Students at Mountain Home School explored a world of math through acting and music when they performed at Yosemite High School theater on April 10. Eighteen third through eighth graders participated in a school musical written and directed by teacher, Brook Bullock.
The play was centered around Mountain Home School's theme for the year "Fun with Numbers." During the course of the play, students learned about how math is used in everyday life and how it is applicable in the real world.
Songs in the musical included classic Disney songs, such as "The Jungle March" and "The Bare Necessities" from the Jungle Book and "Be Our Guest" from Beauty in the Beast." Other songs were strictly math related such as, "We Will Round You" (to the tune of "We Will Rock You.")
In addition to singing and acting, many students participated in making props and set directions. Teacher Kim Meeks, also from Mountain Home School, used her creativity to assist students in making jungle vines, steering wheels, and an assortment of other props.
For some students, this was their first time performing on a real stage in a theater. Bullock stated, "The students did a great job. It was really fun to get them excited about the arts while learning about math at the same time."
Mountain Home School Charter received a grant from Service Organization of the Sierra. "This grant helped make this musical project possible for our school. We are extremely grateful for their support and their desire to assist schools in our local area," Bullock said. The grant helped pay for costumes, prop supplies, and part of the cost of the theater.