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The ABC's of Circus!

School: High Tech Elementary Chula Vista

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): K

Format(s): Book, Children's book

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Inspired by amazing circus performers, kindergarten students worked to create their own “little circus.” Through research, visiting professional circus artists, and facilitated discussion, students learned acrobatics, juggling, hula hooping, clowning, and balancing acts.

Students also investigated important issues in the circus such as whether animals should be included in acts or not. Kindergartners created this book and performed “The ABC’s of Circus” for their community celebration of learning.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • A compelling topic for students
  • Final product illustrates the impact of the visiting experts and research
  • A beautiful example of high-quality individual student contribution to a collective class product
  • Vibrant and exciting use of multi media art

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can share my thoughts and opinions about a book using pictures and words.
  • I can teach my reader about a topic using pictures and words.
  • I can participate in shared writing projects.
  • With support from adults, I can answer questions about things I’ve done or learned about.
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