by Jennifer Alberring, Sidney Elementary School –
I wanted to get in touch with you to share the project that my Grade Four-Five class at Sidney Elementary School completed in September. We have an ever-growing organic food garden at our school which all of our students from K to Five actively work, learn, and play in. When I saw your September issue, I just knew I had to come up with a project for my intermediate students, inspired by your cover.
The students gathered items from the school garden and worked collaboratively in small groups to create food art of their own. Armed with iPads, they took several photos before deciding on their “best shot.”
This became an excellent team-building activity as students worked in small groups first outside in the garden, and then back in the classroom. It was an excellent way for students to get back in touch with our garden space and discover everything that had been growing over the summer and early fall. It was also an authentic integration of arts education and the use of technology. We are very proud of the images that each of the seven groups created!