Thursday, December 29, 2016

#ATCswap update

The New Year is days away.  As I reflect on the past semester, 
participating in the #ATCswap was the highlight of my school year. 
It was like Christmas opening the cards we received from Nic Haun's amazing swap. 

The excitement was global. My student's received two packets of cards from Italy.  I was able to use my projector to show the kids this amazing post from which showed how her creative and talented students created the cards they received.  Thank you Miriam for sending your treasures and creating a post to link the global trading card process. Thank you Nic for pulling it all together in your informative blog post here

Nic had the teachers create wrapping paper that provided a Pen Pal like information sheet to their students and where they live. Loving geography like I do, this was my favorite part. 

We sent our cards that we created from this post. 

Kim in Kimball NE even added a picture of her school. I will comment that we did receive some sheets that were blank and the back of the student cards were blank. If you participate in this swap next year, please add this information. My kids were captivated by the FACTS! 

These wonderful zentangles also came from Italy. Simply amazing.

Some of our cards were all different and some had a theme. I loved seeing the teacher part of this too.

These Scorpion Cards from Tara's school were also favorites with our scientific kids. 

All in all we receive a diverse group of cards that initiated many conversations. 

Twitter and Instagram has also been a great way to share our trade. 

Thanks so much Carissa for sharing on Twitter! 

After opening the package I thought about how this would look when we traded. I will say, some of my students are picky and their voice about the trading process opened a whole new conversation about art criticism in my classroom. Another bonus for this lesson!!

I have my 5th graders who participated as my first class of the day.
 I opened their folders and placed a writing reflection sheet created by Nic, love her and her TPT site
 I picked two cards for them based on their style and interests. I gave this a great deal of thought. 

And yes, I receive two cards too. Thanks Tim over at Art Room 161, and 
my needle felted card from the UK. 

After the writing, I let them have 5 minutes to do a gallery walk, then have time to swap one of their new cards or one of their own. I also let them swap with me my samples. This was a good way for the kids that ended up with younger students cards to fell better about the experience. 

Good job 5th grade! I know we achieved our goal of having a global art experience. 

See you next year Mini Matisse! Your blog, posts and TPT site rock. 
You created excitement in my art world in 2016!

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