Dice for Physical Education

It’s always nice to work with other teachers so that students can see how the different subjects are related.  In this case, the visual arts were working on 3-d paper constructions and and Phys Ed(Ms. Vocke) was working on activities and exercises that students felt led to a healthy body.  We both worked together to design a project that would link both subjects.

Part of the assignment  was to construct a box using one of the 3 methods the students learned in art.

The boxes were to  labeled with letters or numbers that would correspond to a phys ed activity that the student thought would be beneficial to overall physical health.

Here you can see the written element placed with the overly large, and not all that practical dice.

This is really more the size I was going for, but I really like that the student  was working big, and would not have wanted to to discourage her!  Plus it was easier to take pictures of.



Origami and Then Some


I personally like folding, cutting, gluing, and in many various ways, manipulating paper.  With the very young you’re teaching the concept of following directions, folding in half(first hit at fractions) and the concept of flat(2-d) and not flat(3-d). With older students I always point out that cars start out as flat pieces of metal that are folded, pushed and otherwise coerced into car shapes. DNA is folded, our brain is folded, and so many things can be studied analogously by studying paper sculpture.

Below are some general shots of some paper projects, all trying to teach something.


The dog and cat faces are pretty simple origami stuff. Most start with three folds, with decoration added via pencil, crayon, marker, etc.  With the very little I’m pushing for them to know that folding a square diagonally will result in a triangle. The older ones remember the process and then add a bit of age capable sophistication through alterations and decorations.


After we do paper folding for a class or two we move onto paper folding and construction.  Here Ms. Clare has made a box and hopefully with use it in a modular fashion to create something else sometime.


First Attempt at Stop Frame Animation

It turns out you can take a picture of an object with the Chrombook and paste/insert them into google slides/presentation, move the object, take another pic, insert into slides, etc., and eventually hit, publish to web, alter the speed in the html code, then paste that code into a doc.

All of the animations are done using the chromebooks’ camera, that can be flipped around.

This project was a quite a learning experience for the students and myself.  Last year I did not know it was possible to do stop frame animation with chromebooks, and now I’ve got a whole class involved in the process



This is the first, not quite finished, stop frame turned in by Micah C. I just wanted to post this so everyone can see an excellent example!

This should be a nice stop frame animation from Ms. Samantha S.


From the most talented Abby S.

Mrs. Moore’s first attempt at animation came out pretty well.

Mr. Issac S. did a great job drawing an animation, I can’t wait to see what he does next!

Ms. Tessa R contributed this one, she got a lot of movement from a stapler!

Another great job done by Ms. Kara B., I like the writing and the cap going back on at the end!

Here’s a nice stop frame animation done by Alayna