The Fifth graders are busy preparing for their music program on February 6th, 2012. They will perform for the school at 1:30pm and then again for parents at 7:00pm. Their theme this year is an interesting one, which ties together many different subject areas.
The title of the program is, "The Quilt Speaks! A Journey Along the Underground Railroad." In preparation for the program, students learned about the codes and symbols used in simple quilt patterns and folk songs that helped individuals to escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. Building upon their learning in 4th and 5th grade social studies, students have made connections in music by learning to sing and play the folk songs and African American spirituals, as well as in art by embarking on a project to create a work encorporating the patterns of the quilt squares. It's been very exciting to plan the program, and the students and I hope our audiences will be entertained and fascinated by this aspect of 19th century American History.
These three quilt square and corresponding songs are just a taste of what's to come on Wednesday, February 6th. I hope that you will be able to attend one of these special performances! Many thanks to Mrs. Schumer for incorporating this art project into her curriculum, and to Mrs. Smucker for her contributions in the social studies curriculum.