Kindergarten - Fifth Grade
General music classes will be defined in terms of responding, connecting, performing, and creating to develop a language of music. For “responding,” the scholar will engage with the art form through reading, notating, and/or interpreting music. For “connecting,” the scholar will explore music history and culture. It can be represented by various genres, including classical and popular styles, or the many contributions made by different cultures worldwide. For “performing,” the scholars will be creating and producing music. This will enable them to organize expressive sounds and make decisions about the music based on an overall plan. For “creating,” the scholars will express their musicality by creating original works. The scholars will explore these strands: responding, connecting, performing, and creating through varied musical media, including singing, speaking, listening, playing games, playing musical instruments, and moving. (This description was derived and condensed from an excerpt in the Oklahoma State Department of Education Music Standards, sde.ok.gov)
Visual art is a significant expression of human culture. Art carries ideas from generation to generation, enhances cultural understanding, provides visual records of the past, and gives form to contemporary ideas and events. Through visual art, we develop skills for perceiving, analyzing, appreciating, and responding to the visual environment.
The standards guide scholars through art skills in sequential order as they relate to art's cognitive, psychomotor, and affective aspects. A total curriculum balances the artistic processes: creative process, production, cultural and historical perspectives, and aesthetic response and critique methodologies.
The creative process in art begins with learning the language of art and developing visual literacy to identify and/or communicate artistic concepts and techniques. Scholars learn art vocabulary, practice and refine techniques, make creative choices and practice individual expression in creating art.
Art production demonstrates the learned techniques and expression of ideas. Scholars utilize a variety of ideas and different media, supplies, and tools appropriately and safely to create original artworks. They demonstrate an appropriate skill level and revise and refine artworks to create finished works of art.
Visual art scholars learn about art history and culture. They connect artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
This reflective process includes art critique and assessment, preparation of the scholar’s artwork portfolio, and exploring and studying visual art careers and pathways.
(“Fine Arts”, Oklahoma State Department of Education, 2020./sde.ok.gov/)
The overarching goal of school physical education in Oklahoma is to ensure that school-aged youth become physically literate individuals with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to lead physically active lives. Scholars will gain the needed skillfulness, knowledge, and dispositions toward physically active lifestyles. Scholars receive various benefits in movement skills, physical conditioning, and knowledge, so they can develop strategies and tactics to lead a physically active lifestyle. The primary goal of elementary physical education courses is to develop foundational skills, knowledge, and values that will allow them to apply these skills during their middle school years and beyond.
(“Physical Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education, 2020.sde.ok.gov)