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Everyday Arts Challenge: Myth Maker
Ever heard the superstition that opening an umbrella indoors brings bad luck? What about the one that says finding a penny brings good luck? Make up a new superstition. See if anyone believes it.
Folklore

Paul Bunyon and his Big Blue Ox, Babe

Lesson: Exploring American Tall Tales
Students will explore the common elements of folktales and tall tales while learning how these tales built the spirit of the American people
America, Folklore

Russian Church

Lesson: Exploring Russian Folktales
Students are introduced to the genre of folktales and engage in a study of several Russian folktales. They are asked to read the tales aloud, and then to fill in a chart about each one.
Folklore, World Cultures

Quote by Joseph Campbell

Lesson: Multi-Media Hero Analysis
In a world with few real heroes, students will recognize the positive character traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature.
Folklore, World Cultures

Square Dancers

Lesson: Swing Your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing
This lesson will introduce students to the history of square dancing as well as provide an opportunity to learn some basic steps and formations.
Dance, Folklore

Davy Crockett

Lesson: What a Character
In this lesson, students analyze how a character's personality traits, actions and motives influence the plot of a story
Folklore, Literature

Orphie and the Book of Heroes

Cuesheet: Orphie and the Book of Heroes
Join Orphie, a young girl growing up in Ancient Greece, as she sets sail to save Homer and his Book of Heroes—a quest that takes her from the heights of Mt. Olympus to the depths of the underworld.
Folklore, Greece, Theater

NSP YPC: Listen Up! Music is a Language

Cuesheet: NSO Young People's Concert: Listen Up! Music Is a Language
Did you know music has a lot to say? Without any words at all, music is a language anyone can understand. It tells stories, expresses feelings, and even makes us think.
Composers, Folklore, Music, Orchestra

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Cuesheet: The Adventures of Robin Hood
He robs the rich and gives to the poor. He sneaks around Sherwood Forest with his band of merry men. It’s a tale that has been told a thousand times, but never quite like this!
Theater, Folklore, Comedy

Marionetas de la Esquina of Mexico's Sleeping Beauty

Cuesheet: Marionetas de la Esquina of Mexico's Sleeping Beauty Dreams
Sleeping Beauty Dreams reimagines the classic fairytale, using humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry to awake the sleeping princess as never before
Folklore, Puppets, Latin America

Summon the Heroes

Cuesheet: NSO Young People's Concert: Summon the Heroes!
Join the National Symphony Orchestra for a rousing concert celebrating heroes
Composers, Folklore, Music, Orchestra

Teatret Gruppe 38's A Sonatina

Cuesheet: Teatret Gruppe 38's A Sonatina
See how everyday items transform through the magic of live performance to help tell the tale of the little girl and the big bad wolf.
World Cultures, Theater, Folklore, Comedy

Teatret Gruppe 38's Hans Christian, You Must Be an Angel

Cuesheet: Teatret Gruppe 38's Hans Christian, You Must Be an Angel
Stories about the ugly duckling, the little mermaid, and the nightingale all came from the imagination of one writer, Hans Christian Andersen. And you’re invited to a theatrical dinner party for him
Folklore, World Cultures, Theater

Backa Teater: Little King Mattias

Cuesheet: Backa Teater: Little King Mattias
What happens when an 11-year-old boy becomes king of a troubled kingdom? Come along and find out as Sweden’s Backa Teater brings a 1923 children’s novel to life on stage as a play—and a problem-solving adventure that requires your help!
Europe, Folklore, Theater

Nordic Cool 2013 - The Hemsing Sisters

Cuesheet: The Hemsing Sisters: Performance & Demonstration
Meet Norwegian violinists Ragnhild and Eldbjørg Hemsing, sisters who have been playing together since the ages of five and seven. Get to know the Hemsing sisters and their musical style as they perform a diverse program of classical masterpieces, in addition to some lesser-known, traditional Norwegian folk songs
Europe, Folklore, Theater, Family

spooky moon

Collection: Things That Go Bump in the Night
Welcome, foolish mortals. Haunted music and monsters are just the beginning--this Halloween, look here for more spooky resources.
Folklore, Music, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Theater

Giraffe

Collection: Animals
How does an actor become a chihuahua? How do you get a school of fish to perform on on a dry stage? Jump into the animal kingdom with both flippers!
Animals, Folklore, Nature, Puppets

Javanese dancer

Collection: Asian-Pacific Islander
Artists from Indonesia set out on a cultural exchange with the Chicago theater scene. Watch a demonstration of Javanese dance, and learn all about the monkey dance from Bali
Asia, World Cultures, Folklore, Dance

Kids and Culture

Tipsheet: Beyond Food & Fiestas
Practical ideas for creating authentic cultural experiences for your students
Folklore, Language, Music, World Cultures

Art Lesson

Article: Formal Visual Analysis: The Elements & Principles of Composition
Help students build techniques to interpret what they see into written words using art
Education, Folklore, Language

Grimm's Fairy Tales book

Lesson: Moving Tales
Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games. Groups then read and interpret an assigned Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale
Dance, Folklore, Literature, Physical Activity

Russian Folk Dancers

Lesson: Discovering Russian Folk Dance
Students will learn the Russian folk dance "Troika." Then, they will work in groups of three (the traditional grouping used in the "Troika") to research Russian culture and history.
Europe, Dance, Folklore

Broom Bristles

Lesson: Searching For Cinderella
There are more than 300 versions and variations of the tale known as "Cinderella"
Folklore, Literature, World Cultures

Paul Bunyon

Lesson: Tall Tales Today
In this lesson, students are introduced to the genre of American tall tales and will create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character.
America, Folklore, Literature

moon and raven

Lesson: Haunting Music
Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, Folklore

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