Color Field and Additive Angles








Mr. Bell, our visual art teacher, taught us about a style of abstract painting called Color Field that was made popular by Barnett Newman in the 1950’s which lead to the style of the term Abstract Expression. We looked at some of his works and realized that some of his works seemed to have tints and sharp angles. The students were then given a degree of an angle.  They had to find their missing angle by subtracting from their total. For example, 90 degrees was their total measurement of their paper, and they might have been given 75 degrees. The students then used their protractor to find their answer and draw the angle. In this case, the student would draw 15 degrees angle using the protractor. The students when created their own example of the style of Color Field by making tints with the color of their choice.



Multiplication Bee!

Today, 4th grade participated in the school wide multiplication bee.  The top five students were selected and will represent Nora Davis at the district multiplication bee after Spring Break.  The top 5 fourth graders were: Trinity Jones, Shamara Baker, Calvin McDonald (4th grade winner), Ashaunte Hughes, and Ariel Cox.

Color Block with Angles

This week, students were introduced to measuring angles.  They learned that angles can be acute, obtuse, right, and straight.  After learning how to name them, students were taught how to use a protractor to measure angles.

In centers, students created a color block painting using angles.  They used washi tape to create angles across the paper.  Then, they named the angles and measured them.  Once the angles were named and measured they painted their shapes.  Once it dried, they removed the washi tape to create the color block.

Compositions with Decimals and Fractions

The students created a composition this week to show the relationship of decimals and fractions. The students had to use only warm or cool colors to created their composition. The students began with a list of media that needed to be included within the artwork: a certain fraction or decimal of shapes and materials. The compositions were based on hundredths so whatever fraction and/or decimal the students used had to be converted in order to compare them. The students chose their own subject for their composition and titled it when they were finished. Make sure you stop by at the beginning of our hall to check out their work. The students did a great job!



Fractions are Music to our Ears!

On January 24, Nora Davis held their annual Arts, Math, and Science Night.  Parents were invited into their child’s classroom to participate in an arts integrated lesson previously taught to students.

We have been learning about multiplying fractions by whole numbers, so students were taught an arts integrated lesson with music.  Student were taught the names and counts of different notes.  They were taught based on a 4/4 time measure.  This means that the quarter note would represent 1/4, a half note would represent 2/4, and a whole note would represent 4/4.

Students and parents were then put into groups. They were assigned a note, and multiplied this note by the number of people in their group.  Then, they created a visual representation of the notes, as if composing their own song!  After practicing their songs, students and parents chose and instrument and performed for all!

Thanks to all the parents for coming and enjoying this special night with us!

Amazing African Americans

This week, on the heels of Marin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the students learned all about some really amazing African Americans who paved the way for the generations after them when it comes to slavery, equal rights, sports, inventions, and much more. In the Book Brain Center, students read a variety of books and researched the contributions that many famous African Americans made to society including famous inventors, explorers, scientists, and Freedom Fighters.

In the Hall Center, students rotated around to twelve posters that highlighted the accomplishments of many famous African Americans such as Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and many more.

In the COW Center (Computer on Wall), the students learned about the Harlem Renaissance and in particular an artist named William H. Johnson who was a big part of this movement. The student analyzed several of his paintings and then replicated his style in a painting that highlighted the importance of one of the famous African Americans the students learned about this week.

Equivalent Fraction Robots!

We have been studying equivalent fractions for the past few days. We wanted to  challenged the students to make something artistic while using fractions. We learned about different ways that you could use trash and make it into art. We looked at works of art from real artist from all over the world, and we found it very interesting. So we complied a load of trash and wrote fractions on them. We had boxes, plastic bottles, and other goodies. Then the students were given a sheet where they had to find equivalent fractions by multiplying or dividing. Their answers to the problems were specific body parts they needed in order to make their robot. If they couldn’t find the equivalent fraction, then they wouldn’t be able to find their trash part that had their fraction written on it. As they did their math, they found their parts, and we glued them together. We chose to spray paint the final pieces so they looked a little more uniformed and not so much like trash.

Puzzled by Idioms!

This week, students were introduced to idioms, proverbs, and adages.  We discussed that idioms have literal and figurative (funny) meanings. Students seemed “puzzled” over the meaning of some of the idioms, so we created our own idiom puzzles.

Students cut a piece of construction paper in half to create two puzzle pieces.  On one half, students drew a literal meaning.  On the other, students drew the figurative meaning.

Some of the idioms chosen were: 

Put a sock in it

Face the music

Holy Cow

It’s raining cats and dogs

Cat’s got your tongue

Ordering Adjectives: Do You Know How?

Ordering Adjectives: Do You Know How? It’s not always easy, but our fourth graders have learned how this week. The students learned that if you have more than one adjective describing a noun, the adjectives have to go in a particular order. The students learned a song to the tune of Frosty the Snowman to help them remember this order.

Adjectives describe nouns

And they have an order too,

So that our sentences

Make sense to all of you.

Number, opinion,

Size, age, and shape

Color, proper, material

And purpose – makes order great!

On Friday, the students related the ordering of the colors spectrum from art to the ordering of adjectives. The students painted a background to show the color spectrum and that it always is found in that particular order. The students then ordered a variety of adjectives that described a particular noun in order using their ordering adjectives song. The students glued the words in order on top of each color.