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Self Portraits and Dough Sculptures

This week the Quarks made mixed media self portraits. A few weeks ago the kids posed for pictures with whatever expression they wanted. Some smiled,some chose silly faces. Last week they painted canvas board that would serve as the backround for their portraits. This week I brought in prints of their pictures which they glued […]

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Print Making

The Quarks (4-6 yr olds)have been busy with print making. We taped pieces of tin foil to the table (so it wouldn’t slide around )and then squirted a generous amount of one color of paint on to the surface. The kids used foam brushes to cover the tin foil with paint and then used q-tips to […]

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Writers’ Workshop

The last couple of weeks we have been analyzing readings from previous weeks from the perspective of writers. We looked at various literary devices that writers use such as Anthropomorphism and Personification and we have been trying to apply those strategies to our writing. We spent some time debating which authors did a better job […]

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Acids and Bases

Today we learned a bit about acids and bases. We did an experiment with baking soda/water and added grape juice and then added vinegar to see what would happen. We made invisible ink and learned how it worked. We then learned about static electricity using balloons, a wool sock, aluminum cans and our hair. We […]

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Spy Adventures and Plot Points

This was our first session together. We began with a “warm up” writing activity by hearing about an historical event that happened October 15, 1917 relating to a spy during World War I. The activity encouraged the Electrons to write about a spy adventure they had or they were able to write down spy gear […]

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Voiceovers

The Muons recorded the first part of their soundtrack and voiceovers for their marionette performance using a multitrack recorder. They selected an ambient sound effect of “deep space”, then rehearsed and recorded the dialogue between the main characters in the first two scenes. Afterwards, they rehearsed the marionette movement in conjunction with the recorded sound […]

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Rehearsal

The Muons rehearsed a simple marionette performance in conjunction with their stage backdrops and recorded music. They also worked out the logistics involved in bringing characters on and off stage without tangling them up, and practiced projecting their voices to the back of the theater room.

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UFOs

The Muons worked on a couple of backdrops for their puppet theater production, featuring the planet Mars and the interior of a UFO!

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Screen Plays

We studied from the official Toy Story screenplay, by examining various elements including Characters, Dialog, Action, Sound, Set/Scene Descriptions, Objects, and Props. Each of the kids read from a page in the script then all the Muons were given the challenge to come up with a 3 page script of their own in order to […]

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Making Marionettes

The Muons made some adjustments to their marionettes, added working bendable limbs, and took their work home to add the final touches. We spent the last half of the class practicing narration, lighting, music, puppeteering, and story development which included the use of a protagonist, antagonist, action, conflict and a resolution.

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