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    Schools
Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
A3
Monument students perform
‘Peter & Wendy’ on stage
Missoula
Children’s
Theatre teaches
acting basics
By Angel Carpenter
Contributed photo
Humbolt students in Georgia Boethin’s fifth-grade class work on solving a
Thanksgiving math problem, including (back, left to right) Jazlyn Valade and Kydalin
Sagaser and (front) Logan Randleas and Ryann Coombs.
Blue Mountain Eagle
A total of 43 Monument
School students experienced
the joys of acting, taking part
in the Missoula Children’s
Theatre production “Peter &
Wendy.”
“Missoula has really
taught me to speak out and go
out of my comfort zone even
in times when I don’t really
want to,” said freshman Mark
Thomas, who played the part
of Peter.
Sophomore
Aubrey
Bowlus, cast as Wendy, said
she enjoyed the “exhilarating
feeling” performing for the
audience.
Children’s theater actress-
es Allie Marshall and Hannah
Kulus held an audition Nov.
13 and spent a week teaching
the students acting fundamen-
tals while the students learned
their lines. The hard work cul-
minated in a presentation for
an audience of more than 80
on Nov. 17.
The children’s theater vis-
its the school each year for
what fourth- through sixth-
grade teacher Laura Thomas
said is a great opportunity for
all the students.
“I love that the program
allows our students to be ex-
posed to an aspect of the fine
arts which we would not be
able to provide to them other-
wise,” Thomas said. “(It’s) a
wonderful week that is filled
with fun and excitement.”
She said, even if some stu-
dents don’t participate in the
play, they each take part in a
50-minute workshop.
The children’s theater,
which has been in existence for
45 years, will work with 65,000
children this year in all 50 states
and 17 countries this year.
“I liked getting to have a
part in the play each year, and
I like learning about the story
of each play,” said third-grad-
er Josh Thomas.
Fifth-graders ‘gobble up’ math problem
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
Contributed photos
Mark Thomas, cast as Peter Pan, has a shouting match with
Hook, played by Donovan Schafer in the Nov. 17 Missoula
Children’s Theatre production of “Peter & Wendy.”
Aubrey Bowlus plays
the part of Wendy in
the Missoula Children’s
Theatre production of
“Peter & Wendy.”
Tinkerbell (Taylor
Hamilton) speaks with
Peter Pan (Mark Thomas)
in the play “Peter &
Wendy.”
Third-grader Taylor Ham-
ilton added, “I like how
Missoula Children’s Theatre
comes every year to teach us a
play. I learn a lot about acting
and expressions during it.”
Students in Georgia
Boethin’s fifth-grade class at
Humbolt Elementary School
were absorbed with solving
a real-life math problem last
week — planning Thanks-
giving dinner.
The challenge was to
use a grocery store ad to
find savings on the turkey
and trimmings and plan out
dinner for 10 people, while
staying within a budget.
“This was planned to
learn how to estimate deci-
mals, as well as how to find
an exact answer,” Boethin
said. “This was a super-en-
gaging, high-interest task
and one that answers the
question, ‘When am I ever
gonna use this?’”
While students busied
themselves with the prob-
lem, some thoughtful ques-
tions cropped up.
One student raised a hand
to ask how many pounds of
turkey would feed 10 peo-
ple.
“I said, ‘Turkeys have
bones in them, so a 1/2
pound per person, and a 1/2
pound times 10,” Boethin
said. “I knew it was going
Contributed photo
Humbolt Elementary School fifth-graders Savannah
Watterson and Fallan Giffin work on a Thanksgiving dinner
math problem last week in Georgia Boethin’s class.
to come up, and I let them
struggle with it.”
One group wanted home-
made stuffing on their menu,
and broke down the price for
ingredients down to the crou-
tons.
They also compared pric-
es by finding out the per-
ounce cost of each item.
“The kids were so en-
gaged, they begged me to
do math instead of reading,”
Boethin said. “That never
happens.”
She came up with the idea
after attending a training in
Salem on how to write per-
formance tasks and taking
an online class for personal
development through Stan-
ford University called Math
Mindsets.
She said the interest was
about as high as she’s ever
seen in a math class.
“They have to understand
why they’re doing it, and it
needed to be authentic,” she
said.
Boethin said she has the
simple question “Why?”
on the whiteboard in her
classroom, and she told her
class at the beginning of the
school year she would ask
them why and she wants
them to ask why “a million
times” this year.
She told them, “I’m not
going to teach you what to
think, but how to think.”
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