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Cartography: Mapping Portland

Students will participate in a walking field trip around their school and community. They will travel with sketch clipboards to draw or list what they notice. Upon returning to school, students will engage in a discussion about where different places are located in their community. The teacher will explain and introduce the project, ask students […]

Building the Foundation: Structure and Framework

Side x Side programs are supported by a US Department of Education Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination grant of almost $2.5 million over four years. Side x Side Framework PROGRAM TEAM classroom teachers school art teacher Side x Side teaching artists Side x Side project staff IDENTIFY CURRICULUM FOCUS identify class curriculum areas […]

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Side x Side ignites academic excellence in education through comprehensive artsbased programs bringing critical thinking, creativity and innovation into the classroom. Side x Side partners with the University of Southern Maine, Bates College, local visiting artists and professional experts. Side x Side makes a profound and lasting impact on our schools and communities through four […]

Printmaking: Dr. Seuss

After a fun reading of “Fox In Sox” by a local storyteller, students will have a chance to participate in activities and games to get them thinking about Dr. Seuss stories and characters such as using their imaginations to turn simple geometric and organic shapes into fun characters, participating in a group game of Mad […]

Dance: Storytelling Through Dance

The unit will begin with a visit from a group of dancers (or a trip to see a dance performance). Students will watch the performance and learn about how dance communicates ideas and emotions. Students will have the chance to ask the dancers (pre-determined) questions about their dance at the end. Timeframe: 60 minutes

Bookmaking: Maine Animals

The unit will begin with a visit from a Maine wildlife expert. Students will watch a presentation of live wild animals and learn interesting facts about those animals. Next, students will explore a variety of books and images of Maine animals to help them determine which animal they will choose for their project. Teaching Tip: […]

Sculpture & Illustration: Moving Oceans

The unit will begin with a visit from an ocean expert or marine scientist. Students will watch a presentation about ocean habitats and learn interesting facts about sea creatures. Next, students will explore a variety of books and images of sea creatures to help them determine which creature they will choose for their research project. […]

Sculpture & Illustration: Landforms

The unit will begin with a visit from a geologist. Students will watch a presentation about both local and national land formations, learn interesting facts, and take notes. Next, students will explore a variety of books and images about landforms and create a list of questions they will research.

Film: Bringing History to Life

There are many ways classroom teachers (CT) can work with a teaching artist (TA). SxS firmly believes that the best arts integration is accomplished through a teacher and teaching artist partnership. When teachers and artists collaborate in the classroom, the results undoubtedly reflect a teaching practice that meets the needs, and expands the possibilities of, […]