Geometry as Public Art: Telling A Story

 

Geometry as Public Art: Telling a Story has been inspired by the design features of Armenian Heritage Park to celebrate what unites and connects us.

 

A Boston Public School (BPS) Partner Program, the curriculum has been developed by the

4th grade educators at the The Eliot K-8 Innovation School, Boston Public Schools and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway.

 

The innovative curriculum:

  • Sparks awareness of geometric shapes in our everyday lives, and their creative expression of ideas and thoughts, and

  • Engages students in sharing their own, families’ or ancestors’ immigrant experience and in doing so, while building common ground and celebrating what unites and connects us.

 

The multi-disciplinary curriculum creatively integrates geometry, art, language and social studies while promoting cross-cultural understanding and respect. 

 

Successfully piloted, the comments of 4th grade educators at The Eliot K-8 Innovation School reflect the curriculum’s intent, impact and value:

“This curriculum is an exciting and engaging way for students to learn more about their family heritage and reflect on the American immigration experience.  The curriculum is a wonderful way for teachers to learn about and better understand their students and for the students to learn about one another.”   Brianna Greene

“The pride just exudes from my students as they draft and revise their ‘I AM’ poems; being able to dive deep into their family’s arrival to America is so worthwhile." - Roxanne Emokpae

“Implementing the curriculum in our classrooms at the beginning of the year is a great way to welcome students to 4th grade and to introduce our larger social studies immigration unit.”

- Alyssa Kotsiopoulos

 

“This is a great opportunity for students to spend time with their families, learning the story of

their own culture and experience and sharing that experience.” - Emily Roberts

 

“The three thoughtfully planned lessons take educators and students on a path of self-discovery and storytelling, intertwine interactive classroom lessons and the hands-on nature of visiting the Park. The culmination of celebrating the immigrant experience is just as heart-warming and thought-provoking as the rest of the unit as students share proudly their I AM poetry during ArtWeek at the Park.” - Morgan Atkins, former Coordinator of Culture and School Climate

For information, please email hello@ArmenianHeritagePark.org or call 617.803.8785