PIE | 2012-2013
PIE | 2011-2012
curator, Pam Clingerman, worked with Ms. Vinson's 4th and 5th
grade classes for the 2012-2013 school year. Our projects
October 2012 - National Fossil
Month - To celebrate National Fossil Month, the class made their own fossils using
pieces of slate and glue strings. The glue strings were cut out and
arranged on the slate to look like dinosaur skeletons. The skeletons were
then glued onto the slate and antiqued with brown paint. The class also
went on a fossil "dig" using chocolate chip cookies and using a toothpick to
"dig" out all the chocolate chip fossils.
2012 - Veterans Flag - In honor of Veteran's Day, the class was asked
"What is a Veteran"? The reply was "An old man who has served in the
war." The assignment was to find a veteran in their family or find a veteran
online and research them. Then, copy a picture and write a short biography of their chosen veteran. The
class as a whole made a flag of the United States of construction paper.
Each star on the flag was given a picture of a veteran, and the biography
of that person was placed on one of the white stripes of the flag. The
class learned that veterans come from all age groups, both male and
female, and are people who have served their country in times of peace and
2012 - Christmas Decorations. This Christmas, all the 4th and 5th grade students from Central School
(as well as students from Bishop Hogan Memorial School) made decorations as an
art project. The decorations were brought to the museum, and two Christmas trees were set up in the first exhibit hall. Decorations
consisted of Ojo de Dios (Eye of God) "Mexican" decorations, Alaska Stars,
as well as nativity figures. Next year, the museum would like to have
three Christmas trees!
January and February 2013
- African Masks
- The class learned about African culture and the importance of masks
within African culture. The class made their masks out of paper Mache. After
the paper mache dried, it was painted and decorated with found items such
as string, beads and tinsel.
- Decorated Plate With Elephants - Pam had just returned from a trip to India,
so she shared stories about India with the class. The class then decorated foam dinner plates with tissue
paper and colored in drawings of elephants that were glued to the center
of the plate to look like "Jaipur Blue" pottery from India.
- Ancient Egypt - The class learned about
ancient Egypt. They made pyramids out of paper envelopes which they decorated with colored
"hieroglyphics". Bookmark/door hangers were also made with each
student's name written in Egyptian hieroglyphics taken from the hieroglyphic alphabet.
May 2013, the class came to the museum for a field trip and they presented
Pam with a banner with GRHSM worked in buttons, fabric, crayons, newsprint etc.
We had our picture taken at the museum, and she received 22 letters from
the class thanking me for the year's PIE activities.