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Presents three accounts of December 7, 1941: one of a young American girl, living on O’ahu, whose father is a civilian dock worker (Sarah Walker); one of the daughter of Mitsuo Fuchida, Japanese flight commander for the Pearl Harbor attack (Miyoko Fuchida); and the third is of a fictional nisei, Japanese-American daughter of issei, living in Hawaii with the father interned as a prisoner-of-war (Yuriko Ito.) The three stories intertwine as we learn the facts about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and its consequences. There are musical transitions using authentic music from the period.
Character Traits utilized: courage, patriotism, citizenship, fairness, respect for others, kindness, cooperation, self-respect, self-control, compassion, tolerance, diligence, generosity, cheerfulness, patience, loyalty, perseverance, virtue
CCGPS: ELACC5RL1,2,3,4,6,7; ELACC5SL5&6
GPS: SS5H6a,b,c,d,e
TAES5.3a,b,c,d,e  5.6a,b,c

Let's Keep It a Secret: The Writing of the U.S. ConstitutionLET’S KEEP IT A SECRET: THE WRITING OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
Young Mary House during the summer of 1787 is sent to help her great aunt, the owner of the Indian Queen Tavern in Philadelphia, where many of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention stayed. While cleaning James Madison’s room, Mary comes across his notes taken during the sessions and “spills the beans” to her audience, who in turn play various delegates at the Constitutional Convention. Grade levels 4 and 5. Limited to 100 or one grade level.

Fourth grade Civics and Government PSA component: “the student will describe the ‘We the people’ preamble, the federal system of governments, etc.”
GPS: SS4Hb&c; SS4CG1b; SS4CG3a

“You make us feel like we are stepping back in time. It has been wonderful. Thanks for getting our students interested in our Constitution.”

Buttons is for young audiences of elementary age, who have some knowledge of the colonial period and the Revolutionary War. Set in the Revolutionary War, covering the time frame of October, 1777 through late summer of 1778, this is a spy story of one Quaker family, the Darraghs of Philadelphia, who sent secret messages in code, in buttons sewn on a son’s coat. Seen through the eyes of daughter/sister Anne, who, because of her older brother John’s illness, must deliver the buttons to brother Charles, aide de camp for General George Washington. 45 minutes with question and answer period and some discussion about spying through the ages.
Character Traits utilized: courage, patriotism, citizenship, honesty, cooperation, diligence, patience, loyalty, perseverance, virtue, respect for creator

GPS:  SS4H1b  SS4H2b  SS4H3b
TAES4.3 1,b,c,e  4.6a  4.7c

A 45 minute program to celebrate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the contributions that Sacajawea made to the expedition that opened the Northwest Passage. Through costume, props, visual aids, the audience will use their imaginations to aid them through this 18 month expedition that covered 11 states and thousands of miles by land and sea. With smaller audiences, Sacajawea invites the audience to sit on “listening blankets” to hear stories about her trip and allegories (teaching stories) that she told her infant son, Pomp, who accompanied her on the journey. Some stories included: the silver tipped grizzly bear, overturned pirogue, near fatal flash flood, the Buffalo jump, reunion with her native trip the Shoshones, bartering for horses, and many others. Ideally designed for audiences of 100 or less, for first and fourth grade curriculums. Character traits utilized: courage, honesty, respect for others, respect for environment, loyalty, perserverence, patience.

GPS: SS4H6a&c; SS1H1a&b; SS1CG1
TAES1.2b, 1.3a,b,c,e,f

Pilgrim Courage: From Mayflower to First Harvest PILGRIM COURAGE: FROM MAYFLOWER TO FIRST HARVEST
Follow the story of the courageous pilgrim voyage of 1620 from England to the New World, continuing through the first year at Plimouth Colony, as told through the eyes of Mary Allerton, 4 years old at the time of the pilgrimage and the last living survivor of the Mayflower voyage. Hear first hand what it was like to spend 65 days at sea; the struggle to start a new settlement and survive the first winter; the impact of the Mayflower Compact; making peace with area Indians; and the first harvest feast. Performed as a first person narrative, in authentic period costuming: “One small candle may light a thousand… out of small beginnings greater things have been produced.” Designed for upper elementary social studies curriculum.

GPS:  SS4H1b  SS4H2b  SS4H3b
TAES4.3a,b,c,e  4.6a  4.7c


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