Animals and Crocheting!

What a wonderful week! We started a new 2 week schedule which brought much excitement. While we are sticking with the overall theme of Textiles on Mondays and Thursdays and Life Science on Tuesdays and Fridays, the focus changes every two week.  Canvas is updated weekly giving descriptions of the your child’s classes. Always feel free to check there and let me know if you have any questions!

For our Textile days the students are diving into crocheting. This means that all of their classes relate back to crocheting or some element of it but within the disciplines of STEM, Language Arts and Creative Arts. Here is the more information about the classes on Textile days.

  • Textiles: Monday/Thursday
    • Bible- with Mr. Bargatze
      • Over this two weeks, students will be learning the answers to the question: 
        • Week 3: Why did God gives us the Law?
        • Week 4: Who is the Priesthood? Why do they exist? What's their job?
    • I Yarn for Words - with Ms. Foster 
      • Academic Disciple: Language Arts
      • Description: Students will continue with reading this semester by researching the history of crocheting, the process of obtaining and making yarn and create a list of materials needed in order to engage in the process of crocheting. Students will increase their vocabulary specific to the craft of crochet by learning about casting on, stitches, rows, columns, hook, chain stitch, single stitch, double stitch, etc. 
      • Main Manipulatives: iPad, notebook, pencils
      • Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, Visual/Spatial
      • 3 Goals: 
        • 1. Students will increase their vocabulary to include 10 common crochet/weaving terms. 
        • 2. Students will increase their comprehension of crocheting and yarn as they read books appropriate for their reading ability. 
        • 3. Students will read sight words in real reading circumstances and be able to identify them quickly.
    • Give & Take Away [Stitches] - with Mrs. Gowen 
      • Academic Discipline: STEM
      • Description: Give & Take Away [stitches] is a hands-on STEM class with emphasis in math where students learn to crochet, figure out the amount of materials needed to make a simple project of their choice, and review addition and subtraction. Students will use their kinesthetic intelligence by developing fine motor skills as they learn to crochet. Students will be able to continue crocheting their projects in the creative arts class later in the day. 
      • Manipulatives: crochet needle, yarn, iPad
      • Multiple Intelligences: Bodily/Kinesthetic, Logical/Mathematical
      • Goals: 
        • 1. Students will be able to crochet a couple different stitches. 
        • 2. Students will determine the amount of yarn needed to complete a project.
        • 3. Students will review addition and subtraction in relation to their crochet project.
    • Keeping Warm One Stitch at a Time! - Ms. Foster 
      • Academic Disciple: Creative Arts 
      • Description: Students will take their practice with hand string games and knowledge of yarn and crocheting history and terminology and minimal practice with adding and taking away stitches to practice crocheting. Students will begin on day one with finger crocheting and will work towards a small crocheting project with a hook. 
      • Multiple Intelligences: Visual/Spatial, Intrapersonal
      • Main Manipulatives: Yarn, Crochet hook, iPad
      • 3 Goals: 
        • 1. Students will be able to follow basic finger crocheting instructions successfully. 
        • 2. Students will be able to tie a slip knot. 
        • 3. Students will be able to perform at least three, 10 stitch rows of single stitch crocheting.

Life Science days have quickly become a favorite. While life and animal science seems that it might be a heavy STEM focus, students really get a balance of all the academic disciples. Check out the descriptions for the Tuesday/Fridays in Blue class!

 

  • Life & Animal Science: Tuesday/Friday 
    • Animals in Our Environment- with Mrs. Bennecker
      • Academic Discipline: Creative Arts
      • Description: Animals in Our Environment is a class that gets the students out into the environment where many animals live. Students will explore and discover the kinds of animals that live around campus. They will also begin to see how there are different habitats around them. 
      • Multiple Intelligences: Kinesthetic, Verbal/Linguistic, Naturalist
      • Main Manipulatives: animal books, the outdoors
      • Goals:
        • 1. Students will understand the difference between amphibians and reptiles.
        • 2. Students will discover where animals live.
    • Who Wants to Be a Veterinarian? - with Mrs. Gowen
      • Academic Discipline: Language Arts
      • Description: Who wants to be a Veterinarian? is a language arts class in which students will research animals, determine the difference between fiction and nonfiction, and continue to develop a presentation. The presentation will incorporate drawings from “Triple A: Awesome Animal Art.” 
      • Multiple Intelligences: Verbal/Linguistic, Naturalistic, Interpersonal
      • Main Manipulatives: iPad, library trip books 
      • Goals:
        • 1. Students will determine the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
        • 2. Students will develop a presentation using their research and drawings from their creative arts class. 
    • Building a Home for Animals - with Mr. Cameron 
      • Academic Discipline: STEM
      • Description: In these two weeks students will take the skills gleaned from the beginning of the semester and apply them towards constructing something that meets a need for the chicken coup in cooperation with Mr. Hartnell. Special attention will be given to the planning phase of this project.
      • Manipulatives Needed: hammer, nails, wood glue, iPad, wood, sandpaper
      • Multiple Intelligences: Logical/Mathematical, Visual/Spatial, Interpersonal, Kinesthetic
      • Goals:
        • 1. Students will become familiar with considerations needed for design.
        • 2. Students will achieve beginner proficiency with a tape measure.
        • 3. Students will be introduced to scale.
    • Triple A: Awesome Animal Art - with Ms. Foster 
      • Academic Disciple: Creative Arts
      • Description: Students will be creating detailed drawings of the animals researched in Animals Games, Do you want to be a veterinarian?, and Building a home for animals. Students will have the materials needed when they come to class to produce the types of drawings that will be included in their final animal unit presentations. Students will be able to utilize animal drawing tutorials as well as books and research collected in previous classes. Each student will create a final detailed drawing of a specific animal that they are researching. 
      • Main Manipulatives: Paper, pencil, colored pencil 
      • Multiple Intelligences: Visual/Spatial, interpersonal  
      • 3 Goals: 
        • 1. Students will be able to utilize their knowledge of elements of shape to draw detailed animals. 
        • 2. Students will be able to produce detailed drawings of 1-2 animals over the course of 4 class periods. 
        • 3. Students will be able to proudly use one of their drawings in their keynote slide about animals for their final Life & Animal Science presentations. 

Here are some highlights and photos from the week, enjoy!

Next week is going to another great week! We will be finishing up our crocheting project and doing more animal research to build a presentation.