By GERRI MCDONALD
Special to Atmore News
Fifth graders in Mrs. Jill Jones science class are currently learning all about photosynthesis. Instead of just reading about the process in their science books, the students were all actively engaged in creating “props” for “Photosynthesis Play.” Some of the characters they will be are sun/sunlight, water (H2O), sugar, carbon dioxide (CO2), oxygen (O2), wind, rain and chloroplasts in the leaf of the plant. Students will memorize their lines, and wear clothing that will complement their props for their performance.
While this method of reinforcing scientific knowledge may seem unusual, research proves that involvement in the arts leads to higher student achievement, becoming more proficient in reading, writing and math.
One of the most obvious benefits of performing arts is the development of skills in self-presentation.
Performing arts also help teach children both self-reliance and collaboration with others to reach a goal. Best of all, these students say they love performing a play, and in this case, it helps them learn, and reinforce all the facts about photosynthesis.