Stories in Motion

Sample Theme for K - 2nd Grade Residency

"Moving Through the Seasons"

Sample texts for this theme and grade level may include the following books.  Please feel free to request other themes or texts. 

Owl Moon, Jane Yolen

The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

Red Sings From Treetops:  A Year in Colors, Joyce Sidman

(Up to five texts may be selected for a week-long K - 2 residency)

Residency details, including text selection, will be discussed during the planning process, which includes a conference (in person or via phone or Skype) between the artist and teachers or other school staff involved with the residency. 

 

Sample Texts for 3rd  - 5th Grade Residency (please feel free to request a text not listed here)

Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare

Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbit

The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DeCamillo

Residency details, including text selection, will be discussed during the planning process, which includes a conference (in person or via phone or Skype)  between the artist and teachers or other school staff involved with the residency. 

(One text may be selected for a week-long 3rd to 5th grade residency)

 

Each program will include the following components:

1)  Creative movement warmups that teach the elements of dance and give children movement tools for individual and group choreography.

2)  Exploration of the selected book using a combination of class and small group discussion, primary and secondary source material as appropriate, relevant pictures, audio and/or video.

3)  Guided movement exploration using selected concepts from the selected book as inspiration and that demonstrate knowledge of the elements of dance as taught.

4)  Creation of whole class and/or small group and/or individual choreographic pieces using the above processes.

5)  Informal showings of student work in class and potentially slightly more formal showings for other classes and members of school community.

6)  Discussion of process touching on the students' learning in dance and literature.

 

All residency activities are correlated with Tennessee English/Language Arts Standards and Tennessee Dance Curriculum Standards.