Receiving our practicum placements has been a very exciting and slightly nervous time in our semester. My practicum partner and I asked for a kindergarten/grade 1 class and to our surprise ended up with a 6/7 combined class. I recently learned that this is not longer called a “split”, because the curriculum is shared it is simply the expectations are slightly adapted towards each age group. This is very interesting and I am excited to see how the classroom functions compared to the experiences I’ve had in combined classrooms. While Initially I was a little disheartened at the placement I have processed it and decided that no matter what experience in all age groups is important and will be extremely beneficial. There is so many amazing things you can do with children who are slightly older and this brings a really unique opportunity to try some fun and complex activities. In class we have been learning about creating lesson plans and integrating other subjects into these plans.
Our topic was a rain song in which we incorporated into a science weather lesson. We started with the big idea’s of “Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment”, and “Inquiry through the arts creates opportunities for risk taking”. The introduction will involve getting the students to observe the weather outside and use body percussion to recreate the noises of rain. We will then discuss the stages of the water cycle and use two stars and a wish as an assessment tool. This lesson will get students actively engaged and curious about the water cycle and rain system while using music to express themselves and their learning.