Category Archives: Culture in Focus

“May There Always Be Sunshine”: Student’s Versions

As we progress in our study of Russia, each of class has created their own version of the song “May There Always Be Sunshine.” They chose something that they enjoy or like and want there to always be. So many … Continue reading

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Culture In Focus: Russia!

Every February, the Intra Curricular Activities Teachers (ICATs) team focus on one culture to learn more about in-depth. This year, as a salute to the Winter Olympics, we are learning about Russia! The Turtles, Giraffes, Chefs, Bears, Zebras, Wranglers, Rockets, … Continue reading

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A Short Musical Trip of South America

The Explorers are learning about South America, so in music, we briefly explored the music, instruments, and dance of Brazil.  We listened to a YouTube video of some traditional Brazilian music, featuring a cuica.  It is a percussion instrument that … Continue reading

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African Artifacts Inspired Scarf Dance

Thank you to A. Explorers and H. Bears’ family for loaning us several African artifacts to share with our students during our Kenya study.  These items are from Nigeria, which is close to Kenya.  During the Explorers music class, docent … Continue reading

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African Drum Beats, Maracas, and Dancing

The elementary students have been working and learning how to play in the middle and side of the drum with different intensity and playing rhythmic patterns.  To encourage and aid with creating drum beats, I played a CD of African … Continue reading

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Traditional Kenyan Dance Style

The elementary classes watched videos of traditional Kenya dancing via YouTube.  The video I show is at the end of this post.  They heard and labeled the drums, maracas, and bells that play the rhythmic patterns that move the dancers.  … Continue reading

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Kenya: Drumming in the Middle and Side

As we venture into Kenya, the Zebras, Giraffes, Agents, Alligators, Owls, Bears, Labs, Penguins, Mustangs, and Explorers students are learning how to play the drum in two ways: playing in the middle and playing on the side/rim of the drum … Continue reading

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