Common Core and the Arts Series 2017-06-08T11:52:48+00:00

Common Core and the Arts Series



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Telling Stories with Sound

Sound is all around us.  It surrounds us as we go about our daily lives.  At any given moment we could be listening to pleasant sounds or not-so-pleasant sounds.  We become so used to these environmental sounds that, indeed, we become immune to them.  However, that is not the case in the movies.  Sound and music play a huge role in creating the mood or feeling of a scene yet if you have ever spoken [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|

Carnival of the Animals in the ELA Classroom

Carnival of the Animals is a musical suite by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It is comprised of fourteen short pieces of music, each one representing a different animal. Each piece is very distinct, providing a great starting point for discussing how and why Saint-Saëns chose certain instruments, melodies, tempos, and rhythms and/or mood to depict each animal.   What can you do with Carnival of the Animals? In addition to the music, Ogden Nash wrote [...]

By | July 1st, 2017|

Arts Integration Inspired by Paul Klee’s Once Emerged from the Gray of Night, 1918

If your students are anything like mine, they love a good "search and find". Books like "I Spy" and "Where's Waldo" fly off of my shelves, and they devour word searches when I provide them. I thought I would capitalize on this engagement by having students create their own through fine art. Once Emerged from the Gray of Night by Paul Klee is a perfect mentor painting for this type of activity. Paul Klee was [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|

The Rule of 18 – It’s Something to Fret About

Have your ever sat down and watched a violinist play?  No, I mean REALLY watched them play?  You know, studied their fingers, hand position, and tried to make sense of it all?  It's simply amazing how their brain can send messages so quickly to those digits.  Watching musicians' hands move has always been a fascination of mine, and goodness knows I've spent a lot of time observing from my seat in the orchestra. However, the [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|

Making Musical Connections

As a STEAM TOSA, I have the honor of working with over 600 TK-5th grade students throughout our district.  I see my classes on a 2 week rotation cycle and spend 90 minutes with regular ed., as well as special ed. classes.  For as challenging as teaching can be at times, it never ceases to amaze me how some of my most artistic thinkers can be found amongst the SDC classes.  Recently, I had a [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|

Mastering Geometry Concepts With Dance

It is so interesting for me to observe students learning geometry in the elementary classroom simply because it is so different than other math concepts. Students who struggle with math sometimes shine when learning geometry since it is so visual. This can help to change a fixed math mindset and give a student the confidence boost he needs to believe in his math abilities. In turn, some students who love calculating can be somewhat turned [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|