After a fun interactive reading of “Fox In Socks” by a local storyteller, students will participate in activities and games to get them thinking about Dr. Seuss stories and characters. Students will work together in teams for interactive drawing games using large sheets of paper to get their minds and bodies moving simultaneously. Then they
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. General Dance Resources (for
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: Collect
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.
Mural Making: Research Like an Artist
Show a short slideshow defining murals and outlining a brief history: the Chauvet Cave, Egyptian tombs, and Rufus Porter as an example of a mural artist. Focus on the idea of murals being a long-standing part of world history and on their longevity. Today, you can go and visit murals that were created over 30,000
Learning Through Physical Theater
Teachers introduce the guest teaching artist: a physical theater professional. The teaching artist will teach students about physical theater and practice ways it can be used to communicate and share knowledge. Teachers and teaching artist share the project overview.
Film: Bringing History to Life
Invite a history expert from the community to give a presentation on a chosen research topic or issue. Have the students take notes on the presentation, to reference later as part of their research. After the guest speaker is finished and has answered questions from the students, the teacher can show excepts from films illustrating
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