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Chemical Reactions

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Oxidation and Combustion: Chemical Reactions in Fire

A wide variety of science concepts can be explored through the study of fireworks

Butterfly

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The Dance of the Butterfly

Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly

The American Flag

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Oh, Say Can You See…

Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

adjectiveMonster

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Adjective Monster

Use the visual art and language arts to creatively tell stories of monstrous proportions

Paul Bunyon

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Tall Tales Today

Create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character

Watching the Sunset

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Haiku: Learning and Sharing

Students will look beyond the basics of haiku poetry and focus on the content of the haiku

Irish Dancers

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You’re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance

Explore the traditions of Irish dance through music, costumes, and poetry

trees

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Trees in Nature and Art

Students will explore the use of trees in paintings and poetry

Bessie Smith

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Musical Harlem

Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz

President Obama being sworn in.

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Who Can Vote for President?

Learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government

Wagon and mules

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Capturing History

Examine the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars

Chinese performers

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Chinese Instruments

Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lesson: Acting Up, A Melodrama
In this lesson, the students practice some melodramatic movement.

9-12 Theater Language Arts
South Pacific

Lesson: Adapting a Musical
This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event, and includes suggestions for immersing students into the creative process of building a musical.

9-12 Theater English
adjectiveMonster

Lesson: Adjective Monster
Use the visual art and language arts to creatively tell stories of monstrous proportions

K-4 Visual Arts Language Arts
Sculpture

Lesson: Alexander Calder: Master of Balance
Viewing mobiles created by sculptor Alexander Calder, students learn about the function and form of levers. They build mobiles, experiment with balancing levers, and equilibrium

5-8 Visual Arts Math, Science
Baseball Field

Lesson: All Around the Baseball Field
Students construct a mock baseball field and from there explore the sport of baseball through art, movement, and sound

K-4 Music, Theater, Visual Arts Math, Language Arts, Physical Education
Sheet music and fibonacci spiral

Lesson: Amazing Fibonacci
Using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, your students study math concepts of pattern, recursion, Pi and the Golden Ratio, developing their ability to analyze the structure of music.

9-12 Music Social Studies, Math
Mrs. Larocca

Lesson: America, A Home for Every Culture
Students will discuss and explore the cultures that have contributed to making the United States the unique and diverse country it is today.

K-4 Music, Visual Arts Geography, History
Still Life in Winter

Lesson: An American Scene Painter
Students learn about American artist Charles Burchfield. Students capture information and sketches in a journal, then use these ideas to create an original watercolor

5-8 Visual Arts Language Arts
photo gallery

Lesson: Analyzing Photographs: From Theory to Practice
Throughout this lesson, students will examine works of art and learn tools to analyze and discuss photography

5-8 Visual Arts, Media Arts Language Arts
Jungle Forest

Lesson: Animal Habitats
Pre-readers are introduced to animal habitats through story, song, and dramatic play using children’s books

K-4 Music, Theater Math, Science, Geography, Physical Education
Firefighter at Ground Zero

Lesson: Art from Tragedy: Remembering 9/11
In this four-day lesson, students will be reading Anne Nelson’s play, The Guys, not only as a vehicle for remembrance, but also as a mentor text for their own playwriting. Over the course of four classes, students will interview their peers about their memories of September 11th, 2001, and use those memories to craft a one-act play for performance

9-12 Theater Language Arts, History
Art Gallery

Lesson: Art Show with the Masters
Research information on artists' lives and works and prepare works of art based on their understanding of the artists, their time and place in history, and their works.

5-8 Theater, Visual Arts Language Arts, Social Studies
Scene from The Crucible

Lesson: Arthur Miller and The Crucible
This lesson examines the consequences of personal conscience in conflict with rigid societal perceptions of what is "right" in human behavior as articulated in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

9-12 Theater Language Arts
Gilded age painting

Lesson: Arts of the Gilded Age
Learn about and discuss characteristics of the Gilded Age. Using books, internet and other media, research the various fine and performing art forms popular during that time period.

9-12 Theater Language Arts, History
Ballerinas

Lesson: Ballet and Classical Music
This lesson will introduce students to both conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet.

K-4 Dance Language Arts
Brass

Lesson: Brass Instruments and Pitch
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family

K-4 Music Language Arts, Science
Scene from Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape'

Lesson: Broken Worlds
This lesson provides a variety of options for conducting comparative analysis between Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

9-12 Theater Language Arts
Wagon and mules

Lesson: Capturing History
Through teacher-guided discussions and hands-on activities, students will understand the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars.

5-8 Media Arts, Visual Arts Social Studies
Bodiam Castle

Lesson: Castles & Cornerstones
This lesson will explore the historic importance and function of castles in King Arthur's time and introduce students to a general history of castles and architectural terms

5-8 Visual Arts Math, History
Shadow Box

Lesson: A Character Life Box
This language arts lesson offers a hands-on opportunity for students to understand characterization in literature and to connect historical and contemporary culture

5-8 Theater History, English
Peter Pan Statue by George Frampton

Lesson: Characterization in Literature and Theater
In this lesson, students explore various methods authors use to create effective characters.

9-12 Literary Arts, Theater Language Arts
Children from the Janabi Village

Lesson: Children of War
This lesson explores the realities and effects of war on children by examining diaries, journals, and letters written by children during times of war

5-8 Theater Language Arts, Social Studies
Chinese calligraphy

Lesson: Chinese Calligraphy
Students will experience the art and culture of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ink painting through watercolor painting and Chinese instrumental music.

K-4 Visual Arts History
Chinese performers

Lesson: Chinese Instruments
Explore the similarities and differences between traditional western instruments and Chinese instruments while creating a Chinese instrument.

K-4 Music, Visual Arts Geography, Informal Education
Dragon Dance for Chinese New Year

Lesson: The Chinese Lion Dance
Dance in the Chinese New Year with your K-2 students

K-4 Dance, Theater Social Studies
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