Cluster Teacher Updates

Art with Patrice

Spring 2017

Hi All and welcome to a Spring update on what’s been going on in the Art Room at the Earth School!

The PreK-K classes are expanding on their work in wonderful and amazing ways. What a difference since September when they were just learning to hold a paintbrush and use scissors. Each week we have a teacher run activity and two other choices for students to explore. We have started looking at and commenting on each other’s work at the end of each class. I generally ask students to tell me what they notice about their classmates work. They are very articulate in describing the colors, shapes and materials in the various pieces. Check out this paper sculpture that was built in a recent class.

The First and Second grade students are just finishing an Imaginary Animal stick puppet project. They collaborated on a drawing with a classmate, and then painted it and will soon be cutting it out and adding the stick.
Then they will name their creation and tell a story about where it lives, what it eats and what it does to have fun.

The Third Grade classes have been weaving and are now inventing their own biomes based on the biomes they have been studying in their core curriculum. They will be making maps of the biome with mixed materials and then using clay to make the animals and the other inhabitants. Emily’s class made these clay pinch pots and painted them with designs inspired by the Mimbres tribe form the southwest.

The Fourth and Fifth Grade students have also been working with clay. Ask them about the 3 techniques they used to build their clay pieces!

We are moving on to a mini-project learning to draw objects in 3-D using one point perspective.

Jessica and Jia’s class are making Mola’s, an art form from Central and South America that uses fabric and elaborate stitching to create a highly stylized image of plants, animals or people. They are working with felt to cut and layer shapes before sewing them together. Some students will be sewing them into pillows, others are making bags.

Bye for now and Happy Spring!



Earth Science with Emmy

Fall 2016

Hello families!

Welcome back to what promises to be another amazing year at Earth School! We have begun amazing work in our classes…

PreK/K’s begin the year settling into this new space (for some of them) and creating routines that help them navigate the world. We explored the turtle, observed shells and rocks, and mealworms as they change and grow. Next we will explore trees and leaves in the neighborhood.20160927_123841.jpg

1st/2nd’s are exploring mealworms as they change and grow. Each time we meet we are writing/sketching what we notice, what we think is happening, and what we wonder. In this way, children are developing the building the blocks of scientific inquiry: observation and documentation. Our next unit is about water...


3rd graders are beginning to explore the Food Chain. We talked about why living things need to eat and drink. We are exploring the ways in which living things get their energy and how energy travels up and down the food chain.

4th/5th graders started with a Design Challenge in which pairs of students had to create a structure and which supported the weight of a marshmallow. It is always the perfect way to begin a school year by finding a solution to a problem as a  community. Next students began exploring Pop-Up books: the design, mechanism, and physics behind the movements found in pop-up books. Student exhibit to follow…20160919_125057.jpg