Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Curious Incident

I love art. I always have. Even when I thought I was going to fail school because I didn't get it, art saved me. Today I had the opportunity to preview the artwork that my fifth grade social studies students created for the Broadway show, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the Wharton Center in East Lansing, Michigan. The program, Eye for Broadway, encourages schools to create art pieces for various Broadway shows throughout the year. This is our fifth year of participating. I try to pick shows where I can incorporate social studies into the curriculum. But this year, I chose Curious Incident because I wanted my students to be exposed to the autism spectrum. Our special education teacher came and talked to all 82 fifth graders and educated them on the autism spectrum. Then after a brief summary of the book at a fifth grade level, these students created 29 amazing pieces of art. Today, I will let my slice be a visual representation.


  1. This is absolutely incredible. My seniors read "Flowers for Algernon" this year, and were adamant that it continue to be in my curriculum because it's a topic that isn't often broached with them. Bravo to your students.

  2. What powerful and beautiful images. Kudos to you and your students! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. So powerful and important. And BEAUTIFUL.