The art room was awarded an Innovation Grant to have ipads! We are using the iPads to reflect on our artwork as we create videos, view project techniques and document our projects. We are using Class Dojo to record our student stories, please be sure to check out your student's Class Dojo account to see our reflections!
Our dedicated STEAM Club members meet weekly and this year we have been working with VEX IQ curriculum and tools to create ROBOTS! The world needs the students of today to become the scientists, engineers, and problem solving leaders of tomorrow.
Creating ROBOTS provides a fun and engaging vehicle to begin the journey toward becoming the type of problem solver our world needs the most. We are building skills that will be expected of a 21st century innovator!
Oakton artists are reflecting on all of the people, places and things we love as we make maps of our hearts! We are kicking off heart health month as we learn about how our hearts work, and why the heart is a symbol for love. Please visit our display in the Art Gallery outside the Art Room to see our students' beautiful hearts!
Our Oakton students would like to say "THANK YOU" for all of your generous Lego donations, keep them coming! Students can choose to work on design challenges in the Legos Studio during our Art Centers rotations. We are learning about engineering and taking turns all while having FUN!
A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers that joined us welcoming the Gardener’s and getting our Edible Garden ready for the season. The Gardener’s were on hand to help, as were a slew of parents, students, administrators, teachers, staff and community members. Evanston Community TV conducted interviews. We are all excited to see what tasty treats our garden, with newly installed art work throughout, will grow, and all that we can learn from it. Many thanks to our local business sponsors for helping us to bring the Gardeneers to Oakton! A BIG THANK YOU to our Master Gardener sponsor: CBRE Cares and to the Lincolnwood Garden Club and Lando/Ribeiro family for your contributions that are helping us grow!
Thank you Tepic Landscaping for donating landscaping rocks for our caterpillar art!
We are practicing choice based learning in the art room! How does choice based learning benefit students? Choice based art classrooms are working studios where students learn through authentic art making. Our students are exploring ideas and interests in art media of their choice. This concept supports multiple modes of learning to meet the individual needs of our students. Students work at their own speed, working from their strengths, learning from and with their peers.
This year, 4th grade students have been working with Project AIM (Arts Integration Mentorship - http://www.colum.edu/ccap/ccap-programs/aim/index.html) from the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago to explore academic areas through an arts integration process. Ms. Rumsey and Ms. Garcia’s classrooms worked with a photographer in a point of view study through Multiple Angle Portraits. This inquiry helped students to explore empathy and seeing others’ points of view. In Mr. Hollins’ class, students are using the Social Sciences and Dance to explore the ancient empires of Mali and Egypt. They are exploring the customs and culture of these two empires to better understand how people lived during those times. They will also survey the traditional dances of these societies and begin to uncover where meaning and form are imbedded within the movements. They will culminate with exhibits with dance performances to display their understanding of these ancient cultures.
We invite you to take a stroll through Oakton's main hallways to see our amazing portrait photography currently on display.
Ms. Hernandez, Oakton Elementary School Art Teacher