4th graders have learned about a popular Mexican folk art called Alebrijes, which originate from the dreams of a man named Pedro Linares in the early 1900s. He used these animal-like creatures to create a new type of art out of cardboard to sell. His creatures were not very popular with the general public until another man named Manuel Jimenez came along. He made them more colorful and a little less scary while also changing the material to carved wood.
The students have read an article, watched a video, and seen photo examples of Alebrijes in English (along with some Spanish!). They designed and created their own. They drew their Alebrije and wrote descriptive sentences about it in English. The next step was to create one in 3D that represents their drawing and writing. And the final step was to present their 3D Alebrije to their classmates using their French oral language skills.
Cathleen Anderson & Sylvia Aka
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As we commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the end of World War I in France, 4th and 5th grade students were informed by teachers of the opening of a new memorial in Washington DC.
The duty to remember must not exclude anyone….
The beginning of the year is a great opportunity to reflect and learn more about yourself. The 4th Grade students were able to do just that by writing a poem describing who they are and what goes on around them- both inside and outside. The students started with a handwritten copy of their poem, then typed their own Google Document, practiced reading their poem to others to improve their intonation and speaking skills, and lastly, they recorded themselves reciting their poem on a site called Flipgrid. Students are able to listen to each other and find commonalities and as well as learn about how different and special we all are.