Specials Curriculum Update

January 2017

Art

Lower School

Elementary school students painted watercolors depicting their individual concept of a Winter Wonderland. Each student then created 3-D elements such as houses, ski chalets, sleighs, etc and combined these elements to create a large Winter Wonderland display.


Middle School

Middle school students completed the stringing of their marionettes and have been working on dimensional paper cut-outs that are free standing or in boxes.



All students have worked on drawing and painting from live models and still life in the manner of Matisse. Students have created the awards for the UFS Freezer 5K race.

Library/Information and Technology Literacy

Mott and Hicks Classes - Preschool

This month, we have focused on the season of winter and read several books including Big Wolf & Little Wolf – The Little Leaf that Wouldn’t Fall by Nadine Brun-Cosme and The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor. We read Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young, a Caldecott Honor book, and The Runaway Wok by Yin Chang Compestine to learn about Chinese New Year. Students continued to practice checking out books in the library.


Rustin Class - Kindergarten

January is the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards month and the Rustin Class has enjoyed several award-winning books. We have read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young, and Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. Students learned about the Caldecott Medal, the Newbery Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards.


Penn Class - 1st and 2nd Grades

January is the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards month and the Penn class has enjoyed several award-winning books. We have read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. Students listened to and learned from the biography Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Using the website Tagul (http://tagul.com), students created word clouds in the shape of snowflakes in connection to the Caldecott Medal winning book. Students have also learned about the Caldecott Medal, the Newbery Medal, and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards.


Fox Class - 3rd and 4th Grades

January is the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards month and the Fox Class has enjoyed several award-winning books. We have read Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. In small groups, students have been researching one of the book awards given out by the American Library Association this month. Using a comic creator website, they will create a comic strip about the award they researched.


Helman/Osborn Class - 5th and 6th Grades

Students have been learning about and researching the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards. In their research, they have learned about awards such as the Caldecott Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, and the Printz Award. Students will use a comic creator to create a comic strip that highlights these various awards.


Helman/Osborn Class - 7th and 8th Grades

Students have been learning about and researching the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards. In their research, they have learned about awards such as the Caldecott Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Printz Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and Pura Belpre Award. Students are currently working on programming a short story, game, or animation using Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu) that highlights these various awards.

Music

For the past month, middle school students have been putting the finishing touches on preparations for a choir and band/orchestra (one group - we call the "borchestra") concert. Their hard work shone through, as they performed more difficult music with poise and polish.


Preschool through 4th grade students have begun a study of what makes musical instruments work and how we classify them.

Physical Education

We have been having a ton of fun and have been working hard in physical education classes. Our Mott, Hicks, and Rustin Classes continue to work on spatial awareness and moving in different directions using lots of equipment such as balls, hoops, maracas, streamers, cones, and more. We continue to review the muscles in our bodies. Students in the Rustin Class have been working on improving ball handling skills and eye-hand coordination using a variety of balls such as yarn balls, pit balls, and basketballs.


Penn and Fox Classes have been doing basic jumping activities using jump ropes and the agility ladder. The Penn and Fox Classes have also started a basketball unit where we will be learning basic skills and beginning game play for the next few weeks.


Middle School Classes have been focusing much of their time on learning the importance of fitness and how to maintain and increase individual fitness levels while using a variety of fitness equipment and exercises. Students have just started completing fitness circuits using medicine balls, the agility ladder, yoga balls, and jump ropes. We have reviewed exercises already learned and have added a few new exercises. In addition, we continue to build positive sportsmanship and team building through a variety of games.

Spanish

Hola amigos! Spanish classes have been great in the new year. Our friends in Mott, Hicks, and Rustin Classes have been singing some fun new songs and are learning how to introduce themselves to new friends. Penn and Fox Classes have been reviewing numbers and months and have begun to learn some basic conversational phrases. Students in Helman-Osborn Classes have been working through our textbook material and their Spanish usage improves and increases every day in class!