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Looking for quick lesson plan ideas or classroom activities? Try these mini-lessons tied to Arts Toolkit resources.

Primary

[K-3] Chain Reactions
Using video and stories, students explore how one event may trigger other events, creating a story line.
Resource: Cat and Rat video

[K-3] Creating Characters: Movement
Students compare two characters and role-play how they would perform various actions.
Resource: Two Gals video

[K-3] Creating Characters: Voice
Students compare two characters in a story and say the same phrases while pretending to be the different characters.
Resource: Two Gals video

[K-3] Props and Costumes
Students explore how props and costumes help tell the story in a dramatic performance.
Resource: Cat and Rat video

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Intermediate

[5-7] Observing To Make Meaning
After watching without sound, students write a plot summary of the excerpt from Pinocchio. Students then review the video with sound and compare perceptions.
Resource: Pinocchio video

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Middle

[5-7] Observing To Make Meaning
After watching without sound, students write a plot summary of the excerpt from Pinocchio. Students then review the video with sound and compare perceptions.
Resource: Pinocchio video

[6-12] Japanese Theater Traditions
Students research styles of Japanese theater and present findings.
Resource: What Is Kabuki? video

[6-12] Jobs in Theater
Students explore various jobs in theater and show what they’ve learned through posters, collages, or PowerPoint® presentations.
Resource: Electronic Field Trip to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts video

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High

[6-12] Japanese Theater Traditions
Students research styles of Japanese theater and present findings.
Resource: What Is Kabuki? video

[6-12] Jobs in Theater
Students explore various jobs in theater and show what they’ve learned through posters, collages, or PowerPoint® presentations.
Resource: Electronic Field Trip to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts video

[9-12] In Their Own Words
Students research, write, and perform monologues from the point of view of an artist from a period in history.
Resource: Words Like Freedom video

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