Classroom: Poppy

Teachers: Viji Acharya

Curriculum: Human Science

October

  • Study of the Earth in context of the Solar System
  • Components of the Earth – Land, Air, Water ; categorization of different objects
  • Land and water forms : lake, island, isthmus, strait, gulf, peninsula, bay, cape
  • 7 Continents and 4 Oceans
  • Activities – fall/harvest
  • Sounds of the month – a, b, c, d

November

  • Living and Non-Living beings
  • Beginning of Human lives on earth
  • Parts of the body – head, toes, fingers, etc. ; focus on Human skeleton, brain and heart
  • 5 senses – hearing, smell, touch, taste, vision
  • Faces of human emotions
  • Activities – things we are thankful for
  • Sounds of the month – e, f, g

December

  • Basic needs of all Humans – food, shelter, clothing
  • Adaptation of early humans to the early earth environment
  • Migration of early humans - in search of food and shelter
  • Activities – Holiday Greetings
  • Sounds of the month – h, i, j

January

  • Early humans as hunter-gatherers
  • Food habit for modern humans
  • Nutrition discussion, food pyramid and different foods
  • Shelter for survival – including different kinds of shelters from prehistoric through modern age and also in different parts of the world
  • Clothing for protection – including different kinds of clothing from prehistoric through modern age and also in different parts of the world
  • Activities – Drawing Human Body, make daily food charts
  • Sounds of the month – k, l, m, n

February

  • Cultural Expression or Art (need of humans to narrate their stories) and Curiosity (motivation to know the unknown)
  • Cave Art – tells the story of early humans
  • Transition to civilization – from nomads to city dwellers
  • Early civilization – Egypt’s Nile Valley, Indus Valley, Mesopotamia
  • Activities – Valentine cards, use charcoal and natural color to copy cave art
  • Sounds of the month – o, p, q

March

  • Reasons of art – communication, expression, culture, fun, history
  • Art elements : color, line,
  • Colors around us, Colors of the seasons
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colors –color wheel, the whole spectrum
  • Lines represented in art  
  • Curves and angles – zigzag, wavy, looped, curly, scalloped
  • Activities - One color art, Three color painting , Color mixing, Contrasting colors, Colored pencil blending, Plaid pattern, Line designs
  • Sounds of the month – r, s, t, u, v

April

  • Art elements : shape and value
  • Shapes represented in art
  • Positive and negative shapes, shape designs and shape searches
  • Colors have many values (light and dark), black and white, and gray (in between)
  • Families depicted in art
  • Activities – Color gradation, Pictographs, Shading shapes, Create a maze and Rainbow
  • Sounds of the month – w, x, y

May

  • Art elements: texture and form
  • Awareness of texture – rough, grainy, hard, bumpy, prickly, fluffy
  • Creating texture with paint and assorted objects (dry brush, comb, plastic utensils, toothbrush, etc.)
  • What is Form?
  • 2-D to 3-D, Geometric Solids
  • Native American Totem Poles
  • Sculptures
  • Activities - Print a texture (stamping sponges, potatoes, etc.), Collage with different textures (cloth, paper, yarn, aluminum foil, etc.), Shape rubbing, Clay forms, Mother’s day cards
  • Sounds of the month – z

June

  • Art element : space / perspective
  • What is perspective? How do artists create a vanishing line in a drawing?
  • Famous Portraits, Sculptures and Architecture and their artists
  • Activities – Overlapping collage, Self Portraits, Father’s day cards