CPS Curriculum

In Chicago's schools, time and money are the root of the issue
Children need more ARTS
and more hands-on SCIENCE
but there aren't enough class hours or budgeted dollars to do both.

Green Scene digs deep by cross-pollinating
Science, Literacy and Theater Arts
and aligning with core standards
Green Scene offers a "From Seed to Fruit" arts residency through which students grow flower and vegetable seedlings indoors in late winter, then transfer them outside in the spring. In tandem to learning about botany and horticultural practices, students draw connections between plant growth and our human experience by exploring analogies with creative writing, improvisation, dramatic play and sound/movement exercises. Green Scene also offers a workshop for an abbreviated version of this programming.

My arts residency stems from the goals of the teachers. As the teaching artist, I meet with the science, ELA and homeroom teachers to align programming with current units of study. Concentrations can cover, but are not limited to:


Seed germination
Seed to fruit development
Pollination and saving pollinators
Nutrition in soil, plants, humans
Role of worms and bees
Energy Transfer
Food Chains

Free writing
Dialogue writing
Point of view writing
Metaphor writing
Reading for Information
Reading fiction and non fiction
Reading & writing poetry
Developing student inquiry

Theater Arts

Yoga warm ups
Improvisation & collaboration
Role playing and character
Creative movement experiments
Sound making experiments
Scene development
Exquisite pressure devising
Student written scenes acted

In the classroom or out on your school's grounds
you will see students

  • With their hands in soil bags, planting
  • Examining roots and leaves, driving an inquiry
  • Up on feet playing theater games
  • Experimenting with body centers to convey character
  • Quietly writing reflections
  • Reading fiction, non-fiction, and seed packages 
  • Experimenting with sound- choral and instruments
  • Executing yoga stretches with botanical imagery
  • Reading aloud from their journals
  • Sampling the food they grow
  • GROWING - socially and emotionally

Students at Nathanael Greene Elementary perform in their school garden on Earth Day!
A Green Scene culminating event.
Green Scene's Arts Residency and Workshops
are an elegant fit with 4th & 5th Grade Standards

Common Core State Standards
English Language Arts

Reading:  Literature, Information, Foundation 
RL 4.3/ 4.5/ 5.4  RI 4.2/ 4.3/ 4.9/ 5.2/ 5.3/ 5.9 RF 4.4B

Writing: Text Types/Purposes, Research to Build/Present 
W 4.1/ 4.3 / 4.3B / 4.3D/ 4.7/ 4.9/ 4.9A/ 4.10/ 5.1/ 5.3/ 5.3B/ 5.3D 5.7/ 5.9/ 5.9A/ 5.10

Speaking and Listening Comprehension and Collaboration 
SL.4.1/ 4.2/ 5.1/ 5.2           

Speaking and Listening Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
SL.4.4/ 5.4
Language L4.5/ 5.5

Next Generation Science Standards 
Energy 4-PS3.2, 5-PS3.1, 5-PS3.D, 5-LS1.C
Structure, Function, and Information Processing 4-LS1.1
Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes 5-LS1.1, 5-LS1.C
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, Dynamics 5-LS2.A, 5-LS2.

Illinois Learning Standards
Fine Arts - Late Elementary

State Goal 25 and 26

Residencies for HIGH SCHOOL are also available

Teaching artist Martie Sanders has worked with teenagers (grades 8-12) in a garden settings since 2012 
and delivers authentic experiential learning for young people. She is currently working with teens at Pathways In Education High School in Brighton Park. Her residencies can be tailored to your classroom needs and incorporate NGSS, ELA and Arts goals. See her work with teens on YOUNG PEOPLE CREATE page 

Green Scene is endorsed by INGENUITY
which builds partnerships between artists and schools in Chicago. 
Find it on the


Teaching Resume
Click here 

Martie's Performance Resume  Click here 
Website Builder