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Alden Phelps

  • Category:
    • Music

    Type of Programs Offered

    • residency
    • virtual
    • Mr. Phelps' Word Game Boxes: an Interactive Assembly

      Description:

      Young Audiences of Maryland artist Alden Phelps has been performing his assembly "Singing, Reading and Writing Songs: an Interactive Assembly" for years at schools across Maryland. It's a hybrid show & workshop. Alden plays guitar and sings his original children's songs, then leads students step by step as they design their own musical couplets. Featuring boxes of magnetic words and phrases, students instantly write lyrics together.

      By physically manipulating magnetic words, roadblocks that inhibit participation (spelling, handwriting, etc.) are removed; students at different levels are able to engage meaningfully and achieve writing success in activities that build language skills. Guided exercises encourage rich vocabulary, reinforce parts of speech, and introduce rhyme and meter. Most importantly, it's a whole lot of fun!

      But Mr. Phelps has taken his assembly to the next level: now anyone can participate in this exciting Interactive Assembly! Mr. Phelps' Word Game Boxes are available for your school, in combination with full pre-recorded or live video workshops!

      The Word Game Box's inner lid is a dry-erase magnet, so students can work with their magnets and easily add new ideas. There’s a dry erase marker and a 16-page book included, full of games and activities which start simply: write a couplet from Alden’s song Ted the Rhino. Ten video lessons help students practice playing with syllables, rhymes, parts of speech, and parts of a song.
      Alden is also creating specific lessons for K-2 students. All the video is available online.

      Grade Levels: 3-5

      Curriculum Connections

      ELA; reading; poetry; writing

      This program can be completed virtually:
      Yes

    • Word Play assembly

      Description:

      Alden’s far-fetched, funny songs and impressive guitar playing delights every audience. In theis music assembly Word Play, students sing along with original songs such as “My Mommy’s a Pirate” and “Chocolate Pie.” Word games woven into this musical performance bolster language skills and inspire love of language.

      Grade Levels: PreK-5

      Curriculum Connections

      Sample Common Core connection
      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

      This program can be completed virtually:
      Yes

    • Silly Songs with the Barnyard Bard assembly

      Description:

      In Silly Songs with the Barnyard Bard, animal songs such as ‘Everybody’s Wakin’ Up,’ colorful visuals, and animated stories give students a fun appreciation of farms. The audience plays ‘The Breakfast Game’ and the ‘Where Did it Come From?’ game, which help students see the central role that farms play in our everyday lives.

      Grade Levels: PreK-2

      Curriculum Connections

      Sample Common Core connection
      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

      This program can be completed virtually:
      Yes

  • Name or Art Agency:
    Young Audiences of Maryland
    Email:
    info@yamd.org
    Phone:
    410-837-7577
    Address:
    2600 N. Howard St Suite 1300 Balto MD 21218

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