Harold McCormick students present musical about math

Published 9:48 am Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Harold McCormick Elementary students were singing the praises of math during their spring musical.

During the “Math Rocks” musical, students in fourth and fifth grade sang songs about math functions, processes and components while sharing facts about the history and leaders of the math world.

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“The students really enjoyed it,” Harold McCormick music teacher Emilee Whitehead said. “They didn’t seem to like it at first because they were afraid it would be boring. Once we got into and started working on it, they really liked it.”

Audience members were introduced to characters such as Pythagoras, the early Greek mathematician who developed the Pythagorean theorem; mathematician Isaac Newton; and Euclid, who is frequently called the “Father of Geometry.”

Students did the Rhombus Rhumba, sang the Metric Melody and shared information about Action Fractions before performing the finale, “Lowest Terms,” which was set to the music of Miley Cyrus’ pop song “Wrecking Ball.”

Students in all grades participated in activities for the school’s Celebration of the Arts events that were held this past week.

This is the third year Harold McCormick has held the Celebration of the Arts.

The theme for this year’s Celebration was “School Rocks,” and each grade level focused on a different topic.

“This is curriculum-based,” Whitehead said. “Everything they have done supports their lessons.”

Grade levels were paired together for the musicals they performed for the student body and the public. Students in second and third grade did a musical on science, while the kindergarten and first grade’s musical was about hats.

“Their show was about occupations,” Whitehead said. “It was about the different hats that went with different jobs, like a firefighter or a police officer.”

In addition to the musicals, students created art for the schoolwide art show.

The artwork was displayed on the school walls for visitors and students to view as they made their way through the school for the musicals.

“Their art went along with what the musicals were about,” Whitehead said. “The kindergarten and first grade students made art about jobs. The second and third grade did science and the fourth and fifth grade used math for their inspiration. They did a great job.”

A school-wide book fair was held the same time as the Celebration of Arts festivities.