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Moving Stories

Taught by highly-trained Arena Stage teaching artists, Moving Stories is a vibrant and interactive experience that brings stories to life in your classroom.  Using song, movement, sign language and storytelling, Moving Stories explores a beloved children’s book through creative drama, promoting literacy skills – such as increased vocabulary and reading comprehension.

Moving Stories:

  • promotes early literacy skills, such as increased vocabulary and reading comprehension while forming personal connections to stories
  • augments existing language-based curriculum
  • introduces effective techniques for self-control of body and voice
  • encourages imagination, problem solving and teamwork
  • provides innovative, theater-inspired classroom management techniques and vocabulary


Moving Stories is tailored to students in preschool and kindergarten. Available throughout the DC Metro area.

Program Format

Moving Stories is taught as a curriculum unit, which consists of three sequential lessons/visits centered on one book.  You may choose up to four curriculum units to create a Moving Stories residency.

To Apply

For more information
and scheduling call

Community Engagement Partnerships Manager Anthony Jackson
at 202-600-4067.

Our Sponsors

Moving Stories is generously sponsored by the Nora Roberts Foundation.

Choose one of the following Moving Stories programs for your class:

The Moving Stories 3-Time Visit one curriculum unit

  • Three interactive lessons that are structured around one children’s story book
  • Curriculum unit is taught in three sequential classroom visits
  • Lessons can be customized to your reading curriculum

A Moving Stories Residency two to four curriculum units

  • A program designed around up to four children’s story books
  • Each curriculum unit taught in three sequential classroom visits
  • Units can be taught over the course of the school year
  • Lessons can be customized to your reading curriculum

Field Trip ExperienceOffered through the D.C. Arts and Humanities
Education Collaborative's Arts

  • A one-time interactive visit to Arena Stage to explore the world of a children’s story book
  • Offered through the D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative’s Arts for Every Student (AFES) program.  These workshops are open to DC public and charter schools and are free of charge. To apply, visit the D.C. Collaborative website,
  • Seasonal, subject to availability, based on one specially selected book per year

Program Fees:

3-Time Visit (one curriculum unit): $500

Residency (up to four curriculum units):  $475 per curriculum unit

Transportation: An additional travel fee of $75 per curriculum unit will be charged for workshops outside of the District of Columbia

Books often used in
Moving Stories

A Color of His Own
Leo Lionni
Caps for Sale
Esphyr Slobodkina
Leo Lionni
Kitten’s First Full Moon
Kevin Henkes
My Many Colored Days
Dr. Seuss
Never too Little to Love
Jeanne Willis
Out of the Egg
Tina Matthews
Owl Babies
Martin Waddell
Janell Cannon
The Empty Pot
Hitz Demi
Zomo the Rabbit:
A Trickster Tale from West Africa
Gerald McDermott