Units have been uniquely designed for individual classrooms through the collaboration of classroom teachers, specialty teachers and the teaching artists. Each project integrates grade level curriculum, a teaching artist's residency and a live performance or cultural organization site visit. The goal of these units is to promote artistic exploration by the students as well as strengthen their 21st Century skills and core subjects of ELA and mathematics.
Since the start of the 2015-16 school year, five-week units of study have been designed and implemented in Grade 4 and 5 classrooms during the fall and spring semesters. The projects' live performances or cultural organization site visits have served as a springboard for the study of a curriculum-based theme or topic.
Stepping into Colonial Life
Grade Level : Grade 4 Content Area : Social Studies Guiding Question : What was life like for colonial children then versus what life is like for modern children now? Artistic Discipline : Performing Arts Unit Topic : Colonial America
Grade Level : Grade 4 Content Area : Social Studies Guiding Question : How can we express the geography of New York through dance? Artistic Discipline : Performing Arts Video Unit Topic : New York State Geography
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