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Get up and move, learn, and smile with artists and teachers who are excited to spend time with you! The Arts & Learning Kids TV show brings school lessons to life in your living room every weekend with fun and engaging arts-based learning!

Episodes are tailored to lessons by grade levels: Explorers, Discoverers, and Adventurers!

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Word Problem Detectives

In this episode, students will consider the character traits of good detectives. They will use improv to put their detecting traits into action and find clues that will help them decide if word problems are about addition or subtraction. Kids at home can help crack the case!

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Discoverers

House Party

Students will create, write, and act out different rhyming sentences by using their bodies, knowledge of isolating beginning sounds, and imaginations.

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Explorers

Storytelling with Anansi and Beats!

Students will learn about the art of storytelling with help from Anansi, a Ghanian spider! In this multisensory lesson, students will be able to listen to music and imagine the beginning, middle, and end parts of a story through soundscapes! Mr. 4tae brings his musical talents, while Ms. Garrett brings her story retelling skills. Come learn how to become a griot and retell stories with Anansi The Spider.

This episode is for our Explorers! (Recommended for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Explorers

Mystery Strings and Counting Things! (The Musical)

Mr. Alden and Mr. Owens become mystery detectives who journey to the Kenyan savannah to count different wild animals, aided by songs and your imagination!

This episode is for our Explorers! (Recommended for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Discoverers

Everyone's a Critic: Looking at Van Gough and Picasso

In this episode, students compare two paintings with the same name painted by two very different famous artists. They learn how to organize their observations in a venn diagram and then they use their analysis of the paintings to create a short theatrical piece.

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Discoverers

Creative Cinderella

In this episode, students explore alternate versions of Cinderella and consider how each one alters story elements like setting, character and events. Using a story map, they will design their own board game using a story they know but altering it to make it their own. Students will learn how to create a board game that they can play with friends and family!

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Adventurers

A-cute Story about Angles

During this lesson, students will explore acute, obtuse, right and straight angles in their bodies, their names and their world. They will engage in a puppet show of the thrilling adventures of Cardboard Man and his trusty team of Charlie’s Angles!  Through the story and its main characters, students will see angles come to life to save Citytropolus. They will get a peek into the mind of a puppeteer to learn how he developed his superhero.  Ultimately, students will be able to create their own angle puppets out of cardboard and tell their own stories of angle adventures!

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Discoverers

How Was Your Day?

Students will use miming and other elements of theatre to compare and contrast  their lives in the United States to the lives of children living in Canada and Mexico.

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Adventurers

Exploring Ecosystems through Lyric and Song!

In this episode, students will sing along to learn about ecosystems and use that song to help them annotate informational text about one particular type of ecosystem. They will participate in a Survival of the Fittest quiz to determine which types of animals and insects are able to adapt to any ecosystem and which are not. Finally, they will write a verse together that shares the impact that humans can have on ecosystems. Ultimately, students will have the skills needed to write their own verse about any ecosystem--one they find in their very own backyard or park OR one they research on their own!

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Adventurers

Breaking Barriers in Athletics and the Arts!

In this episode, students will explore two individuals who broke gender and race barriers in sports: Katie Sowers, the first female coach in the NFL, and Willie O’Ree, the first African American player in the NHL. They will learn how to paraphrase informational text so that they can find their voices to share key information about what they learned. Simultaneously, they will learn essential elements of drawing so that they can create figure drawings of these important individuals. Ultimately, students will be challenged to research other athletes who broke barriers, paraphrase what they learn, and illustrate them as well. They will be able to make connections to other people they know--in athletics and beyond, who broke barriers, overcame challenges, and left a legacy for others!

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Adventurers

Immuni-T is in Your Corner!

Step into the ring with Immuni-T as you learn about how the body fights infections! But before this big fight, students will learn about two different types of germs through annotating informational text and using actor’s tools to become the very germs they are learning about. By the end of this lesson, students will have a greater understanding of how to protect themselves from all kinds of germs and will be excited to use their annotating tools AND actor’s tools to become any kind of germ!

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Explorers

ButterFLY VIBEs

In this episode, students will participate in a Spring read aloud and create dance moves for the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Students will use their voice, imagination, and body to physicalize the life cycle of a butterfly.

This episode is for our Explorers! (Recommended for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Discoverers

Array City

In this episode, students learn about how to break numbers into arrays and then use these arrangements as the foundation for an enormous collaged cityscape!

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Explorers

Transportation Tunes!

Here comes the Big Blue Truck, bringing songs, pictures, and ideas! During this episode, students will think about how people traveled and communicated in the past, and how we do those things now.

This episode is for our Explorers! (Recommended for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Discoverers

Virtual Feast!

In this episode, students consider how food can nourish the community as well as nourish our bodies. Students will analyze the text of Stone Soup and use theater and props to examine how meals create community.

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Explorers

Singing through Six with Squirrels and Cookies!

In this episode, students will learn how to break apart 6 using their imagination, emotions, and concrete props. In this multi-sensory, interactive lesson, students will be inspired by the visual props and storytelling that allow students to think about kindness and sharing with the power of 6. Mr. Alden brings his ukulele, guitar, and silly songs, Mr. Root brings beatboxing, and Ms. Garrett brings her powerhouse knowledge of math facts. Come along and break apart 6 with us.

This episode is for our Explorers! (Recommended for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Explorers

Animals Around the World!

During this episode, students will use their imagination, creativity, and knowledge about the world to dive into the seven continents and the animals that roam around them! Students will breathe like animals, dress up as animals, act like animals, move like animals, and even sound like animals! We’ll be telling each other about our favorite animals (and why they’re our favorite) and learn about someone else’s favorite animal! Then, we’ll write down our favorite animal, draw a picture, and show our hard work to those around us!

This episode is for our Explorers! (Recommended for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Discoverers

This Because of That: Acting out Conjunctions

In this episode, kids learn how conjunctions can help them join two thoughts together to create more interesting sentences. Using props for inspiration, they learn theatre techniques to act out what they are writing.

More to see and do: Sing along with the Conjunction Song from Grammaropolis "Let's Bring It All Together" and "Conjunction Junction, what's your function?" from Schoolhouse Rock!

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Adventurers

Club Quarantine: Making Music with Fractions

During this episode, students will write songs based on fractions and musical notes. After labeling fractions on a number line and identifying the corresponding musical notes, they will walk through how to write a song using the notes as a guide. By the end of the lesson, they will be challenged to select a note, create a number line, label it with fractions and musical notes, and then write their own corresponding lyrics!

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Adventurers

Plotting to Become Writers!

During this episode, students will watch a COVID-inspired fairy tale come to life! From that, they will identify the story elements that make up any story and the performance elements that can bring any story to life. Ultimately, students will be able to write their own narratives that they can bring to life using performance elements.

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Explorers

You Can Count on Music!

Can you count objects in groups of 5? How about sounds? Can you count sounds in groups of 5? During this episode, students are introduced to Afro-Cuban bongo drums, Latin American egg shakers, and their sounds. Students are challenged to count the sounds of the instruments as they learn to group objects into groups of five. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to affirm that "we can count to five!"

This episode is for our Explorers! (Recommended for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten)

Adventurers

Pieces of Our Journeys

Annotating and Expressing: How do we tell our stories through the arts? During this episode, students will explore the question, “How do stories help us understand our experiences and the experiences of immigrants?” They will dive into one part of Grandfather’s Journey and gather details about the 5 W’s through annotating text. They will then dive into another part of the text, annotate as an artist, and learn how to collage. By the end of the episode, they will have learned about the journeys of the main character of the story, the artist, the teacher, and the host and will be encouraged to share the stories of their own journeys through the 5 W’s and the arts.

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Discoverers

Tap Dancing Our Way through Two-Digit Numbers!

During this episode, students will use tap dance steps to express 10s and 1s and connect movement to place value charts, number bonds, and math manipulatives.

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Adventurers

Bringing Myths to Life: Animating from Annotation!

During this episode, students will explore two myths from different cultures that both explain how the sun came to be in the sky. Students will practice annotating text to pull out the five W’s: who, what, why, when, and where. They will see how they can take this information and create flip book animation to tell the stories through pictures! Finally, students will compare the two myths, noting key similarities and differences, and will be challenged to seek out other myths that explain this same phenomenon or write their own stories—all through flip book animation!

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Adventurers

Tap Dancing with Fractions

During this episode, students will learn four basic tap steps that will help them review fractions as part of a whole. They will learn and practice choreography, identify parts of a whole dance, and turn this knowledge into fractions, using visual representations as well. By the time they have danced through this lesson, they will be able to create their own choreography and write fractions about it!

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Discoverers

Character Traits Choreography

During this episode, students have the opportunity to identify their own character traits and those of important Civil Rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ruby Bridges. Students will be able to unlock their creativity and communicate those character traits through dance! Learning several elements of dance like frozen poses, levels, shapes and energy, students will not only get to perform the Ruby Bridges choreography, but will be inspired to look for the leaders—particularly those who respond to injustice—in their communities and in themselves, identify character traits of those individuals, and create their own choreography.

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Adventurers

Traits of Everyday Superheroes

During this episode, students will hear and read stories of everyday heroes; identify their character traits, motivations, and challenges; and use actor’s tools of posture and voice to become them. From a grandmother who taught in City Schools for 20 years, impacting students and families, to an Australian bookstore owner who rode her bicycle around her town to get books into the hands of her customers during COVID-19, students will understand that heroes come in many forms and that they, too, possess their own unique traits and talents that make them heroes.

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Adventurers

Solving Math Problems through Song

During this episode, students have the opportunity to see how any math skill or topic can be turned into a song as our artist and teacher create a song to solve fraction word problems. Students can sing along with the hook—a review of fractions—and then use the verses of the song to solve ANY kind of word problem. After watching the team solve a word problem using song, students can apply that song to solving their own word problems.

This episode is for our Adventurers! (Recommended for students in 3rd through 5th Grade)

Discoverers

Acting Out Number Signs

During this episode, students dig deep into learning about the greater than, less than, and equal signs, and they have a chance to practice comparing numbers. Using tens, ones, and the place value chart, kids learn how they can quickly tell which is a bigger two-digit number. With the help of a theatre teacher from Center Stage Baltimore, they discover how using their bodies and voices to create a character gives them a fun, creative tool for remembering this important math concept.

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

Bonus Activity!

Make an Alligator Puppet just like the one you saw in the show!

Discoverers

Learning Math through Shadow Puppetry

During this episode, students are treated to a shadow puppet retelling of classic fairy tales in the time of coronavirus. They can follow along as these same puppets use a number line for solving math problems, and students can create their own puppets to solve math equations along with the teacher and artist.

This episode is for our Discoverers! (Recommended for students in 1st and 2nd Grade)

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