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JK students use math, music, and art to learn about sharks

Earlier this year, JK teacher Suzanne Hoffacker observed that many of her students were very interested in sharks. Using this interest as a starting point, her class embarked on a three-month unit on sharks that incorporated elements of math, music, visual art, and Spanish.
Ms. Hoffacker used the students’ own questions as a starting point: How big are sharks? How do they act? How many kinds are there? While answering these questions, students learned to use rulers and tape measures and also explored math concepts such as long, short, same, heavy, and light.

Students also worked with some of their specials teachers to explore their focus questions. Music teacher LuAnn Hayes worked with students to develop movement and music expressing how sharks move through the water. In Spanish class, Lindsay Jennings taught students a Spanish-language song describing what sharks eat. Working with visual arts teachers Judy Ambach and David Miller, students used charcoals to design and draw a full-size Great White Shark. This creation was unveiled at a special event for families on May 18. During this event, students also shared the other projects and materials they created during this unit.

Click here to watch a video about the project
. Congratulations to Ms. Hoffacker’s JK students on completing this fascinating, interdisciplinary unit!
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