HLES speaks body language
By Crystel Ellison
Special to the Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – Students at Houston Lower Elementary School performed for their peers, demonstrating and reinforcing lessons about the body’s sensory and skeletal systems.
The integrated science, library and physical education teachers worked together to instruct kindergarten students about their five senses and to teach first and second graders about the human skeletal system. Afterwards, students from six homerooms performed songs and spoke narration to showcase these lessons.
“I taught units on the five senses and on the body,” said Christy Watkins, the integrated science teacher at HLES. “While studying these units in the science lab, Mrs. Peel read books on these topics to students during library. Mrs. Weaver taught students during P.E. how the body moves at the joints and stressed to kindergartners how to use their senses to give others enough space to perform exercises.”
The plays were created after these units were taught.
“With the collaboration between the special class teachers, students see how the subject areas are correlated and not taught in isolation,” Watkins said.
Aimee Buckley, a second grader, enjoyed participating in the program.
“I liked saying my part and pointing to the bones on the skeleton. I like singing and dancing about bones,” Buckley said.
Parents were invited to attend the program and gave positive feedback.
“The students were able to learn about the body and remember it, because it was set to music,” said Barbette Johnson, mother for first grader Morgan Johnson. “My daughter was very excited and wanted to make sure she did her part perfectly, because she would be teaching other students. Being on the stage helped take away her shyness and build her self-esteem.”
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