Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Art in Different Cultures

Cycles 2 in the creative arts component was all about art in different cultures. The BUGS students learned about African art, Hispanic art and Native American art. 

The sun is an important theme in Mexican and Central American arts and crafts. The Aztecs, who lived in Mexico from 1300 to 1500, carved a huge Sun Stone that functioned as a type of calendar. The Spiders got the opportunity to explore this culture and make their own Aztech Sun Gods.

The Crickets learned about an African tribe called Samburu which means "butterflies". The name was given to the tribe because of their layers of beaded-covered jewelry. The crickets made their own versions of the Samburu tribes colorful necklaces.

Beading plays a big part in African culture and artistry. The older groups learned how to make paper beads and strung together beautiful necklaces and bracelets. The paper beads where also used in making dream catchers as we explored Native American art.

  The students enjoyed learning about Guatemala and the legend of worry dolls. According to legend, Guatemalan children tell one worry to each doll when they go to bed at night and place the dolls under
their pillow. In the morning the dolls have taken their worries away.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Karen Ackerman Reports on BUGS

BUGS recently had the pleasure to show around Ridgely Middle School student reporter Karen Ackerman. You can check out her article on the BUGS program over here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Butterflies clean-up an Oil Spill!

During this rotation with the Butterflies, we have been learning about the impact of oil spills on the environment.  Through the lens of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster (April 20, 2010), the Butterflies have experimented with oil (cooking...just to be safe) and water.

The Butterflies looked at how oil and water act together and about the properties of oil.  Then, they asked "Does oil damage natural materials?"  Yes! Was the resounding answer.  So the Butterflies decided they needed to clean up the feathers, rocks, fur, plants, and shells damaged by the oil.  They concluded that hot water and soap does the best job of cleaning up oil-coated natural materials.

Good work, Butterflies!!  (Pictures to come next week.....)

Crickets learn about Sea Otters and make a Kelp Forest!

Last week, I finished a rotation with the Crickets.  We had so much fun learning about Sea Otters -- Their habitat, their food, their babies.

The Crickets completed two projects related to their learning about Sea Otters and the Kelp Forest.  First, most of the students created a Sea Otter book.  In their books students wrote what they learned about Sea Otters through books, videos, and pictures.

Second, all of the students colored numerous critters that call a Kelp Forest home, including crabs, sea urchins, sea otters, starfish, clams, octopuses, squid, and fish.  We cut these pictures out and added them to our "kelp."

Great work, Crickets!!!