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Core Value Giving Tree

 The 4th graders started the year off with a lesson celebrating Core Values .  We read the book The Giving Tree
then brainstormed core values we saw happening in our school. The students created a scientific drawing of a leaf.  Once finished, these leaves had Core Value messages written within each one and were hung on a large, class tree.  This tree can be found outside the art room, heading towards the music room.

Tree drawings
The students went outside to draw trees, focusing on the structure and branching patterns.  The follow-up activity was to transfer the tree shape into a drawing lesson showing four stages of the tree.  Mixed media of colored pencils, crayons or oil pastels or colored chalk was used for color in the final stage. Some children explored with tissue paper, as well. 
Vocabulary:  Scientific drawings, artistic expression, realism, abstract, blending colors, mixed media, using your imagination.


Block Prints
    The students learned the process of block printing using styrofoam.  The students also learned the qualities of a good print, one with clear, crisp lines. Once an idea was carved into the styrofoam, the students rolled ink onto their "plates" then pressed the plate onto printing paper. 
Vocabulary: Brayer, water-soluble Speedball ink, printing plates, good quality print

    The students built on prior knowledge of stenciling from third grade to create stencils with two or more parts.  Thinking in a more abstract way to divide the stencil into more than one part was a challenge.  A paper copy was made for a class display, then students stenciled onto fabric to make a wall hanging.