DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS

Social Emotional Learning and Drama

Now more than ever is an important time to address students’ social and emotional needs.  HTY designed these brief, interactive digital lessons to engage children in creatively and critically thinking about a whole range of social and emotional competencies. And let us know if there are any other essential student needs we might address creatively!

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: PRE-K / K

Why the Face?

Using the book ‘Why the Face?’, teaching artist Ms. Clara guides students to identify feelings expressed in the book and create various facial reactions of their own.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: K – 2

Diverse Crayons

Teaching artist Ms. Clara and her young son Austin imagine a world in which crayons just cannot get along with each other. How will the crayons learn to value each other? And how does a young boy help?

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: K – 2

Frozen Feelings

Students will express a variety of feelings using their body, guided by teaching artist Ms. Clara.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: K – 2

Jenny

Jenny, a young girl who loves to draw, wants to share her new picture with the teacher.  But Jenny has trouble controlling her reaction when she doesn’t get what she wants.  How can the students help her?

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 1-4

Investigation: Problem-Solving

An investigative reporter asks the question, “Can kids solve their own problems?’ Three scenarios demonstrate different issues kids might encounter. The audience is challenged to consider how they might solve the problem themselves.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 2-4

Helpful or Hurtful

Three students who are supposed to be friends face the challenge of how to communicate in respectful and supportive ways.  How do their words and attitude matter?

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 2-6

Expressive Tree

Teaching artist Ms. Clara demonstrates how students can define and express feelings through drawing.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 3-4

Aalia of the Rainforest

Teaching artist Ms. Lily introduces a young girl named Aalia whose rainforest home is facing destruction.  How can Aalia best communicate to people the importance of her home? (Inspired by the book ‘Aana and the Treehuggers.’)

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 3 – 4

Reactions

Teaching artist Ms. Lily presents a series of situations, encouraging students to use their bodies and faces to show how they might react to each one.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 3 – 4

I Wish my Teacher Knew

Teaching artist Ms. Lily guides students to creatively portray important aspects of themselves that the teacher might not know.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 3 – 6

Empathy Busters

The ‘Empathy Busters’ Game Show demonstrates both appropriate and inappropriate reactions to different situations. Students are challenged to identify which show empathy and which are ‘empathy busters.’

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 3-6

Meet Your Goals

In this imaginative game show, three young contestants (played by HTY teaching artists Ms. Clara, Mr. Jonathan and Ms. Lily) are challenged to complete a book report over a weekend.  What obstacles do they face? Will they successfully set and meet their goal before Monday morning? Throughout, the video audience is invited to identify which character might succeed and how the contestants might overcome their personal obstacles.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 4 – 6

Stress

Students express various forms of stress and relaxation through drama, guided by teaching artist Mr. Jonathan.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 4 – 6

Goals for Life

How might students envision their future goals now?  Students imagine a life goal through movement and decide on steps they need to take to achieve that goal.

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 5-6

Bruddah Buzz at the Edge

A young surfer named Braddah Buzz faces an unexpected encounter as he catches an awesome wave.  But can he control his emotional response to the encounter?

GRADE LEVEL FOCUS: 4 – 6

Bruddah Buzz at School

A young man named Braddah Buzz struggles with focus at school.  Students will be asked to identify his problem and write a letter to offer him advice as to how he might get better at managing his focus.