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Tales Across the Atlantic

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Grade Level: K - 3rd

Our talented team of Museum educators are committed to providing an engaging experience that brings SOL-related content to life for your students. We bring passion and energy to each program to ensure the highest level of impact and retention. To learn more about this program, click on one of the format options listed below.

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Duration: 2 Hours

For centuries, the tradition of storytelling flourished in every culture to entertain, teach life lessons, and explain the workings of the world through origin folklore. Here in the United States, the stories we love today were influenced by the convergence of African, European, and Native American cultures. In this engaging and informative program, students will listen to stories from these three cultures and understand how these stories are similar, despite originating in different parts of the world. Students will become active participants in this storytelling tradition by using body percussion, musical shakers, and movement and be introduced to instruments from around the world. At the end of the program, students will create a visual story “film strip” with a beginning, middle, and end.

Duration: 1 Hour

For centuries, the tradition of storytelling flourished in every culture to entertain, teach life lessons, and explain the workings of the world through origin folklore. Here in the United States, the stories we love today were influenced by the convergence of African, European, and Native American cultures. In this engaging and informative program, students will listen to stories from these three cultures and understand how these stories are similar, despite originating in different parts of the world. Students will become active participants in this storytelling tradition by using body percussion, musical shakers, and movement and be introduced to instruments from around the world. At the end of the program, students will create a visual story “film strip” with a beginning, middle, and end.

Duration: 45 minutes

For centuries, the tradition of storytelling flourished in every culture to entertain, teach life lessons, and explain the workings of the world through origin folklore. Here in the United States, the stories we love today were influenced by the convergence of African, European, and Native American cultures. In this engaging and informative program, students will listen to stories from these three cultures and understand how these stories are similar, despite originating in different parts of the world. Students will become active participants in this storytelling tradition by using body percussion, musical shakers, and movement and be introduced to instruments from around the world. At the end of the program, students will create a visual story “film strip” with a beginning, middle, and end.

Most of our virtual education programs are scheduled through ZOOM Cloud-based video conferencing. ZOOM is free to use and requires minimal equipment. For more information, please visit: https://zoom.us/

Learning Objectives

Students will better understand: 

  • The origins of storytelling and the role of storytellers,
  • How music contributes to storytelling, and 
  • Different story types, including moral, narrative, and origin stories.

History (VDOE 2015) 

  • Elementary: K.1c, e, i, j, K.2a, K.10a, d, e, g; 1.1f, g, i, j, 1.10b, d, e, 1.13c, 2.1c, e-g, i, j, 2.11e, 3.1b-g,i, 3.11e, 3.13

English (VDOE 2017) 

  • Elementary: K.1a, h, j, K.2a-d, K.4c, K.8a, e; 1.1a, k, 1.2a-d, 1.7b, 1.9f-h; 2.1a, 2.1l, 2.2b-c, 2.6d, 2.7f-g; 3.1a, f, 3.4e, 3.5b,d, j, l

Music (VDOE 2020)

  • Elementary: K.1c, K.3b, K.6b, K.7, K.14c, K.15b, K.17b-c; 1.1b-c, 1.3b, 1.6a-b, 1.14c, 1.17c, e; 2.1c, 2.6a, 2.7, 2.15c, 2.16, 2.17d; 3.6b, 3.7, 3.15c, 1.17c

Visual Arts (VDOE 2020)

  • Elementary: K.1, K.2, K.12; 1.1, 1.2, 1.12; 2.1, 2.2, 2.12, 3.1, 3.2, 3.12

Pricing:

Payment can be made before the program, or we can invoice following your program.

  • Programs at the Museum are $4.50 per student.
    All adults accompanying a field trip are free.
  • Programs at your location are $4.50 per student.
  • Virtual education programs are $125 per program.

Reservations are required for all programs and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly in the fall and spring, so make your reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.

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