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Grades K- 6: Performing Arts
Why use Performing Arts in the K - 6 classroom?
Performing Arts activities in the K - 6 classroom promotes...

  • the enhancement of ELA skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • the augmentation of ELA skills of listening and speaking through improvisation
  • the recognition and understanding of cultural similarities and differences
  • exposure to art from geographical, historical and social perspectives
  • interpretation of the written language into oral language and vice versa

NATIONAL ARTS IN THE SCHOOL DAY
Committee of teachers, principals, artists and parents offers classroom
teachers K-6 the following rationale and curriculum suggestions:

Grade Level Artistic objectives Student Outcomes Curriculum connections Literacy Skill Objectives
Kindergarten
Lou Del Bianco
To tell a story using body, face and voice to express character and feelings. Students will follow the plot, identify and interpret characters dramatically. Geography: Students will locate the country of the story??s origin on a map or globe. Students will practice listening and speaking skills. Students will understand sequence.
Grade One
Laurie Glockenberg
To use sign language in songs and stories, and communicating feelings. Students will develop a sign language "vocabulary" and create symbols. Visual Arts: Students will use hand symbol for "love" for an artistic Valentine card. Students will practice "translating" sign language into spoken words, phrases, lyrics.
Grade Two
Sue Covino
To read Little House on the Prairie and find changes as they appear in the book. Students will create 4 scenes in which changes occur, using art or improvisation. Science: Students will identify seasonal changes and express their impact. Students will act out scenes of change. Students will describe changes in writing.
Grade Three
Lou Del Bianco
To listen to stories from storyteller Lou Del Bianco??s Around the World CD and act out 2-3 in class. Students will practice improvisations based on stories from Around the World  using different casts. World Literature, Social Studies: Students will compare stories from different parts of the world. Students will turn the best of the improvised stories into scripts. Students will present their plays for others.
Grade Four
Jennifer Carriero-Dominguez
To listen to songs from different times in history. To identify "what makes a song"? Students will learn different styles of songs and identify elements of lyrics. History: Students will learn history through songs: Anthem, Erie Canal, John Henry. Students will write their own song lyrics based on different models.
Grades Five and Six
Art of English
Camille Linen
To study and analyze famous artwork that depicts significant historic  events. Students will learn about the different artists who interpreted history. Art, Social Studies: Students will learn history through great artwork. Students will use two ways to describe artwork: literal and interpretive and  understand difference.