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Instructional Plan: About Face: How Dancers Use Space
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A study of how the element of space is used in dance for fourth and fifth grade students.  Students will explore how the dancer’s orientation and relationship to the space can be varied to create interest in choreography.

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Dance
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
01/07/2021
Instructional Plan: Animal Collage Book Cover
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Students will explore with watercolor techniques and collage to design their own character for a book cover.  Through an artist study on artist Eric Carle, students will observe and identify shapes in animals and use their painted papers for a collage.

Subject:
Visual Art
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
10/16/2020
Instructional Plan: Animal Collage Book Cover
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Students will explore with watercolor techniques and collage to design their own character for a book cover. Through an artist study on artist Eric Carle, students will observe and identify shapes in animals and use their painted papers for a collage.

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Visual Art
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/29/2020
Instructional Plan: Artists as Designers
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Students will identify that creating a product, packaging, or place is the job of an artist using a creative design process to develop the very best solution. Students will use the iterative design process to develop ideas and create a new and innovative product, package, or place design.

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Visual Art
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/29/2020
Instructional Plan: Beginner String Setup
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This instructional plan serves as a resource to provide the instructor with a plan to instruct beginning string players of violin, viola, cello, and double bass (hereafter referred to as “bass”) in proper instrument posture and left-hand position. This plan provides the instructor with outcomes achievable through SOL-correlated lesson content. 

Subject:
Music
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Instructional Plan: Behind the Scenes
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Students will compare music from current repertoire to an arrangement or piece of a similar historical genre. Students will view music through a historical lens by understanding the cultural influences of the original piece.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
02/04/2021
Instructional Plan: Building Instruments from Around the World
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Students will learn about instruments from a variety of cultures and discuss how these instruments were used. Students will create an instrument from various materials to experiment with sound and playing technique.

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Fine Arts
Music
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
03/08/2021
Instructional Plan: Building the Beginner String Players Bow Hold
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This instructional plan will provide the teacher with the outline and resources needed to instruct beginning string players of violin, viola, cello, and double bass (hereafter referred to as “bass”) in proper bow hold development.

Subject:
Music
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/24/2020
Instructional Plan: Colonial Music in Virginia
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What did colonists do for fun in 18th century Virginia? Let us explore the music and dance of Colonial Virginia and why they were so important to know. What happens when we take those 18th century dance moves and combine them with the trending moves today? Let us find out!

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
02/25/2021
Instructional Plan: Composition in the Instrumental Classroom
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This instructional plan will provide the instructor with the outline and resources to guide students in the composition of original music. Composition incorporates different aspects of music education including creativity, critical thinking, and the application of musical techniques.

Subject:
Music
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/30/2020
Instructional Plan: Copyright and Digital Citizenship
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Students will explore copyright and intellectual property standards as they relate to music, music technology, and digital citizenship. Students will identify and apply their knowledge of copyright law and licensure to select appropriate licenses for an original work. Students will then analyze copyrighted material and understand how to obtain appropriate permission to use the material.

Subject:
Music
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Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
10/27/2020
Instructional Plan: Creating a Benefit Concert
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Students will investigate ways that choral music can influence the community. Using project-based learning, students will research organizations in their community to be the beneficiary of a benefit-type concert. Students will select level-appropriate repertoire and create advertising. This project is imagined to be used for collaborative small groups, but could be adapted to work as an individual project.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
01/19/2021
Instructional Plan: Describing Personal Response to Music Using the "Feelings Wheel"
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This plan introduces students to the “feelings wheel” concept and leads them through developing their own emotional interpretation of specific works, themes, and articulations. A theory of emotions first articulated by American psychologist Robert Plutchik allows emotions to be arranged like colors on a color wheel. 

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
01/20/2021
Instructional Plan: Developing Choral Sight Reading Skills
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This plan will introduce students to a clear and consistent method for practicing and performing sight reading. Students will evaluate and assess sight reading of their peers and gain experience in listening and error detection.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
01/20/2021
Instructional Plan: Developing Student Voice through Creative Dance
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The exercises in this plan are designed for students to exercise improvisation skills and creative thinking in dance movement. The exercises could be used as warm-up activities, or could lead to a larger choreographic project. This instructional plan is designed to be used in parts or whole.

Subject:
Dance
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
12/29/2020
Instructional Plan: Disappearing Rhythms
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Students will demonstrate knowledge of rhythmic literacy by playing Disappearing Rhythms. Students will identify and perform simple rhythms, and improve audition skills, as well as accuracy and fluency of rhythmic music literacy, through repetition in a fast-paced environment.

Subject:
Music
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Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/28/2020
Instructional Plan: Essentials of Copyright
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Students will explore copyright and intellectual property standards as they relate to music, music technology, and digital citizenship. Students will apply their understanding of copyright law to complete the copyright process for an original work. Students will further apply their understanding by participating in a class debate about real-world copyright issues raised by a song that sets original lyrics to an older song.

Subject:
Music
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
10/27/2020
Instructional Plan: Exploring Social Issues with Art & Photography
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Students will explore social contemporary issues that are meaningful to them. They will develop an inquiry question to guide their research. The research will be the resource for the visual responses that students will generate.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
12/04/2020
Instructional Plan: Figure Studies - A Unit of 3 Lessons
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This unit of study allows for students to gain understanding and confidence in figure drawing over a series of 3 separate lessons that result in a collaborative mural. These lessons can be used to facilitate an assessment of student growth and skills development, while still encouraging expression through different types of art explorations and working both individually and collaboratively.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
01/07/2021
Instructional Plan: Found Object Assemblage
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Students will learn about artists who create assemblages using found objects. After learning about colors and spatial relationships in composition, students will create an assemblage using found household objects in the color of their choice.

Subject:
Visual Art
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/28/2020
Instructional Plan: Guided Listening in the Instrumental Classroom
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This plan will provide the instructor with an outline and resources to direct students through a variety of listening exercises.  Students can use listening exercises to analyze music, identify important elements, and critique performances.

Subject:
Music
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/30/2020
Instructional Plan: History Integration in the High School Instrumental Classroom
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This plan provides teachers with the resources to guide students through the analysis of musical time periods which will provide insight into history with a lens through the fine arts.  This analysis helps students make connections with contemporaries and world events, in turn, enabling students to perform music with greater depth and style.

Subject:
Music
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/30/2020
Instructional Plan: History Integration in the Instrumental Music Classroom
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Students will learn about history and music history through listening, analyzing, and performing works in their instrumental class. Students will gain insight into history through a Fine Arts lens, enabling them to make connections with contemporaries and world events.

Subject:
Music
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Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/23/2020
Instructional Plan: If I Were the Composer
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Students will use their creative writing power to explore what a composer/performer might have been trying to say or make their audience feel in a piece of music. Students will use creative writing prompts to explore musical elements, using appropriate music terminology.

Subject:
Music
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Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/24/2020
Instructional Plan: Improvisation in the Instrumental Classroom
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This plan will outline the process and resources needed to introduce and improve improvisation in an instrumental classroom. Improvisation is important for encouraging creativity and expression while providing a supportive environment that is free of judgment and criticism.

Subject:
Music
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Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/30/2020
Instructional Plan: Improvising with Sports Games
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Students learn communication and collaboration skills for theatre with improvisation games. Once games are learned and practiced, improv teams are formed and opportunities are given for students to perform for a live audience.

Subject:
Theater
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
12/20/2020
Instructional Plan: Instrument Discovery
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Students select an instrument and identify instrument’s origins, composers and musicians who feature this instrument, and styles of music where this instrument is featured. Students will also identify the parts and sound science of the instrument.

Subject:
Music
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Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/24/2020
Instructional Plan: Kinetic Drawing: Exploring Thaumatropes
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During this lesson, students will explore concepts related to animation while creating a moving image using ideas, subject matter, and materials of their choice by designing a functional thaumatrope.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
12/04/2020
Instructional Plan: Let's Learn to Improvise
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Students will learn basic acting and improvisation skills through different activities. Students will be able to identify and use learned acting techniques during improvisation games through imaginative play.

Subject:
Theater
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
12/20/2020
Instructional Plan: Lift Every Voice and Sing
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Students will explore how music reflects history and culture through study of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Students will closely examine the lyrics to explore the song’s history, current events, how it came to be known as the Black National Anthem, and learn to sing the song.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
02/22/2021
Instructional Plan: Linoleum Cut Logos
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Students will take on the role of a graphic designer and create a logo for their dream business relying on symbolism and imagery over text. Students will use linoleum printing methods to print their business logo on multiple surfaces - shirts, bags, paper etc. Utilizing printmaking allows students to see the benefits of using this media when reproduction of a design is desired.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
12/04/2020
Instructional Plan: Make Art Out of Shadows
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Students will experiment with various light blocking materials and how they affect creation of shadows. Using this knowledge, student will participate in a series of activities manipulating and capturing shadows to inform their own work creating a 3D sculpture that casts a unique shadow.

Subject:
Visual Art
Science
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
10/16/2020
Instructional Plan: Making Art Out of Shadows
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Students will experiment with various light blocking materials and how they affect creation of shadows. Using this knowledge, student will participate in a series of activities manipulating and capturing shadows to inform their own work creating a 3D sculpture that casts a unique shadow.

Subject:
Visual Art
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Kelly Bisogno
Michelle Milligan
Date Added:
12/04/2020
Instructional Plan: Melodic Direction: Same, Step, or Leap
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Students will explore and identify the basics of melodic direction using aural skills and body percussion or movement. Students will compose their own piece of digital music using stepwise and leapwise melodic direction.

Subject:
Fine Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
03/08/2021
Instructional Plan: Melodies that Rock!
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Students will compose short melodic phrases using commonly found household items, such as a rock to create “Melodies that Rock.” Students will explore music contour in relationship to high and low notes, and melodic patterns and motion.

Subject:
Music
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/24/2020
Instructional Plan: "Mistake Art" (Line Drawing)
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Students will learn that a mistake is an opportunity to be an artist. Students will first close their eyes and make an unwanted mark on their paper, then use a variety of art supplies to turn that “mistake” into a work of art. By problem-solving, students will explore solutions that may take the form of animals, objects, places, or non-representative art.

Subject:
Visual Art
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Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/28/2020
Instructional Plan: Music Career Exploration
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This instructional plan provides the teacher with an outline and resources to guide music students through the process of selecting and pursuing a career path in the 21st century workplace, enabling students to understand music as a field of knowledge.

Subject:
Music
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Michelle Milligan
Kelly Bisogno
Date Added:
09/30/2020