About Cultural Arts
Each student will receive the following classes each week outside their regular instruction:
Physical Education – two, half hour periods per week
Music – two, half hour periods per week
Art – one hour period per week
Media – varied per grade but 30 minutes per week at a minimum
Arts & Humanities – one hour period per week
Technology – teachers will provide instruction in the classroom via Smart Boards and every student will receive at least 30 minutes of technology instruction in the lab per week
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade classes are scheduled for two, 30 minute periods of physical education instruction per week. Students need tennis shoes/sneakers to participate in physical education class. Please find out which days your student(s) has physical education class and help them remember their tennis shoes/sneakers.
Music & Chorus
K-5 General Music Classes
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade learn the basics of music theory, composers, and six major platforms of learning set forth by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Music Pacing Guide. Topics such as rhythm, form, melody, tone color/timbre, and harmony/texture are explored in depth.
This is not your average music class!
Lake Shore Elementary School promotes the integration of music classes with other academic and artistic areas of study. We believe this will help each student make cross-curricular connections that will serve them in and out of the classroom.
Don’t be surprised if you witness Lake Shore Musicians illustrating a piece of music, (art), studying the dynamics of sound (science), using cooperative learning to acquire knowledge, creating an instrumental invention based on existing instruments (history), reading/writing about a topic closely associated with a song and/composer (language arts and history), dancing to a beat (physical education), or using music math to compose an original piece of music (math)! The list is endless!
The Lake Shore Elementary School Chorus
Students entering the fourth and fifth grade are invited to participate in the school chorus.
Singers learn techniques such as breathing, posture, confidence, music theory, the importance of teamwork, and the art of performance. Choral members learn to appreciate music from around the world; while building a repertoire of “hidden treasures.”
The Lake Shore Chorus has performed for local events such as The Chesapeake Feeder System Health Expo., holiday showcases, and sporting events.
Music Helps To……
- Foster the acquisition of language
- Evoke movement to a steady beat and/as a means of expression
- Encourage physical coordination
- Bridges the arts and academics
- Foster cooperative learning
- Develop listening skills
- Encourage physical coordination
- Promote confidence
- Enhance Self esteem
- Encourage positive family interaction
- Foster positive and productive social interaction
- Engage students in gross and fine motor skills
- Encourage problem solving skills
When our kindergarten through 5th grader students come to the art classroom, they explore a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional arts forms. All grades study art history through the works of master artists like Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and Henri Matisse. We use a variety of media throughout the grade levels, allowing the children to work with tempera and watercolor paints, oil pastels, paper mache, and clay. In class we study the element and principals of design and incorporate them into our projects. We also focus on an appreciation of art and an understanding of how different pieces are created. When you browse through our student gallery, you will see an examples of the art we create at Lake Shore. Many projects, like the insects created by 1st grade, tie into the Science and Social Studies curriculum. I hope you enjoy your tour of the Lake Shore Art Program.
View our visual arts gallery on Artsonia. Thank you for visiting and supporting the arts. The money generated through Artsonia will help purchase art supplies for the school.
Reading is a social, thoughtful and reflective process, but most importantly it is fun! We at Lake Shore strive to achieve the county goal to help students read at or above grade level by the end of second grade as well as to encourage all students to reach their true potential. We are passionate in this endeavor at all grades and I am a passionate support for the teachers. Students in all grades are assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. This allows teachers to see how students decode (turn letters on the page into sounds) the words and how they comprehend the meaning of the words. Students in all grades will be taught using the small group Guided Reading model. This is an excellent way to address students’ specific strengths and to build upon their weaknesses. As part of this model, teachers will confer with students to help build their proficiency. Guided Reading also encourage students to discuss the text at hand. This develops the understanding and habit of reading being a social process. Teachers at Lake Shore are dedicated to this model and have seen the benefits. We know you will too!
Reading doesn’t exist in a bubble in life. Adult readers use reading for professional and other research endeavors. We work with students to help develop their ability to read content information that will help to enrich their understanding of the material within their grade-level Science, Math and Social Studies curriculums. Although our students are young, we look to their future use of reading in order to better develop 21st Century thinkers.
The Resource Team
Mrs. Beaty - Lead Special Educator
Ms. Timko - Special Educator
Mrs. Paprcka - Speech Pathologist
Mrs. Plitt - Teacher Assistant
Mrs. Dickinson - Band/Strings Teacher
Instrumental music instruction is offered to students entering the third through fifth grade. students attend class for thirty minutes, twice a week during the regular school day. While music instruction is offered at no cost to you, you must provide your child with his/her own instrument and book.
Trying to decide which instrument is best for your musician? Try watching the "Strings Introduction" and "Band Introduction" to help you out! (Videos might take a minute to load)
Here are some considerations for you to discuss with your child:
- Regular home practice
- Regular lesson attendance
- Some weekend and evening activities such as concerts, are extensions of classroom instruction and student participation is expected.
- Students who have a successful beginning are expected to continue throughout the year.
Band and string classes begin in September and carry on until the end of the year. Enrollment information will be given to your child the first week of school.
I strongly urge you to consider instrumental music for your child, take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your child's musical understanding and intelligence.
Lake Shore Instrumental Music Students love making music, but they also have learned how to write it! Here is a sample of what they have created.
Check the school Blackboard site (screen name "lakeshore" and password "lions") for current schedules, permission slips, and further information.
Fun Fingering Practice!
There are several websites that offer previous instrumental students a way to practice fingerings for their notes and get immediate feedback through a "game" type of interface.
Flutes go to: www.flutetrainer.com Look for hints if a note comes up that you do not know yet.
Clarinets try: www.clarinettrainer.com Look for hints if a note comes up that you do not know yet.
Saxophones check out: http://www.saxtrainer.musickramer.com/ Beginners work up to level 3, advanced up to level 4.
All brass students go to: http://classic.musictheory.net/86 Click on "Set Instrument" and choose yours. Then click on "Set Instrument" again and go! If a note comes up that you do not know yet, click on "New Note."
Percussion students can use http://www.musictheory.net/exercises/keyboard-reverse/yktywyyb A piano keyboard is like a set of bells. There is still a top row and bottom row. See how well you can do!
Strings Check out: http://www.emusictheory.com/practice.html You DO NOT need to log in. Just click on your instrument from the list halfway down the page. Click on the "D Major" button. Read the instructions and have fun!
The mission of the elementary guidance program is to promote and facilitate academic success; career awareness; and personal - social development for all students.
The guidance program is proactive and developmental in nature. Counselors in the elementary schools begin by teaching about feelings in Kindergarten and work up to other social skills such as communication and conflict - resolution.
The objectives of the elementary guidance program are to assist students in developing:
Academic and study skills, such as: listening and paying attention, organization, relaxation techniques, and test-taking strategies.
An awareness of the world of work and how it relates to school.
Social Skills, such as: effective communication, conflict-resolution, and manners.
Personal Skills, such as positive self-concept, successful coping behaviors, and decision-making.
Lake Shore Elementary School has "state-of-the-art" technology. Through our Refresh program, our computer lab has been furnished with 32 computers, our Media Center with 12 computers, and our classrooms with 48 computers.
Our students are able to enrich and reinforce their technology skills by accessing a variety of county approved websites and utilizing approved software applications. From basic word processing, math skills, problem solving, and multimedia presentations, teachers are able to integrate technology into all areas of instruction. Students in grades first through fifth receive an hour of computer instruction weekly.
Our instructional focus is to enhance learning by integrating technology into the curriculum.