Archive | Curriculum Connections

At the heart of our work with students is helping them learn to work and think like artists by learning to make artistic choices when constructing their own work of art in all art forms.

We also facilitate collaborations among artists and the teachers in whose classrooms they teach because we believe teachers are the single most powerful influence on student achievement and are essential in linking learning and the arts.

Together, artists and teachers learn to build strategies and content connections across disciplines that support students’ abilities to collaborate and address Common Core Standards.

The videos in this section offer examples of how artists and teachers have helped students make authentic connections across disciplines.

239Q conflict in America

Conflict in America – Curriculum Connections in Theater

Teaching Artist Chris Heller collaborates with ESL and classroom teachers at PS 239Q to use a theme from the Social Studies curriculum “Conflict in America” to help students design tableaux and write short scenes they perform for their classmates. Students gain a deeper understanding of the theme of conflict, which is also essential to good […]

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4th Grade Curriculum Connections – Studying Native American Folktales

As part of their Native American Folktale study, Ms. Angelo’s 4th grade class reads and discusses “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush”. They create a list of characters in preparation for the first session with Teaching Artist Sarah Provost. Ms. Angelo takes this opportunity to deepen student understanding of story elements.

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5th Grade Curriculum Connections in Puppetry, Social Studies and ELA

The 5th graders at PS 130 connect their Parade Puppet Residency to their Social Studies Unit on “Slavery and Freedom”. 5th grade teacher Mr. Zagami talks through the benefits of designing puppets and generating first person monologues based on research from a variety of texts. The students put themselves in another person’s shoes, and answer […]

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