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Grade 1 students recently participated in an exciting collaborative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lesson with Pet Alfano (Science Coach) and Lisa Wolff (Math Coach). The students built electric pianos that used keys made of Play-Doh that had been formed into a set of 3D shapes that they were studying in Math.  Students then used their pianos to play music based on patterns that they had created from the shapes, allowing them to hear their patterns. Students made connections between how sound is made using electronic devices, how patterns form the basis of musical compositions, and how patterns help us recognize where things repeat, which is an important underlying concept in mathematics.  

Student looking at Play-Doh piano keys
Rules for Sound poster
Students pressing Play-Doh piano keys to make music
Student connecting Play-Doh piano keys to multi-colored wires