Enriching, Engaging project-based learning is an essential ingredient of media classes!
Thunder Hill Elementary School is an Arts Integration school. The media center plays an active role in integrating the arts into the curriculum. In April 2014, on Arts Integration Day, the Media Center became a Medieval Village. Voices of the villagers were heard by the children, based on the dialogues found in the Laura Amy Schlitz' GOOD MASTERS, SWEET LADIES: Voices from a Medieval Village. A culminating activity of the day was the celebration of May Day, as the children had the opportunity to dance a Maypole Dance, set to a lullaby (found in dialogue of "Alice the shepherdess") sung and recorded by our talented vocal music teacher, Mrs. Alison Gatwood.
Author visits expand our WORLDS of Learning!
Author/photographer Kathy Miller came to visit Thunder Hill. The author and photographer of Chippy Chipmunk books, Mrs. Miller shared with the 3rd graders how to take photographs of nature, and gave them an opportunity to write their own captions.
Another engaging event occurred through the Media Center program as Native American flutist came to Thunder Hill on Arts Integration Day. accompanied the reading of Native American folktales, in collaboration with our emphasis on the legend of the Thunderbird, the THES mascot.
Media eventS even take place outside of school...
Every other summer, we host a Summer Reading Birthday Party for THES students who have summer birthdays at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, in support of the HCPSS partnership with the HCL.