Classroom Learning – October 28, 2014

Students planning and presenting their businesses and needs.

Students planning and presenting their businesses and needs.

We had guests from Junior Achievement in our building this morning working with all grades on learning how organizations work, how to create a resume and conduct interviews for jobs. Our morning consisted of students working in groups brainstorming ideas and things they would need to operate their own business. Students focused on problem solving and communication skills until lunch.

Whenever we have a major shift in our regular daily schedule, I know that it will affect my student’s routines for the day and so in my planning for this week, I moved our Art project to this afternoon to ensure students are focused and engaged for the remainder of the day.

Our days and weeks have been flying by so quickly that it dawned on us this week that Halloween was only a few days away. In keeping with the spirit and the excitement of the kids, we decided to embark on our first paper mâché  project : Halloween Pumpkins.

Paper mâché pumpkins!

Paper mâché pumpkins!

The students were so excited that right after lunch they cleaned up the entire classroom, moved the tables and helped me set up the garbage bags on the floor and create the flour and water mâché  mixtures. For most, this was their first time ever making anything using tissue paper, balloons and mâché  mixture.

Success! We conquered the tissue paper over the balloon!

Success! We conquered the tissue paper over the balloon!

I’m not sure which part they loved more…..squishing the mâché  in their hands or making their pumpkins.

It was gross but cool at the same time!

It was gross but cool at the same time!

Our room was a buzz of activity: 

Once dry, we will pop the balloons and students will cut out their faces depending on how thick their outer layer of tissue paper was. This was a very tricky project as they had to balance the balloon, along with the appropriate ratio of mâché to tissue. There were frustrations along the way, but they persevered and we are all very proud of our efforts.

I look forward to seeing how our pumpkins turn out!

Miss D. Ariss

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