Tahoe Lake Elementary creates a ‘Rumpus in the Rainforest’

Submitted to the Sierra Sun

Students from Tahoe Lake Elementary School, a science-based school in Tahoe City, are having fun singing to bring awareness to the plight of the Amazon Rainforest.

At a recent schoolwide performance, students dressed as blue morpho butterflies, sloths, monkeys, jaguars, boa constrictors, red-eyed tree frogs, and toucans sang and presented information about the Amazon’s unique rainforest ecosystem. They also sang about preserving and protecting this important region, which provides 20% of the earth’s oxygen.

Thanks to Measure AA, students at Tahoe Lake enjoy music classes each week and Tahoe Lake integrates music with science and social studies to provide two all-school musicals per year and an additional musical at every grade level. When students sing and dance with their songs, they process language through different neural pathways and these musical experiences provide excellent cognitive language development for all students. Practicing and performing in a musical is a special activity that builds a culture of kindness and inclusion amongst the students.

And the best part of it all, is they’re having fun while engaged in such an important issue.

Source: Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

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