Monday, March 05, 2012


We had a great field trip today to LACMA. It was a walking trip, and the weather was absolutely perfect. The students always complain about walking a couple miles, but this year I think they did the best ever at keeping up a good pace. We made it there in just under 40 minutes. That’s great since we had to stop to wait at the light for a couple changes to get everybody there.
At the museum, we were divided into groups of 7 or 8 students. Each docent gave a slightly different tour from the objects on display in the Art of the Americas galleries. Photography is prohibited in the museum during school visits, so I borrowed some public domain photographs to show a few of the things most of the groups saw.

One of these was a ceramic model of the Mesoamerican ball game.

4x5 original
Another was a screen depicting a native wedding celebration in Mexico in the colonial periods. The students were fascinated by the volador and no doubt wished that we could have one installed on our playground!

And, of course, what visit to LACMA would be incomplete without stopping and discussing David Hockney’s iconic “Mulholland Drive”?

We had lunch – always for students the high point of any field trip – at the amphitheater being the museum in the park. We kept up our brisk pace on the way home and came back in time for a math lesson and a head start on homework.

Homework:  (1) Write spelling words 1-5 five times each in cursive. Write one sentence for each word. (2) Do pages 262 and 263 in the Practice Book. Students will NOT be doing 262 and 264. (3) Do “Multiplication and Division on pages 322-323 of the math book.  (4) Do the “Dividing Money 1” practice sheet.

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