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
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.
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
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