Wednesday Art Day: Circle Flowers

For last week’s Wednesday Art Day, we combined materials to created mixed-media pieces. I knew that I wanted to have the class create something with circles, as I enjoy starting off the year with classic Wassily Kandinsky circle projects, but I wanted to put a different spin on the project.

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Using circles found HERE and prototypes found HERE we created lovely circle flowers last week! Find them hanging in our hallway tomorrow morning!

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Find a few close-ups of student art work HERE.

Learn more about Kandinsky circles from the video below, which demonstrates how to create the circles using oil pastels!

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Tens Partners

At this time in our second grade classroom, we are focusing on the following addition strategies:

  1. Solving word problems by finding the given information, determining what the problem is asking us to find, and identifying key words or phrases
  2. Solving addition problems with up to 4 addends vertically

While there are number of strategies my students know how to use, I’m a big fan of the “spiral review”, which includes going back and reminding ourselves of some addition tips and tricks we may have picked up in first grade. I recently discovered fun educational hip hop videos created by Flocabulary, a Brooklyn-based company that creates educational hip hop songs and videos for students in grades K through 12. Below is a video that we watched on Monday to remind us of our “tens partners” which will help us add (and subtract… which we will be delving into when we return from the winter break in January) more quickly!