Learn @ Home

Free and Fun Online Arts Integrated Curriculum for Grades 1-5

Transcendence Theatre Company (TTC) Teaching Artists were scheduled to provide 6 weeks of on campus Arts Integrated Curriculum to Dunbar Elementary students beginning March 23, 2020. However, in response to Covid-19 all Sonoma Valley Unified School District schools have suspended site based classes until May 1st, 2020. In order to continue to serve, TTC’s Education Team has created online classes/ packets for students grades 1-3 and 4 & 5 for English Language Development (ELD) courses of study. Our hope is that this would be an at home educational resource for students and their families to continue learning during this time- enjoy!

***All TTC curriculum is developed alongside Common Core State Standards, Visual and Performing Arts Standards, and English Language Development Standards.

***Para paquetes en Español por favor vea las descripciones de los videos de youtube.

For grades 1-3 (ELD)

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For grades 4 & 5 (ELD)

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Additional Creative Activities (ages 3-18)

No need to be bored at home when you could LEARN @ HOME! Below you’ll see a bunch of ideas for creativity centered activities for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Our hope is that these Additional Creative Activities would infuse JOY as you Learn @ Home.

Activity Ideas for Elementary Students:

RADIO DRAMA
For a fun way to practice your reading skills, have students record themselves (on a phone or computer) reading their favorite book out loud. Encourage them to use different voices for different characters. Once you have a full recording, you are encouraged to send your radio drama to a friend to create a chain reaction. To add in a visual art connection, draw your own cover for your radio drama as well!

DREAM DESIGNS
Using only items you can find in your closet (or any other closet in your house), you will create a costume design! Your kids could pull a character from a hat or choose the one they would most like to create. Ideas for characters include (but are not limited to): Royalty, Law Enforcement, Spy, Clown, Athlete, Magician, Teacher, Doctor, Hero, Villain. Encourage kids to get as specific as possible with their choices. The presentation of this could be done as a fashion show with your siblings or a virtual fashion show with friends in other homes.
Suggested Extension: Create a character profile using the worksheet found here for your costumed creation!

MAGIC BAG
This is a video-led activity from Nashville Children’s Theatre which explores imagination, pantomime, and character. Visit the link here. Designed for ages 3-7 years old. This activity works best when done with multiple participants (siblings, parents, caretakers, etc.).

Activity Ideas for Middle School Students:

DR. KNOW IT ALL
This drama-based activity is designed for ages 8 and up and comes to us from Nashville Children’s Theatre. The activity includes improvisation and storytelling and can be found at this link.

CREATING A SET
This lesson can be divided into two work sessions, as it is a little more involved than some of the other activities. While the provided lesson plan uses the fabel “The Ant & the Grasshopper” as the story, we encourage students to choose any story (play, book, movie, tv show) that they know and love. The lesson will use materials found around the house, and will call on abundant creativity! The step by step instructions can be found here. This lesson is provided by the Educational Theatre Association.

THE QUARANTINE SCENES
Thinking about the current situation of being isolated at home, students will write about their experience in the form of a digital communication scene (text messages, Facebook messenger, DMs on Instagram, Snapchats, etc). For example, students might write a conversation between themselves and their best friend via text message discussing a cancelled birthday party or the family dynamics at home with everyone in the house. What does the experience feel like and how are you coping? Your topic could be anything that you are experiencing right now in your time of social distancing. Be sure to include the type of communication and details about who you are speaking to in your digital scene.

TIK TOK STORIES
Record two TikTok videos to show the contrast between what you are currently doing with your days in quarantine verses what you wish you were doing with your days. Get creative, share with your friends, and challenge them to respond with their own videos!

Activity Ideas for High School Students:

BROADWAY STUDY HALL
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D.I.Y. HIP HOP MUSICAL THEATRE
Here you can find a step by step guide to writing your very own hip hop/musical theatre song. The lesson walks students through an example then guides them through picking a beat, choosing the type of song, and writing lyrics. The lesson was shared by the Educational Theatre Association by way of educators Brian Jennings and Arbender Robinson and can be found at this link.

WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES (Sound Design)
In this lesson, students will take a deep dive into the world of sound design by exploring what a day in their own life sounds like. They will use their phones to record different sound bites from their day before editing the sounds together using voiceover narration to describe the day. This lesson was shared by the Educational Theatre Association courtesy of D.K. Goodman and can be found here.

THE QUARANTINE SCENES
Thinking about the current situation of being isolated at home, students will write about their experience in the form of a digital communication scene (text messages, Facebook messenger, DMs on Instagram, Snapchats, etc). For example, students might write a conversation between themselves and their best friend via text message discussing a cancelled birthday party or the family dynamics at home with everyone in the house. What does the experience feel like and how are you coping? Your topic could be anything that you are experiencing right now in your time of social distancing. Be sure to include the type of communication and details about who you are speaking to in your digital scene.

BROADWAY EVOLVED MINI MASTERCLASS
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TIK TOK STORIES
Record two TikTok videos to show the contrast between what you are currently doing with your days in quarantine verses what you wish you were doing with your days. Get creative, share with your friends, and challenge them to respond with their own videos! Use #ttcedu to share!