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Muons

Balloon Farm

The Muon’s engaged in a writing exercise after hearing the story “Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm”, by Jerdine Nolan. He had his special way of growing balloons, like stalks of corn, and we found out how. His young protege, now an adult, grows hers like beets in the ground…only she does not tell us her secret […]

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Skits

The Muons discussed various skit performance formats in order to begin writing, directing, and performing their own dramatic theatrical performances.

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Muons Writers’ Workshop

This week the Muon’s shared how they used their writing books/journals during the past week. It was interesting to see how they found their own way of interacting with it. Then we took the second half of the class to fill up some more of their pages. The goal is to bring their journals back […]

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Shoe Making

The Electrons and Muons have started a new community service project. The kids chose to work with a group called Sole Hope to provide shoes for children in Uganda. From Sole Hope: “Sole Hope helps create jobs to shoemakers and tailors, while providing shoes to help prevent jiggers. Your pants (and parties) can help.”   […]

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Sound Effects

The Muons recorded two additional scenes for their marionette show, incorporating sound effects, character dialogue, and live guitar! The kids discussed the storyline, and the goals of each character and recorded several takes on a digital multitrack recorder until they perfected the recording. They also did a few dry rehearsals of the production from beginning […]

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Exquisite Corpse Drawings

Last week, we discussed the surrealist art movement of the 1920’s and the transition from art based on reality to art from an artist’s imagination. We tested out the new digital projector and looked at art from Dali, Miro, Magritte, and Man Ray. We then looked at the Exqisite Corpse artwork that came from collaboration […]

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Writers’ Workshop

The last couple of weeks we have been analyzing readings from previous weeks from the perspective of writers. We looked at various literary devices that writers use such as Anthropomorphism and Personification and we have been trying to apply those strategies to our writing. We spent some time debating which authors did a better job […]

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Voiceovers

The Muons recorded the first part of their soundtrack and voiceovers for their marionette performance using a multitrack recorder. They selected an ambient sound effect of “deep space”, then rehearsed and recorded the dialogue between the main characters in the first two scenes. Afterwards, they rehearsed the marionette movement in conjunction with the recorded sound […]

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Rehearsal

The Muons rehearsed a simple marionette performance in conjunction with their stage backdrops and recorded music. They also worked out the logistics involved in bringing characters on and off stage without tangling them up, and practiced projecting their voices to the back of the theater room.

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UFOs

The Muons worked on a couple of backdrops for their puppet theater production, featuring the planet Mars and the interior of a UFO!

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