Performing Arts around the World Overview: Students will compare common performing arts events in Canada with those of different countries Grade: 1-3 Canadian National Standards for Geography: Essential Elements 4 – Human Systems Culture of the local community and other communities Patterns of cultural traits Time required: 40 minutes Materials: Chart paper Writing utensils World map Learning Outcomes: By the end of this lesson, students will: Understand how they have interacted with performing arts in their lives Understand how different parts of the world interact with performing arts differently Introduction: As a class discuss the field of performing arts. Ask your students what types of activities they think make up the broad category of performing arts and list as many examples as you can. Write this list on chart paper for all to see. Ask your students to write a short journal entry about a performing arts event that they have attended either with the class or their family. Development: Once all journal entries are completed, have some students share their experiences. Using students’ experiences as a starting point, host a discussion about common types of performing arts activities from your areas and others around the world. As a class, create a visual display of common types of performing arts events in each continent on a world map. Compare and contrast the different types of events that are favoured in each continent and discuss how these may be reflective of the surrounding cultures. Conclusion: Have your students finish with another journal entry comparing the experience they wrote about previously to a performing arts event in another continent. They should write two similarities and two differences between the activities they have participated in and those they just learned about from other cultures. Extend your geographic Thinking: Explore the culture of your local neighbourhood and compare it to other parts of Canada. Can your class see any trends with performing arts and immigration of certain areas?