Ballet Unit Study Topics Covered: History of ballet, ballet vocabulary and positions, clothing and shoes, Peter

Tchaikovsky, Edgar Degas, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, biographical study of Anna Pavlova and Maria Tallchief Academic Disciplines: history, geography, music, art, culture, language arts, Bible, and science Main Books: • A Child's Introduction to Ballet • The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Additional Reading: • Peter Tchaikovsky by Mike Venezia • Tchaikovsky Discovers America by Esther Kalman • Edgar Degas: Dance Like a Butterfly by Angela Wenzel • Marie in 4th Position by Amy Littlesugar • Swan Lake by Margot Fonteyn • Sleeping Beauty: The Ballet Story by Marian Horosko • The Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin • Maria Tallchief: American Ballerina by Adele de Leeuw • I Dreamed I Was a Ballerina by Anna Pavlova • Dance of the Swan: The Story About Anna Pavlova by Barbara Allman • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild • Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery by Carolyn Keene • Starring Prima: The Mouse of the Ballet Jolie by Jacquelyn Mitchard • Various science books about the human body: senses, nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system, etc.

Media Resources: • Barbie in The Nutcracker (movie) • Barbie in Swan Lake (movie) • Ballet Shoes (movie) • The Story of Tchaikovsky In Words and Music (music CD) • The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty (DVD)

Workbooks/Lapbooks: • Tchaikovsky lapbook http://www.hslaunch.com/mypage/userfiles/200/44823769397.pdf • Ballet lapbook http://www.homeschoolshare.com/ballet.php • NYC Ballet Alphabet Book http://www.nycballet.com/families/kids/alphabet.html • NYC Ballet Coloring Book http://www.nycballet.com/families/kids/games/coloring.html • Ballet Study Guide http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/media/teacherguides/Ballet%20Study%20Guide%20ATRU.pdf • In the Hands of a Child Favorite Animated Ballets Lapbook http://www.currclick.com/product_info.php?products_id=26502&it=1

*LITERATURE WARNING* In the plans I have scheduled to read through different stories from the ballet and Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild as read alouds for the six week unit study. The ballet stories are not for the faint of heart (kind of like original Grimm’s fairytales!). If you have a sensitive or younger child, then do not use these as read alouds. Ballet Shoes is a wonderful book, but might be too advanced as a read aloud for younger children. Instead, use the “Read To Mom” section as your read aloud for younger and sensitive audiences. This unit study was designed for my 2nd grade, 8 year old daughter. It can easily be used for children as young as 4/5, but please adjust the plans for them. Instead of having them write out their notebook pages, you do the writing (some of the lapbook/notebook pages already have one set filled out and the other blank) and let them cut and paste the pages in the notebook. Don’t worry about the copy work or doing all of the extras. Just have fun with younger students, read the picture book suggestions, watch the Barbie movies, and maybe practice some ballet moves from the books. As with any lesson plan, use what you want and need and forget the rest!

Week One: Day 1 Bible
Read 1 Timothy 4:7b10; Repeat 1 Timothy 4:7b three times.

Day 2
Define “train” and “godliness”. Repeat 1 Timothy 4:7b three times.

Day 3
How can we train ourselves to be godly? Does it take ballerinas a long time to train? Say 1 Timothy 4:7b three times. Print out vocabulary pages from ballet lapbook and use all ballet resources to find the definitions. Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 7-10 Senses: Taste Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Day 4
Who is to train? Can someone else make you godly? How can people help or hurt your godliness? Say 1 Timothy 4:7b three times. Read p. 19, 23 in A Child’s Introduction to Ballet

Day 5
Read 2 Peter 1:3. Who gave us everything we need to become godly? Who do we have to know to achieve it? Say 1 Timothy 4:7b from memory. Geography: Locate, color, and label Italy, France, and Russia on an unlabeled political map of Europe. Ballet Word Find from the Ballet Study Guide Senses: Read the first stanza aloud together.

History/Geography

Read p. 9-12, 32 in A Child’s Introduction to Ballet and p. 4 in the Ballet Study Guide

Read p. 49, 66-67 in A Child’s Introduction to Ballet and p. 5 in the Ballet Study Guide

History Activity Science Copywork

Literature* (see note of warning on first page)

Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 2, 55-56; Animated Ballets p. 68 Study Senses this week: Smell Copy the first line of I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read Aloud: Coppelia from The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 1

Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 42-43; Animated Ballets p. 67 Senses: Smell Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 52-54, 57-59 Senses: Taste Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Read Aloud: Giselle from The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 1

Read Aloud: Cinderella from The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 1

Read Aloud: La Sylphide from The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 1

Read Aloud: Romeo and Juliet from The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 1

Week Two: Day 1 Bible
Read 1 Timothy 4:7b-10; Repeat 1 Timothy 4:8 three times.

Day 2
What kind of things do we do for bodily training? What value does exercise have? Is ballet exercise? Repeat 1 Timothy 4:8 three times.

Day 3
How is godliness valuable in every way? How does this compare to the benefits of exercise? Say 1 Timothy 4:8 three times.

Day 4
What promises are found in this life? What promises do we have in the next life? Say 1 Timothy 4:8 three times.

Day 5
Read Titus 2:11-12. What trains us? What bad things should we be training ourselves not to do? And to do? Say 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 from memory. Geography: Add towns and birthplaces of Tchaikovsky and Degas to map. Add painted ballerina picture to notebook.

History/Geography

Read Peter Tchaikovsky by Mike Venezia

Read Tchaikovsky Discovers America by Esther Kalman

Read Edgar Degas: Dance Like a Butterfly by Angela Wenzel Notebooking: Animated ballets p. 74

Read Marie in 4 Position by Amy Littlesugar

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History Activity

Notebooking:Tchaikovsky notebook pages p. 2-3; Animated Ballets p. 6566; Play Tchaikovsky CD while notebooking Study Senses this week: Hearing Copy the next line of I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read Aloud: The Firebird from The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 6

Notebooking: Tchaikovsky notebook pages p. 4-6; Play CD while notebooking

Science Copywork Literature* (see note of warning on first page)

Senses: Hearing Copy the next line of Dickinson poem Read Aloud: Petrouchka from The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 7

Senses: Sight Copy the next line of Dickinson poem Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 1 Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 8

Choose a ballerina picture from NYC ballet online coloring book. Print on cardstock, then paint. Senses: Sight Copy the next line of Dickinson poem Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 2 Read to Mom: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Cinderella Ballet Mystery chapter 9

Senses: Touch Read the first and second stanza aloud together. Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 3 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 1

Week Three: Day 1 Bible
Read 1 Timothy 4:7b10; Repeat 1 Timothy 4:9 three times.

Day 2
Define “trustworthy” and “acceptance”. Repeat 1 Timothy 4:9 three times.

Day 3
How trustworthy is God’s word? Why is God’s word something we can trust? Say 1 Timothy 4:9 three times.

Day 4
If we fully accept something the Bible says, what changes in our lives? (see Matthew 3:8) Say 1 Timothy 4:9 three times.

Day 5
Read James 1:2225. Is it good to hear/read the word of God? What is it better to do? What is our reward if we do God’s word? Say 1 Timothy 4:7b-9 from memory. Geography: Add town where Swan Lake was first performed (Moscow) to the map. Read Annie-Anya: A Month in Moscow by Irene Trivas

History/Geography

Read The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet “Swan Lake”

Watch the Barbie in Swan Lake movie

Read Swan Lake by Margot Fonteyn

Read Zoo in the Sky by Jacqueline Mitton

History Activity Science Copywork

Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 11-13 Study Nervous System this week: Brain Copy the next line of I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 4 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 2 Brain Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Notebooking: Movie versus story comparison chart Nerves Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Notebooking: Animated Ballets p. 45-46 Nerves Copy the next line of Dickinson poem Read the first, second, and third stanza aloud together. Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 8 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 7

Literature* (see note of warning on first page)

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 5 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 3

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 6 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapters 4 and 5

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 7 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 6

Week Four: Day 1 Bible
1 Timothy 4:7b-10; Repeat 1 Timothy 4:10 three times

Day 2
Define “toil” and “strive”. Repeat 1 Timothy 4:10 three times.

Day 3
What end do we want for our lives? What kind of effort do we need to make to reach that ending? Where should our hope be? Say 1 Timothy 4:10 three times. Read Sleeping Beauty: The Ballet Story by Marian Horosko

Day 4
How is God described? Who is the Savior? What is the promise to those who believe? Repeat 1 Timothy 4:10 three times

Day 5
Read John 1:12-13. If you believe what special privileges do you have? Who decided believers would be God’s children? Say 1 Timothy 4:7b-10 from memory. Geography: Add town where Sleeping Beauty was first performed (St. Petersburg) to map. Read first half of St. Petersburg by Deborah Kent

History/Geography

Read The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet Sleeping Beauty

Watch the The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty movie

Watch Spinning 101: On Knitting Daily TV from YouTube

History Activity Science Copywork

Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 20-22 Study Skin, Muscles, Bones this week: Skin Copy the next line of I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 9 Read to Mom: Starring Prima: The Mouse of the Ballet Joile by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 9 Muscles Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Notebooking: Movie versus story comparison chart Muscles Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Notebooking: Add a page about spinning wheels Bones Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Bones Read the first, second, third, and fourth stanzas aloud together. Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 8 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 12 p. 109119

Literature* (see note of warning on first page)

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 10 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 10

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 11 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 11

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 12 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 12 p. 99108

Week Five: Day 1 Bible
Psalm 87:7 Repeat three times

Day 2
Define “spring”. Repeat Psalm 87:7 three times

Day 3
Do you need water when you dance? What does water do for our bodies? Are these things God does for our soul/spirit? Say Psalm 87:7 three times Read The Nutcracker Ballet by Valdimir Vagin

Day 4
What are some words used to describe how you feel when you are really thirsty? How could these words describe our life without God? Repeat Psalm 87:7 three times Make Nutcracker puppets using p. 33-35 in Animated Ballets lapbook

Day 5
Read John 4:7-15. What does Jesus promise the woman about the water He has? What happens to the water once Jesus lets us drink of it? The water Jesus gives us leads to what goal? Recite Psalm 87:7.

History/Geography Read The Random House
Book of Stories from the Ballet The Nutcracker

Watch the Barbie in The Nutcracker movie

History Activity

Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 26-27

Notebooking: Movie versus story comparison chart

Geography: Review all cities and countries so far. Finish St. Petersburg by Deborah Kent Make Sugar Plum Cookies using recipe on p. 36 of Animated Ballets lapbook

Science Copywork

Study Heart and Lungs this week: Heart and Circulatory System Copy the next line of I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 14 Read to Mom: Starring Prima: The Mouse of the Ballet Joile by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 13 p. 120-128

Heart and Circulatory System Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Lungs and Respiratory System Copy the next line of Dickinson poem

Lungs and Respiratory System Copy the next line of Dickinson poem Read the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth stanzas aloud together. Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapters18-19 Read to Mom: Dance of the Swan by Barbara Allman chapter 2

Literature* (see note of warning on first page)

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 15 Read to Mom: Starring Prima: The Mouse of the Ballet Joile by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 13 p. 128-140

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 16 Read to Mom: Starring Prima by Jacquelyn Mitchard chapter 14

Read Aloud: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild chapter 17 Read to Mom: Dance of the Swan by Barbara Allman chapter 1

Week 6: Day 1 Bible
Read Jeremiah 31:13. Repeat three times.

Day 2
Define “rejoice” and “mourning”. Repeat Jeremiah 31:13 three times

Day 3
Why do people like to dance when they are happy? Did dancing make Anna Pavlova happy? What things do you like to do when you are happy? Say Jeremiah 31:13 three times. Read Maria Tallchief by Heidi Erdrich p. 417 Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 35-36 “Maria Tallchief’s Ballet Story” Excretory System

Day 4
What three things does God promise to give people who are sad? How can praying to God make us feel better? Repeat Jeremiah 31:13 three times. Read Maria Tallchief by Heidi Erdrich p. 18-end Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 35-36 “Maria Tallchief’s Ballet Story” Excretory System

Day 5
Read Philippians 4:4. What are we supposed to do? Who are we supposed to rejoice about? When are we supposed to rejoice? Say Jeremiah 31:13. Geography: Find the cities and countries of Anna Pavlova and Maria Tallchief. Watch Ballet Shoes on DVD

History/Geography Read I Dreamed I Was
A Ballerina by Anna Pavlova

History Activity

Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 32-34 “Anna Pavlova’s Ballet Story” Study stomach, intestines, and kidneys this week: Digestive System Review I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read to Mom: Dance of the Swan by Barbara Allman chapter 3

Notebooking: Ballet lapbook p. 32-34 “Anna Pavlova’s Ballet Story” Digestive System

Science

Copywork

Review I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read to Mom: Dance of the Swan by Barbara Allman chapter 4

Review I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read to Mom: Dance of the Swan by Barbara Allman chapter 5

Literature* (see note of warning on first page)

Review I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes by Emily Dickinson Read to Mom: Dance of the Swan by Barbara Allman chapter 6 and 7

Try to say the poem from memory.

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