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 Upstream Arts, 2011 In an effort to both further our impact with your students and increase the quality of programming you are receiving from Upstream.

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1  Upstream Arts, 2011 In an effort to both further our impact with your students and increase the quality of programming you are receiving from Upstream Arts, we have created companion curriculum that we hope you'll find useful to use on the days we are not working with your students. Each slide, which corresponds to the program week, contains activities that you and your students can do together to practice your new creative skills. Our teaching artists will present the Call to Action at the end of every class as an activity to explore over the following week in between classes. We have also included teacher tips in the notes section of the powerpoint, with the goal of providing you with variations for each activity - to help you better customize the activities for your students and their needs. We have designed the Call to Action slides to take a little or a lot of time. You choose. We hope you find this useful and welcome your feedback. Please don't hesitate to call or if you have any questions: or Ph: Or, simply connect with the teaching artists at your school.

2  Upstream Arts, 2011 General Tips – apply to most activities An Upstream Arts friend is anyone who is in Upstream Arts classes. Find a time of day to link to the activity (the beginning of second hour, upon return from lunch, before releasing for the buses, etc) and make it a routine part of your day. Try one of these as a calming activity if a student is feeling upset. For timed activities, try using a timer. Try using a scale from 1 to 5 for movement activities: 1 is the smallest, most subtle and 5 is the biggest, most obvious. How does this activity make you feel?

3 Act Stretch your body in all directions, as far as you can, for 3 minutes everyday. Try it when you feel bad. Communicate With an Upstream Arts friend: 1. Try to tell your friend about your day as quickly as you can. 2. Tell your friend about your day using only a whisper. What’s the difference?  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 1

4 Look Spend 15 minutes watching TV with the sound off. Can you tell how the people on screen are feeling? Can you tell what is happening? Act For the next week, find a time every day to spend 3-5 minutes breathing slowly and deeply. Try it when you feel stressed or anxious.  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 2

5 Communicate With an Upstream Arts friend, practice making eye contact for 3-5 minutes a day. Try it while you are right next to each other. Try it when you are across the room from each other. Listen Listen to a piece of instrumental music all the way through. Tell someone else what it was about.  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 3

6 Communicate If you get upset, tell someone how you feel in a calm way. Act Do a chore with someone else as your partner. How do you take turns and work together?  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 4

7 Look Look at several paintings. Tell someone which one is your favorite and why. Tell them which one you don’t like and why. Act Spend 5 minutes a day stretching your body in OPEN and UP shapes. How does that make you feel?  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 5

8 Listen/Communicate Ask an Upstream Arts friend to share one of their favorite childhood memories with you. LISTEN to their story and ask them 2 questions about it. Look With an Upstream Arts friend, spend 5-10 minutes watching a group of people in a room. Tell each other how you think people are feeling, based on their body language.  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 6

9 Look On your way here, try to notice something that you have never noticed about your surroundings. You’ve traveled the route many times, WHAT have you never noticed? Act/Communicate 1. With an Upstream Arts friend, spend some time moving ONLY in straight lines. Tell your friend how that made you feel. 2. Try it again, moving ONLY in curved lines. How did that make you feel?  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 7

10 Act With an Upstream Arts friend, spend one day moving in a different way each time you change locations: 1. Move faster or slower than normal. 2. Take a different route. Act 1. Tighten and hold ALL the muscles in your body for 15 seconds. 2. Then, release or relax ALL the muscles in your body. 3. Repeat 5 times.  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 8

11 Look/Communicate With an Upstream Arts friend, look at all the colors in the room. Tell your friend what color makes you feel good. What does it make you think of? Act Take a big breath with your arms wide open. Then, take a big breath with your arms crossed. What is the difference?  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 9

12 Communicate Tell an Upstream Arts friend one thing that you did the previous day. Try to recall at least 3 details. Act Try this everyday for the next week: 1. Roll your head around in circles for 30 seconds. 2. Roll your shoulders around in circles for 30 seconds. 3. Do it with your wrists, hips and ankles.  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 10

13 Listen For the next week, spend 5 minutes a day sitting quietly with your eyes closed and just listen. What do you hear that you usually don’t notice? Act With an Upstream Arts friend, spend 5 minutes mirroring each other’s facial expressions. Take turns leading.  Upstream Arts, 2011 Day 11

14 Communicate Think of one thing about yourself that you would like to improve. Take the steps and risks you need to make it happen.  Upstream Arts, 2011 Last Day


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