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Art

Elementary Art Curriculum Guide
The elementary art curriculum helps students experience art as a form of self-expression and response to the world. This process encourages students to develop critical thinking, creativity and problem solving skills. Students create and develop their understanding of art from different cultures, time periods, and artists, while exploring different art forms and media.

Vocabulary/Terms:

  • Art Appreciation includes the study of aesthetics, criticism, and history of a given art movement or culture.
  • oAesthetics is the study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty.
  • oArt Criticism is the discussion or evaluation of visual art.
  • The Elements of Art include line, shape, color, value, texture, space and form.
  • The Principles of Art include unity, variety, emphasis, movement, contrast, balance and rhythm.

Kindergarten

The art curriculum provides students with experience in six areas of study throughout the school year.

  • Art Appreciation - various artists and cultures from North America and Europe, along with Modern Art styles
  • Ceramics – the origins of clay, imprinting, manipulation and finishing methods
  • Color & Design – elements & principles of design - patterns, shapes and lines
  • Drawing & Painting – a variety of techniques & mediums
  • Printmaking – a variety of printmaking materials and techniques
  • Sculpture and Construction - the assemblage of 2D and 3D projects

By the end of the year, your student will acquire an introductory understanding of skills, techniques, and processes that serve as a foundation for further growth and development in the visual arts.

You can help at home by exposing your child to various art making activities to develop fine motor skills. For example, use art tools like scissors, paintbrushes, pencils, crayons, glue, etc. Your child will benefit from exposure to art and artists in your area through community resources such as art museums, galleries, and festivals.


First Grade

The art curriculum provides students with experience in six areas of study throughout the school year.

  • Art Appreciation - various artists and cultures from Asia, Africa and Pennsylvania, along with Modern Art styles
  • Ceramics – the clay stages, textural surface embellishment and finishing methods
  • Color & Design –the color wheel specifically the primary and secondary colors
  • Drawing and Painting - techniques using seasonal and cross-curricular themes
  • Printmaking - the differences between the printmaking and painting processes
  • Sculpture & Construction – Paper sculpture and understanding the difference between 2D and 3D art
  • By the end of the year, your student will acquire an introductory understanding of skills, techniques and processes that serve as a foundation for further growth and development in the visual arts.

By the end of the year, your student will acquire a basic understanding of skills, techniques, and processes that continue to serve as a foundation for further growth and development in the visual arts.

You can help at home by encouraging your child to engage in art activities designed to strengthen fine motor skills. For example, use art tools like scissors, paintbrushes, pencils, crayons, glue, etc. Your child will benefit from exposure to art and artists in your area through community resources such as art museums, galleries, and festivals.

Second Grade

The art curriculum provides students with experience in six areas of study throughout the school year.

  • Art Appreciation - various artists and cultures from Central and South America, the art from the Greek and Roman time period, along with Modern Art styles
  • Ceramics – the creation of a pinch pot or slab drape form in clay
  • Color & Design - warm and cool colors and tactile and visual textures
  • Drawing & Painting – a variety of techniques & mediums including facial expressions and basic body proportions
  • Printmaking – a creation of a handmade stamp and a variety of printmaking materials and techniques
  • Sculpture & Construction – basic weaving, cutting multiple shapes, create a sculpture

By the end of the year, your student will continue to develop a better understanding of skills, techniques, and processes that serve as a foundation for continued growth and development in the visual arts.

You can help at home by encouraging independent art making activities to foster creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Make available a variety of art materials and tools. Your child will benefit from exposure to art and artists in your area through community resources such as art museums, galleries, and festivals.


Third Grade

The art curriculum provides students with experience in six areas of study throughout the school year.

  • Art Appreciation - various artists and cultures from Austrailia & North America, the art from the Pre-historic & Egyptian time periods, along with Modern Art styles
  • Ceramics – the creation of a clay sculpture (animal, human or imaginary) using proper welding techniques
  • Color & Design – monochromatic color scheme, symmetry, and silhouettes
  • Drawing & Painting –a variety of techniques & mediums, landscape, human body in motion and spatial concepts
  • Printmaking –a creation of a stencil
  • Sculpture & Construction –bas relief or 3D form

By the end of the year, your child will approach proficiency in skills, techniques, and processes that serve as a foundation for continued growth and development in the visual arts.

You can help at home by encouraging higher level art making activities to encourage creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.Make available a variety of art materials and tools. Your child will benefit from exposure to art and artists in your area through community resources such as art museums, galleries, and festivals.

Fourth Grade

The art curriculum provides students with experience in six areas of study throughout the school year.

  • Art Appreciation - various artists and cultures from Africa, Europe & Pennsylvania, the art from the Renaissance period, along with Modern Art styles
  • Ceramics – coil construction
  • Color & Design – expanded color wheel and use of selected color scheme
  • Drawing & Painting –experience a variety of techniques and mediums, portraiture, and perspective
  • Printmaking –a variety of printmaking materials and techniques
  • Sculpture & Construction –paper mache or plaster craft sculpture and loom weaving

By the end of the year, your child will attain proficiency in skills, techniques, and processes that serve as a foundation for continued growth and development in the visual arts.

You can help at home by fostering art making activities that promote a sense of self and individuality through creative expression and problem solving in the arts. Your child will benefit from exposure to art and artists in your area through community resources such as art museums, galleries, and festivals.

Music

Elementary Music Curriculum
Elementary Music Goal
: The Music Department strives to make every student musically literate through creative, engaging, and sequential instruction so they can find meaning in the art of music.

Kindergarten – students will:

Opening Statement:During the school year, students will explore musical concepts through a variety of musical experiences.

  • Sing a variety of developmentally appropriate songs from multiple genres
  • Experience Rhythm concepts and steady beat through movement
  • Perform different vocal exploration activities
  • Play ostinati on orff and rhythm instruments

You can help at home by: Providing multi genre music listening opportunities, encouraging singing and movement and attending musical performances both publicly and within the school district.


First Grade- students will:

Opening Statement:During the school year, students will explore musical concepts through a variety of musical experiences.

  • Experience musical concepts by playing instruments and singing songs
  • Perform different vocal exploration activities distinguishing fast/slow, high/low and loud/soft
  • Read/perform basic rhythm patterns and steady beat
  • Identify families and instruments of the orchestra
  • Explore works of influential composers

You can help at home by: Providing multi genre music listening opportunities, encouraging singing and movement and attending musical performances both publicly and within the school district.

Second Grade – students will:

Opening Statement: During the school year, students will explore musical concepts through a variety of musical experiences.

  • Explore musical concepts by playing instruments and singing songs (performance opportunity Evans, Oaks)
  • Identify and dictate rhythm patterns
  • Explore works of influential composers of different time periods
  • Understand the concept of the musical staff and begin treble clef pre-reading skills

You can help at home by: Providing multi genre music listening opportunities, encouraging singing and movement and attending musical performances both publicly and within the school district.


Third Grade – students will:

Opening Statement: During the school year, students will explore musical concepts through a variety of musical experiences.

  • Explore musical concepts by playing instruments and singing songs including rounds and partner songs (Performance opportunity Limerick, Spring City, Upper Providence, Brooke, Royersford)
  • Recognize and read the treble clef notes on the staff and perform on recorder
  • Understand musical terms for dynamics, tempos and expression
  • Perform more complex rhythmic and melodic patterns
  • Distinguish different textures in listening examples

You can help at home by: Providing multi genre music listening opportunities, encouraging singing, movement, practicing the recorder or another instrument, and attending musical performances both publicly and within the school district.

Fourth Grade – students will:

Opening Statement: During the school year, students will explore musical concepts through a variety of musical experiences.

  • Develop rhythm and pitch reading skills of treble clef and performance on recorder
  • Explore creativity through basic composition and improvisation
  • Develop skills and understand concept of melody and harmony
  • Full grade performance featuring chorus/band/orchestra

By the end of the year, your student will:

You can help at home by: Providing multi genre music listening opportunities, encouraging singing, movement,practicing the recorder or another instrument, and attending musical performances both publicly and within the school district including their own grade level concert.

Library

These lessons are supplemented by a number of hands on activities based on stories presented through the year ranging from using puppets, flannel board and Velcro props, audio-visual aids such as videos, sound filmstrips, books with cassettes, overhead transparencies, educational games, computer software, research websites, etc. The following is a general breakdown of the curriculum covered by the Media Specialist in lessons throughout the year.

KINDERGARTEN, 1ST & 2ND GRADES:

  • Care of library books and materials
  • Media Center procedures and behavior
  • Easy book arrangement
  • Develop literature appreciation, listening and comprehension skills through storytelling
  • Learning specific authors and books
  • Difference between Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Identifying the parts of a book
  • Utilization of basic audio-visual equipment
  • Magazine contents

THIRD GRADE
All of the preceding areas are covered as well as:

  • The Caldecott Award Books and puzzles
  • The Reference collection - both print and electronic
  • Folktales from around the world
  • Computerized card catalog arrangement
  • Biography books
  • Book talks, book reviews, and reports
  • Review fiction and non-fiction
  • Review the parts of a book
  • Publishing process
  • Special projects
  • Research report writing

FOURTH GRADE:

  • Literature appreciation
  • Newbery Award
  • Computerized card catalogue arrangement
  • Reference collection- encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, atlases - print and electronic
  • Book talks and discussions
  • Poetry appreciation
  • Magazine collection
  • Review fiction and non-fiction
  • Introduction to bibliography
  • Outline
  • Biography
  • Research reports writing
  • Book revision and reports
  • Student research website

Ram QUEST

RAM Quest: A Hands-On Learning Lab
The goal of this class is to have students experience inquiry based instruction in the areas of Reading, Math, Science, and Technology. Students in 1st - 4th grade attend this class once a cycle just as they attend art, music, PE, and library. There is specific curriculum written for each grade level, one through four. Additional information can be found below.

VISION: RAM Quest is a class where students engage in authentic learning experiences in which they will have to think critically and creatively to solve problems, to inquire, and to explore.Students will ask and answer questions, create plans, experience challenges and engage in trial and error.Students will imagine, re-imagine, reflect, re-plan and try again.Students will learn to collaborate, communicate, present solutions and manage technology effectively.Twenty-first century skills will be developed as students design, implement, innovate, and reflect during their hands-on, minds-on experiences.

Students will be able to achieve the following “I can” statements at the conclusion of the course - I CAN:

  • Persevere when I don’t know the answer
  • Seek answers from multiple sources (including my peers)
  • Reflect and brainstorm ideas for improvement
  • Create a draft plan
  • Implement a draft plan
  • Improve my design
  • Self-reflect on my work
  • Self-reflect on group work
  • Find creative solutions to solve a problem
  • Present my findings to a variety of audiences
  • Collaborate well (needs to be defined)
  • Develop 21st Century Skills
  • Manage computer applications: hardware, Word, Power Point, Excel, etc.
  • Master coding activities

Curriculum: The course will be based on the 2016 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards: Creativity and Innovation; Communication and collaboration; Research and information fluency; Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; Digital citizenship; Technology operations and concepts.These standards will be met through planned experiences in each of the curricular areas below.

Computer applications & Cyber Safety: We will use some of the existing curriculum from the current “computer” special to plan appropriate curriculum for students in each grade level.A team of teachers will write this curriculum for implementation in 2016-2017.

Coding - Code.org: Code.org has developed an elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing - at no cost for schools. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with “unplugged” activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate.

Science & Math Topics: Our goal is to use science and math topics to get students engaged in exploration and learning through the use of labs and other age appropriate activities.

Physical Education

Elementary Physical Education
Elementary Physical Education Goal: Our mission is to have each student participate in a planned program of developmentally appropriate activities.These activities foster each child’s development physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively.It is our ultimate goal to produce a physically educated person.

Kindergarten and First Grade

In Kindergarten and first grade we will…

Begin our journey to living a healthy lifestyle.Throughout the year we touch upon many important topics related to health and physical activity.In Kindergarten, we introduce the following basic concepts, and in first grade we revisit and refine these skills.These topics include:

Safety

  • Body and spatial awareness
  • Body and self-control
  • Boundaries
  • Following directions
  • Safe Play
  • Appropriate shoe wear and attire

Locomotor Skills

  • Running
  • Hopping
  • Jumping
  • Galloping
  • Sliding
  • Skipping
  • Leaping

Manipulative Skills

  • One handed and two handed rolling
  • Underhand throw
  • Overhand throw
  • Catching
  • Kicking
  • Striking

Teamwork/Cooperative Games

  • Social skills
  • Sportsmanship
  • Communication
  • Working together
  • Resiliency

Fitness

  • Heart Health
  • Introduce district fitness test (first grade)
  • Muscular strength and endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Cardiovascular health

Dance

  • Body control
  • Balance
  • Moving in a rhythmical pattern

By the end of the year, your student will: In Kindergarten, students will be able to direct attention when prompted and utilize a variety of motor skills while traveling throughout the gymnasium in a safe and appropriate manner.In First Grade, students will have mastered the ability to direct attention when prompted and utilize a variety of motor skills while traveling throughout the gymnasium in a safe and appropriate manner.

You can help at home by: Practice motor skills and play games which practice listening skills, following directions, and safe play.Examples: Red Light/Green Light, Simon Says, Basic Tag Games.In addition, encourage fitness in the home by participating in activities to develop strength, flexibility and cardiorespiratory endurance.Examples: running, biking, yoga, push-ups, curl-ups, swimming, etc.

Second Grade

In Second grade we will…

Second grade is a transitional year when students begin to build on the movements learned the previous two years.We begin moving from individual skill practice to applying those skills in a small group setting.The small group activities focus on application of the skills to sport and recreational activities.

Safety

  • Body and spatial awareness
  • Body and self-control
  • Boundaries
  • Following directions
  • Safe Play
  • Appropriate shoe wear and attire

Locomotor/Manipulative Skills

  • Baseball/Wiffleball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Indoor recreational games
  • Outside recreational games

Teamwork/Cooperative Games

  • Social skills
  • Sportsmanship
  • Communication
  • Working together
  • Resiliency
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership skills
  • Team Building

Fitness

  • Heart Health
  • District fitness test
  • oMuscular strength and endurance
  • oFlexibility
  • oCardiovascular health

Dance

  • Body control
  • Balance
  • Moving in a rhythmical pattern

By the end of the year, your student will: Students will be able to participate in small group activities that focus on development of gross motor and manipulative skills in sports and recreational activities.

You can help at home by: Practice sports related skills. Examples: Play catch, shooting a basketball, dribbling a soccer ball, etc.In addition, encourage fitness in the home by participating in activities to develop strength, flexibility and cardiorespiratory endurance.Examples: running, biking, yoga, push-ups, curl-ups, swimming, etc.

Third and Fourth Grades

In Third and Fourth Grade we will…

In Third and Fourth grade we continue to refine the skills from the previous years, and apply those skills to lead-up activities.During third and fourth grade we also focus on game strategies and team communication during activities.

Safety

  • Body and spatial awareness
  • Body and self-control
  • Boundaries
  • Following directions
  • Safe Play
  • Appropriate shoe wear and attire

Locomotor/Manipulative Skills

  • Baseball/Wiffleball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Indoor recreational games
  • Outside recreational games

Teamwork/Cooperative Games

  • Social skills
  • Sportsmanship
  • Communication
  • Working together
  • Resiliency
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership skills
  • Game strategies
  • Team Building

Fitness

  • Heart Health
  • District fitness test
  • oMuscular strength and endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Goal setting

Dance

  • Body control
  • Balance
  • Moving in a rhythmical pattern

By the end of the year, your student will: Students will be able to participate in small group activities that focus on development of teambuilding skills that take place in sports and recreational activities.

You can help at home by:Practice sports related skills in game and lead-up game setting. Examples: Play baseball, soccer, basketball, kickball, tennis, etc.In addition, encourage fitness in the home by participating in activities to develop strength, flexibility and cardiorespiratory endurance.Examples: running, biking, yoga, push-ups, curl-ups, swimming, etc.

Throughout the five years that we are privileged to work with our students, we work to instill a passion for personal health and fitness.Our physical education program focuses on empowering each of our students with the necessary skills to engage in a lifelong healthy lifestyle.Along with highlighting important physical skills to achieve our goal, we also continue to work on the social and emotional skills that go into engaging with peers in various physical activity settings.