The bench from our courtyard will look different this spring thanks to the Art Avengers!
Students developed the idea of a "Friendship Bench" that will be covered in handmade ceramic tiles that are interlocking shapes (to symbolize friendship and togetherness).
We can't wait until it warms up outside so we can enjoy our creation!
"Yesterday and Today"
Fifth grade reflections on Union City History
Fifth Grade Students learned about the history of their community and how the past influences who they are today. The black and white buildings in the background were chosen since they are structures that have stood strong and are still important to the community. The silhouettes to the left are fifth graders standing united.
Inside the silhouettes are personal symbols that represent each student in the fifth grade class of 2012. The books at the top of the mural, leaving the frame, show yesterday’s relics paired with modern technology.
"Personal Places and Shared Spaces"
Fourth Grade fosters a sense of place
Fourth grade students identified places in Union City that are important to the community. Students defined the places of importance with six categories: woods, town, home, creek, field, and pond. Students recorded personal stories based on these six categories which can be found in the books.It is our hope that these pictures will prompt you to think of your own stories in these places. The background of the mural consists of a map of South Main Street and the shared spaces of Union City and Canadohta Lake.
"Crossing Paths with Nature"
Third grade connections to the natural world
Third grade students painted pictures that told stories about a time when their paths crossed with nature. These pictures identify the wildlife that surrounds the community. The pictures are separated according to color and glued into the mural to represent French Creek.
The pictures are separated according to color and glued into the mural to represent French Creek and our wooded region. French Creek was chosen because it is a vital part of our landscape. Residents of U.C. have long utilized our wooded region for recreation and sustenance.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students each made a scroll containing their goals, hopes, and dreams for the new school year. The scrolls were carefully attached to make a hanging sculpture that hung in our room for the entire year, reminding us that we are a team and will all help each other in meeting our new year's goals! Three sculptures were made.
A school-wide recycling project began with a collection of milk caps in the cafeteria. A group of eager fifth grade students designed the mural depicting a tree's roots embracing the earth. Grades K-5 helped in the collection of caps and gluing of the final pieces.
Our peace wall was constructed out of 6x6 inch paper cards. Each card/tile was created by a student in our school that showed what peace meant to them. We used art to show our feelings. The tiles were layered on the wall with warm and cool colors grouped together, creating a very peaceful display!
Students in grades third through fifth participated in an international art installation project this year! Each student created a personal pinwheel that contained feelings about what peace is for them and for the world. Students wrote about what peace looked, felt, tasted, smelled, and sounded like on their pinwheel. We used manilla folders cut into 9x9 inch squares and 3 foot wooden dowels to display our pinwheels outside of the school.