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 a variety of different genres; including classical styles, popular styles or the many contributions made by different cultures throughout the world. 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 through creating original works. The scholars will explore these strands: responding, connecting, performing and creating through varied musical media to include: 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 the cognitive, psychomotor and affective aspects of art. A total curriculum is balanced between 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 in an appropriate and safe manner 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 in relation to history and culture. They connect artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.
This reflective process includes art critique and assessment, preparation of the scholar’s artwork portfolio, and the exploration and study of 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 who possess 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 a variety of benefits in the areas of 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)