We are looking forward to our community walk on September 7th. We will be searching for warm and cool colors and patterns in nature. To prepare for this field study, we have been learning about patterns in our environment. Patterns balance our view of life and add to its beauty. As we explore our surroundings, we will look and draw what we see. Here are some things we might see:
the brick pattern on a building or home
the pattern on the sidewalk or driveway
the tree bark
the patterns on a leaf
the number of petals on flowers
the neighborhood house colors, shape, size
the shadows of people, trees, buildings
In class, we made patterns using manipulatives and had to show the pattern core. Patterns help us learn sequencing and make predictions which leads to mathematical skills, such as logic structure in algebra.
We mixed colors to create a colour wheel and learned the difference between warm and cool colours. A student asked a great question: What do we use the color wheel for? Artists use the color wheel to experiment with combinations of colors. We learned that warm colors are made with orange, red, yellow and combinations of these. As the name indicates, we think of warm things, such as sunlight and heat. Cool colors are typified by blue, green and light purple. They have the ability to calm and soothe. Where warm colors remind us of heat and sunshine, cool colors remind us of water and sky, even ice and snow.
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.