Program Overview The Side x Side (SxS) Program Book is the ongoing product of the work of K–5 public school teachers, teaching artists, and multiple community partners in southern Maine. The lessons and activities provided here were developed as part of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement,
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
Side x Side ignites academic excellence in education through comprehensive arts-based programs bringing critical thinking, creativity and innovation into the classroom. Side x Side partners with the University of Southern Maine, local school districts, organizations, artists, professionals, and colleges. Side x Side makes a profound and lasting impact on our schools and communities through four primary
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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