Ideas for Harriet Tubman: Take
My Hand and Follow Me
Classroom Lessons, Teachers
for Others: Why do you think Harriet put herself
in danger to help others? Do you care that much about other people?
Is it better to help others or to take care of yourself instead? If
you knew someone was very unhappy, would you go to great lengths to
help them have a better life?
To many people Harriet is a great hero. Do you think
so and why? Talk about heroes in movies and talk about why they are
considered heroes? Do you have heroes? Who are they and why do you
look up to them? What is the difference between movie heroes and
heroes in real life?
are your heroes and why?
Why did Harriet take the extreme stand of refusing to let her
runaways return home when the trip became too hard for them?
and Writing: Most people enslaved during
Harriet's life were forbidden to read or write. Can you imagine why?
How would your life be different if you were not allowed to read and write?
Why do you think the songs were sung by the performers and the
audience? What do you think the spirituals meant to the enslaved
people who created them? What do you think these lyrics meant to
them? Also, discuss what they meant in terms of the Underground Railroad.
"I'm bound for the
"A band of angels coming
after me, Coming for to carry me home."
if you were forbidden to read and write?
Own Words: Discuss these quotes:
"Live free or die."
"I never ran my train off
the track and I never lost a passenger."
"I go ahead make a place
Dramatics for The Jungle Book
classroom to jungle with The
Create Your Own Jungle:
Push back the desks and draw a magic circle on the floor. You
may do this by putting objects from the classroom in a circle on the
floor. Leave room for action inside the circle.
Now discuss thing that you
might find in the jungle: tigers, wolves, bugs, birds, rocks,
logs, flowers, snakes etc. Have each student choose a
"jungle thing in their minds. Have them keep it a
secret! Now have two or three students step inside the circle
and become their "jungle thing. Others may enter the
circle one by one to encounter these objects. Have them guess
what things they have met. Now switch roles: The
"jungle things now are just people and the people are the
"jungle things. How do they react to one
another? If one encounters a flower he might sniff it; another
might encounter a snake and jump over it. You can also do
this activity without the guessing game. Have students enter
the "jungle and simply enjoy it.
This is the Law of the Jungle..."
Old and As True As the Sky!" -- Rudyard Kipling
Raised by Wolves: What
do you think it was like for Mowgli to have brother and sister who
are wolves? What if you were raised as an animal in the
wild? Consider if your family was made up of porcupines, lions,
elephants or squirrels. What would you wear? What would
you eat? What sound would you make when you are hungry or
frightened? Have children perform the animal they might have
been raised by and have the others guess what it is. Tell the
class what your childhood was like living in the jungle.
Your School Performing The
Underwater Sea Party!
The wording of your under the
sea birthday party invitations can say "Calling all Jellyfish,
Sharks, Squid and Seals, too...There's going to be an adventure, and
we'd love to share it with you! You're O-Fish-ally invited to come
under the sea. It's (your child's name) Under the Sea Birthday
Party!". Then include day, time, address.
Here is a slightly different
idea for your under the sea party invitations. Make your under the
sea birthday party invitations as "messages-in-bottles."
Simply fill clear plastic bottles with sand, mini sea shells,
glitter, etc. Write your invitations on parchment paper, then roll
them into scrolls, and insert invitations into bottles.
Decorate your under the sea
birthday party room with green and blue balloons. Hang green
"seaweed" streamers from the ceiling, chairs, or from the
top of a windowsill. Cut out starfish, seahorses, and other sea
animals from construction paper. Tape cutouts to some of the streamers.
Cover the lights in the room
with blue cellophane paper, which will give the party "under
water" feeling. Spread out any stuffed sea animals that you
might have around the room. Have Mylar fish and dolphin balloons
free-floating in the area, and have lots of blue latex balloons on
the floor to create "ocean atmosphere." Hang a fish net in
the corner of the under the sea birthday party room.
Put a blue or turquoise
tablecloth on your under the sea party table, and then spread
multi-colored confetti around it. Put plastic fish in a clear bowl
for table centerpiece. Hang a personalized theme "Happy
Birthday!" banner in the area.
and Introductory Activities
Seascape Gel Bags: Here are
some directions for your under the sea birthday party guests to
follow for this activity.
Cut small fish from foam
paper. Fill a Ziploc bag with blue hair gel so when the bag is closed
it's about 1/4" thick. Place the fish shapes, colored beads, and
some glitter in the bag. Squeeze out excess air from the bag before
Place the bag, sealed end
first, inside another bag. Seal the second bag and cover the zipped
end with clear tape. Have children make the fish move by running
their hands over the surface of the bag.
Sea Life Mural: Tape a wide
sheet of butcher paper on the wall at kids' eye level. Spread posters
and pictures of tropical fish, dolphins, sharks, and other sea
animals for ideas. Provide the kids with paints and markers,
and let them create a mural of sea life.
are fascinated with sea life!"
Little Mermaid -- French Chefs,
Lindsey School, Chesterland, OH
Since kids are fascinated with
sea life, any theme related items as keepsakes will do the trick! For
your under the sea party favors, you can have such items as beach
balls, fish squirts, straws, sticker sheets, toy dolphins, and starfishes.
Under the Sea
Birthday Party Games
the Whale: This classic game is easy to design and set up.
Just draw a large whale on paper, leaving out the tail. Then cut out
"whale tails" for all your guests. Put children's initials
and a double-sided tape on each tail.
At game time, blindfold the
kids one by one, spin them around, and get them to pin their tail
shapes where they belong.
Get the kids to spread out on one side of the party area - they are
fish. Scatter five or more hula hoops around the opposite side of the
area (the hoops are the fish's "homes").
Select one child to be a
shark, and have that player stand between the "fish" and
their "homes." When the "shark" calls Shark!, he
or she runs after the "fish" and tags as many as possible.
The fish must reach home - step inside the hula hoop - to be safe
from the shark.
Any player who is tagged
becomes a shark for the next round, and tags remaining fish. For each
round, take away one hula hoop until only one hoop is left. The game
continues until all the fish are caught.
Beanbag Fish Toss:
Place candies or small prizes in three or four pails. Place the pails
against the walls. Have a couple of beanbags for children to throw.
(It's ideal that you make a beanbag that looks like fish, but it's
Have the kids take turns
throwing beanbags into a pail. Allow children to choose a prize from
whatever bucket the beanbag lands in. Be sure every under the sea
birthday party guest receives a prize.
Here is a great outdoor game for under the sea birthday party, and it
will require water balloons. Choose one person to be an octopus.
Arrange everyone else in a big circle around the octopus. Have the
kids in the circle toss a water balloon back and forth, trying to
keep it away from the octopus.
If the octopus pops the water
balloon by batting it out of the circle, the person who threw it is
out. Last child left in the circle wins.
Animal: Have your party guests sit in a circle. Play lively
music in the background, and let the kids pass around a sea animal
toy. Whenever the music stops the person holding the toy - goes out
of the game, and receives a prize (e.g., favor bag). Play until
everyone has won a prize.
Draw various sea creatures (e.g., seahorses, tropical fish,
octopuses, etc.) on crafting foam, and cut out creature shapes. At
game time, have the kids glue craft eyes onto the creature's head.
Next, get them to draw a mouth with a marker. They can decorate the
creature with sequins, beads, rickrack, and other craft materials.
Here is an activity where the kids can create their own story.
Invite all your under the sea birthday party guests to write a
beginning sentence on a slip of paper about sea life. (e.g.,
"Once upon a time, deep under the water surface an octopus was
born.") Put all the slips of paper into a bowl.
Have the kids sit in a circle.
Choose one player to pick one slip from a bowl, read it out loud, and
then add a sentence related to the original one (but even more
exaggerated than the last). The round continues until everyone has
had a chance to add a sentence. Then a new slip can be drawn from a bowl.
White and the Seven Dwarfs
Questions: Let's talk about fairy tales!
Did you know that there are
many versions of Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs. Does anyone know a story different from
the Disney movie? Has anyone read the story, Little Snow-White,
by The Brothers Grimm? (Introduce the children to the concept
of different stories - the play is NOT exactly like the Disney
version, neither is the original Grimms' version, etc.)
What is the difference between
the story "Snow White" and a Snow White story? (A
Snow White story is similar to the familiar story, Show White, but it
can have different characters, different names, different location, etc.)
are many versions of Snow White!"
Perth Youth Theatre, AU -
Newington Children's Theatre, CT - ArtReach's Snow
What are the basic elements of
a Fairy Tale?
"Once upon a time&ldots;"
"Kind person (treated badly)
"Royalty or famous person
"Magic person and magic spell
"Lived happily ever after."
What if Show White wore a
green dress... Could she be "Snow Green", or "Forest
Green"? Or blue? "Sky Blue and the Seven
Dwarfs"? What about "Sun Gold and the Seven
Daffodils"? (Encourage the children to be creative - maybe
your play will be different, maybe?)
Can you make up another Show
White story? About a girl in Japan? About a boy in
Africa? About a girl in your town? About you? What
about a fish in the ocean? The Prince is a rock star? The
Dwarfs are Puppy-dogs? The mirror is a TV! (Work
with the children to create a whole new Cinderella story using the
elements above. This is always lots of fun.)
What are some other fairy
tales besides Snow White? (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty
and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, etc...)
Why are some stories called
folk tales, some called fairy tales? What is folklore? (Folk
tales are old stories told and retold over many years, fairy tales
are generally folk tales for kids and usually begin with "Once
upon a time -" Folklore is like folk tales, but may
not be an entire story - witches flying on brooms, frogs turning into
princes, are bits of folklore.) Do you know of any folk tales
or folklore that are not fairy tales? (King Arthur, Headless
Horseman, Paul Bunyan, Loch Ness Monster, Tooth Fairy, Dragons,
Ghosts, Goblins, Witches, etc.)
a Dragon Costume!
ArtReach's The Reluctant Dragon
There are many
kinds of dragons you may like to represent in your production of
Artreach's The Reluctant Dragon.
First you might consider the illustrations in the many book versions
of Kenneth Grahames original short story. You may of course,
receive requests from your young performers to represent Mortimer as
the dragon in the popular movies, How to Train your Dragon. Dont
forget to look at the Chinese tradition of Dragons, which can be
very colorful and an exciting way to introduce your students to a new
culture. Finally, consider making just the mask to represent
Homemade Dragon Costumes: Heres a great blog with terrific
ideas on how to make dragon costumes for young performers: http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/dragon-costumes.html
Reluctant Dragon - Have fun with costumes for all!
How to Make
Wheelchair Costumes for Kids: Turn
wheelchairs into costumes! Dragons and spaceships! Use this article
to imagine your own ideas for wheelchair costumes. Article: An
Oregon dad of disabled children creates larger than life Halloween
costumes for his children and with help from DreamWorks and generous
donors, other disabled children can shine too. Whether he's making a
medieval knight or a dragon, Ryan Weimer's unconditional love for his
sons Keaton, 9, and Bryce, 2, has led him to create sensational
costumes for his children every year.
Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2814956/He-s-dragon-Dad-creates-spectacular-costumes-children-wheelchairs-starting-non-profit-organization-immobilized-children-shine-too.html
Idea - An Introduction to Fencing
resources hiding in your community! Find experts and sponsor
to your school's performance.
new ways to involve everyone in the community!
Young Footliters, Iowa City -
ArtReach's Treasure Island
There are hidden experts in
your community. Call theatres and other community organizations
and ask about who might be available to do workshops. Young
Footliters of Iowa City identified the local Fencing Center.
These experts offered free workshops fo the community as a way to
invlve others in the rehearsal process. It's a great way
to enhance publicity for your special event.
Registration: 1-3 pm (Grades
1-6) 4-6 pm (Any Grade) Where - The Iowa City Fencing Center,
415 Highland Ave, Iowa City
To celebrate Young Footliter's
upcoming production of Treasure
Island, the Iowa City Fencing Center has generously offered to
hold an introduction to fencing class as a fundraiser for Young Footliters!
This program will take you
from how to stand on guard to fencing your first bout in just two
hours. You'll discover how to outwit your opponent with the play of
your blade and the movements of your feet, while experiencing the
thrill of scoring your first touches. This is a safe activity for all
is a safe activity for all ages 6+.
Young Footliters, Iowa City -
ArtReach's Treasure Island
will need to wear long, comfortable pants, a t-shirt, and bring
clean, dry athletic shoes to put on.
Paperwork: There will be
a registration form and waiver form for participants to fill out when
Adults and children ages 6 and
up are welcome to participate, so parents and siblings can fence too.
And of course, anyone is welcome to stay and watch.
Story of Sadako Sasaki and A
Before the play
read Sadako's true story. Discuss how her life has changed the world.
Sadako Sasaki was born on
January 7, 1943 in Hiroshima, Japan. She was two years old when the
atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, roughly two kilometers
(1.25 miles) from her home. Sadako will forever be remembered as a
symbol of innocent victims of war. This story is to remember her life
and tenacity of spirit.
will forever be remembered as a symbol."
Denver Academy, CO -
ArtReach's A Thousand Cranes
The play opens with meeting
Sadako and her inviting the audience to hear her story. She loves to
run and practices every day with her best friend and classmate,
Kenji. They are preparing for a race next month and Sadako really
wants to win. Kenji thinks that Sadako is fast enough to win the
race. Sadako runs home to tell her parents, who are preparing for
dinner and the upcoming Obon festivities.
Obon is a Japanese Buddhist
custom to honor the spirits of one s ancestors. It is tradition to
light a candle for each ancestor who has died. Sadako and her parents
are remembering her Grandmother, Oba Chan, who died in the bombing of Hiroshima.
you remember that old story about the crane?"
Denver Academy, CO -
ArtReach's A Thousand Cranes
As Kenji and Sadako are out
practicing for the upcoming race, Sadako becomes very dizzy and
falls. She is rushed to the hospital. No one seems to know what is
wrong with her. After a number of tests, the doctors conclude that
Sadako has Leukemia, or the atom-bomb sickness. She has to stay in
the hospital for a few weeks to get some tests done. This means
Sadako will miss the race she has been practicing for. While in the
hospital, her parents and Kenji visit often. Kenji has come up with a
plan to make Sadako well again.
He reminds Sadako of the story
of a Thousand Cranes: Don't you remember that old story about the
crane? It's supposed to live for a thousand years. If a sick person
folds one thousand paper cranes, the gods will grant her wish and
make her healthy again. Sadako gets right to work making her thousand
cranes. However, her leukemia is also progressing and getting worse.
This makes her tired and it more difficult to fold the cranes.
Chan tells Sadako that the cranes will be completed."
Denver Academy, CO -
ArtReach's A Thousand Cranes
One night while she is
sleeping, the spirit of her grandmother, Oba Chan, comes to visit
Sadako. Oba Chan takes Sadako on a journey through the spirit world
showing her the spirits of others who died because of the Atomic
Bombing of Hiroshima. Oba Chan tells Sadako that she must stay in the
spirit world with them. Sadako is not ready, she hasn't folded her
thousand cranes. Oba Chan tells Sadako that the cranes will be completed.
Sadako died on October 25,
1955, ten years after the bomb fell. Her friends and classmates
completed her thousand cranes for her. In 1958, they had a monument
built to honor her memory in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Sadako s wish
is engraved on the base of the statue:
is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the World.
About Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
Discussion for ArtReach's 'The
to say the name:
said like Ch-eye-cough-ski. 'Pyotr Ilyich' is said like 'Peter Il-itch'.
Nutcracker' is performed all over the world around Christmas time.
Nutcracker Prince - Wakefield Country Day School, Washington VA
Romantic classical music.
Some famous works:
1812 Overture (for orchestra,
choir and real canons!).
Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
Swan Lake (a ballet).
Sleeping Beauty (a ballet).
The Nutcracker (a ballet, see
next page for list of pieces)
Piano Concerto No. 1.
Eugene Onegin (an opera).
The Queen of Spades (an opera).
Marche Slave (Slavonic March
Tchaikovsky's music is some of
the most popular classical music around today. Many people who don't
normally listen to classical music will recognize a tune or two by him.
His music often has very
His music is full of strong
emotions. These strong emotions can be heard and understood very easily.
The strongest emotions are
probably in Symphony No. 6 (the 'Pathetique'). This symphony was
first heard only nine days before he died.
His music sounds Russian to
people outside Russia. However, it sounded like Western European
music to people in Russia at the time it was written.
His ballets are the world's
most popular ballets. And 'The Nutcracker' is performed all over the
world around Christmas time.
The 'Dance of the Sugar Plum
Fairy' from 'The Nutcracker' is famous for using an instrument that
was very new at the time-the celesta. This looks like a small piano
and makes a tinkly sound (this instrument also appears at the
beginning of the 'Harry Potter' film music).
Although the 1812 Overture is
very popular, Tchaikovsky didn't really like it!