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Weaving Rug

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Navajo Weaving

Through guided reading of Ten Little Rabbits and hands-on activities students will explore aspects of Native American cultures and Navajo weavings

Storyteller Figure by Michelle Paisano, Laguna Pueblo

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A Listening Doll

Create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls

moccasins

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Moccasins Are Made for Dancing

Students will read one of Tomie DePaola’s versions of two Native American legends

moon and raven

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Haunting Music

Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre

Baseball Field

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All Around the Baseball Field

Students construct a mock baseball field and explore the sport of baseball through art, movement, and sound

Spanish dancer.

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Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations

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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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
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
Brass

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

K-4 Music Language Arts, Science
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
U.S. Army band on steps

Lesson: Civil War Music
Learn how music was used in the Civil War

5-8 Music History, Language Arts
Pancho Villa

Lesson: Corridos About the Mexican Revolution
In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures

9-12 Music, Literary Arts Language Arts, History

Lesson: Creating AB Patterns
Patterns exists both in the natural and manmade world. It is an element in art, as well as math and science.

K-4 Music, Visual Arts Math
frog prince

Lesson: Finding Your Own Frog Prince
Students will use a traditional tale, “The Frog Prince,” and Jon Scieszka’s variation of it, The Frog Prince Continued, to create improvised scenes and then a book for a mini-musical.

5-8 Theater, Music Language Arts
sheet music

Lesson: First Rhythmic Composition
This lesson introduces students to rhythm concepts, including the names and symbols associated with music notation

5-8 Music Math
Mexican Corrido

Lesson: Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido
Students will learn about the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos, which dates back to the 1800s and continues to be very popular

9-12 Music, Literary Arts Language Arts, History
Cuba

Lesson: Guantanamera: A Poem and a Song
Students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger with lyrics from a poem by Jose Marti.

9-12 Music Language Arts
The Drinking Gourd Constellation

Lesson: Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song
In this lesson, students are introduced to the African-American spiritual and its use of a secret language to share information within the slave community.

K-4 Music Geography
moon and raven

Lesson: Haunting Music
Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre

5-8 Music, Visual Arts Language Arts
Jazz Dancers

Lesson: Jazz Music, Dance, and Poetry
In this lesson, students will be introduced to jazz dance and jazz music. They will explore basic jazz dance movements, and will create a cinquain poem inspired by jazz music.

K-4 Music, Dance Language Arts
Writing lyrics

Lesson: Learning From Lyrics
Students research contemporary songs (alternative, country, metal, pop, rap, and rock music) to study current social issues.

9-12 Music History
Native American Weaving

Lesson: Life of a Navajo Weaver
Students experiment with interpretative dance as they recreate the weaving process to Native American music

K-4 Dance, Music Geography, Language Arts
Dancers in silhouette

Lesson: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Explore and analyze Lift Every Voice and Sing, a poem by James Weldon Johnson.

5-8 Visual Arts, Music History, Language Arts
Rainstick.

Lesson: Making Rain
In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing

K-4 Music, Visual Arts Science, Geography
Sheet Music

Lesson: Melodies and Math
After reviewing basic music theory, students compose their own music for the touch-tone phone

K-4 Music Math
Drawing of a Monster

Lesson: Monsters
This lesson is intended to have students investigate the idea of "monsters" in society

9-12 Music English
Bessie Smith

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

K-4 Dance, Music, Visual Arts Language Arts, Social Studies
Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth

Lesson: Nureyev: After Petipa
Nureyev’s early life and work were affected by changing social, political, and cultural forces in Russia. His artistic genius was influenced by the work of Marius Petipa.

9-12 Dance, Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, History
Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth

Lesson: Nureyev: Bringer of Light
This lesson focuses on the alignment of Nureyev’s artistic endeavors and achievements in the dance world of the West.

9-12 Dance, Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, History
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