Our school was founded in 2014 with 35 of South Chicago's best and brightest first-grade scholars. These scholars have been the trailblazers for our school ever since our doors have opened, and they continue to grow and lead this year as sixth graders.
Our sixth grade class works tirelessly every day to grow their whole brain through reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and music.
Eighty seven percent of our students receive free or reduced lunch, meaning most of them require additional support from their school to fully explore and understand concepts in every subject. The teachers of such hard-working individuals hold the responsibility of providing every scholar with the materials and opportunities necessary to stretch their learning throughout all moments of the day. We refuse to let a lack of personal resources get in the way of any child's education.
My sixth-grade scholars are starting a cross-curricular unit in their ELA and music classes on the book "Echo" by Pam Munoz Ryan. "Echo" is about a series of characters who all share a harmonica in common. Throughout the whole book study, scholars will be explore the text and literacy concepts in ELA class and then the musical concepts mentioned throughout the corresponding text in my music class. While there are many musical instruments, pieces, and ideas that will be taught and explored throughout this study, the story is mainly centered around one instrument that the majority of my scholars have never seen or even heard in real life.
Donating to this project will put a harmonica in the hand of every sixth-grade scholar which will in turn promote deeper connections to quality literature as well as deeper understandings of complex musical concepts.
It has been proven time and time again that learning an instrument holistically improves brain function. With these harmonicas, the ELA teacher and I will combine the benefits from learning how to play a new instrument with the benefits of reading to truly stretch every sixth grader's learning to its fullest extent.
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