Fifth Grade Art Club experimented with stamps and learned how to emboss designs with powder and a heat gun. So fun!
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Día de los Muertos

(Day of the DeaD)
Students learned about the holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. In countries like Mexico, Brazil, Spain and even some Asian countries, family and friends gather to remember friends and family members who have died. In Mexico, it is a national holiday where all banks are closed. After looking at some Mexican folk art designs, students created their own tribute skulls commemorating a special person in their life.
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By Darby in Mrs. Davis' class

Aurora Borealis SALT PAINTINGS

Students learned that Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are a natural light show commonly sighted in high latitude areas like the Arctic and Antarctic regions. They are created when highly charged electrons from solar wind collide with elements in the earth's atmosphere. Students chose the color of their auroras by determining which atom was struck and the collision altitude:
  • Green - oxygen, up to 150 miles in altitude
  • Red - oxygen, above 150 miles in altitude
  • Blue - nitrogen, up to 60 miles in altitude
  • Purple/violet - nitrogen, above 60 miles in altitude
Students used watercolor wash and salt to add texture to the mountains.
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Inspired by the book, "Festival In My Heart" fifth graders created their own haiku poems. Using art classroom computers, students converted their haiku poems into the Chinese language using an online translation application. Finally, students practiced Chinese calligraphy by copying their Chinese language poem onto their brush scroll paintings.

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Fifth grade Art students in Ms. Lee’s class learned about the PLASTIC FLOATING GARBAGE PATCH in the Pacific gyre and watched a video created by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation where researchers trolled the ocean to study what is in the garbage patch. Ocean water samples showed tiny pieces of plastic and debris almost invisible to the naked eye. Because plastic does not biodegrade, it breaks up into tiny pieces resembling zooplankton. Marine life like jelly fish and other kinds of fish mistake it for food and eat it. The floating garbage patch is trapped by currents of the North Pacific Gyre and is approximately twice the size of Texas!
- In the US, about 8 billion pounds of plastic bags, wraps and sacks end up in the waste stream outside of landfills every year. It takes 500-1000 years to photodegrade but scientists don’t know for sure since it has only been around 50 years. So theoretically, all the plastic bags created since 1970’s still exists!
- Sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food. Turtles think the bags are jellyfish. Once swallowed, plastic bags choke animals or block their intestines, leading to an agonizing death. Fish eat plastic and enters the human food chain.
- Plastic debris acts like a sponge for toxic chemicals, soaking up a million fold greater concentration of such deadly compounds as PCBs and DDE.
- When shops give away free bags, their costs are passed on to you through higher prices.
Using bags from home, students fused several pieces together with an iron. The handles were either fashioned out of garbage bags or braided together from bread bags recycled from the Lower School cafeteria to make "plarn" (plastic yarn). Students completed their reusable shopping bags or book bags to use at home. Some students chose art bags for Halloween this year, keeping more plastic out of the landfills.
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