Musical Scavenger Hunt

posted Nov 30, 2012, 7:31 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 30, 2012, 7:31 AM by Brad Kohl ]
    As a part of the fourth grade curriculum at Nellie Stone Johnson each class focuses a part of their classroom time to learning about Opera. As a supplement to the classroom learning, various activities are scattered throughout the year, which help students to gain a hands on understanding of Opera and operatic terminology. In the fall the entire fourth grade has the privilege of being taught a class by a member of the Minnesota Opera Guild, and later in the year the classes are treated to a tour of the Opera's theater and backstage area. After each event the separate classes are tested on their knowledge of a list of terms. 
    This year the 4th grade just finished their first pre-test of the terms and after meeting with an Opera member for a class period, they also took a post test of this same test to measure any enhancements in their operatic knowledge. Lately we have been closely analyzing the data. This included the differences between classes and the changes from pre to post tests. The variables looked at were the number of questions answered correctly, number of questions answered completely correctly (meaning that out of a total number of points for each question, the child received all of them), and number of questions attempted. 
    After analyzing these results in SPSS we have taken on the job of presenting the statistical results of the first pre and post test to the 4th grade classroom teachers at Nellie Stone Johnson. Our findings will hopefully help them to understand the differences in scores between their relative classes, and inspire conversation about ways to improve teaching styles.