It’s been a few “Katie Days” since I last posted on this blog. A quick summary of what we’ve been up to:

In math, after our measurement unit, we discussed the concepts of area and perimeter. We used unifix cubes to measure and compare area and perimeter of various shapes. First graders have been working on complex multi-step word problems using number lines.

In art we focused on three artists: Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock. For Rothko we looked at his colorblock abstractions and created our own with oil pastels, focusing on what we have learned this year about color and its interaction.

For Georgia O’Keeffe we looked at real flowers and examined them up close. We then sketched them and painted, copying O’Keeffe’s close-up, larger-than-life style.

Our study of Jackson Pollock started with the great book Action Jackson, about Pollock’s technique making giant Abstract Expressionist drip art. Then we went outside and let the dripping begin!

We also learned more about the life cycle of the butterfly by making a version out of pasta. Enjoy the pictures below of this project, as well as the Jackson Pollock art.