Specials Curriculum Update

November/December 2016

Art

Lower School

The students in the Rustin, Penn, and Fox Classes have done a series of collage projects: building a scene or character starting with a piece of a magazine picture, painting a still life and disassembling and reassembling it in the manner of Picasso, and making a collage design from numbers and letters.


The students created paper puppets made of corrugated card board scraps. These puppets were required to have at least one moving body part. The students decorated the cardboard figures, assembled them, and using hammer and nails, made holes and inserted brass brads for the jointed body parts. The stringing of these puppets requires the skills of threading and knot tying.


Middle School

The focus during November and December has been on the creation of marionettes. This project required many phases and challenges. First, students sculpted a head from a material used in doll making and painted and embellished the heads. Next, the students created bodies and moving parts from wood scraps and wooden rods. This part of the process required that the students envision joint movement and the role of the puppeteer in manipulating the figure. At this phase, the students worked with hand tools, screw eyes, and wires, and problem solved to meet their personal goals for this work of art. The next step in this process involves the creation of a character, visually. To achieve this character, the students will paint, sew, papier mache, and create paper patterns for clothing construction. Once the characters are finished, the students will wire them and bring them to life.

Library/ITL

Mott and Hicks Classes - Preschool

We have read several books including Great Big Guinea Pigs by Susan L. Roth and A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting. In honor of Jan Brett’s birthday, we also read The Hat. Most recently, we have read books about light and the December holidays. Students continue to practice checking out books in the library.


Rustin Class - Kindergarten

The Rustin Class has read several books, including Duck for President by Doreen Cornin and Thanksgiving at the Tappletons by Eileen Spinelli. In honor of Jan Brett’s birthday, we also read The Hat. We continue to practice checking out books in the library. Students have been introduced to basic coding concepts using the website code.org.


Penn Class - 1st and 2nd Grades

The Penn Class has read several books, including So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George, Thanksgiving at the Tappletons by Eileen Spinelli, and The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco. We explored the non-fiction genre in connection to the reading strategies of monitoring for meaning and using schema. Students have been introduced to basic coding concepts using the website code.org.


Fox Class - 3rd and 4th Grades

We have read several books including So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George and The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco. Students learned about the Big 6 steps for researching and followed the steps to complete a short research activity about a president. Most recently, the Fox Class has been introduced to basic coding concepts using the website code.org and Dash, a programmable robot.


Helman/Osborn Class - 5th and 6th Grades

In ITL class, the 5-6 Class has been exploring various applications that they use on their laptops. Students found features on applications and programs such as how to add a video to a Google Slides presentation, insert a table in MS Word, and add audio to a PowerPoint presentation. They took turns sharing their tips and tricks with the class. Students have completed their first Read-2-Share-2 book presentation.


Helman/Osborn Class - 7th and 8th Grades

In ITL class, the 7-8 Class has been exploring various applications that they use on their laptops. In small groups, students are writing step-by-step guides on how to use applications and programs such as Google Apps, Google Classroom, Garage Band and iMovie. Students have shared their first Read-2-Share-2 book with the class.

Music

In November, the Mott, Hicks, and Rustin Classes sang Thanksgiving songs and started playing on our new bell kits. The Penn and Fox Classes learned how to play Kye Kye Kule and the Melody Rhythm Jumping Game. Middle school students continued on their music genre projects.

Physical Education

We have been having lots of fun in P.E.! During the last few weeks, the Mott, Hicks, and Rustin Classes jumped, crawled, ran, galloped, hopped, and danced as they reached and moved to vote, pretended to be artists, and went on a bear hunt. The Penn and Fox Classes had fun playing relays, participating in fitness challenges, and playing junkyard to build our fitness level, sportsmanship skills, and strength. The HO classes have been playing handball tournaments, dodge ball games, fitness challenges, and relays. This has been a busy and active time for the students at UFS!

Spanish

Hola Amigos! We had an exciting November in Spanish class. Our friends in the Mott, Hicks, and Rustin Classes have been practicing their numbers and colors through songs and games. Penn Class had a special treat when our exchange student from Guatemala taught us some professions in Spanish and then played bingo with us. The Fox Class spent time discussing things they give thanks for and learning how to say them in Spanish. Our Middle School students were treated to some presentations about Guatemala from our exchange student and have been progressing well through the rest of the course material.