The days of sitting still in a desk all day and learning only one subject at a time are over. Students are able to tie multiple subjects together, engage in project based learning that connects to real world issues, and approach new topics in novel and active ways that light up developing brains. SPARK! teaching artists collaborate with teachers to bring arts into the mix, expanding engaging learning opportunities, and developing the 21st Century skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.
Here is a look a some of the arts integrated learning happening this month:
Students at Washington Middle School are learning to express ideas, develop a narrative focus, and gain confidence in public speaking through Storytelling residencies in 6th grade English courses.
Second grade students at Rattlesnake Elementary School are demonstrating their understanding of Math, Science, and Language Arts standards through creative movement techniques that they are acquiring through Dance residencies. They are moving their bodies, collaborating with peers, and using their brains in a spectrum of ways.
Fourth grade students at Chief Charlo are learning Theatre skills to enact social studies concepts. They are practicing accepting the ideas of others and using their voices, bodies, and imaginations as tools for communicating ideas.
Washington Middle School 8th graders are addressing social justice issues through poetry and movement. Theatre, dance, and poetry are merging with English Language Arts standards to help students comprehend and interpret complex ideas from various perspectives, develop empathy, and creatively explore solutions to social problems.
At Rattlesnake Elementary School, third grade students are illustrating the science and history of Montana.
The principles of illustration...value, form, perspective, and color...are being used by students to portray the formation of Glacier Lake Missoula and more.
These are just a few examples of the innovative ways that kids are learning core curriculum concepts through the arts in Missoula. Check out the calendar on the SPARK! Website for a complete view of arts residencies each month. Calendar linked: HERE!
Missoula Symphony Performance for 4th Graders
"Best performance I've ever seen because of the music and funny acting" ~Ezekiel, 4th Grade Student
"One of the best I've ever seen, I've never been to the symphony before" ~Grady, 4th Grade Student
"I liked the way they put the errors in the music--it was really unique--then how they fixed it." ~Cal, 4th Grade Student
On Friday, January 26, Missoula 4th grade students traveled through time to the tunes of classical composers at "Bach to the Future," a Missoula Symphony Orchestra performance. Music Director, Darko Butorac, played Doc bringing the young audience through time and space to discover and "fix" musical masterpieces that had been altered during accidental time travel. Kids cheered and interacted with the musicians during the show that they deemed "hilarious," "fun," "relaxing," and "amazing." For many students, this was their first exposure to live classical music. Every 4th grader enjoyed this fabulous opportunity thanks to the generosity of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation.