Mr. Dennis, Science:
Here is the link to the Science Fair Informational Packet Science Fair packet
Our first grade scientists used dramatic play to act out a food chain. Students described the links in our chain and how all living things depend on other living things. (Standard 3.1c, 1.1a)
Ms. Goodwin, Physical Education:
VIDEO GAMES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION?
This month our kindergarten through 5th graders will be participating in “exergaming.” Exergaming is the use of video games to exercise. Using the Wii and Playstation consoles students will exercise by playing games such as Dance Dance Revolution, Zumba fitness, and Wii Fit.
Scooters are exciting and great fun! Our preK students are propelling their bodies on a small board with wheels and controlling their speed and direction. Scooters can give children many opportunities to explore various ways to move their bodies. It is a wonderful way to experience play in a non-intimidating environment while conditioning their bodies.
This month’s word of the month is OBESITY. Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of fat tissue in our bodies. With obesity still on the rise it is important that our children are equipped with knowledge to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. Limiting sugary drinks and foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates plus exercise we can decrease childhood obesity.
Ms. Andersen, Music:
Welcome to our music room!
During the months of November & December we are studying the many elements of performance while learning new repertoire for our winter concert in December.
Grades PK, K, 1, 2:
Our selected repertoire study for November is Carnival of the Animals by French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns. The musical work contains 14 movements. Movements are many songs that make-up the larger musical work. Each movement represents a different animal or animals. Grades PK and K will study the movement The Swan, grade 1 will study the movement Fossils, and grade 2 will study multiple excerpts from the full work. Active music listening provides your child the opportunity to enhance their non-verbal communication and expression. These perceptions gained through such music study serve as a stimulus to verbal language expansion. Through aural (using the ear) music study, your child will be able to articulate and express what they experience: tempo (fast vs. slow), dynamics (loud vs. soft), instrument families, and ensemble (group of musicians) versus solo (a single musician), along with developing their own emotional connection.
Grades 3, 4, 5:
The month of November will focus on curriculum standards, which develop the ensemble along with performance elements. Through singing partner songs, canons, and rounds, students will exhibit understanding of solo versus ensemble and performer versus audience by listening to a variety of musical styles, composing and improvising on classroom instruments, and performing known repertoire. Additionally, we they enhance their memorization by exploring a variety of musical forms by recognizing repeating and contrasting material.
Ms. Heaven, Dance: