's block creation
Lilly's block creation
10 March 2011
Beth Olshansky, a teacher and author at the University of New Hampshire, describes the relationship between art and writing:
"The relationship between pictures and words can be summarized simply. Although these two languages are both used to make meaning, they function very differently. Yet clearly they serve to complement each other: pictures, a visual medium, can perform the verbal function for telling a story; words, a verbal medium, can perform the visual function of painting a picture. Using both languages expands our capacity to think in new and interesting ways" (The Power of Pictures, 2008).
Prior to writing this week, the students painted landscapes and seascapes using crayon and watercolors. After painting, they brainstormed creative descriptions of elements in their artwork (mountains, stars, clouds, reflections, water, etc.) using the devices we've been talking about. These ideas will later be used to write a story inspired by their piece.
Take a peek at our artists/writers at work...
09 March 2011
Join us this Friday, March 11th at 2:00 for their final performances!
Here are a few snapshots from today's work...