On the Journey
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Start with music and dance, add storytelling, visual art, science, geography, and social studies, then put it all together with choreography and costumes. Stir, combine, and learn!
That's the recipe for a new multi-disciplinary project for Fourth and Fifth Graders: this fall's "Scenes and songs from The Lion King."
How does a project like this take shape? Drama and music teachers Marci Sketch and Brandon Joseph explain: "It started off as just an idea to combine the Fourth and Fifth Grades with music, choreography, and theatre. But then it moved far beyond that." Fourth Graders are researching animals in science class, so what could be more fitting than a focus on the engaging animals of The Lion King? Soon the Fifth Grade began tying in their study of African geography, and now both grades' art classes are exploring the visual arts by creating props and costumes for the production.
The format means that kids have devised their own interpretations and put their own spin on the performance, which is a workshop rather than a full-scale production of The Lion King. "When teachers work together to dream up new opportunities for students to learn across disciplines, it "reaches students in a different way," she notes. "It creates new ways of learning," Brandon adds. "That is the beauty of collaboration."
- ALSO: Fourth Grade Science Research Project Presentations Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8 in the Lower School Commons. See the school calendar for details