So . . . How Do Masks Fit Into What I Teach?:

Curriculum Tie-Ins

Ideas from the Saturday, Oct. 9 Workshop in Grand Island

Mindy Weaver, Grand Island -- When my students learn about "communities" and a person's identity within a community, we can look at the "masks" that are worn in our culture to hide our true identities.

Cindy Beaman, Grand Island -- I will tie in masks with literature so that kids can act out the stories they read. The kids will also make masks depicting the 4 seasons, and then dramatize each of the seasons wearing the masks.

S. Bartune & G. Griffin, Grand Island -- The next reading theme in my class is called "In Search of the Real Me". The students will create masks in their searches for self-identity.

Christy Hewitt, Grand Island -- Masks will be an important part of our unit on identity.

Mindy Ulmer, Grand Island -- The mask can be used as a tool in storytelling. I can see it used as we explore identity in the novel ROLL OF THUNDER and as we study Native Americans and the Civil Rights Movement.

Vicki Richman, Lexington -- I will use the mask idea as a means of presentation for those students who do not feel comfortable giving speeches as part of a project. To "hide" behind the mask, or to take on a persona of a character in literature, will be very useful.

Barb Hicken, Lexington -- I am thinking about a unit focused on African Americans in the month of February. I may tie in African folklore and have the students construct masks.

Linda Moore, Lexington -- Mask-making would be a great way to inspire empathy for other cultures.

Beth Dwyer, Grand Island -- Mask making would be great to tie in with plays or almost anything in media!

Becky Junker, Grand Island -- Learning the mask-making process, as in learning how to do anything correctly, requires practice. And the most important part of this is the journey that takes you to the finished product. This is a great lesson for students to learn.

Selena Mingus, Grand Island -- I will have my students create masks to represent the various letters of the alphabet. Masks are also a great way to teach about the seasons.

Kyle Nabity, Grand Island -- I will have my students create masks and use them to introduce themselves in our "All About Me" unit.

Pat Rerucha, Grand Island -- Language arts is about friends, family, and self. Identity issues are an obvious tie-in.

J. Martin, Grand Island -- I am going to tie masks into our In the Wild unit which deals with wildlife. We will use materials from nature to create these wildlife masks.

Joanie Hoos, Grand Island -- Masks can be used to share the identity of characters from stories.

Ideas from the Saturday, November 6 Workshop in Omaha

Linda Kendra, Winnebago -- I will have students use masks to show characterization of Bear's Brother at different points in his life in the novel When the Legends Die.

Kaye Goetzinger, OPS -- I like the idea of looking back at one's ancestory and forming a mask from that, and then forming one for a friend's ancestory. I want students to create masks that portray their identity, what they want to be, and also how they think people perceive them.

Bill Hayes, Westside -- I am thinking of ways to tie nationalism masks to the countries of Europe prior to World War I. Nations are often characterized as animals, so the masks would be of animals.

Pat Reznicek , Westside-- I will tie them to a study of Native Americans.

Jennie Hansen, Westside -- My kindergarten students will be able to utilize masks in their unit on self-concept which encompasses the entire school year.

Donna Sorensen, Westside -- We purchased books for our primary students about masks, so I will incorporate mask making into that reading.

Marla Fries, Westside -- I see this relating very well to the play The Ice Wolf.

Tammy Gordon, Westside -- Perfect way for students to study identity of self and cultural identity.

Tahnee Nowak, Westside -- I will use mask making when we study Egypt. I can also use them for retelling myths, such as why the moon waxes/wanes.

Pat Dornaker, Westside -- Great way for kids to reveal themselves in a fun way!

Steve Bross, OPS -- In performance, masks are a perfect way to create "character", either at the beginning of the assignment or as part of a performance.

ANONYMOUS -- I am doing a unit on "identity" and could have the students bring items and pictures from home that they could use to make a personal identity mask that expresses their creativity as well as "who" they are!

Tina Buda , OPS-- Students could create masks that reflect their career choice. Also, I'd like the kids to make masks of the rain forest animals and add storytelling. The kids could present their stories wearing their masks.

Jim Kovarik, Westside -- I will use masks to help teach Sophocles and Shakespearean plays. A great activity for around Halloween time.

Carol Gobber, Smallfoot -- I will tie mask-making into our study of Americans and our heritage.

Lisa Moore, Westside -- I can see using masks to re-enact the subject of a mural my students will be working on. Also, masks would be excellent for re-enactments of traditional literature pieces we read.

Diane Dames, OPS -- I will use the mask making in a unit on Greek theater that I do.

Tina Christiansen, Westside -- During the mythology unit, the kids will create masks for characters we read about. Also, a mask can tell who we really are and who we hide.

Linda Leary, Westside-- Since my students are studying book illustrators, I could see them looking at Ezra Jack Keats' collages and then doing a collage mask.