Peace is something that many of us are lucky to have, but often take advantage of. In this unit children will explore the idea of peace, and express their ideas and discoveries of peace and peacefulness, beginning with the reading and singing of the song/poem The Great Peace March – a book written by Holly Near and illustrated by Lisa Desimini. Children will examine the art work for symbols of peace and create their own expressions of peace through art, explore ways to represent ideas of peace through body movement, dance and music, and explore the ways in which poetry can create images of peace. Using different elements of language and the arts, children will create and perform their own expressions of peace.
Students will use language, visual art, music and dance to create ultimate expressions of peace tied to themes drawn from the book, particularly, nature. The unit responds to reading, writing and oral communication strands of language, as well as creating/performing and reflecting/responding/analysis expectations within the arts. Children specifically explore creative ways to move their body and use dance as a medium for expressing, examine and experiment with different ways to use colour in their art, experiment with adding instruments to enhance a song, and learn about different stylistic forms used in poetry.