At Union Elementary STEM our kids are not only learning the core subjects and STEM, they are also exposed to 1 of 7 Related Arts classes on a daily basis. Which are:
Where we begin with keeping a steady beat, singing on pitch, beginning rhythms, playing together, hand coordination. We advance as we move up in grades to slightly more complex melodies and rhythms, playing Orff instruments and unpitched percussion instruments, listening to and reading music. Learning music terms and being able to identify them. We have various musical performances throughout the year to show off what the kids are learning.
We have lots of fun learning about physical education, fitness, health and extracurricular activities that can be played in and out of school.
Fitness: We have a weekly workout to improve overall fitness levels in our students.
Health: There are various lessons to help students understand the different aspects of improving and maintaining good health.
Games: We play a WIDE variety of games throughout the year such as, but not limited to: basketball, soccer, dodgeball, kickball, volleyball, obstacle courses and many more! I plan a "Winter Olympics" each year for the students to participate in. We will also participate in Jump Rope for Heart where students collect donations to help The American Red Cross Association.
I ASK THAT ALL STUDENTS WEAR TENNIS SHOES TO P.E. EVERY WEEK FOR THEIR SAFETY!!!
Students will be part of an exciting visual arts education program. They will explore great art, artists, cultures of the world, and develop skills to understand and appreciate artwork. Students will participate in hands-on art activities and develop critical thinking skills by studying their own and others' artwork.
More and more, the arts are playing a vital role in education and learning. Unlike many other subject areas, the arts introduce students to ways of thinking that are based upon imagination and judgment. The arts encourage students to think and learn in a variety of ways in addition to using language and logic skills.
One of the most exciting aspects of art education for students is creating their own artwork. Families can help children appreciate visual arts by visiting museums, share family mementos, and create their own works of art. Students will begin to see the world through an artists' eyes and develop critical thinking skills that will last for a lifetime.
Media Center -
Our Media Center is not just a library where you can check out books, but a place where you can check out iPad Carts, Smart Tables, Hands on Science & Math manipulatives, Robotics, and other devices used for technology integration and where you can bet the morning announcements are being video taped in the UES News Room. They will attend every other week in place of STEMLab.
Our Guidance program is a unique program that uses children's literature to introduce a variety of character traits. Each guidance lesson follows a user-friendly format based on the Tennessee Standards for Guidance, Counseling and Careers. It is the Counselor's job to help the children achieve academically, emotionally and socially. It is our goal to help our students have positive experiences so they will learn how to make positive contributions in society. We teach character traits to help students succeed in their personal lives. Children may not remember the facts that were taught, but they will remember how they were treated by others.
Where kids will learn the basics of the keyboard to help better their ability to take state required computer tests. They will work from the Mavis Beacon computer program and be guided in becoming familiar and comfortable with the keyboard. They will attend every other week in place of Guidance.
A place for kids to explore the different aspects of STEM. They will work with science experiments, technlology driven devices, Engineering is Elementary Kits and use Mathematics in many of the activities being done. They will attend every other week in place of Medica Center.