Ocean Air is fortunate to have a high-quality, vibrant STEAM + team as a result of district support, community support, and parent-donations through the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation. Our students attend  Science, Music, Art, Technology, Physical Education, and Enrichment classes that are taught by credentialed teachers.   STEAM + teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to enhance the core curriculum and provide students with opportunities to learn through exploration, experimentation, and creativity. Through STEAM+, students develop problem-solving skills, collaborate, and gain exposure to the fine arts above and beyond the classroom experience. STEAM+ classes   are the perfect combination of conceptually based hands-on instruction with opportunities for learning extending   beyond the classroom. This highly valued program would not be available without the generous financial support of our parents and community.  Thank you for supporting your child’s rich educational experience!


             Why STEAM matters…


            Science in the lab with Ms. Waters offers students a hands-on experience to investigate, explore, think, design, create and test their imagination, beliefs and ideas. Students become Scientists, discovering the wonder of Earth Science, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences.

    Kindergarten: Students study the scientific progress by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. Students learn that properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted with their senses.

    1st Grade: Students develop their own questions and perform investigations. They record observations and data with pictures, numbers, or written statements.  In physical sciences, students learn that materials come in different forms (states) including solids, liquids, and gases.

    2nd Grade: Students make predictions based on observed patterns and not random guessing.  In physical sciences, students learn that the motion of objects can be observed, changed, and measured.

    3rd Grade: Students learn to differentiate evidence from opinion and know that scientists do not rely on claims or conclusions unless they are backed by observations that can be confirmed. Students learn that energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another.

    4th Grade: Students learn to differentiate observation from inference (interpretation) and know scientists’ explanations come partly from what they observe and partly from how they interpret their observations. In life sciences, students learn that all organisms need energy and matter to live and grow.

    5th Grade: Students plan and conduct simple investigations based on a student-developed question and write instructions others can follow to carry out the procedure. They identify a single independent variable in a scientific investigation and explain how this variable can be used to collect information to answer a question about the results of the experiment. In life sciences, students learn that plants and animals have structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials.

    6th Grade: Students focus on Earth Science. They learn that plate tectonics accounts for important features of Earth’s surface and major geologic events. They learn that topography is reshaped by the weathering of rock and soil and by the transportation and deposition of sediment. Students study heat, and learn that it moves in a predictable flow from warmer objects to cooler objects until all the objects are at the same temperature.


    Art is in full swing! In Ms. Luce’s studio the year’s theme is cultural comparisons tying in the jungles of Africa, rainforests of Latin America and Central America, masks, ceremonies and traditions from around the world including our Native Americans an ancient people. We will use art elements, principles of design and a mixture of media on our journey.

    Kindergarten: Beginning with basic art elements of line and shape, they will create leaf prints and apple branches. Next will be texture with rubbings and collages.

    1st Grade: Students have started with Tiki masks from the islands using oil pastel resist. Patterns will be taught for designs on their masks. After their masks the students will look at Paul Klee’s art work and with painted squares create an imaginary city using architectural motifs. In late fall, the students will create textured owls out of clay.

    2nd Grade: Second graders started by studying Marc Chagall’s dreamlike paintings. They are drawing their own floating dream picture with oil pastels. Students will look at masks from around the world and then create their own using natural materials and earth colored items.
    3rd Grade: This year third graders started with creating a zentangle sketchbook to use all year in the art room. Next they will look at Cezanne’s still life paintings and create their own with a collage border. They will be using pen and ink and watercolors. Their clay form project will be a vessel turned into an animal.

    4th Grade: Fourth graders have a big year also starting with a sketchbook and then jumping right into clay making a mask. The art room will then be turned into a mask museum for the month. After mask making the art element of value will be explored in drawings. Each student will gain knowledge and skills on creating volume by using value.

    5th Grade: These students will also create a sketchbook in the beginning of the year to be used all year long in the art room. Next they will take the “Chair Challenge”, a design construction project to develop critical thinking skills, collaboration skills and creativity. Mexico’s Day of the Dead ceremony will be looked at from an artistic point of view. The study of the body will be tied into their folk art of painted skeletons on wood. Stack art is a favorite painting project that will focus on color.

    6th Grade:  They started with a sketchbook and will continue with the “Chair Challenge” like the fifth grades. They too will study the folk art of Mexico but will create a clay Day of the Dead skull art form. This project ties in with their study of ancient man. The students will move on into printing with a self-portrait project.


    Music study with Ms. Beeson helps young minds develop according to scientific research. Students learn specific age-appropriate California State Standards for music as they express the basic elements of rhythm, pitch, form, dynamics, tempo, and style while singing, reading, writing, playing instruments, and listening to music. All students are exposed to major classical works with fun computer listening maps in Music Memory. Upper grades can join string performance ensembles during lunch clubs and perform in concert twice a year.

    Kindergarten: Intro to music ta titi, singing sol-mi pitches, sticks and egg shakers, leaf dance, goin' to the farm

    1st Grade: Singing sol-mi-la pitches, reading rhythms adding z rest, Big Black Cat,

    2nd Grade: Add mi-re-do pitches, Must Be Halloween, Movement/game songs: Grizzly Bear, Button You Must Wander, Rocky Mountain

    3rd Grade: Pentatonic songs, starting Aesop’s Adventures mini-musical

    4th grade:  Go West Musical (Social Studies: California History), staff, note names, music is math, recorders

    5th grade:  13 Colonies Musical (Social Studies: American History), this year: recorders

    6th grade: Drumming, Dig-It Musical (learn the songs/scenes for Ancient Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China/India)


    Technology enhances and utilizes the core curriculum, while providing students unique and new ways to develop their ideas. Opportunities exist to create and implement writings and art work through videos, slide presentations, and print media projects. Students will have to learn to be good digital citizens and use the tools responsibly.  Mrs. Smith will be working with students from Kindergarten to Sixth. They will visit the Ocean Air Technology Lab to refresh old and learn new tech skills.

    Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades are using a processing application. These students are practicing the use of draw and graphic tools, as well as creating text boxes for sentences.

    3rd grade students have been going through an introduction to word processing tools. All third graders will soon begin learning how to use their own Google Docs accounts to prepare for their own Chromebook.

    4th, 5th and 6th grades are utilizing Google accounts to work on documents, presentations, drawings, and Forms (spreadsheets) in Google Apps. Next up will be visual poetry presentations using Prezi, an online presentation application.

    Physical Education (P.E.) consists of a variety of standards-based lessons for each grade level.  In addition to regularly scheduled classes with Mr. Davis and Mrs. Miller, PE Lunch Club provides students many other opportunities to be active members of a team, promoting sportsmanship, teamwork and skill development beyond PE class.

    Kindergarten: Students began the year learning proper stretching and warm-up techniques. Cooperative tag games and bean bag games were also introduced

    1st grade: Students began the year playing the team game, Treasure Hunt.

    2nd grade: Students began the year playing Treasure Hunt and will began a soccer unit in October.

    3rd grade: Students started the year working on throwing and catching skills. Students will apply these skills playing Speedball in the weeks to come.

    4th grade: Students began the year with a frisbee unit. Proper throwing and catching techniques were introduced. The students are preparing to play frisbee golf and ultimate frisbee in the weeks to come.

    5th grade: Students have been playing invasion games such as capture the flag, alien invasion, and capture the footballs.

    6th grade: Students started the year with a ping-pong unit and learned proper gripping of the paddle and serving.

    Lunch Clubs: 3rd and 4th grade- Capture the Flag; 5th and 6th grade- Soccer


    Enrichment allows 5th and 6th graders the opportunity to work with Mrs. Leeder on a variety of exciting programs.

    International Scenario Writing:  Students have explored futuristic scenarios through writing.  Scenario writing is a creative writing academic competition that gives students an opportunity to explore the future relating to one of the five pre-selected topics of the year. This year’s topics include: The Impact of Social Media, Processed Foods, Propaganda, Enhancing Human Potential, and Space Exploration.  Students research one of the five program topics and prepare a short story of 1,500 words or less that is set a minimum of 20 years in the future.  In class, we read and explored winning student stories from previous years, engaged in a 4-person team creative writing piece, and began to explore the topics selected for this year.  Students wishing to continue the creative writing process are invited to work with Mrs. Leeder on Wednesdays during lunch or via email communication.  Students will have an option to submit their first draft scenarios to be evaluated in November and final drafts for state evaluation in January.  The first place winner at the state level will be evaluated at the International Scenario Writing Competition.  Enrichment curriculum throughout the school year will rotate between language arts related activities and math enrichment.  We will be wrapping up our writing sessions and moving on to explore an area of mathematics in the coming weeks.


    Future Problem Solving Program (FPS): Students interested in being a part of the Ocean Air FPS club have been meeting on Wednesdays (6th) and Thursdays (5th) this past month. The FPS program is an international academic competition that engages students in creative problem solving. In FPS, students develop critical and creative thinking skills through learning an approach to research, brainstorming, critical analysis that is employed by governments and companies around the world.  Students research topics in depth and explore their social, political, economic, and technological implications. Teams then brainstorm and explore the challenges posed by each topic and complete the process by detailing and evaluating potential solutions. Their analysis and solutions are reviewed by a panel of judges who provide suggestions for improvement in addition to an overall score.  Students are currently completing their first booklet on the topic of Social Media.  We have some amazing minds in this year’s group!



          Did you know…


    These teachers do so much more than enhance the core curriculum through STEAM + they also run Lunch Clubs that allow students additional time in their area of interest.  They find opportunities for our kids to participate in science competitions, music concerts, intramural sports, and art exhibits. 


          Learn More

          Visit the DMUSD website for more information on the STEAM + program

                Check out the Ocean Air website>Class Pages>STEAM +

                Visit DMSEF.org for FAQs and to learn more about how you can support the STEAM + program