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Primary Voices, Vol. 5, No. 2, April 1997

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Issue Theme: Classroom Curriculum And The Arts

  • About This Issue

    Valerie Bang-Jensen

    Abstract: The introduction to the themed issue, "Classroom Curriculum and the Arts," exploring the ways in which integrated approaches can help students learn about the arts and how the arts can authentically support learning.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Theme Studies and the Arts

    Sue Giffard

    Abstract: Discusses a number of different approaches to theme study or thematic units and various ways in which the arts can be included.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Rain Forest Dance Residency

    Dawn Watson

    Abstract: Outlines the author's experience as a dancer and choreographer artist-in-residence with third graders at a public elementary school, providing a cultural arts experience to tie in with a theme study of the rain forest. Details the residency and the insights she gained working with students, teachers, and theme.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Using Drama in Thematic Teaching

    Elaine Kanas

    Abstract: Describes and outlines dramatic elements (character, character objectives, conflict, costumes, and "performance" rather than "production") that help students gain understanding of historical, social, and literary content.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Connecting Ideas through Materials: Visual Arts Learning in the Primary Classroom

    Mary Hafeli

    Abstract: Considers the importance of teachers learning about an artistic discipline in much the same way that language arts teachers are encouraged to write. Discusses knowing what materials can do, making materials mean something, and children's artistic intentions. Visits two second-grade classrooms in which working with clay invites students to think about their worlds in new and imaginative ways.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Music in the Classroom

    Cathy Page Kassell

    Abstract: Offers the observations, struggles, and musings of a music teacher as she examines and experiments with the notion of curriculum integration, valuing integrated curriculum while wishing to maintain the integrity of the different disciplines.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Reflections

    Valerie Bang-Jensen

    Abstract: Discusses how the four articles in this issue (which describe classroom explorations and carefully considered relationships with the arts and the classroom curriculum) demonstrate that inclusion of the arts in the curriculum defies formulaic planning or standardization but rather reflects contextual decisions made by teacher and artist together as they explore the vast potential of such relationships.

    Keywords: Elementary

  • Selected Readings

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: Elementary

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