The projects' live performances or cultural organization site visits have served as a springboard for the study of a curriculum-based theme or topic.
Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin
These chinese artists are skilled in acrobatics, circus acts, illusions, and martial arts. Accompanied by traditional Chinese music, the troupe performs a spectacular array of acrobatic stunts, feats of balance, juggling acts, contortion tricks, and martial arts. Grade 4 students experienced this performance as part of their study of how culture shapes dance.
CIRQUE-TACQULAR, internationally renowned circus artists, performed thrilling acrobatics inspired by visual art masterpieces during “The Art of Circus.” Grade 4 and 5 teachers used the performance as a springboard for arts projects that enriched their science curriculum.
The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization performed by the Virginia Repertory Theatre. Grade 5 students explored their personal dreams as well as the importance of the First Amendment.
Retumba! performers are a group of culturally diverse women who strive to help others recognize the familiar and similar among different cultures. The interactive, vibrant performance enhanced Grade 5 students’ exploration of our global community.
Through its exhibits and collections, Heckscher Museum of Art encourages a broader understanding of our past and present. Grade 5 students immersed themselves in the museum's artwork to inspire the expression of their individuality in self-portraits.
Performances by PUSH Physical Theatre, masters of physical storytelling, were used as springboards for Grade 4 and Grade 5 science (ie, animal classification and simple machines), mathematics (ie, increase/decrease) and social studies (ie, American Revolution and US Government) projects.
Grade 4 and Grade 5 teachers were inspired by David Gonzalez, who uses drama and music to tell stories. Arts-integrated projects encouraged students to use their bodies and voices to embody a poem, perform original legends and myths, and take a closer look at the Westward Expansion.
Just in time for the 2016 Presidential Election, Rock The Presidents by Childsplay offered Grade 4 and Grade 5 students a non-partisan exploration of our country’s 44 Presidents. The production inspired units on character and leadership, as well as persuasive speaking.
Lyle Cogen’s one-woman show, Sticks and Stones, tackles bullying and everyday life skills. Arts-integrated projects for Grade 4 and Grade 5 students reinforced anti-bullying behavior, while enriching English Language Arts learning.
Grade 4 teachers created a cross-curricular project, combining social studies, science, visual arts and music lessons, to inspire their students to write African folktales like Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.
A trip to Old Bethpage Village Restoration culminated Grade 4 projects on Colonial America. During visual arts and dramatic arts projects in the classroom, students compared life in the city and in the country during colonial times as well as compared values of colonial times with the present day.
Freedom Train, which tells the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, helped to bring the past alive for Grade 4 and Grade 5 students. Visual and performing arts activities were integrated into character education, social studies, science and mathematics curriculum.
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