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17th Annual Fred Ingold Elementary Music Festival

In celebration of National Music In Our Schools Month, second graders from Wingate Elementary attended the 17th annual Fred Ingold Elementary Music Festival at Forest Hills High School on Thursday, March 19th. The festival featured performances by the Forest Hills High School Band and the Southwest Middle School String Ensemble (Charlotte, NC). In addition to concert performances by both ensembles, students were given demonstrations on each instrument. The demonstrations tie into their classroom learning about sound and instrument families, integrating both science and music objectives for second grade. The festival is organized each year by UCPS elementary music teachers, and is funded by a grant from the Union County Community Arts Council.

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Students Take Globalization to New Levels

Ms. Welch’s class has taken globalization to an entirely new level! Throughout this school year, students have been researching different cultures each week, and have developed Personalized Learning Communities (PLC’s). Each day, the cultural focus changes, based upon the interest of the students. She begins the week with developing the students’ background knowledge about a country. Students learn where it is located, the landscape of the country, and the meaning of the flag. On Tuesday, they move into learning about the written and oral languages of the country. During this time, they compare and contrast their own language with the country they are investigating. On Wednesday, they research the specific culture’s art forms. On Thursdays, students decide what they would like to investigate and then present their findings to the class. Friday, students integrate math into their learning. Students follow a recipe, using measurements, and cook something authentic to the investigated county. Some of the cultures they have studied this year include Egypt, Japan, Ireland, Mexico, Australia, and Italy. Keep up the great work, Ms. Welch’s team!

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