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Fifth Grade Fine Arts Resources

Antonín Dvořák in the New World

Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
It often surprises music lovers in this country that the great Czech composer Dvořák spent three years in the United States. The stay vividly shaped his music from then on and had a liberating impact on American composers’ acceptance of their own neglected musical forebears. "I did not come to America to interpret Beethoven or Wagner," he said. "I came to...discover what young Americans had in them and help them express it." Notably, Dvořák asked Americans to find inspiration in Native American and African American tunes and songs. This video traces Dvořák’s trek from Europe to New York to the Midwest, arriving at last at Minnesota’s Minnehaha Falls. There he composed a haunting sonatina, hurriedly jotting down its melody on his shirt cuff since he had no paper at hand.
Skill: Identify and describe compositional elements (e.g. techniques, meter, tempo, tonality, intervals, chords).
Georgia Standard: ESBB(4-5).RE.1a
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Listen to a performance of "When the Saints Go Marching In," featuring musician improvisation. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.
Skill: Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of performances (e.g. compositions, arrangements, improvisations).
Georgia Standard: ESBB(4-5).RE.2b
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
A voice coach works with a young singer to help her connect her feelings and aspirations to the meaning of the song in this video from Broadway or Bust. The coach suggests that she become more vulnerable in her performance and open up to the emotions that the song evokes. The coach also helps the singer lessen the physical tension she is feeling by swinging her around as she is rehearsing.
Skill: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make music.
Georgia Standard: ESBC.CN.1
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Matthew Pierce moved to New York City to “find fame and fortune,” but he felt like there was something he was missing. Then he met a guitarist and began writing music. One tip the Kansas City Ballet’s music composer for The Wizard of Oz offers is to master an instrument, because it gives you the tools and confidence to explore music in any way.
Skill: Describe how a musician’s interests, knowledge, and skills determine how they create, perform, and respond to music.
Georgia Standard: ESBC.CN.1b
 
 
Subject: Dance
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Tamisha Floyd, one of four captains of the Step Team at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Ky., describes stepping in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.
Skill: Understand and demonstrate dance throughout history and in various cultures.
Georgia Standard: ESD5.CN.1
 
 
Subject: Dance
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Lexington, KY, demonstrate the basic positions of ballet, modern, and jazz dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.
Skill: Identify and demonstrate movement elements, technique, and terminology in ballet and jazz.
Georgia Standard: ESD5.PR.1
 
 
Subject: Dance
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Artist-in-residence Kacey Frazier leads a class of sixth graders in explorations of rhythm and speed that build to the student creation of dance in the ABA form in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.
Skill: Identify and demonstrate movement elements, technique, and terminology in ballet and jazz.
Georgia Standard: ESD5.PR.1
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Jonathan Stovall, now an assistant principal at Adairville School in Logan County, Kentucky, started using songwriting with his fourth-grade math students at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary in Bowling Green and found that student engagement and scores improved so much that he now uses it across grades and subjects. Students learn key concepts in math, science, and other subjects while learning music, creating songs and lyrics, working together, and learning about recording and engineering.
Skill: Describe various career paths in music.
Georgia Standard: ESGM5.CN.1c
 
 
Subject: Music
Source: Discovery Education (Login required. Reference your school’s directions for accessing from home.)
Resource Type: Video
Jazz is an art form of flexibility, spontaneity, individuality, communication, and emotion. This video gives students the opportunity to learn about the origins of jazz and the many facets of the art form. Different selections are played to represent the many varieties of jazz, allowing students to differentiate the subtleties of the art form. Let your students experience the joy of jazz!
Skill: Perform and respond to music from various historical periods and cultures.
Georgia Standard: ESGM5.CN.2a
 
 
Subject: Media Arts
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Video
Some of television's most popular networks make their home in midtown Atlanta, so Fast Forward goes behind the scenes to find out what makes these networks … work. We learn all about their creative technologies as well as other aspects of multilevel media. Teachable Moments include a description of metadata and an explanation of how understanding gravity is essential for a cartoon animator.
Skill: Refine and complete artistic work. Understand and apply a variety of media arts processes to produce increasingly complex works of art, communicating personal choice and increased technical skill, using a range of elements and principles.
Georgia Standard: MA5.CR.3
 
 
Subject: Theatre
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
Betsy Anne Huggins, education manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, explains the role of a theater director in making a script come to life on the stage. Huggins directed the play “No Hablo Español” and describes the theatrical elements, including music, employed in the production.
Skill: Explore how theatre connects to life experience, careers, and other content.
Georgia Standard: TA5.CN.1
 
 
Subject: Theatre
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
In this excerpt from a documentary on Bunraku, students meet an apprentice studying to be a puppeteer at Bunraku Theater in Osaka.
Skill: Examine the role of theatre in a societal, cultural, and historical context.
Georgia Standard: TA5.CN.2
 
 
Subject: Theatre
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video
This video presents viewers with an explanation of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
Skill: Examine the role of theatre in a societal, cultural, and historical context.
Georgia Standard: TA5.CN.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Project
Artist Thomas Freese defines tessellation and shows examples. The video integrates mathematics and art as the process involves using geometry, measurement, repetition, and patterning to create unusual, appealing designs.
Skill: Integrate information from other disciplines to enhance the understanding and production of works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA5.CN.2
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Video with Project
Artist Thomas Freese shows examples of accordion-fold books, demonstrates how to make one and provides calligraphy tips.
Skill: Understand and apply media, techniques, processes, and concepts of three-dimensional works of art.
Georgia Standard: VA5.CR.4
 
 
Subject: Visual Art
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Resource Type: Video
Dario Rossi is a prominent sculptor who left his home in Carrara, Italy, to work in Elberton. Rossi designs and carves primarily on grave markers, embellishing them with images of Jesus, the Star of David, or angels. Rossi has been devoted to his art and worries that classical sculpture is dying out.
Skill: Investigate and discover the personal relationships of artists to community, culture, and the world through making and studying art.
a. Recognize the unique contributions of contemporary and/or historical art forms, including Georgia artists.
Georgia Standard: VA5CN.1