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Performing Arts, as you know, is a new special this school year. I am so thrilled and honored to be able to teach it! In this class we will be learning about and experiencing: acting, dancing, playing music, singing, body movement, voice, expressing our emotions & creativity, writing scenes, staging, lighting, producing, directing, and so much more. I want this class to help your child express themselves, and dig deeper into their creativity and confidence.
 
I miss all you students/performers so very much!
 
Be sure to check out Mrs. C's Youtube to keep up with Performing Arts during our time out:
 

Pre-K:

 

Tongue Twister:

How now brown cow.

 

Activity: Learn or create a happy song with hand movements

 

Song suggestion: You Are My Sunshine (just the the first part of song)

 

Lyrics:

You are my sunshine (point and then make a sun over your head)

My only sunshine (hug body and make sun over head again)

You make me happy (point out, then point to yourself, then draw a smile on your face using pointer fingers)

When skies are gray( Make hands touch above head for cloud, and look up and frown)

You’ll never know dear(Point out and then wag finger)

How much I love you (Make heart with hands, pull towards chest then push out)

Please don’t take ( Place hands together and shake head ‘no’)

My sunshine away (Hug body, make sun over your head, hug body one last time)

 

Kindergarten:

 

Tongue Twister:

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear

Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair

Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't very fuzzy, was he?

 

Activity: Learn or create a happy song with hand movements

 

Song suggestion: “Don’t Worry, Be happy” (Just the first minute of song)

 

Lyrics:

Here’s a little song I wrote (Take hand and act as if you’re writing)

You might want to sing it note for note (Point outwards, pinch note out & away from mouth, take both pointer fingers as if your tapping the notes)

Don’t worry, be happy (Wag finger and shake head ’no’, and then trace a smile on your face with fingers)

In this life you’ll have some trouble, (spread hands out in front of you, and then rest face on your fist with a sad face)

When you worry, you’ll make it double (Point to eyebrows which are scrunched, then put on two fingers for double)

Don’t worry, be happy (wag finger no, then trace your smile)

 

1st Grade:

1st grade Tongue Twister:

The big beautiful blue balloon burst.

 

Activity: Review/practie of 1st-4th ballet positions & intro of plie and pirouette.

 

1st position:

In first position, the balls of the feet are turned out completely. The heels touch each other and the feet face outward. You may not be able to achieve a full rotation, but it is important that even in the beginning the soles of both feet are firmly and entirely in contact with the floor. When you see professional ballerinas in first position, you will also notice that their legs are in contact with each other from the top of the leg down as far as the calf and thereafter as close as possible, with the heels in full contact.

 

2nd position:

A good way to get into second position is to begin in first position and then, maintaining the same rotation, slide the feet apart. The balls of both feet are turned out, if not completely then as much as is comfortable, with the heels separated by the length of one foot

 

3rd position:

One good way to get into third position is to begin in second position and then slide one foot toward the other so that the heel of your front foot touches the arch of your back foot. 

 

 

4th position:

The feet are placed in much the same position as in third position, but farther apart. You can get into fourth position from third by sliding your forward foot away from you and toward an imagined audience. Your feet should be about one foot apart.

 

Plie: plié is when a dancer is basically bending at the knees. They are typically done in 1st, 2nd, 4th positions in classical ballet, both at the barre and center in classes. Correct use and development of a plié is a basic but essential movement to a dancer's technique.

 

Pirouette: (“to whirl about”)turn in place on one leg. The pirouette is often done when the raised foot rests on the supporting ankle; in a pirouette à la seconde, or grande pirouette, it is extended in the second position at a 90° angle to the supporting leg. The leg may be held at the front or side . The body may turn toward the raised leg or the supporting leg  or “forward”.

 

 

2nd grade:

2nd grade Tongue Twister: She sells seashells by the seashore

 

Activity: Copy the beat

 

Using open, flat hands on a hard surface, will play an original beat.

Another household family member will copy the beat. Take turns as many times as you wish.

 

Next, have student tap out beat to a well known song. House hold family member has to guess song. Once song is guessed, both of you will play the beat to the song and sing along. Take turns as many times as you wish.

 

Song suggestions:

 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Its Bitsy Spider

Old McDonald

Row Row Your Boat

Old Town Road by Lil Was X

Happy by Pharrell

Can’t stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McPherin

We Will Rock You by Queen

 

3rd grade:

3rd grade Tongue Twister:

How much wood could a wood chuck; chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood

 

Activity: Create & Draw 3 different original characters for someone in your household.

 

Name your 3 characters, and write descriptive words around them (how do they sound, walk, dress, think, etc.)

 

Have each person take a turn, the artist will call out the names of the original characters and the performer has to act like that character, and be able to switch demeanor when the next original character name is yelled out.

 

4th and 5th grade:

4th grade Tongue Twister:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

 

5th grade Tongue Twister:

5th grade Tongue Twister:

One-One was a racehorse.

Two-Two was one, too.

When One-One won one race, Two-Two won one, too.

 

Activity: Find an age appropriate/parent approved play, movie, or show on any platform to watch and critique the performance.

 

Answer the following questions:

Critique Questions:

  1. Were the actors believable?
  2. What was your impression of the costumes & stage setting?
  3. What was the most meaningful/impactful part of the performance?
  4. What took you out of the moment of the performance?
  5. What role would you have wanted in this performance?
 
Hope you enjoy!
Stay healthy and happy! 
 
 
See you on stage!
Amanda Craig
Performing Arts Teacher
Solomon Elementary
 
Performing Arts Classroom: Room B-222