Learning about the Circus

The kids are getting excited about going to their first circus. Me?  Not so much knowing that sometimes animals aren't treated so well in some operations. In preparation we're learning some things about the circus.

What's it like to be in the circus today?

PBS Circus explores what it is like to own, operate, and work in a circus

  1. First of May
  2. One Ring Family
  3. Change on!
  4. Survival of the Fittest
  5. Born to be Circus
  6. Down the Road

What concerns do some people have about animal treatment in circuses?

Writing about the circus

Circus Drawing
Circus Math

What is the history of the circus?

What were the different types of jobs in the circus?
How many miles did they travel between shows?
What scientific principles are used by circus performers?

Glen HeroyHow to Make a Clown Face

In this activity students can learn to paint faces from a real clown.

Jake LaSalleHow to Juggle

Jake LaSalle demonstrates how to get started learning how to juggle.

Christian StoinevHow to Do a Handstand

Doing handstands takes a lot of practice, but students can learn the basics with this short activity.

Luciano AnastasiniHow to Train a Dog at Home

In this at-home activity, students with pet dogs can learn to teach them a few tricks.

Sara SchwarzHow to Walk a Tightrope

With a bit of focus and practice, students can learn the basics of walking the tightrope.


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