The students watched a presentation that started with this timeline.
The hardest challenge was for kids to understand moments in time, so this helped them immensely. Also helps avoid questions like, “Did you know Martin Luther King?” (Which I did recieve!)
We listen to music by Louis Armstrong, and we talked about how his music was called Jazz music and it was started during the time frame we were speaking about (1920’s). Then while we were listening we identified musical instruments that we heard.
Then they returned to their tables and practiced drawing the different instruments.
Then the next time we got together we became printmakers! I showed the students how to use a tool called a brayer to roll out the ink in the tape rectangles I’d placed on every table. Then using cotton swabs, I drew into the ink and then pressed the paper on top. When I peeled the paper from the ink, the image was transfered. This process is called a monoprint. My students were so excited about this, that they applauded when I showed them the finished picture!
Then back to their desks they went and did it themselves!
But we weren’t done! The next time they came back we used chalk pastels to give these monoprints some color!
Great job Kinders! Wonderful job 1st graders!