Music and Exploration Takeover!

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     The last week has been so much fun! Students have said the current two themes, Music Movements and Nature Exploration have been two of the their favorite themes. Here are a few recaps from the last two weeks and descriptions of current classes. 

 These girls won the verb tense Language Arts class challenge, so they got to cook the recipe they wrote in class - COCONUT SHARK! 

These girls won the verb tense Language Arts class challenge, so they got to cook the recipe they wrote in class - COCONUT SHARK! 

 The whole class got to cook their own coconut shark! 

The whole class got to cook their own coconut shark! 

 In Cooking Presentation Class, they learned how to form chocolate in different shapes! 

In Cooking Presentation Class, they learned how to form chocolate in different shapes! 

 In Fraction of the Forest, students mapped out various geometric shapes and calculated the area!

In Fraction of the Forest, students mapped out various geometric shapes and calculated the area!

 In Paper Potter's Guild, they learned to use inexpensive materials to make clay structures!

In Paper Potter's Guild, they learned to use inexpensive materials to make clay structures!

 In Instrument Design, they learned how length and width of parts of the instrument, determines the rate of vibrations making various notes!

In Instrument Design, they learned how length and width of parts of the instrument, determines the rate of vibrations making various notes!

 

 

 

 

Current Two Week Class Descriptions

Mon/Thur - Music Movements

Theme: Music Production
Course: Music on the Brain
Discipline: Life Science - STEM
Main Manipulative: Ipad
Teacher: Mr. Munoz

Description: Students will explore the effects of music on the brain. The major parts and functions of the brain will be introduced. Music therapy will also be examined as a way of bringing holistic healing to various types of illness. Students will be able to 1. build a brain model using construction paper 2. Explain basic brain function according to major brain locations. 3. Recall the four basic components of music therapy on the brain. Intelligences addressed: visual-spatial, logical and mathematical.

Theme: Music Production
Course: Musician’s Documentary
Discipline: Creative Arts - Media
Main Manipulative: iPad
Teacher: Mr. Olson

Description: In this class, we will explore the art of documentary filmmaking. By watching a series of clips students will develop specific criteria to identify the distinguishing characteristics of documentary films. Students will then use these criteria to create their own short clips in a documentary style. In the second week, students will enhance their project by selecting specific media and processes to express moods, feelings, themes or ideas. Multiple Intelligence used: natural and kinesthetic. 

Theme: Music Production
Course: The Way You Move
Discipline: Language Arts
Main Manipulative: Ipad / Keyboard
Teacher: Mrs. Hartnell

Description: This is a Language Arts course in which students will write informative/explanatory texts to examine music’s influence on societal shift and convey information through the selection, organization, and analysis of the content they find. Students will be able to 1. introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow. 2. Develop the topic. 3.  Use appropriate transitions. 4. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary. 5. Establish and maintain a formal style. 6. Provide a concluding statement. Multiple Intelligence used: Linguistic and Logical. 

Theme: Music Production
Course: Instrumental Ideas  
Discipline: Creative Arts - Applied Arts  
Main Manipulative: Strings, Wood, Tools
Teacher: Mr. Nava

Description: Students will create their own musical instrument through initiating new ideas and employing inventiveness and innovation. They will make knowledgeable choices about materials, techniques, and processes to implement ideas and develop the ability to describe how their choice of materials, techniques, and processes influenced the sound of their instrument. Multiple Intelligence used: spatial-visual, natural, kinesthetic, and logical. 

 

Tues/Fri - Nature Exploration

Theme: Nature Exploration
Course: Shape of the Forest
Discipline: Geometry - STEM
Main Manipulative: iPad
Teacher: Mr. Davis

Description: Students will learn and apply geometric techniques in their attempt to map and chart areas of the forest on the school campus. Students will be able to find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes. Multiple Intelligence used: logical-mathematical, natural, spatial. 

 

Theme: Nature Exploration
Course: Environmental Ways
Discipline: Language Arts - Vocabulary Acquisition
Main Manipulative: Ipad
Teacher: Mrs. Hartnell 

Description: Students will read about how landscapes contribute to the development of a cultural and its traditions. Within these readings, students will determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases. Students will be able to 1. use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. 2. Use common, and age-appropriate, Greek or Latin affixes, and roots as clues to the meaning of a word. 3. Consult general and specialized reference materials both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech. 

 

Theme: Nature Exploration
Course: Potter’s Guild
Discipline: Creative Arts - Applied Arts
Main Manipulative: Paper Clay
Teacher: Mr. Nava

Description:  Students will use their own paper clay to make pottery based on traditions that are found in different cultures. Clay will be taken to a kiln and hardened in order to then be painted and displayed in the student's cultural arts festival. Students will walk away having learned 1. skills in traditional hand building techniques of pinch, coil, and slab. 2. Identify famous ceramic artists throughout history. 3. Utilize varied stain, glaze and textural surface treatments for ceramic finishing. Multiple Intelligence: Natural and Kinesthetic.