Tarzan first swung onto the scene in 1912. Edgar Rice Burroughs initially published Tarzan of the Apes as a series of chapters in several issues of All-Story Magazine. The chapters were so popular they were assembled and published as a book in 1914. Following the publication of the book Tarzan’s popularity grew so much, it led to numerous sequels. The original story and the sequels were further adapted for film and television. In 1999, Walt Disney Studios released Tarzan, an animated adaptation. Tarzan the Musical is adapted from that Disney film. This Study Companion provides opportunities to reflect on the story of Tarzan from many different angles. Tarzan in the Jungle: Plants and Biomes begins with a discussion of Waiting for This Moment (the song that introduces the character of Jane in Tarzan the Musical ) and guides students as they learn the names of the plants in the song, review where these plants come from, learn about biomes in different parts of the world, review longitude and latitude in map-reading and then create a map that includes plants they have studied. Comparing the Past and the Present: Tarzan in the Jungle investigates a writer’s point of view: how stories change over time and how stories reflect the opinions, views, expectations and truths that are woven into the fabric of the culture the story comes from. The Geometry of Flight, Tarzan and Leonardo da Vinci explores the lines and angels of flight trajectory. The JPAS production of Tarzan involves lots of flying, sometimes, flying 8 performers at a time. Flight entails lift and drag, friction and flow—all three of Newton’s Laws of Motion. What is less commonly understood is that flight also involves shapes (geometry.) In preschool, students learn about shapes. They learn how to identify them by appearance. As an example, a shape made of straight lines with four equal sides is a square, a shape made of three straight lines is a triangle, a shape made of curved lines is a circle and so forth. In this lesson, students will expand on their understanding of shapes by exploring them through the lens of actors’ movement on stage (theatrical flying.) Students will have opportunities to consider the way an actor moves on stage when they are flying (the actor’s flight trajectory) by describing a series of angles and by using straight angles, reflex angles, angles around a point. Tarzan Jungle Parkour: Guiding Tarzan Through the Jungle investigates another way the story of Tarzan has been adapted, action figures and games. Students will review game board designs from the 1950’s that were inspired by the story of Tarzan, look at imagery from a modern day Minecraft Tarzan Parkour, an on-line game that is a randomly generated parkour course that can be played with friends or alone, and will work to develop their own Tarzan parkour. To do this, they will explore math concepts (Cartesian Coordinates, perimeter and area) as they design the safest route for Tarzan to navigate the jungle.

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With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.

Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.

Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.

Use multiplication and division within 100 to solve word problems in situations involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide.

Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.

Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.

Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.

Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.

Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate).

Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.

Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients.

Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies.