Arts Integration Workshops for Educators

BASH THE TRASH! (Grades K-6) Focus: Science, Music, Special Ed, STEM, STEAM, Gifted

Oct 4, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The Lippman School, 750 White Pond Drive, Akron, OH

Bash the Trash (free) Details

Oct 4, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

No musical background required. Kennedy Center teaching artist, environmentalist and composer John Bertles has been building, performing and educating with musical instruments made from recycled and reused materials for over 25 years — and using those instruments to make connections to science and literacy. First, participants build the instruments — such as oboes from straws, maracas and drums from tin cans, guitars from tubes and fishing line — while learning the science behind how they work. Next, the sounds of the instruments become the inspiration for writing and composing musical stories to be performed on the instruments. Learn how scientific, environmental, STEM and STEAM connections transform even the simplest stuff into cool-sounding instruments, and how to make your own!

Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm (Grades 1-5) Focus: Music, ELA, Social Studies, Gifted, Spec Ed, EL

Oct 25, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The Lippman School, 750 White Pond Drive, Akron, OH

Reading Comprehension (free) Details

Oct 25, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Imani Gonzalez, Kennedy Center teaching artist, will demonstrate ways to enhance student learning by using sound and rhythm to explore ways to help students develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music and language. Teachers are guided through a process to help students create a Soundscape, a way to retell a story that connects students to the story’s tone, mood, setting, and the characters’ culture(s). This learning process will help students attend to sensory images, use questioning strategies, respond to inference, and determine importance in order to develop a better understanding of the text. Students will develop listening skills through collaboration, build interpretation and oral presentation skills through communication, and improve reading fluency through creativity. See how music can make full use of these skills through students’ aural, visual, analytical, creative and social intelligences. Your students will attain a new level of comprehension when they experience seeing, hearing, and feeling through their reading!

CUT PAPER: A Pathway to Writing and MAKING IT STICK: Memory Comprehension through Abstract Art (Grades 2-8) Focus: Visual Art, ELA, Spec Ed, EL, Gifted

Jan 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The Lippman School, 750 White Pond Drive, Akron, OH

Cut Paper (free) Details

Jan 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The process of beginning with an idea and developing it into a story can be challenging for young authors. In this fascinating workshop, taught by Jamin Carter, teachers will explore how students can use construction paper, scissors and glue to create artwork that becomes the bridge between an idea and a unique, descriptive story. Participants will learn to use selected elements of art — such as shape,size, space and color - to connect to story components of character, setting, events, and details.
During session II, the afternoon workshop will focus on memory, which is a crucial component of robust reading comprehension. In this workshop, discover how abstract symbols created by students can serve as mind maps to construct and deepen understanding of a complex text. You will leave equipped with skills focusing on comprehension, storage and recalling of story components such as character development, events, viewpoint, main idea and more!

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