Category Archives: 4th Grade

TOTEM POLES

Some interesting facts about totem poles: Indian tribes of the Pacific Northeast Coast—Washington state in the USA, British Columbia in Canada, and some tribes in Alaska shared in an ancient tradition of totem poles.   Totem poles may depict legends, historic … Continue reading

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KOKESHI DOLL: JAPANESE ART

Kokeshi dolls are characterized by their lack of arms and legs, as well as their brightly painted kimono in floral designs and geometric patterns.  We prepared the background, and the paper the flowers were cut from, before coloring and cutting … Continue reading

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CARS

The poem, “ Children Learn What They Live,” by Dorothy Law Nolte is such a powerful lesson for anyone who touches the lives of children.   We used words in the poem for towns on our map.  This project, which uses … Continue reading

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Halloween Magic

These three Halloween figures, a bat, a cat and a spider are glued to black painted top rolls.  They can be taped on a piece of yarn or string and hung as a classroom decoration; they can be stuffed with … Continue reading

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UP, UP AND AWAY

“Hot Air Balloons” is a project that describes what is seen from high above the ground.  We viewed a Power Point presentation of hot air balloons and discussed how distance is shown in a painting.  We also noticed how colorful … Continue reading

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JAMES RIZZI’S ART

Bold, colorful and humorous describes James Rizzi’s paintings.  We viewed a Power Point presentation of Rizzi’s art and then the kids did “Rizzi” type drawings of their own.  White construction paper, crayons and a black Sharpie were all the supplies … Continue reading

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PAPER QUILT DESIGNS

Imagine the colors and designs that make up a quilt block.  We took a drawn image and drew in the designs and then colored them.  There are a lot of free coloring pages online that would work well.  Size them … Continue reading

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PERUVIAN RETABLOS

Retablos were wooden boxes that depicted scenes of historical, religious or important everyday events in the lives of the native peoples of Peru.  Originally they were small highly decorated wooden boxes with complex Christian-theme images inside (Nativities, Crucifixion, Last Supper). They … Continue reading

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