Ross Students Learn About Ocean Animals Through Music

Ross Elementary 2nd graders were in for a treat today when guest presenter Jon Schwartz visited their classroom.

Schwartz represents Rockademix, a non-profit organization that teaches through the use of music and the arts. Schwartz, an avid underwater-photographer from San Diego, uses his book, “The Kid From Cabo,” to teach school children that living things are built in ways that help them survive. Specifically, how several species of fish are darker on top than they are on the bottom, protecting them from predators.

Schwartz used songs to help him deliver his lesson, a tool he utilized during his 15-year career as a classroom teacher. “When I first started to use music to help my students learn, my 1st graders were picking up everything from phonics to geography to mathematics through song. After a lot of encouragement from education professors, I started looking at developing a curriculum that other teachers could use,” Schwartz said.

Stacy Neumann, music coordinator at both Ross Elementary and Eisenhower Middle School, was thrilled to have Mr. Schwartz back at Ross for the second year in a row. “We’ve gotten so much district support for (these kinds of presentations) that we knew we wanted to keep providing them for our students,” she said.

The students here in land-locked Kansas had a great time learning about aquatic oceanic animals. Thank you, Mr. Schwartz, for presenting such an entertaining lesson!

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