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Professional Development Program

Bringing Joy to Learning Though Creativity

January 17 — February 28, 2024

  • joy2learn has created a dynamic six-session 30-hour asynchronous online course to help you unlock your own creativity and give you the tools to help your students do the same.
  • The content for the course, facilitated by online professional development experts, is centered around joy2learn’s online artist video presentations plus other resources and culminates in a project you design for use in your classroom.
  • The course provides 30 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits approved by the New York State Department of Education.
  • This dynamic six-session 30-hour asynchronous course will help you unlock your own creativity and give you tools to help your students do the same. 
  • This dynamic six-session 30-hour asynchronous course will help you unlock your own creativity and give you tools to help your students do the same. 

Click here for more information about the course and register to enroll.   The course begins January17, 2024!

Lesson Plans By Educators for Educators

Engage your students by grade level and subject with lesson plans developed by past Creativity course participants.

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

Pre-Kindergarten

Colors and Lines

Learning Through Play PreK, NYC PreK students will learn to create colors, from primary colors to white, and explore lines.

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

Pre-Kindergarten

Should I Share My Ice Cream

Students will use language from the story, and begin to understand what reading with expression means. Students will take on the character they are pretending to be.

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

Kindergarten

I Am Awesome

Kindergarten students will create a book about themselves using drawing, writing, and visuals to tell their story.

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English Language Arts

Kindergarten

Professional Development — Creativity, Improvisation, Problem-based Learning

K-12 teachers will work in teams to brainstorm, plan, reflect on creativity, improvisation and problem-based learning and exchange visits following the project.

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English Language Arts

2nd Grade

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Students will act out a story by Doreen Cronin and read grade-level text with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

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Math Lesson Plans

2nd Grade

Creating with Shapes

This project is designed to foster individual creativity and independence and enable students to integrate creativity into the common core aligned curriculum.

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

3rd Grade

Discovering an Unfamiliar Pennsylvania Artist

Using a 3rd grade Pennsylvania arts standard, students will research a Pennsylvania artist in an art form that they are most uncomfortable or unfamiliar with. Teachers will create two illustrated pages for a digital class book about their artist.

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English Language Arts

3rd Grade

The Case of the Gasping Garbage

Students will pick one of the two main characters from the text, “The Case of the Gasping Garbage.” Students will be asked to create a new scene to add to the book and be given the choice of how to present their assignment. They will pretend they are their chosen character. Then they will choose either to: create a diorama or scene; act out a scene from the text; create a written script in the form of a play; create a book of illustrations.

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Science Lesson Plans

3rd Grade

The Night Sky

Students will learn to understand constellations, the brightness of stars, and patterns/visibility in the night sky.

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Social Studies Lesson Plans

4th Grade

Six Thinking Hats

This social emotional learning experience will provide students with an opportunity to apply convergent/divergent thinking.

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Math Lesson Plans

6th Grade

The Locker Problem

Students try to answer a Math problem following these rules: The 1st student opens every locker door. The 2nd student changes the state of every 2nd door. The 3rd student changes the state of every 3rd door. The 4th student changes the state of every 4th door, etc. ‘Changes the state’ means that the student opens the locker door if it is closed and closes the door if it is open. “What Math problem do you think students are trying to answer?” To present their solution, students can: create a story book; make a video simulating the situation; create a powerpoint presentation; create a song describing the process in finding the answer.

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Social Studies Lesson Plans

8th Grade

The Roman Empire — A Day in the Life of

Students will imagine what life was like as a Roman citizen through creative writing incorporating thorough research into the writing.

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Social Studies Lesson Plans

9th Grade

Cause and Effects of World War II

In this one week exercise, students will integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media in order to explain The Treaty of Versailles and the Neutrality Act and their effect on WWII.

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

9th Grade

Creative Critical Thinking Through Line Drawings

Students will learn to create drawings from three creative sources: direct observation, the mind's eye and the intuitive subconscious and a combination thereof. The students will create line drawings that will help to unleash their creative thought processes through divergent thinking and improvisation.

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English Language Arts

9th Grade

Fahrenheit 451  

Students will engage in an interactive multi-modal character analysis of Fahrenheit 451. Students will analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

9th Grade

Re-interpreting Fast Fashion

Students will study the “fast fashion” industry to better understand the detrimental effects on the environment, on labor markets, and on the American psyche.

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Math Lesson Plans

9th Grade

Using Math for Fun

Students will use drawing, doodling, interpreting diagrams, and creative expression to demonstrate learning.

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Social Studies Lesson Plans

11th Grade

Classmate Biographies

Students will be assigned a ‘biography partner.’ Each will take turns interviewing each other about a goal, a past achievement, or an exciting moment in their life that has left a long-lasting impression on them. The interviewer will then develop a narrative piece of biographical work that may be a one-act dramatic piece or art piece that tells the biographical story.

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English Language Arts

11th Grade

Moving Research-based Writing to Creative Writing

Students will use the Next Generation English Language Arts standards to conduct research into authors’ text, ideas, and stories, and write analyses, reports, presentations.

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

11th Grade

Product Design: Construction Technology Engineering

In this industrial design project, students will research and design a device or product for physical or mental illness or disability.

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English Language Arts

11th Grade

The Character of a Place

Students will perform tasks and activities focused on revealing “the character of a place”, leading to a greater understanding of the environment’s impact on world-building and character-building onstage. The project culminates in a performance or presentation of an independent project that creatively synthesizes individual work on a chosen place (e.g., writing/ performing short play/ video about said place, bringing the class on a virtual or onsite tour, designing a mise-en-scene to reproduce or improve upon the “character” of the place, creating a site-specific performance project or art installation).

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Math Lesson Plans

12th Grade

Understanding Trusses

In this civil engineering project, students will learn about the different types of trusses, strength of materials, and the behavior and force of truss members; students will then design and build a bridge from soft balsa.

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Visual Arts Lesson Plans

12th Grade

Writing with Creativity

Students will understand creativity as a muscle that everyone can develop. Students will apply multimedia skills as a final product.

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Videos From Our Artists

Every renowned artist was once a child – you and your students can explore their journey and learn more about their craft to see how it informs and enriches all subject areas.