Fourth graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently completed a Side x Side program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and integrated with an IB and narrative writing unit on “identity.” Each student created a 2-dimensional art piece that demonstrated parts of their identity without using names or physical descriptions. The program began with students
First grade teachers at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently collaborated with Side x Side on a “Who We Are” International Baccalaureate (IB) unit. Working with Side x Side teaching artist Sarah Boyden, students created inquiry notebooks with self-portrait puppets and puppet theaters to use throughout the school year.
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Mark your calendars and plan to join Side x Side at Flatbread Company in Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 5-9pm! A portion of each pizza sold (including takeout orders) between 5:00 and 9:00pm will be donated to Side x Side! Eat pizza and help fund Side x Side’s arts-integrated programs in the Portland public schools!
Side x Side is honored to be the recipient of a 2022 Maine Arts Commission Organization Project Grant for its “All About Owls” project. The award helps fund arts-integrated programs for fourth graders at Lyseth Elementary School in Portland where teaching artists and teachers collaborate to design innovative units with science, writing, and research on Maine
Fifth graders at Talbot Community School participated in a Side x Side program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and integrated with a science unit on invasive species. During the program, students studied the Emerald Ash Borer, its lifecycle, origin, and the damage it causes to ash trees. They also learned about the process of
First graders in Ms. Liebling’s class at Reiche Community School participated in a Side x Side storytelling and movement program throughout the course of the school year. Led by teaching artist Antonio Rocha, the program was integrated with a literacy unit on narrative writing and a science unit on Maine animals. Earlier in the school
Sixth graders at Connors Elementary School in Lewiston recently participated in a Side x Side bookmaking program led by teaching artist Leah Cross and integrated with a unit on dystopian literature with a focus on character traits and relationships. Using character journals, students recorded their research and created puppets of their chosen characters. They then designed
Sixth graders at Lyman Moore Middle School recently wrapped up a Side x Side bookmaking and physical theater program led by teaching artists Anne Ackerman and Gretchen Berg. Integrated with a science unit on climate change, students worked with Ackerman to create alternative book forms to capture their research on Earth’s vanishing ice and visualize ice melt
Second graders at Lyseth Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side physical theater program led by teaching artist Gretchen Berg and integrated with a science unit on whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The program kicked off with an interactive presentation by Brittany Liscord from the Children’s Museum of Maine and her life-sized blow-up humpback