EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN

Welcome Students and Teachers!  

        On this page you will find some suggestions for creativity.

1.    MUSICAL WARM UPS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO SING ALONG

       

                                     

2.   SONG RECORDING CHALLENGE

       Select a song to study for recording.

       Memorize the song.

       Record yourself (audio or video) singing along.

3.    SONG DRAWING STUDY

       Some songs have photos or illustrations next to their lyrics.  

       Choose a photo or verbal description from any page in this website.

       Draw it.  Color it if you want. 

       It can be as simple as a pen or pencil drawing on a paper scrap to a colorful painting.

4.    "ART-TEXT"  Correcting and Illustrating sentences.

       Each “Art Text” sentence has mistakes. 

       Choose a sentence.

       On a blank sheet, rewrite the sentence with corrections at the bottom.  

       Illustrate the image.  Go wild!   Color if you want.  

       Take a picture of your drawing.  Send to srokap@sfusd.edu

       Sign your name to the front of your work.  Note your age and school (optional)

 

                                    EXAMPLE

 

the kittys played with yarn on the desktop, as the Puppy trembled in fear beneath them

 

The kitties played with yarn on the desktop, as the puppy trembled in fear beneath them.

     

                                                                                       by Siobhan Slater (Mr. Peter's niece)

                                                                                              iPad drawing

Below are some "Art-Text" sentences for you to correct and draw. 

The sentences below will change periodically.

See "Art-Text Archives" for more sentences to choose from.

 

One Mistake

That fluffy dog has too tails.

 

An flower grew out of the man's ear.

those shoes are too big for you.

 

Two Mistakes

my baby sister ate a hole watermelon.

a spider is swiming in my soup.

 

At the aquarium, a shark swam right up too my face

Four Mistakes

 

the fairy king rode his majical bicycle over the ranebow

 

the elefant bathed in a Swimming pool full of grap jelly.

 

Maria feel asleep while she was reading an book abut bugs.

5.        SONG LYRIC STUDY

           Choose any song on any page to study.  Listen to the song 2 - 3 times in a row.

           From memory write 3 - 5 sentences about what the song lyrics say.

           At the top, put your full name and the title you have chosen to write about.

  

                              EXAMPLE

Peter Sroka

Song - Dear Planet Earth

The planet provides many things we should be thankful for.

Several articles of clothing in my wardrobe have plants in them.

Earth's air provides our lungs with the fuel of life.

This song is written as a thank you letter to our home planet.

6.         PLAYWRITING and Writing Lyrics (advanced) 

          A.    Use a photo to inspire a scene between characters.

                     (Find one on your own or see the "Teacher" page for examples).

                      Imagine what happens in the scene.  

                      Decide on a Setting (time/place)

 

                      Invent characters (2-4)

 

                      Using dialogue and stage directions, write a script

          B.     Select a song that can be changed or added to.

                       Rewrite the lyrics with changes or additions.

                       EXAMPLES

                   "The Difference" found on the "MATH" page

                   can be about snakes instead of seagulls, 

                   crawling from a rock into the swamp. 

                   The numbers can be changed too.

                   "Books Into Wings" could use a new verse about 

                   Katherine Johnson (the mathematician who helped calculate   

                   the flight pattern for astronaut Alan Shepard's) flight into space.

                   She recently died at age 101.

            

Frightened Puppy.jpg
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7.        SONG REVIEW

           Choose any song on any page to study.  Listen to the song 3 times.

        Pretend you are a critic on an entertainment channel. 

 

        Write a review.

 

        In the review, explain what the song is about.

 

        Also think of something you liked and something that could improve it.