RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
Susan Weber's programs are available through the Center for Arts-inspired Learning.
Teacher Professional Development
Big Smile Storytelling PD for teachers
- How Parents, teachers and kids can take action to prevent bullying
- ACT Now!
- Heroic Imagination Project (teaches people how to overcome the natural human tendency to watch and wait in moments of crisis and to create meaningful and lasting change in their lives)
- The Bullycide Project
- Committee For Children
- Institute for Affective Skill Development
- Lyrics and how to purchase the Bob Dylan song What Good Am I?
- The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Visit buddybench.org
- Animated version of The Wide Mouth Frog (Compare key details and beginning-middle-end to workshop version)
- Canal boat ride field trip
- Discover facts about the cuban cockroach, folktale origins, café cubano and words en español used in Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: a Cuban Folktale
- How to make a wide mouth frog puppet with your hands
- Let’s Explore Ohio (An online portal to teaching resources and reference materials that provide a greatly enhanced, multi-dimensional look at the history of Ohio)
- The Earth On Turtle’s Back ( A Native American Folktale about how the earth was created)
Exercise and Learning
- In many classrooms here, teachers are getting their kids up using “brain breaks.” The idea is that splitting up a lesson with exercises will help kids stay more focused and attentive.
- In the six years since that program started, students who signed up for PE directly before English read on average a half year ahead of those who didn’t, and students who took PE before math showed dramatic improvement in their standardized tests.
- Laban Movement Analysis (vocabulary for body movements)
- Aiken Drum song with audio clip (Let students choose their favorite foods for Aiken Drum’s eyes, hair, ears, nose, etc.)
- Free Friendship Crafts, Activities, Printables, and Friendship Book Suggestions
- Hygiene activities for PreK
- Japanese Sweet Rice Dumplings recipe
- Ladybug lesson plan ideas for pre-schoolers including song, craft, science and math activity
- Frank Leto's Ladybug Ladybug Song
- Listen by Instrument (Pictures and sounds of different instruments)
- Make a firefly night scene with bandaids
- Mitten theme lesson ideas here and here
- Name Recognition in Preschool
- Nutrition education website gives children and families the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices
- PBS Between The Lions (Award-winning PBS television series designed to foster the literacy skills of its viewers, while playfully demonstrating the joys of reading. Each show aims to give kids three to seven years old some of the experiences they need in order to become successful readers.)
- Seneca story of Forgets-to-Twinkle
- Annual Akron Storytelling Festival (Each summer the Akron-Summit County Public Library brings in nationally known storytellers to entertain and enlighten with performance and workshops, free and open to the public)
- Ohio Order for the Preservation of Storytelling (Supporting the art of storytelling throughout Ohio)
Teaching Artist Resources
- Arts Education Partnership
- The Center for Arts Education
- Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
- Oklahoma A+ Schools
- Harvard Project Zero
- Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education
- National Arts Education Association
- National Dance Education Association
- National Association for Music Education
- National Network for Folk Arts in Education
- Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Center for Arts-inspired Learning
Curriculum and Education Policy
- Ohio Department of Education
- Common Core Standards
- U.S. Department of Education
- Center on Education Policy
Lesson Plans and Classroom Resources
- Library of Congress
- Public Broadcasting System
- Annenberg Media
- The Whole Schools Initiative
PRINT & AUDIO resources
Sample Educator Guide
Sample Family Storytelling Activity
Bazelon, Emily. Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. New York : Random House, 2013. (A resource for parents, educators, community members and older children, the book explores the facets of bullying through the stories of three young people and the adults who care about them.)
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999. (Young Adult fiction depicts the struggles of a teen who is bullied because of a secret she is afraid to tell) This book was made into the 2004 movie, Speak.
Coloroso, Barbara. The Bully, The Bullied, And The Bystander. New York : HarperCollins, 2003.
Criswell, Patti Kelly. Stand Up For Yourself & Your Friends. Middleton: American Girl Publishing, 2009. (Focuses on girls’ experience with bullying)
Johnston, Marianne. Dealing With Bullying. New York: PowerKids Press, 1996.
King, A. L. Ask The Passengers. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2012. (Young Adult fiction about a girl who faces rumors, gossip and intolerance at high school and at home when she explores her sexual orientation)
King, A. L. Please Ignore Vera Dietz. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. (Young Adult fiction depicts the struggles of a teenaged girl who is targeted for bullying)
Millman, Dan. Secret Of The Peaceful Warrior. Tiburon: Starseed Press, 1991. (A boy turns to a wise adult and kind friend when he is bullied)
Mutén, Burleigh. Grandmothers’ Stories: Wise Woman Tales From Many Cultures. New York: Barefoot Books, 1999. (Stories of wise women who model kindness, respect and problem-solving when faced with challenges)
Nelson, Robin. Being A Leader. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2003.
NJakubiak, David J. Online Bullying. New York: PowerKids Press, 2010.
Seskin, Steve and Shamblin, Allen. Don’t Laugh At Me. Toronto: Tricycle Press, 2002. (Illustrated song)
Yolen, Jane. Not One Damsel In Distress: World Folktales For Strong Girls. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2000 (Stories of female heroes)
Yolen, Jane. Mightier Than The Sword: World Folktales For Strong Boys. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2003 (Strength without force, being clever and kind, learning from mistakes, choosing good friends)
Larned, W. T. North American Indian Tales. New York: Dover Publications, 1997. (Adapted from legends collected by noted ethnologist Henry R. Schoolcraft in 1839)
Roseboom, Eugene H. and Weisenburger, Francis P. A History of Ohio. Columbus: The Ohio Historical Society, 1996. (Get an overview of Ohio history, check your facts)
Exercise and Learning
Hiller, Ron and Jones-Twomey, Liz. Catch A Brain Wave! Fitness Fun CD. Energizing Movements to Stimulate Brain Development. Kimbo Educational, 2007
Gilbert, Anne Green. Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement Experiences: a Handbook for Teachers. Minneapolis: Burgess Pub. Co., 1977
Ratey, John J. and Hagerman, Eric. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2008. (“Exercise is the single most powerful tool you have to optimize your brain function.” -- John Ratey)
Boynton, Sandra. The Going To Bed Book. New York : Little Simon, 1995. (Playful illustrations and rhyme have fun with exercise and rest)
Brett, Jan. The Mitten: A Ukranian Folktale. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1989.
Brown, Peter. You Will Be My Friend. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011. (Lucy’s successful, and sometimes not so successful, attempts at friendship)
Carle, Eric. The Grouchy Ladybug. New York: Harper Collins, 1977. (An amusing lesson in social behavior)
Carle, Eric. The Very Lonely Firefly. New York: Philomel Books, 1995. (A story about belonging)
Cohen, Miriam. Will I Have A Friend? New York: Simon & Schuster, 1967.
Finn, Isobel. The Very Lazy Ladybug. Wilton: ME Media, 2003.
Fraser, Mary Ann. Where Are The Night Animals? New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1999. (Beautiful illustrations and poetic wording)
Hobbie, Holly. The New Friend. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2004. (A Toot & Puddle story about a bossy little girl who learns another way)
Holl, Adelaide. Sylvester: The Mouse with the Musical Ear. New York: Golden, 1973.
Leedy, Loreen. How Humans Make Friends. New York: Holiday House, Inc., 1996. (What if aliens visited earth and tried to figure our friendship?)
Smith, Dorothy Hall. The Tall Book Of Christmas. New York: Harper & Row, 1954. (Collection includes Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens)
Bruchac, James and Bruchac, Joseph. The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2008.
Bryan, Ashley. Turtle Knows Your Name. New York : Macmillan, 1989. (A West Indian Folktale)
Deedy, Carmen. Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers, 2008.
Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi Goes Fishing. New York : Holiday House, 1993. (A West African Folktale)
Kimmel, Eric A. The Goose Girl: A Story From The Brothers Grimm. New York: Holiday House, 1995.
Mohr, Nicholasa. The Song of el Coqui And Other Tales Of Puerto Rico. New York: Viking, 1995. (Three tales drawn from the Tainos, Africans and Spaniards)
Mukerji, Dahn Gopal. Hindu Fables for Little Children. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1929.
San Soucci, Robert D. The Little Seven-Colored Horse: A Spanish American Folktale. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1995. (Spanish vocabulary used throughout, with a glossary provided)
Wolkstein, Diane. Sun Mother Wakes The World: An Australian Creation Story. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2004.