Thursday, 19 October 2017

What's going on in this picture?

Upon some inquiring into useful resources and activities for learning, I stumbled upon a New York Times resource to use in class and thought it would be great for Room 24.

Each week, an image that has been in the New York Times will be posted up with no caption, headline or link to further information.  From this, students are to use a Visual Thinking Strategy to help make meaning of what they see.

It is about using a Visual Thinking Strategy and answering the following questions: 

  • What’s going on in this picture?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can we find?
We are going to use this every week and discuss as a class then share our ideas on the NY Times and explore students ideas from around the world.  

Let's see how it goes...



Here is the link: What's going on in this picture?

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Writing - Grammar Help

I found this whilst doing some teaching research...sourced from ebookfriendly.com.  We will refer to this when editing work this term - and hopefully it will be something you continue to use in the future.


Monday, 4 September 2017

Analysing Art

We have been looking at art using the Art Thinking Routine.  Now we are going to use a structure which we will use when making a statement about our own art.

These are the images we will use for the new structure (taken from the pre-visit resources for our Te Tuhi Art Gallery trip) - they have a focus on Climate Change:


Art Piece 1

Art Piece 2

Art Piece 3

Art Piece 4

Art Piece 5



Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Homework - Maori Artwork Inquiry

This week, we are getting stuck into our second art inquiry homework for our unit. We are focussing on learning more about Maori artwork and each student inquires into different styles of Maori art and its significance and importance to New Zealand.  They then create their own piece of art in one style of Maori art.  

Room 24, remember that this is a 2-week homework task and a check-in will be on Tuesday of Week 5 with it due complete Tuesday of Week 6.

The task brief and marking sheet are in your Homework folder and also following the link below.

Maori Artwork Inquiry Homework Task

Also for homework due every Monday as usual:

  • 60 minutes on your Khan Academy mission
  • 5 XtraMath sessions (at least 5 days required)

Remember - this is your last week on Mathletics so give it a go at home if you enjoy it.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Homework - New Zealand Artist Inquiry

This week, we are getting stuck into our first art inquiry homework for our unit. We are focussing on learning more about New Zealand artists and each student gets to choose a New Zealand artist they are interested in to inquire into.  They then create their own piece of art in the style of their chosen artist.  

Room 24, remember that this is a 2-week homework task and a check-in will be on Monday of Week 3 with it due complete Monday of Week 4.

The task brief and marking sheet are in your Homework folder and also following the link below.

NZ Artist Inquiry Homework Task

Also for homework due every Monday as usual:

  • 60 minutes on your Khan Academy mission
  • 5 XtraMath sessions (at least 5 days required)

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Art in Our Lives

Today, we had a reflection on what are looks like in our lives and how it impacts on us. 

On each student's blog, they reflected on these questions:

  • What units have you looked at art before? 
    • You may have looked at art in different school areas - also calendar art.
  • What artists do you know? 
  • Where have you seen art around our community? 
  • What did you work on with Ms Laird?
  • What about art interests/excites you? 
We then got into groups to discuss these and then shared as a class - the conversation ended up being much bigger than we first thought.  As people shared their ideas, it helped spark ideas and memories of others - and what was going to be a 10-minute discussion ended up being almost 30-minutes!  It was great to see how enthusiastic those who shared were sharing their memories/experiences of art.  

Check out their pages to see what their initial first ideas were for these questions - they definitely grew throughout the afternoon.

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Homework - Messages in Art

We are straight back into it after a lovely two-weeks off.  Before the break, we started our new unit looking at messages through art.
Your homework (due next Monday - 31st July) this week is:

  • Khan Academy - 60-minutes
  • XtraMath - 5 complete sessions (remember, it must be five separate days)
  • UOI - see below and think about what we discussed in class today.  Remember to think personal, local, national and global - not just global.  Remember to ask your parents today about getting some clear duraseal - you may be able to share with a member of the class.