For years I have been trying to teach the difference between warm colors and cool colors. I’ve had the students watch videos, look at paintings to show mood, wear t-shirts in a line.  I even have my classroom (table groups) divided into warm colors and cool colors.  Nothing helped these kids remember the difference between warm colors and cool colors…until….

I killed a snowman. Continue reading

I love fall.  I don’t get to experience the Sacramento, California fall, and I haven’t for ten years now. I miss it. I live in a land of sand, where an occasional rain shower lasts a few drops, just enough to make the dust on the trees turn into mud.  The weather turns cool, down to a pleasant 85 degrees in the daytime, but colors never change. Seasonal differences are small, but I get so excited because they are changes. 

I make my own fall here.  I do this with my students.  We make fall trees and pumpkins. Second grade gets to make fall leaves. Continue reading