After reading Christopher Count the Constellations students bring the story to life
through movement, drawing, writing, and working collaboratively.
"Christopher Counts The Constellations:
A Synthesis of Stories & Stars" is an arts-infused, multi-disciplinary
unit that meets the STEM and Common Core Standards.
While reading Goin' Explorin', students study story elements and science, and express their understanding through movement, beginning with the eight-patterned Brain Dance sequences.
Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, Brain Dance is a sequential eight-patterned movement that connect the mind and body "that prepares us for learning and helps with appropriate behavior and social skills."
Hip-hop to "A Hullabaloo of Words,"
an alphabet adventure tantalizing
the tongue for old and young.
Based on A Hullabaloo of Hippos:
A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z,
Rickety Words that Bark & Spark shows how the MLK Summer Youth transformed reading into a Performing Art.
Bounce, stretch, slip, & skip
as you listen to Mary's poem
about the energy of words.
A repetition of the same
consonant sound in a series of
two or more words: "A Hullabaloo
of Hippos Hobnobbing along
in H2O Habitats . . . "
Fourth graders discover a hyperbole in the story When the Camel Sneezed: "scaring the sloth asleep in a tree whose squealing shriek caused cacophony."
Our teacher is a cat, stalking us
across the playground.
"I mean what I sound,
I sound what I mean":
Crash Boom Bang & Clang-a-lang!
-- illustration by Sam Moodey
from When the Camel Sneezed
"My roof is as steep as a cliff."
An original simile written by
Harding School fourth graders.
After Mary performed
When the Camel Sneezed
to fourth graders, they worked with their teacher creating original figurative language.
A book of original writings, drawings, & photographs by students enrolled
in the 2017 Summer Reading through Movement Program MLK Memorial Center.
During their performance of When the Camel Sneezed,
children used Call & Response to chant the Figures
of Speech they had found in the story.
First graders show how imagination & education create
possibilities. Surprising their teacher,
they orchestrate and give an oral reading
of Christopher Counts, The Constellations,
one of the classroom resources. Free listening,
At Creating Landscapes, students from kindergartner through the 4th grade
read Christopher Counts The Constellations and wrote original poetry
as part of their Language Arts & Science Units.
Young students illuminate their imaginations by exploring constellations and forest of fireflies.
Internationally known literacy expert, Timothy Shanahan says,
"You simply can't introduce
litearcy early enough."
From carpenter to counselor,
Mark Collins, with the help
from young students, developed
a program offering "children ways to tap into their inherent capacities and natural strengths."
“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real.
And it moves and it heals and it communicates and does all these incredible things.” — Tom Petty
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki developed his
music pedagogy after observing how infants & toddlers developed their language skills.
Surround your children
with books & embrace their curiosity.
Exploring the world with them
begins the process of scientific thinking.
Forget the words, "Let's Start
at the Very Beginning," when reading
to the very young. Instead, let them
guide you to the story pages they love.
This becomes your turn to ask, "Why?"