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Last September, the art, music, gym and library teachers met to plan a
program that would run for two hours each Friday morning. In those two
hours, we would take one grade level (conveniently, we are 4 deep at all
but one level) and teach a lesson that had shared objectives and
vocabulary. We did this outside (suburban school) for five Fridays (we
omitted K) with only one rain day (classes inside).
I would be glad to send a more detailed description to anyone who requests
one, but briefly, we used line, color, shape and rhythm as our key words.
We also tied in the idea of a path, since there is a lovely path through
the woods behind the school, and the p.e. teacher held her lessons there.
Afterward, as we had hoped, the children made their own connections between
our disciplines and were thrilled to hear color in music, see rhythms in
the vistas around us, hear rhythm in poetry and find zillions of examples
of all the key words in the woods. Even better, classroom teachers used the
experience as a writing prompt, so we have some wonderful essays about the
We ran an autumn cycle, a winter cycle, and next week will begin the
spring set. We usually do the same lesson for 3-5, and a simplified
version for 1-2. When we aren't running this program, we revert to the
usual "rotating Fridays" schedule.
The best part: the whole thing was the principal's idea!
Philip Smith School
South Windsor, CT