Thursday, September 15, 2016

PTA Reflections and STEAM Can Go Hand and Hand

It’s time to start thinking about Reflections!

“PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-2017 theme: What Is Your Story?” (For more details about the reflections program visit the PTA Website)

It can be hard to make time for why not make Reflections part of the lesson!!  This year's theme can be easily integrated into your STEAM classroom.  Here are a few ideas:

What Is Your Story

Visual Arts:
Discuss the ways art can tell a story!

“Narrative Art tells a story. It uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. What distinguishes Narrative Art from other genres is its ability to narrate a story across diverse cultures, preserving it for future generations.”  Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Links to Narrative Art:

Smithsonian: Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains

Some of the information on this site could be helpful in the discussion of creating narrative art:

Digital Arts: 18 Tips for telling a story through artwork

(Narrative art can be viewed as art in motions as it progresses through the story, this thought can lead to science discussion)

Science Connection   Discuss narrative art as art in motion and connect to motion in the physical world. These Pinterest boards have some great ideas for exploring force of motion.

Narrative Writing
Use wordless picture books along with narrative picture books to talk about planning and preparing to write a personal narrative that tells your story.

The following blog post shares ideas for using wordless picture books to teach narrative writing using one of my favorite books.

Books that can be used to teach personal narrative:
A Chair For My Mother
(The following 3 books could also be integrated into life science)
Memories of a Goldfish
Our Tree Named Steve

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking, I know you’ll be able to come up with many more!!

While the entry should not be graded by the classroom teacher activities leading up to the final work could be graded (and sometimes kids learn the most from the things that aren’t done for a grade).

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