“Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” Harvey Fierstein
Today’s heart is no coincidence. It’s raining and cold outside. Rain, students and creativity can be a daunting mix. When it rains, nothing is predictable inside (or outside) the classroom. Still, there’s a definite excitement in the air and the energy level is intensified. Capturing that energy is the best way to find creative opportunities to manage changes from inclement weather. So, we’ll look for a rainbow, draw pictures of it, then expand into a science lesson on the color spectrum. We’ll listen to the sounds of the rain and mimic the storm with our hands, feet and voices. We’ll begin softly, like the light patter of raindrops, then end with what sounds like crashing thunder. Of course, we’ll sing songs about weather, including the inevitable, “Rain, rain, go away; come again some other day!” If the opportunity presents itself – and I’ll do my best to make it happen – we’ll channel our inner Gene Kelly and do some singing and dancing in the rain…indoors.
How do you get ready for a change in weather? Is there a way to use it to your advantage? Can your students build rainy day forts with their desks, then write about fort construction? Can you create a class song, dance or rap about the rain. Don’t miss the opportunity. Like another Broadway song says, “The sun will come out tomorrow.”
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