The Whole Schools Initiative

Institute and Retreat Handouts

2014 Summer Institute Handouts

  • Intermediate Strategy - Small Group Dance Narration Form by Randy Barron

    This form gives students the chance to break down and reflect on the dance they created and it's purpose.

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  • Patriotism

    Compare and contrast the mood and tempo of different patriotic songs.

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  • Elements of Music

    Rhythm, melody, expression, texture.

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  • The Da Vinci Code

    Students will employ art vocabulary to observe and critique a work of art, write to source using a work of art, create original artwork, and learn facts and mysteries surrounding da Vinci's artwork.

  • Song to Story

    Students will convert a song into a story.

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  • Guide and Rubric for Movie Poster

    Movie Poster Exam Project (on large paper or on poster board)

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  • Half-life Summarizing

    Students will play the "half-life" improv game to summarize a story in decreasing time frames.

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  • The Adjective Song

    The students will rewrite and sing a traditional song by adding in adjectives.

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  • Ge-ART-metry

    Students will understand geometric concepts to be an integral part of everyday life.

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  • Elementary Education Posters: Dance

    Body, time, space and energy.

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  • Intermediate Strategy -  Reflection Form by Randy Barron

    This sample individual reflection form allows the individual student to break down and reflect on what they have learning.

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  • Setting of A Story

    Compare and contrast different settings through dramatization.

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  • Just Dance! - - warm-ups

    Heads, shoulders, body, arms and movement.

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  • Never Fear, My Brother Is Here! (Fifth Grade)

    Students will be able to understand an author's purpose for writing, identify details need to support this purpose, understand the meaning of persuasive writing, understand monologues, compare and contrast texts and plays and explore stories from different view points.

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  • Song to Story Powerpoint

    Handout Powerpoint

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  • Guide and Rubric for Song Rap

    Audience, word choice, content, length and mood.

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  • Adaptation

    The student will adapt a novel chapter or short story into a screenplay.

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  • Cuttin’ A Rug with Integers

    Students will explore the movement of integers on a number line through addition and subtraction.

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  • Singing the Words: Lyric Writing in the Classroom

    Picturing yourself in the art of common core.

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  • Elements of Dance Video

    Randy Barron explains the elements of dance in this instructional/informative video.

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  • Intermediate Strategy - Geology Text by Randy Barron

    This text gives the definitions of the following forms of geology: Geology, Physical geology, Historical geology

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  • Shape Art

    Create shape art and identify the shapes in the art to create a graph.

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  • Machines In Motion

    Students will explore, discover and experiment with Leonardo Davinci's ideas with their own two hands. They will also learn to look for elements of his inventions in our lives today.

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  • Never Fear, My Brother Is Here! (Fourth Grade)

    Students will be able to understand a central idea or theme, identify details needed to support the theme, understand the meaning of a summary, understand common patterns and compare and contrast texts and plays.

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  • Excerpt to Screenplay Example and Guide

    Story Excerpt - Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

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  • Art Critics

    Students will be able to observe, analyze, and critique visual works of art. Students will then be able to create written informative and opinion based on essays about those works of art.

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  • Second Cause and Effect

    The students will work in pairs to improvise cause and effect statements.

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  • Groovin’ to the Graph

    Students will use movement to plot points on a classroom floor coordinate plane.

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  • Intermediate Strategy - Scientific Thought In Motion

    Creative dance and science strategies for teachers of grades 3-8

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  • Summer STIM: Day 1

    A participatory experience in arts integration.

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  • An Art Teacher’s Favorite Things

    Drawing and painting with sharpies, pastels and water colors.

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  • Shapes & Movement

    Students will use different forms of movement to create shapes.

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  • Angles in Action! (Precursor to Getting Into Shape!)

    Students will learn how to identify the different types of angles and will be able to recognize how they are used to create movement in various forms of visual art and how they are incorporated into dance movements to show rhythm.

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  • Elements of Art - The Building Blocks of Art

    Line, positive and negative space, geometric, organic, etc...

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  • The Effect of Dance on Setting

    Powerpoint

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  • English and Dance

    The students will analyze a dance to infer characters, setting, and plot.

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  • Legends

    TSW write and perform dramatization of traditional myth folktale or legend.

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  • Probability with Mozart

    Students will explore the compound probability of rolling each two-dice sum (2-12).

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  • Singing the Words: Lyric Writing in the Classroom (Table of Contents)

    Contents for Lyric Writing in the Classroom

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  • Summer STIM: Day 2

    A participatory experience in arts integration.

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  • Intermediate Strategy - Arts Integration Checklist by Randy Barron

    The arts integration checklist is a guideline for making sure that your lessons are truly integrating the arts.

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  • Looking at and Talking about Art with Kids

    "If we want to understand a work of art, we should look at the time in which it was created, the circumstances that determined its style and art expressions as well as the individual forces that led the artist to his form of expression."

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  • Telling Time to the Hour and Half Hour

    Students will use different forms of movement to show different times.

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  • Getting Into Shape!

    Students will develop an understanding of the composition of complex 2 and 3 dimensional shapes.

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  • Dance Vocabulary

    Abstract, accent, allegro, beat, etc...

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  • Turning A Short Story or Novel Into A Screenplay

    Powerpoint

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  • Setting and Dance

    The students will learn a dance that characters in piece of text would do to learn more about the setting.

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  • The Circle of Life - Kenya

    Students will learn about animals of Africa and demonstrate knowledge of food chains through movement.

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  • Rapping Through Formulas

    Students will review geometric formulas learned in class, draw connections between music and memory, and create songs and/or music videos about a mathematical formula.

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  • Accessing the Arts Everyday

    Powerpoint

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  • Intermediate Strategy - Phrase Evaluation Checklist by Randy Barron

    Students use this checklist to revise and edit their phrases and to evaluate their effectiveness as dances and as communication about science. Teachers can also use this checklist to record their own assessments.

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  • Musical Elements

    Beats and meter, dynamics, harmony, key, musical instruments and voice, musical notation, pitch, rhythm, tempo, timbre.

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  • The American Flag

    Create the American flag using tempera paint and inspirational words.

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  • Rhythmic Equations

    Students will learn that rhythm is a combination of notes and rests.

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  • Common Core Writing Rubrics, Grades 7-8

    These are rubrics for each major writing type described in Writing Standards 1-3: argument, exposition, and narration.

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  • Summarizing Theater

    Powerpoint

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  • Coming Attraction

    The students will comprehend a piece of text to create a "movie poster".

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  • Op Shape Art

    The students will use geometric shapes and lines to create optical illusion art.

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  • Geometrically Speaking

    Students will recall two and three dimensional shapes.

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  • Accessing the Arts Everyday 2

    Powerpoint

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  • Intermediate Strategy - Phrase Revision Worksheet by Randy Barron

    Students use this worksheet to better communicate their understanding of The Water Cycle in a dance phrase.

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  • Theatre Training Track

    Lead students in creating tableaux, scripting short scenes and performing improvised work. Create theatre-integrated lesson plans using workshop strategies. Connect tableaux, scriptwriting , and improv back to their grade and content areas.

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  • Writing A Script About Shapes

    Students will participate in guided script writing to explain the attributes of different shapes.

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  • The Solar System: Up Close and Personal

    Students will learn the order of the planets, understand attributes of each planet, create monologues that personify each planet, create a model of the inner and outer planets, and create a model of the entire solar system.

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  • Posters for the Adaptations of Stories

    Powerpoint document

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  • Short Story to Dance

    Powerpoint

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  • Summarizing in Song

    The students will comprehend a piece of text to create a song/rap.

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  • Mondrian Shape Art

    The students will create a Mondrian-like print by following oral instructions. They will also identify geometric shapes and create bar graphs using shape data.

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  • Lights…Camera…Answers

    Students will act out multiple step word problems in order to come to a solution.

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  • SPED Track - Way Street Form

    Universal Design for Learning principles.

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  • Intermediate Strategy - Phrase Narration Form by Randy Barron

    This form allows students to tell a “story” in their Water Cycle dance phrase, including appropriate Science and Dance vocabulary words to make a vivid word picture of their dance.

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  • Animals of the Jungle

    Listen to songs and books about jungle animals and create patterns using body sounds and instruments.

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  • The Elements of Dance

    Who? What? Where? When? How?

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  • The Da Vinci Code PART TWO

    Students will employ art vocabulary to observe and critique a work of art, write to source using a work of art, create simple machines and learn facts and mysteries surrounding da Vinci's many inventions.

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  • Paragraph Essay Flip Book

    5 Paragraph Flip Book

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  • Song to Story

    Powerpoint

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  • Song to Story

    The students will transform a song/rap into a short story.

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  • Sing Their Story

    The students will rewrite the words to a song to present a report on the contributions of a famous African American.

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  • Angles in Art

    Students will identify angles within an art print and discuss different reasons why the artist used angles as part of the modernist art movement.

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  • SPED Track - UDL Planning Form

    Universal Design for Learning principles

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