As my students were pilfering through and organizing their work for their parents, I LOVED how much they saw that they changed. They were looking at how they drew, colored and wrote in September and started hemming and hawing about how they had to get out their erasers to fix their work. I told them that if they did, their parents wouldn't be able to see how much they changed. They seemed to get that concept and be OK with it. I could still tell that it annoyed some of the students to have to put out some of what they considered to be "messy" work.
Here are some pictures from our room from our Open House.
|The view toward the front of the classroom.|
|Toward the back of my room with our mobiles.|
|Toward the other side of the front of my room.|
I used my white board to put these up. On one side of the paper, I put up their self-portrait from September. On the other side I put up one they did in May. They were so funny to watch as they analyzed their work from August.
The houses are brown lunch bags stuffed with newspaper. They were studying "form" in art with a focus on geometric shapes.
The students studied community helpers and then chose one they liked. They had a person template that they had to take home to decorate with their parents using materials such as cut out paper and cut out cloth. They added anything they wanted to the picture that had to do with their community helper. In school they wrote about what their community member was, what the person would need to do their job, and what they did for their job.
We displayed our butterflies and ladybugs that we had since they were in the larvae stage in front of drawings that they had made every five days of the changes in each of the insects. They did a great job of labeling their drawings.
Our class puppet, Mr. Harry was showing off the recent butterfly art we had in class. The students drew shapes with sharpie on a foil butterfly and colored them in with sharpies to get the beautiful deep and shiny colors.
Finally, the students hung up the salt dough maps they created of the continental USA that they had created and painted while studying landforms.
Self-portraits from September and May with signatures.
|Our Community Helper wall.|
|We hatched butterflies and ladybugs.|
|Mr. Harry at our butterfly creation wall.|
|Salt dough maps of the U.S.A.|
If you do something similar, I would love to hear what you do for Open House!