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Creative Arts & Sciences

Creative Arts & Sciences (CAS) coordinates school-wide and grade-specific programs that support the curriculum, welcoming performers, scientists and authors into the school (ongoing September to June). Meet the team.

 

CAS updates will be posted in the weekly Pulse. This effort is funded by Sprague parents like you, so be sure to Donate to the Sprague PTO to support your child's enrichment!​

Want to volunteer as a Parent Rep? Email Sprague CAS Chair.

View the CAS Calendar!

Building a Robot

Ecotarium

Kindergarten, March 20

The EcoTarium visited kindergarten classes this past Wednesday! They were introduced to building houses, bridges and buildings! The challenge was, “Can your structure withstand elements-a hurricane, heavy snow and storms?” All of them were amazed that is not concrete that holds up a structure- it’s engineering! 

As a follow up you could ask the “what do you need to build a strong structure? “How does the weather affect a structure?” “Can a tornado blow it down?” “Can an earthquake shake a structure?” “Can heavy snow crush a roof?” 

Discovery Museum Presents Sound Waves

4th Grade, January

The Discovery Museum of Acton, MA visited the 4th Grade students this week for a hands-on workshop about Sound Waves.  Students actively engaged in exploring the source of sound and created unique sound makers with household materials.  

 

Ask your 4th grader the following questions about their experience:

  • What exactly is sound and how is it created?  (Sound is energy created by vibrations)

  • Can you think of a place where there is no sound?  Why isn't there sound there?

  • How can you move a ball with a tuning fork without actually touching it?

  • Is sound fastest through a solid, liquid or gas?  (The answer is solid)

  • Do sound waves look like ocean waves?  How would you describe them?

Bash the Trash

All-School Event, March 6

On Wednesday, March 6th Bash the Trash, an environmental education and musical performance group, visited Sprague, doing assemblies for K-2 and 3-5 separately. The performers - Jessica, JJ and Trevor - captivated the students' attention with ease as they weaved musical and scientific terms throughout their performance. The students hypothesized what noise different materials would make as the artists performed. The performers played instruments made out of all sorts of found, recycled materials and engaged the students in call and response, collaborating on a musical piece together at the end! 

 

Ask your student:

  • What are the three "r's" they discussed and how are they important?

  • How can we reduce? How can we reuse? 

  • What are some examples of materials that the performers used for their instruments?

  • What materials could you use to make a guitar at home?

Potato Hill Poetry

Grade 2, March 8

This past Friday, the 2nd Graders enjoyed a visit and poetry workshop with Andrew Green of Potato Hill Poetry. In addition to reading poems and writing their own poems, the students learned Andrew’s favorite habit for keeping track of ideas; he always carries a pocket sized notebook because he never knows when an idea will inspire him. Andrew also told us “ Poetry belongs to us all” and encouraged the students to write about anything and everything in their lives. 

 

Nature, food, sports and people are all great jumping off points for poetry writing. The important part is to pay attention, observe and then describe. 

 

Ask your second grader about some poetry writing prompts. For example: 

  • What matters to you?

  • Also using the 5 W’s: Who, What, When, Where, and Why can be helpful to structure your poem. 

  • Another way to help structure poems is by using the 5 senses ( taste, touch, smell, sight and sound) as prompts.

 

For more information on Potato Hill Poetry as well as info about their Summer Writing program visit:  https://www.potatohill.com/