May 2003 - On
the fifth grade students participated in a musical mathematics lesson with the
help of a guest speaker, Mr. Lloyd Poholsky, introduced by Ms. Carrie Fener, the
fifth and sixth grade math teacher.Mr.
Poholsky is a percussionist and special education teacher at School 22 in
On his visit, the students assembled within one classroom
to experience a music lesson integrating literacy and mathematics.To begin the lesson, Mrs. Melissa Diaz-Kwan, the fifth and sixth grade
reading teacher, read the students the book, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by
Lloyd Moss. The book shows various
instruments in an orchestra.Mrs.
Kwan discussed into what categories each instrument should be classified.
At this point Mr. Poholsky began to show and play an array of percussion
instruments to the class, including bongos, djembe, claves, harmonica, maracas,
bells, triangle, and the xylophone.Mr.
Edward Fener, the computer teacher, came and played the trumpet and showed the
different parts of the instrument. The
students learned about various notes, whole, half, quarter, and eighths, and
performed all together with various
instruments the many octaves that Mr. Poholsky put on the chalkboard.
the students performed a fraction game instructed by Ms.
Fener, where they were subtracting and adding various fractions with the musical
notes.The students were instructed
to complete an 8 line poem using various vocabulary words learned throughout the
lesson about music in their life.
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