I KNOW I CAN Study Guide

Created and Copyrighted by Cindy & Jim Pelc

Grade Level: K-5


Curriculum Connections: Citizenship & Government, Social Interactions and Communication, Motivational Education, Theater. NYS Learning Standards Links: English Language Arts - Standard 4, Social Studies - Standard 5.

Program Description: Character Education - "The choices we make define who we are". This upbeat, high energy performance identifies and explores the meaning of character traits. Juggling, illusions, physical comedy, modeling behavior and audience participation are a winning combination used in developing these core ethical values as the basis of good character. Entertainers are dressed as magicians.

Honesty: Telling the truth, admitting wrongdoing, and being trustworthy.
Positive Attitude: Being happy and enjoying challenges.
Perseverance: Determination, patience, “I know I can” spirit.
Caring: Treating others with kindness, compassion, generosity and a forgiving spirit.
Responsibility: Being accountable, having a sense of duty, safety first.
Self-discipline: Controlling your emotions, words, actions, impulses, and desires.
Fairness: Practicing justice, equity and equality; recognizing the value of each individual.
Citizenship: Being law abiding and involved with school, community and country.
Self-esteem: Feeling good about who you are; being proud of yourself.

Preparing Students for the Performance: Possible topics for classing room discussion: What is a core value? How do core values relate to success in school, community, world, and personal life? What is performance art and how can these values be demonstrated by clowns, magicians or theater artists? What is magic and illusion? Can knowledge of core values help to solve problems? What problems could we have as individuals that need solving? Examples: Bullying, social acceptance as an individual or a group, peer pressure, homework completion, safety in school/playground/bus, setting personal goals, healthy lifestyle.

After The Performance:
-Which character trait is most important to you? Which one of the traits is the most difficult for you? (written ballot voting, tally totals and share)
-The performers strive to define character traits through the demonstration of emotions; did you see, feel, and hear the emotions?
-What choices can we make to change our class/school/community?
-How can media affect our values? How can we affect media?
-Discuss democracy and how core values relate to the formation of the United States of America and the rights and freedoms of citizens. What are citizens responsibilities to its government?
-How do core values relate to our country’s responsibilities to its citizens, and its relationship as a nation in the world?

-As a class, create your own play to demonstrate a character trait.
-Small group discussion, one character trait per group. Create a collage or drawing of the trait to put a visual definition to the trait.
-Create small group, cooperative problem-solving discussions that can include scenarios of classroom or school issues, local or world events employing decision-making process in the discussions.

Decision making process:

Take a break. Reflect on your choice and action. Collect information and think of positive options. Act enthusiastically. Anticipate results.
Choose option with positive character outcome.


The Artists:
Cindy and Jim have been performing as magicians and clowns professionally since 1989. They have pursued their art with vigor and commitment. In 1994 they mentored with the only living master clown from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, Frosty Little. Having toured and performed in Canada and Europe, they remain at the forefront of clowning and performing recapturing the traditions of the past, while remaining avant-garde of their art.

Just Clowning Around
PO Box 567
Henrietta, NY 14467



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