The Curious Space of Grace Center

On Wednesday, January 4, just before our return from winter break, we opened the doors to Grace Center with a Housewarming Party for Walter, our resident robot. Our family and friends met together to celebrate this special time. 

STEAM Lab Reports : Ms. James' Study of the Human Eye

For this edition of STEAM Lab Reports, we are highlighting Ms. James's Art Integrated Science Lesson for her Kindergarteners. 

Objectives:  The student will be able to identify the parts of the eye. The student will be able to observe the colors of different objects.

Question: Can you name the five senses? Explain the functions of the eye and skin. Name the parts of the eye.

Introduction:  In Ms. James' last lesson, scholars learned that scientists are curious. Which means that they want to know about things that they do not know very much about. They do that by asking questions and looking for the answers. Scientists also use their eyes to get information so that they can learn more about the world. So lets start there!  

Consider It! 
Look at your eye in a mirror, or look at someone else's eye. What are some questions you have about the eye? Here are some questions to ask: Why is it wet? How do I see? Why are eyes different colors? The eye has many parts. The black part in the center is called the pupil. That is where light goes into the eye. It does not hurt; God designed it that way. The light shines on the back of the eye. Something called a nerve sends the picture of what you see to the brain. Another part of the eye is the colored part. It is around the pupil. That is called the iris. The most common colors of irises are brown, blue, and green. 

Answer It! 
What color is your iris? Now you try it! Label the parts of the eye. Please match each label with the correct anchor. God designed the eye for people to see. Scientists use the sense of sight to make observations. 

Art Integration: 
Scholars are partnered up and asked to take turns drawing one another's eye. They will be identifying colors to match and collaborating by helping each other identify and include all the parts of the eye that we learned. When done, their illustrations will be hung around the room to be admired and observed.

STEAM Lab Reports : Lego Ratio and an Illusion Multiplication Art Activity

The use of legos can be a great math tool that is fun for scholars and actively engages their learning. Our scholars in Ms. G's class delved into much more than math during their Lego Ratio STEAM Lab activity while other scholars enjoyed an art integrated activity with their multiplication lesson. 

 
 

In the Lego Ratio STEAM Lab activity, scholars at One School were able to see the practical use of science, engineering, arts, and math. They first found the ratio of red, blue, and yellow bricks and followed certain directions to build ratios within a building. For the second part of this activity, our creative scholars modeled their own design that was later re-created at a larger scale while developing hypotheses and exercising trial and error tests to find their answers.

Other scholars were introduced to Paul Klee and the art movement of cubism in Ms. G's second activity titled "Illusion Multiplication Art Activity" . In this lesson, the scholars were able to see examples of cubism and tessellations. They were then inspired to create their own version using multiplication and graph paper.   

Check out the scholar driven exploration!

Activity Sheet used for Lego Ratio lesson can be found at this link: 
http://the-tutor-house.com/2013/05/teach-ratio-with-lego-bricks/

Link to teaching steps for "Illusion Math Art" STEAM Lab
http://onehappyartteacher.blogspot.com/2013/04/totally-cannot-take-credit-for-this.html