School Day Residencies

COCA School day residenciesCOCA education staff and teaching artists plan with classroom teachers to custom design both short-term and long-term residencies to meet the needs of their students in the desired curriculum area.

Residencies by Discipline
Through its Interchange program, COCA connects over 30 St. Louis area arts and cultural organizations with schools to provide in-school residencies. Classroom teachers are partnered with teaching artists to collaboratively plan and implement lessons integrating the arts with other curricular areas.

Sample Residency

Learning through Plants (Gr. K-8)
In Susan Grigsby’s book, First Peas to the Table: How Thomas Jefferson Inspired a School Garden (2011), students learn through planting about not only Science and Math tied to gardens, but also Social Studies and Character Education issues. In this workshop, you will learn how to use plants, whether in a school garden or in containers, to engage students in arts integrated learning and how to make that learning visible through visual, written, and kinesthetic responses.

Depending on grade level, prior plant knowledge, this residency may address how to set-up an outdoor or container garden; plant science and experimentation; garden math; observational writing and drawing; life cycles or garden habitats and food webs with creative movement and tableaux; poetry and gardens; Thomas Jefferson and his many accomplishments.

Participating teachers will receive a copy of First Peas to the Table and the accompanying teachers’ guide.
Haitian / Afro-Cuban
West African

Sample Residency

Dancing a Peaceful World
The residency uses dance technique and creative movement to help students develop and improve their skills in peaceful interaction. Inspired by the story of Sadako and the 1000 Cranes, and by the behavioral patterns of actual cranes the students will use creative movement and dance skills drawn from modern dance, ballet, and jazz/hip hop to create their own choreography as part of a larger dance based on Sadako’s story.
Film and Video
Stop Motion Animation

Sample Residency

Digital Video Production (Grades 5-12)
Students brainstorm, write, produce, shoot, and edit their own video project while learning about camera operation, shooting angles and techniques, lighting, editing, animation and special effects. The final project, which may be either narrative or documentary format, will debut at a school assembly or parent event.
Creative Writing
Musical Theatre

Sample Residencies

Storytelling and Literacy through the Arts
Featuring award winning storyteller and author-educator, Lynn Rubright and acclaimed drama-music specialist, Diane Davenport, this residency presents Ms. Rubright’s book, Mama’s Window for grades 4-7. These master teachers vibrantly demonstrate how classroom teachers can bring existing curriculum to life across many disciplines. With teacher planning and input, this residency blends language arts (reader’s theater, improvisation, creative writing), social studies (regional history, geography, and character education (emphasizing compassion, empathy, conflict resolution), with science (study of swamp life). Literacy skills are also enhanced through movement and music (singing and song writing) activities.

Dr. George Washington Carver: Teaching Across the Curriculum
Over one hundred years ago, Dr. George Washington Carver encouraged teachers to take children outdoors daily and to connect the outdoors with the school curriculum. He wrote lessons for them to closely observe plants and animals, grow their own gardens, and learn to calculate the math problems encountered in daily life. He also believed in the importance of students understanding how the elements of a habitat are connected.

Teacher and author Susan Grigsby, has worked with students and their teachers integrating creative writing with study of Missouri Habitats and Wildlife and Descriptive Biography and Book Making.

Teachers will receive a copy of Ms. Grigsby’s book, In the Garden with Dr. Carver (2010), and the accompanying Teachers’ Guide. This book was selected as one of The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011 by The Bank Street Children's Book Committee, was named a 2011 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the National Council for the Social Studies and was awarded the Growing Good Kids Excellence in Children’s Literature Award 2011 from the American Horticultural Society/Jr. Master Gardeners.
African Percussion

Sample Residency

African Rhythms
Students participate in a hands-on exploration of the different instruments in the drum orchestra. Playing hand drums, stick drums and a variety of small percussion instruments, they learn traditional rhythms of West Africa. As they work with the music and rhythms students discover the culture and countries the music comes from and even try out the language.
Anime & Manga
Comic Books
Fiber Arts/Textiles

Sample Residency

The Young Illustrator
Students learn how words and images interrelate in an illustrated book. The process starts with descriptive writing, then shows students how an illustrator decides which elements to enhance, create context or tell entirely in pictures. Varied styles of illustration are examined, from pencil drawings to collage, and students decide which to use as they create a fully illustrated book of their own.

The Arts Enrichment Residencies can enrich the lives of your students. Pricing is determined by length of residency. For more information or to reserve a program, contact:

Eileen Manganaro - (314) 561-4880 -

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