Specials Curriculum Update

October 2016

Art

The students are finishing their textile unit with exploration of the fine thread work of the Huichol people of Central Mexico. The Huichol technique of threads laid into wax was adapted for our purposes using adhesive floor tiles and embroidery floss.


The students of the Lower School worked on their drawings of the human figure using themselves as live models. The 5th, 6th grades and the lower school have started collages based on a fantastical creature.


The 7th and 8th grades spent several classes designing and creating an enchanted world for the younger students for Fall Fest.


Finally, in honor of Halloween, the Middle School looked at the art of theatrical makeup, with special emphasis on mixing skin tones, matching them, and building up skin to create warts, moles, and gashes.

Library/ITL

See below to find out what students have done in Library/ITL class this month:


Mott & Hicks

This month, we have read several Halloween stories. With the help of the students, we acted out the story The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. We continue to practice checking out books in the library.


Rustin

We have read several books including The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger and Halloweena by Miriam Glassman. With the help of the students, we also acted out the story The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. We continue to practice checking out books in the library.


Penn

We have read several books including The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger and Halloweena by Miriam Glassman. We read some spooky, scary stories. Most recently, we played games to practice how to find books in the library. Students have also logged into their own learning.com account and started learning about the location of the keys on the keyboard.


Fox

We have read several books, including Halloweena by Miriam Glassman. We read some spooky, scary stories. Most recently, we played games to practice how to find books in the library. Students have also logged into their own learning.com account and continued practicing keyboarding skills.


Helman/Osborn 5/6

In ITL class, the 5th and 6th classes finished creating a map of the UFS library using Google Slides. They have learned some of the functions available in Slides. We have also discussed email etiquette. Students have been completing coding and programming challenges on Blockly Games (https://blockly-games.appspot.com/).


Helman/Osborn 7/8

In ITL class, the 7th and 8th classes have been discussing Technology and Web safety. Students finished gathering notes on these topics and have been working on creating a website about those topics. Students have also been completing coding and programming challenges on Blockly Games (https://blockly-games.appspot.com/).

Music

In October, the Lower School learned to sing and sign "One Small Voice." The picture below shows the Fox class signing the phrase "all the world." Everyone has also been enjoying our fall and Halloween songs such as "Wolfman and Frankenstein." The Middle School students are continuing our study of music genres.
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Physical Education

Never Settle For Less Than Your Best!


It has been a great month! All classes have been doing lots of fun activities in P.E. We continue to do the running challenge in Penn, Fox, and Helman/Osborn classes. We have had lots of fitness challenges that build on our cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility. We have also been learning the skills and playing both handball and floor hockey. Students have done a great job learning the skills and working together during the scrimmages.


The Mott, Hicks, and Rustin classes have also had a great month of P.E. Students have learned how to properly warm up their bodies with the Stretch-n-Grow stretch and ABC book. Students learn their muscles as we sing the muscle song. We do lots of fun fitness activities as we use our imaginations such as; we pretended to go camping, went on enchanted adventures, and so much more. We worked on throwing underhand and overhand; we have gone through obstacle courses and had lots of fun doing aerobic exercises. Students also learned how to stretch their bodies and cool down.

Spanish

Spanish classes have been going well through October. We have been reading stories and learning songs (and dancing!) in the Mott, Hicks, Rustin and Penn classes. Our friends in the Fox class have learned parts of the body and are reviewing numbers 1-20. The Middle School classes have delved further into textbook material and have been both writing and speaking in Spanish more during classes. To finish out the month of October, we learned about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and decorated our own sugar skull drawings which are now on display in the Spanish classroom.

Learning Support

Daylight Savings Ends

1 hour BACK

Nov 6, 2016, 2:00 AM


The end of Daylight Savings offers a small gift to family life. For a short time, kids' biological clocks are out of sync with the clock time, so they will feel tired at an earlier clock hour than usual. If you have been wishing to adjust the family evenings toward earlier bedtimes, this is the perfect time to initiate the change and reap the benefits of more rested children.