A "vejigante'' is a person who dresses in costume to help celebrate Carnival in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In this activity, from the "OurStory'' series produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will read about being a "vejigante'' and then design their own Carnival costume. "OurStory'' is a series of modules designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, "OurStory'' resources will allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.


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4.1.2: Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

Read widely and fluently to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading.

4.1.2: District of Columbia Arts Education Learning Standards

Express one's own themes, feelings, and ideas in dance sequences and teach them to a partner or group.

4.1.2: District of Columbia Arts Education Learning Standards

Exemplify the emotional traits of a character through gesture and action.

4.1.2: District of Columbia Arts Education Learning Standards

Describe and analyze the elements of art, (e.g., line, color, shape, form, texture, space, and value) emphasizing form, as they appear in nature, the environment and works of art found in the classroom, in art reproductions, in students' own work, during online research, or a museum visit, such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

4.1.2: District of Columbia Health Education Standards

Illustrate how too much stress can reduce the body's resistance to disease.

4.1.2: District of Columbia Physical Education Standards

Turn and jump two ropes simultaneously (i.e., Double Dutch).

4.1.2: Indiana's Academic Standards for Science

Investigate the variety of ways in which heat can be generated and moved from one place to another. Explain the direction the heat moved.

4.1.2: Indiana Physical Education Standards

Practice combinations of movement skills for specific sports.

4.1.2: Indiana Academic Standards for Health & Wellness

Recognize examples of intellectual and social health.

4.1.2: Indiana's Academic Standards for Mathematics

Find equivalent fractions and then use them to compare and order whole numbers and fractions using the symbols for less than ().

4.1.2: Indiana's Academic Standards Social Studies

Identify and describe historic Native American Indian groups that lived in Indiana at the time of early European exploration, including ways these groups adapted to and interacted with the physical environment. (Individuals, Society and Culture)

4.1.2: Indiana's Academic Standards for Visual Art

Identify and research the function of a work of art or artifact and make connections to the culture (focus: Indiana, including the diversity of past and contemporary cultures and ethnicities).

4.1.2: Indiana's Academic Standards Music

Sing expressively with attention to dynamics and phrasing.

4.1.2: Indiana's Academic Standards English/Language Arts

Apply knowledge of synonyms (words with the same meaning), antonyms (words with opposite meanings), homographs (words that are spelled the same but have different meanings), and idioms (expressions that cannot be understood just by knowing the meanings of the words in the expression, such as couch potato) to determine the meaning of words and phrases.

4.1.2: Indiana Academic Standards for Dance

Demonstrate increased spatial awareness though continued explorations of spatial components: shape, personal and shared space, locomotor and nonlocomotor/axial movement, levels, direction, and pathway.

4.1.2: Indiana Academic Standards for Theatre

Trace the development of theatre in Indiana.

4.1.2: Indiana Academic Standards for Visual Arts

Research and identify the function of a work of art or artifact and make connections to the culture (artifacts from Indiana).

4.1.2: Louisiana PreK-Grade 12 Social Studies

Use timelines to explain how changes over time have caused movement of people or expansion of boundaries in the United States

4.1.2: Maryland Science Core Learning Goals

The student will demonstrate that the arrangement and number of electrons and the properties of elements repeat in a periodic manner illustrated by their arrangement in the periodic table.

4.1.2: Social Studies High School Content Expectations v.10.07

World Religions – Using historical and modern maps and other documents, analyze the continuing spread of major world religions during this era and describe encounters between religious groups including

4.1.2: Social Studies High School Content Expectations v.10.07

Describe the process by which United States foreign policy is made, including the powers the Constitution gives to the president; Congress and the judiciary; and the roles federal agencies, domestic interest groups, the public, and the media play in foreign policy.

4.1.2: Social Studies High School Content Expectations v.10.07

Marginal Benefit and Cost – Use examples and case studies to explain and evaluate the impact of marginal benefit and marginal cost of an activity on choices and decisions.

4.1.2: North Dakota Health Content Standards

Explain the importance of intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical health during childhood (e.g., learning styles, healthy self-image, friendships, expression of feelings, fitness and wellness)

4.1.2: North Dakota Physical Education Content Standards

Use mature form in non-locomotor skills (e.g., strike a suspended ball, kick a stationary ball)

4.1.2: North Dakota Social Studies Content Standards

Use map scales to locate physical features and estimate distance on a map

4.1.2: North Dakota Science Content Standards

Identify changes that can be steady or irregular (e.g., floods, earthquakes, erosion, tooth decay)

4.1.2: North Dakota Foreign Language Content Standards

Identify words that have been borrowed from one language to another (i.e., jeans, computer, rodeo, kindergarten, tobacco, rendezvous, agenda).

4.1.2: North Dakota Foreign Language Content Standards

Use bilingual dictionary to select appropriate words in oral and written reports.

4.1.2: North Dakota Foreign Language Content Standards

Analyze elements such as time and tense and comparable linguistic elements in English (e.g., past, present, future, imperfect, conditional, subjunctive).

4.1.2: North Dakota Dance Content Standards

Know boundaries of space.

4.1.2: North Dakota Drama Content Standards

Know and describe the elements of scripting.

4.1.2: North Dakota Music Content Standards

Sing expressively.

4.1.2: North Dakota Visual Arts Content Standards

Know the different techniques used to create visual art.
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