The Rodro Model 

Arts Integrated Residences 

I Wanna Dance: The Peace Print

Celebrating peace through the unifying joy of global dances.

i Care

A school and community program to promote caring, compassion, and kindness.

Ice Cream for Understanding- Star Spangled Sprinkles

Diversity, Appreciating Differences, and Religious Freedom

 

The Rodro Model

Arts Integrated Residences (5-7 sessions)

Grades 3-5, 45-60 min. Sessions

 

The Rodro Model allows you to customize an enhanced series of lessons to address your most challenging curriculum requirements. This program is a collaboration between you, the classroom teacher(s), and myself, an arts intergraded teaching artist, to create an original 5-7 session unit of study that provides deep learning through a whole child approach. This arts-based curriculum allows each student multiple entry points into understanding its learning objectives by providing art making experiences combined with the example of a professional cultural resource performance or experience. During our planning sessions, you choose key learning objectives and I consult with you as I design visual arts, dance, and/or theater lessons and activities. During the process, you develop collaborative instructional strategies including arts integrated lesson planning and co-teaching. The Result is organic learning that fosters enduring understandings with real-world applications that enhance our children's lives.

 

           EXAMPLES of RODRO MODEL PROGRAMS

 

           Presto Mafisto (Energy/Magic Show/Theater)

 

           Students create a magic show using tricks based on various aspects of the science of            energy.

 

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           The Secret Sea Passage (Social Studies/Wildlife Preservation/Math/Visual Arts)

 

           Students create a modern version of the coded quilts from the underground railroad.              These take the form of posters that use simple math to reveal passwords that lead to              safe passage. 

 

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           Super Me! (Anti-Bullying/Character/Community/Theater)

 

           Students learn the essential, foundational knowledge and tools they need to                            understand the complex social and emotional elements of bullying and infuse them                into an original play. 

 

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           I WANNA DANCE: Peace Print (Multi-culturalism/Diversity/Community/Dance)

 

           Students learn about and explore how global cultures celebrate life through dance                  and create a dance with five different dance styles from around the world.

           

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           My Breakfast Made Me Laugh (Figurative language/Poetry/ Visual Arts)

 

           Students create visual representations of poetry based on various kinds of figurative              language and ultimately create their own figurative language, illustrated poem.

           

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           H2-Uh-Oh! (Water Cycle/Environmental Awareness/Puppet Show)

 

           Students create original puppets and sets for a puppet show explaining how the water            cycle works and how it is affected by climate change. 

 

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           The Golgi App (Cell Structure and Function/Dance)

 

           Students create The Golgi App Dance by using their bodies to recreate the structure              and functions of various cells, tissues, and organs. 

 

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           When Fair Words Fail (American Revolution/Poetry/Dance)

 

           Students create a dance featuring key events from the American Revolution. The                    students narrate the dance with classic and contemporary poetry modified to fit the                tempo of the music. 

 

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           Combo Creatures (Animal Classification/Myth/Scientific Sketches/Visual Arts)

 

           Students create original Combo Creatures from their favorite animals and learn how to            classify them through the technique of archeological field sketching. 

           

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           I’m Not Gonna Lie (Legends/Story Structure/Visual Arts/Story Boarding)

 

           Students create original legends based on a story writing structure and present them              using the technique of story boarding. 

 

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           The Trail of Tears & Triumph (Manifest Destiny/Legends/Dance/Spoken Word)

 

           Students create a dance featuring key events from Manifest Destiny. The students                  narrate the dance with classic and contemporary legends. 

 

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           Dancing Machine (Simple Machines/Energy/Dance)

 

           Students create a Human Simple Machine Dance by using their bodies to recreate                  various simple machines and model the way that they function. 

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           Presidential Leadership (Presidential quotes/Integrity/Dance)

 

           Students create a dance with spoken word from presidential quotes

           promoting leadership through integrity and unity. 

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I Wanna Dance: The Peace Print

Celebrating peace through the unifying joy of global dances.

Ages 5 & Up, 1­–5, 60-min. sessions

 

Dances from around the world may be different, but they have one extremely important thing in common— they bring people together to celebrate good times. In this program, Author/Illustrator and Dancer, Paul Rodriguez, reads his book, I Wanna Dance, about the unifying joy of global dances. He then brings the book to life by teaching a dance that incorporates many of the cultural dances that the book honors. Students also collaborate to make a Peace Print Banner and receive a Peace Print Certificate in recognition of their contribution to promoting peace. They leave behind dancing footprints and printed words and pictures, so others can follow their positive Peace Print message; "Instead of being divided by our differences and fighting, we should celebrate them and dance!"   

 

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I Care

A school and community program to promote caring, compassion, and kindness.

Grades K-5, 45-60 min. Sessions

 

The I Care Program is anchored in three poems I Care: People , I Care: Creatures , and

I Care: Planet. Each one thoughtfully and playfully help students make a clear distinction between caring for stuff and caring for what truly matters. Students create drawings or poems to express and share their thoughts about caring, then they put those original thoughts together to create collaborative posters and banners. They are given I Care postcards and the I Care meme logos. With these old fashioned and new school tools, they can express empathy and compassion in support of anyone who needs it, and raises awareness of any good cause they care about. In this way, they become advocates for promoting caring in their school, their community, and across the globe.

 

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Ice Cream for Understanding- Star Spangled Sprinkles

Diversity, Appreciating Differences, and Religious Freedom

Ages 8 & Up, 4, 30-45 min. sessions

 

Ice Cream for Understanding, is a program based on the book, Star Spangled Sprinkles, Please. The book and program provide an in-depth learning experience exploring how diversity, appreciating differences, and religious freedom can continue to grow as essential values in the daily lives of our children. The program begins with a book reading and Q & A discussion, followed by small group, breakout sessions to delve more deeply into discussions and sharing of the values presented in the story. Then, each breakout group converts their thoughts about religious freedom, the value of diversity, and appreciating differences into an original eight to fifteen-foot-tall ice cream cone mural. The program concludes with an ice cream buffet and mural gallery. Participants celebrate their creative diversity while enjoying an international treat and listening to each other present the messages in their Compassion Cone Murals.

 

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