The Common Core Standards (.pdf) encourage students to discuss and retell key details from texts to demonstrate understanding and mastery. An exciting way to encourage these discussions, especially regarding characters, is for students to design costumes based on what they read. Teachers can learn how to bring ELA and social studies texts to life through costumes–and it will cost very little money, or nothing at all! During our upcoming P credit course, “Creative Infusion,” teachers learn to use free MFTA fabric and common classroom tools like staples and tape to create “no-sew costumes.” The construction of these costumes will foster small group discussions–which the standards encourage–and students will naturally recount key details of different characters as they create their outfits. DOE Teachers can earn “P” In-service credit upon successful completion of this course. Other educators may audit this course as noncredit participants at a discounted rate. For more information or to register, click here.
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