Specials Curriculum Update

February 2017


In February, art classes worked on the concept of planes. We looked at the views outside of the windows in the art room, kitchen, and hallways. We studied how the rooftops and walls of the houses outside our windows intersect. Students are currently working on creating mobiles, stabiles, and large scale paintings.

Library/Information and Technology Literacy

Mott – Preschool

In connection to the Mott Class’s study of the author Eric Carle, we moved like sloths and imagined what clouds could look like as we read Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, said the Sloth and The Little Cloud. We also read One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Most recently, we read The Dot by Peter Reynolds and discussed how an artist or illustrator might begin creating an idea for a picture. We continued to practice checking out books in the library.

Hicks – Preschool

What is a tapir? A kinkajou? A quetzal? Students in Hicks Class learned all about these animals (and more!) as we acted out the story The Umbrella in connection to their class’s study of the author Jan Brett. We also read Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett. Later in the month, we read One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We continued to practice checking out books in the library.

Rustin - Kindergarten

February is Black History Month and the Rustin Class has completed an in-depth study of Ruby Bridges. As a class, we generated a list of questions about her life and her experiences, we read several books including Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story by Ruby Bridges and The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, and we looked at various photographs of Bridges attending school. Students discussed what it would feel like to be escorted by US Marshals to school each day and be yelled at or have objects thrown at them when going to school. We also discussed what personal traits and qualities Ruby Bridges must have had in facing these situations each day.

Penn – 1st and 2nd grades

Do you know the three steps to use when completing research? This month, the Penn Class learned about The Super 3: Plan, Do, and Review. These steps guide students in researching a topic. Using these steps, students have been researching and learning about the various places their Flat Stanleys have visited. In the Plan step, students have asked questions and identified where they will find their information. Currently, students are gathering information as part of the Do step. We read Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by ­­­Eileen Spinelli.

Fox – 3rd and 4th grades

This month, students have continued working on their rough draft of a comic about one of the book awards given by the American Library Association. Using Pixton.com, students are now creating a comic strip about the award they researched. We have also read The Talking Eggs by Robert San Souci, a Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor award winner.

Helman-Osborn – 5th and 6th grades

In ITL, the 5/6 class continued working on their Youth Media Awards comic strip. Using Pixton.com, each student incorporated their research in creating an engaging and informative comic about the awards.

Helman-Osborn – 7th and 8th grades

In ITL, the 7/8 class completed their Scratch animations about the Youth Media Awards. When students shared their creations with the class, they explained how they created it and what challenges they had when programming the animations. Recently, students have been discussing how to evaluate websites for research. Students will be using those skills to research an African American woman in honor of Black History month (February) and Women’s History month (March). They will create a short video about their subject using the website https://www.mysimpleshow.com.


The preschool through 2nd grade students have been creating original songs on the bells or the keyboards. The 3rd through 8th grade students have been working on designing original instruments.

Physical Education

We have great news from all of the P.E. classes at UFS! The students have reached the goal of getting to Disney World with our P.E. miles. Students have been working hard and adding their steps on their pedometers during class and outside of class to reach this goal. We are now in the process of figuring out where we want to go next. GREAT JOB UFS!!!

We have been working hard and learning lots of new things in P.E. Our Mott, Hicks, Rustin, Penn, and Fox Classes finished up the basketball unit. Everyone did an outstanding job learning new skills. Penn and Fox Classes used the newly learned skills and applied them to a basketball scrimmage. It was so much fun watching them play! Awesome teamwork and positive sportsmanship were demonstrated by all!

The Helman-Osborn Classes have been working hard, building on their fitness levels. Each Monday, the Helman-Osborn Classes participate in a fitness circuit. Students follow a fitness routine and do a number of exercises to strengthen muscles and build cardiovascular endurance and strength. Watching them work together and complete the stations has been outstanding. Because of all the hard work, students were able to choose a game of choice on Thursday. Both classes chose to play Capture the Flag. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and had lots of fun outside!


Hola amigos! February was a fun month in Spanish. We had a special guest join us to teach about flamenco and we even learned some flamenco steps! The lower school students have expanded their knowledge of numbers, months, and days of the week as well as some basic conversational phrases. The Helman-Osborn students completed a cultural project where they researched a Spanish-speaking country, wrote a paper and then made posters to present to the class. You can see some of them hanging in and around the Spanish room! Nos vemos en marzo.