Over the next few weeks at NIS, there will be an integration between drama and PE with the grade 2 classes. As we are doing a unit in gymnastics/movement to music in PE at the moment, drama fits very well into the scheme of things. The elementary drama teacher, Sam Brown, and I have been collaborating whenever our schedules allow, in an effort to help the grade 2 students create their own performances based on the "Wind". Using music and elements from Cirque Du Soleil, Sam will lead the students through many discussions and brainstorming sessions aimed at helping to identify how the wind moves, how it feels, what it is like, and how/why it is so unpredictable.
In PE, we will take the ideas that Sam and the students come up with and put into action how they can be pieced together into a routine that will be performed, in groups, to the Cirque Du Soleil song called, the "Wind". We have approximately 5 lessons to get the students ready to perform and will hand out a rubric to them in week two in order to look at specific assessment criteria that will be used to assess their routines. The students will use the rubric to peer assess, but also to self assess themselves as well. In the slide show below, you can view the ideas that the students generated through their discussions with Sam. As we have lots of ESL students, Sam had the wind translated into German and Korean. The rubric that Sam and I collaborated on has also been added to the slideshow. I will also attempt to add the audio clip of the Cirque Du Soleil song. Feel free to use this song and try this out with your own students. I will be documented this integration in its entirety on my blog over the next few weeks.
It appears as though the audio clip above has uploaded properly. If you are visiting this blog entry and have difficulty play the "Wind" song, please let me know and I will send you the clip by email. Just click on play icon above to hear song.