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The Arts

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TVO Learn is designed to meet each student where they are on their learning journey. Learning Activities are comprehensive and require guided instruction from an adult, while Resources for Learning, Apply the Learning prompts and Vocabulary lists work well to reinforce specific skills or to enable independent exploration of a subject. Use these helpful tips to get the most from TVO Learn.

Curriculum Overview

In the Grade 4 arts curriculum, learners are encouraged to be creative every day.

  • The Grade 4 Drama curriculum is intended to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation of drama, as well as the ability to create works using the forms, concepts, elements, and conventions of the discipline.
  • Drama, explores the student’s self, family, personal experiences, and world. Through guided practice, students begin to develop the ability to use creative and critical thinking processes, building upon prior knowledge and experience from their diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Students in the Grade 4 Music program develop the ability to read music notation and apply their knowledge of the elements of music through performing (singing, moving, playing instruments), creating, and listening. Learners begin to read standard notation in the treble clef and sing or play music in two parts.
  • In Visual Arts, students apply the elements of design to communicate for a variety of purposes and on a variety of themes. The focus of visual arts is to help students extend their exploration of relationships and personal experience in their own world.

 

The arts curriculum is divided into four strands:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

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Learning Activities

Learning Activities provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Organized by grade and topic (or strand), students should be guided through each Learning Activity by an adult. Before clicking on a topic to prepare for or begin this guided instruction, be sure to read these helpful tips about how to get the most out of TVO Learn.

Learning Activities provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Organized by grade and topic (or strand), students should be guided through each Learning Activity by an adult. Before clicking on a topic to prepare for or begin this guided instruction, be sure to read these helpful tips about how to get the most out of TVO Learn.

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Resources for Learning

Chosen by TVO educators, these resources support the curriculum outlined above. Review the below list of options along with the activities. Then, read, watch, listen or play to build understanding and knowledge.

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Apply the Learning

Choose from the following to consolidate learning across The Arts.

  • Image the following scenarios: wind developing into a tornado, water freezing and melting, rain transforming into a storm, a caterpillar evolving into a butterfly. Chose one scenario. Create a sequence of movements to demonstrate the transformation.

  • Create a short narrative dance piece to depict the journey of a balloon as it floats, explodes suddenly and then collapses back to the floor. Include elements of energy in the dance piece.
  • Take a look at gestures and their meaning in Bharathanaatyam Dance. How can gestures and actions show mood or personality or social position of a character?

  • Watch an episode of 'Raven's Quest' . Based on the video, give one reason why dance is important to Aboriginal communities?

  • Imagine a character in your favourite video game, TV show or movie. What objects or props might you use to help portray your character to set the scene?

  • How might you illustrate the different meanings or symbolism a candle has in different contexts in everyday life (i.e. ceremonies, birthdays, celebrations)?

  • Review your favourite TV show, movie or play. Draw what part stood out for you the most and explain why.
  • Review a music composition of your choice. What mood do you think is created by the composition? How is it created?

  • Create your own mnemonic ( e.g. pattern of words to create a sentence) to remember the notes on the five-line staff in the treble clef.
  • What are the types of gatherings where music would be performed in early communities? At what types of gatherings across the world is music played now?

  • How might you create a pose of a classmate in an action position (dance or sports)? Can you freeze them in a dynamic pose? How can you position them to show them in action?

  • Investigate symbols that represent 'luck'? How many good luck symbols can you list?
  • How might you use found objects such as lace, leaves, tin foil to create a collagraph in which texture and share are used to create the composition and embellish the final inked print with oil pastel drawing?
  • Create a poster to convey a message. Who is the poster directed towards? How has the artist used different elements to appeal to his/her audience (use of colours, cropping of space, fonts etc.)

Vocabulary

Review this list of vocabulary associated with the curriculum. Practice spelling, research definitions, and find these vocabulary words when engaging with the TVO resources or completing learning activities.

Students should understand and be able to apply these words in context.

angular shape

asymmetry

curved shape

duration

geometric shapes

gesture

groupings

negative space

organic shapes

pause

positive space

relationships

rhythm

stillness

symmetry

role

character

time and place

emphasis

drama structure

pivotal moment

process drama

gestures

verse

chorus

flat

key signature

intervals

melody maps

treble clef

sharp

angle

contour lines

emphasis

low relief

monochromatic colour scheme

mosaic

negative space

point of view

positive space

radial symmetry

sculpture

texture elaboration

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