Featuring the Art of
Science, Biology, & Math
"Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle ... " - Black Elk
moon caught in tree
Talking Circles explore what students/children know about science topics and particular scientists. Start with questions relating to your theme ... Follow the trail of questions and answers with your students.
Pythagoras debates the structure of the universe and women's rights. See Dramatis Personae in History, Culture, & Languages
Wonderful words relating to Acrylic Pours
relationship, liminality, interface, abstract, binder, bleeding, cells, complementary, consistency, interference, opaque, resin, transparency ...
The Power of TWO!
Student initiated Loonie-Toonie Train - Two students created interest in the plight of koalas during the rampant fires in Australia. They raised over $2000 in two weeks ... When laid end to end the 'train' stretched the length of the school.
Brainstorm humble and magnificent mitigation actions the children might choose to undertake.
Collect Skeletons ... sterilize and reassemble ... THEN ...
... Trace, Investigate and Create 'spirit art' to reenvision the interior of a wolf ...
Explore The Origins of materials. Make maps of origins and plot the journey of plastics, tin, aluminum etc. Use graphic stories, plays, timelines, etc. so older students can animate their findings for younger ones.
Repurpose Trash into insulated structures, Chihuly-inspired Chandelier, Tin Relief Sculptures ...
Presentation integrating the Creation of the Universe Great Lesson with world mythologies by emerging Montessori guides.
Lessons of the Land
School Gardens, leaf collage with plant poetry, feasts, history of the plant from its origin – act it / draw it / water-colours of flowers using resist method, seed collages, murals, songs and poems acted and/or illustrated.
Flower Board - In Fall, students collected and pressed leaves and blossoms. We applied them to found boards with gesso, added nature poetry with gel pens and enhanced with chalk pastel.
School Garden - a whole school labour of love
A Plywood mural featuring Sustainable Technology reminds us of bicycles
Students created a school garden and sowed it with pollinator bulbs ... They responded with flower portraits
Fabulous Fish & Synesthesia
Our Fabulous Fish - inspired by Sandra Silberzweig - Construction paper, scissors, coloured glue, chalk pastel ... Investigate diversity ... Explore the characteristics of Salmon, Halibut, Trout ... an infinity of species -
Which one would you be?
Read an except from The Once in Future King in which Merlin transforms Arthur into a fish and he debates the nature power with the Great King Pike.
Investigate the plight of rivers, oceans, and their inhabitants / explore ways to help / engage and act
School trip to the Galapagos Islands
Cleaning the Mangroves "I wish we could spend our whole trip doing this." C.
Sea Turtle by Z.
(Pen and Watercolour - inspired by the trip)
Galapagos Tortoise from chicken wire and hatchlings from egg cartons and modelling clay
Mail Box for Galapagos trip - stuffed with letters and art from the younger children to the travellers
Reiterations on Arithmetic
Integrate music, nature and arithmetic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkGeOWYOFoA
Measure everything ... Use numbers, ratios, fractions, equations to express relationships between as many things as are under the sun ...
Cooking uses math ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQkCBhQd7wM
Relate mathematics to your school garden project ... planting ... harvesting ... preparing ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR9stxXi3Aw
Annos Magic Seeds Read Aloud: Approaching Math Through Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_bXp_3pcVE
Patterns, ratios, fractals inspired by nature
Letters to our leaders encouraging ecological focus
Partner with a farm to establish a continuing relationship with the land.
Inter species communion
Time for Ritual
Journal of Birds