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POLKADOTS: The Cool Kids Musical, In-School Production (K-5)

Last changed: 07/15/2022 1:40pm
K , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Theater English Social Studies
Grade Level Program Alignment
0 60 min
In-School Performance -In-School Performance (intended for the entire grade level to experience)
Touring performances can be schedule at your school between March 6th - March 31st. Performances can be scheduled for either 9:30am or 1:30pm (or both times, to accommodate large groups of students). In-School,
$10 120
no Email , Phone
Electronic study guide, performance.
Copies of the study guide.
Either a stage, auditorium, gym, or large space enough to accommodate various small set pieces, a group of actors, musical accompaniment, and space for the audience to sit that isn't extremely close to the actors.
I can understand what a theatre performance is (and how it is different from a movie). I can understand how to be a good audience member for a theatre performance. I can ask appropriate questions about a play and listen for the answers. I can describe central ideas, details, plot sequences, and character choices in a performance.
POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL
BOOK BY MELVIN TURNSTALL III. MUSIC BY GREG BOROWSKY & DOUGLAS LYONS
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.
Students need to attend the production with an appropriate number of chaperones, as determined by the school and the teacher.

Grade K

Grade K: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work. With prompting and support, express an emotional response to characters in dramatic play or a guided drama experience.
Grade K: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. a. With prompting and support, identify preferences in dramatic play, a guided drama experience, or age-appropriate theater performance.
Grade K: Connecting: Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. a. With prompting and support, identify similarities between characters and oneself in dramatic play or a guided drama experience.
Grade K: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding. a. With prompting and support, identify stories that are different from one another in dramatic play or a guided drama experience.

Grade 1

Grade 1: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work. a. Recall choices made in a guided drama experience.
Grade 1: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. a. Explain preferences and emotions in a guided drama experience.
Grade 1: Connecting: Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. a. Identify character emotions in a guided drama experience and relate it to personal experience.
Grade 1: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding. a. Identify similarities and differences in stories from one's own community in a guided drama experience.

Grade 2

Grade 2: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze an artistic work. a. Recognize when artistic choices are made in a guided drama experience.
Grade 2: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in an artistic work. a. Explain how personal preferences and emotions affect an observer's response in a guided drama experience.
Grade 2: Connecting: Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. a. Relate character experiences to personal experiences in a guided drama experience.
Grade 2: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding. a. Identify similarities and differences in stories from multiple cultures in a guided drama experience.

Grade 3

Grade 3: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze an artistic work. a. Understand why artistic choices are made in a drama/theater work.
Grade 3: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in an artistic work. a. Consider multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theater work.
Grade 3: Connecting: Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. a. Use personal experiences and knowledge to make connections to community and culture in a drama/theater work.
Grade 3: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding. a. Identify connections to community, social issues and other content areas in drama/theater work.

Grade 4

Grade 4: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze an artistic work. a. Identify artistic choices made in a drama/theater work through participation and observation.
Grade 4: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in an artistic work. a. Compare and contrast multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theater work.
Grade 4: Connecting: Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. a. Identify the ways a drama/theater work reflects the perspectives of a community or culture.
Grade 4: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding. a. Respond to community and social issues and incorporate other content areas in a drama/theater work.

Grade 5

Grade 5: Responding: Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze an artistic work. a. Explain personal reactions to artistic choice made in a drama/theater work through participation and observation.
Grade 5: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in an artistic work. a. Justify responses based on personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theater work.
Grade 5: Connecting: Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. a. Explain how drama/theater connects oneself to a community or culture.
Grade 5: Connecting: Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding. a. Investigate historical, global and social issues expressed in a drama/theater work.