The goal of Butler Catholic School is to take each student to the next level of learning through an integrated education experience. Middle school teachers have recently collaborated on a new literary project to make an intentional connection between five areas of learning: Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, also known as STREAM.  A different literary work was selected for sixth, seventh and eighth grade, and faculty members incorporated each work into their lesson plans for their specific subject areas. The Phantom Tollbooth (play version) was selected for sixth grade, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, was selected for seventh grade, and Out of the Dust, was selected for eighth grade.  All three literary works are being read and analyzed in literature class.  The Science, Technology, Religion, Art, and Mathematics teachers then make connections to the work in their own classes to encourage student inquiry, critical thinking and creativity.

For example, The Phantom Tollbooth, is being incorporated across the curriculum in these ways:  In Science, students studied Chromatography to create a project that connected a character from the novel, The Phantom Tollbooth.  Chroma, a conductor of the great color orchestra in the Forest of Sight, ensures all the colors of the day are properly handled.  When Chroma decides to take a rest, Milo makes a mess of the colors of the day.  In Computer class, students used technology to create a persuasive poster to convince their audience that either numbers or words were better.  In Religion class, students discussed how specific individuals teach us character lessons in our lives, just like Milo in the story.  Students were then asked to write thank you cards to a family member, pretending to be Milo, thanking them for a lesson that they taught them. In Language Arts, students read and discussed the play, and studied various types of figurative language used in the play.  The students then took examples of figurative language from the text of the play or real life and illustrated their literal meanings to emphasize that figurative language cannot be taken literally.  In Mathematics, students learned about a dodecahedron and mathematical expressions.  They engineered a dodecahedron by constructing an actual paper model of the geometric shape.  They also compared the facial expressions of the character Dodecahedron from the play and then used Emoji’s to incorporate a modern twist on facial expressions versus mathematical expressions.

Butler Catholic teachers are intentional in fostering a love of learning in their students.  Through this latest STREAM Project, middle school faculty members are creatively collaborating to integrate each student’s learning experience.  Please join us at Butler Catholic School’s Open House on Sunday, March 5th from 1-3 PM to learn more about STREAM at BCS, and to see all the STREAM projects on display completed by our middle school students.