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Math-a-Magic

Last changed: 05/20/2019 12:34pm
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Theatre Math
Grade Level Program Alignment
2 45 min
In-School Short Term Residency In-School Performance (intended for individual classes of a grade level to experience separately)
All year
$10 0
no Email , In-Person , Phone
one set of flat wooden blocks
drawing paper (no smaller than 8.5 X 11") pencils, (crayons)
IMPORTANT: Before the artist's arrival, the teacher should organize students into work groups of 3-4 students. These groups will work with one another during the second part of each visit. Space Requirements: Space where artist can stand and face students and students can sit comfortably while listening to the artist. Space where small groups of students can sit, draw on a flat surface (table, desk, or floor), and use wooden blocks to measure a line/a drawing of a house on their paper.
Once I have heard a story, I CAN work in a small group to make drawings based on the story. I CAN use wooden blocks as measuring tools to measure the length/height of a line/rectangle . I CAN gain experience in measurement by using a non-standard measuring tool.
During both days of this two-day residency, students will hear and then retell a folktale. After this, they will work in small groups of 3-4 students to develop measurement skills. On Day 1, Sara tells an African American variant of "Little Red Riding Hood"; students will collaborate to draw, label, and measure a line representing the path the main character traveled. On Day 2, Sara tells a Nigerian creation myth in which the main character builds a second, larger house; students will work as a team to draw both a small and a large house and measure the height of each house. Students will use non-standard measuring tools (small wooden blocks.) Each session will end with time for the students to reflect on their work.
Caregivers are welcome to participate in this residency. They could help hand out materials, listen to students' discoveries, and in general provide encouragement as students work to solve the problems presented by the activities. There could be up to 5 caregivers.

Grade 1

Grade 1: Mathematics: Measurement and Data: Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units: Cluster # 2: Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same- size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps.
Grade 1: Reading Standards for Literature: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas #7: Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Grade 1: Theatre: Creating: Anchor Standard 1: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. a. Propose potential choices characters could make in a guided drama experience(e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade 2

Grade 2: Mathematics: Measurement and Data: Represent and Interpret Data: Cluster # 9: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurement by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
Grade 2: Reading Standards for Literature: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas #4: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Grade 2: Theatre: Creating: Anchor Standard 1: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. a. Propose potential new details to plot and story in a guided drama experience(e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).