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ARTSEDGE Lessons for Elementary School

Arts-integrated lessons for students in kindergarten through 5th grade

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Arts-integrated lessons for students in grades 6th through 8th

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ARTSEDGE Lessons for High School

Arts-integrated lessons for students in grades 9th through 12th

Bessie Smith

Grades 3-4 Lesson

Musical Harlem

Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz

The Drinking Gourd Constellation

Grades 3-4 Lesson

Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song

Learn how African-American spirituals shared information within the slave community

freedom-riders

Grades 6-8 Lesson

We Are The Freedom Riders

Learn about the courageous efforts of the Freedom Riders during the civil rights movement

Chinese performers

Grades 3-4 Lesson

Chinese Instruments

Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument

Wagon and mules

Grades 6-8 Lesson

Capturing History

Examine the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars

Weaving Rug

Grades K-2 Lesson

Navajo Weaving

Through guided reading of Ten Little Rabbits and hands-on activities students will explore aspects of Native American cultures and Navajo weavings

President Obama being sworn in.

Grade 5 Lesson

Who Can Vote for President?

Learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government

Storyteller Figure by Michelle Paisano, Laguna Pueblo

Grades 3-4 Lesson

A Listening Doll

Create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls

moccasins

Grades 6-8 Lesson

Moccasins Are Made for Dancing

Students will read one of Tomie DePaola’s versions of two Native American legends

moon and raven

Grade 5 Lesson

Haunting Music

Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre

Baseball Field

Grades 3-4 Lesson

All Around the Baseball Field

Students construct a mock baseball field and explore the sport of baseball through art, movement, and sound

Spanish dancer.

Grades 9-12 Lesson

Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations

Chemical Reactions

Grades 9-12 Lesson

Oxidation and Combustion: Chemical Reactions in Fire

A wide variety of science concepts can be explored through the study of fireworks

Butterfly

Grades K-2 Lesson

The Dance of the Butterfly

Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly

The American Flag

Grades 3-4 Lesson

Oh, Say Can You See…

Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

adjectiveMonster

Grades K-2 Lesson

Adjective Monster

Use the visual art and language arts to creatively tell stories of monstrous proportions

Paul Bunyon

Grade 5 Lesson

Tall Tales Today

Create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character

Watching the Sunset

Grades 9-12 Lesson

Haiku: Learning and Sharing

Students will look beyond the basics of haiku poetry and focus on the content of the haiku

Irish Dancers

Grades 3-4 Lesson

You’re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance

Explore the traditions of Irish dance through music, costumes, and poetry

trees

Grade 5 Lesson

Trees in Nature and Art

Students will explore the use of trees in paintings and poetry

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Irish Dancers You’re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance

You’re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance

Listen to Irish music, learn about ceilis, which are festive dance celebrations, view the intricate costumes worn by Irish dancers, and listen to an Irish poem.

Asian Haiku You Too Can Haiku

You Too Can Haiku

This lesson will introduce students to the Japanese poetic form called haiku

Animals from a Fable Writing an Original Fable

Writing an Original Fable

In this lesson, students will use the steps of the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing) to write and perform original fables as skits.

Mythical Gods Writing Myths

Writing Myths

Students will explore how myths provide explanations for nature and science. They will read and analyze the Native American myth "Giants and Mosquitoes."

John Henry Writing Folktales

Writing Folktales

Students identify and analyze folktales. They learn the characteristics of folktales and use them to evaluate existing tales and to create original tales of their own.

volcano A World of Myths

A World of Myths

In this lesson, students will explore how myths help to explain nature and science.

Woodwinds Woodwind Instruments and Pitch

Woodwind Instruments and Pitch

This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family

The Starry Night Who Has Seen the Wind?

Who Has Seen the Wind?

In this lesson students are introduced to and encouraged to explore characteristics of the wind through poetry and van Gogh’s paintings

President Obama being sworn in. Who Can Vote for President?

Who Can Vote for President?

In this lesson, students will learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government.

Drinking Gourd What Does This Song Really Say?

What Does This Song Really Say?

Students listen to, sing, and read the lyrics to various African American spirituals. They discuss the coded messages in the songs, and the purpose of these codes.

Davy Crockett What a Character

What a Character

In this lesson, students analyze how a character's personality traits, actions and motives influence the plot of a story

Whales The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail

In this lesson students will explore the world of gray whales

Weather Patterns Weather and Wind

Weather and Wind

This lesson introduces the expanding and condensing properties of air masses and the unequal heating of Earth as the force behind the wind

freedom-riders We Are The Freedom Riders

We Are The Freedom Riders

Students will learn about the courageous efforts of the Freedom Riders while embracing the bold theme, "We Will Overcome!" as a theme surrounding the civil rights movement.

word art A Way With Words or Say What?

A Way With Words or Say What?

Many words and phrases that we use every day were coined by Shakespeare. He is credited with inventing over 2,000 words and expressive phrases.

Designer at desk. Visual Arts Careers

Visual Arts Careers

Expose students to three careers in the visual arts. Students will move through three different "art stations", where they can explore Fashion Design, Architecture, and Graphic Design

Constitution of the United States Utopian Visions

Utopian Visions

Students are introduced to the idea of a "utopia"—an idealized society. Students read Sir Thomas More's Utopia and examine the concepts behind his vision of an ideal society.

I Like Ike US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail

US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail

Students will create an original political campaign song for a fictional presidential candidate.

Acropolis, Parthenon East Side, Athens, Greece from the Carpenter Collection, ca. 1890-1930 Unearthing Ancient Greece

Unearthing Ancient Greece

Students will discover that what we know of ancient Greece has come to us mainly through the analysis of artifacts recovered in archeological digs

Apartments Understanding Tenement Life

Understanding Tenement Life

Through online stories and photographs, students will explore what daily life was like for the millions of poor Irish, German, Jewish, and Italian immigrants

Scene from Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape

Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape

Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape presents a disheartening assessment of the impact of living in the industrialized society of the early 20th century.

Man playing harmonica Twelve-Bar Blues

Twelve-Bar Blues

Learn about the history, key players and musical qualities of the blues

Tom Sawyer Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

Learn about the source for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Read, and analyze the novel, with attention to character and style.

Old river boat docked at Memphis, Tennessee. Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'

Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'

Examining the mystique of rivers as inspiration for creative expression it shows us the powerful influence the Mississippi River had on Mark Twain’s writings

Mark Twain Twain: Icon and Iconoclast

Twain: Icon and Iconoclast

This lesson asks students to examine samples of Twain’s work in the context of pre- and post-Civil War America

Mark Twain Twain: An American Humorist

Twain: An American Humorist

Students will analyze humor and the American character, developing a definition of “American humor”

trees Trees in Nature and Art

Trees in Nature and Art

Students will explore the use of trees in the arts (as paintings and poetry), understand basic science involved in forestry, and integrate tree arts and science in a final project.

Women and Men Tolerance: Gender Issues

Tolerance: Gender Issues

In this lesson, students research how professions such as nursing, clerking, and teaching have changed gender dominance over the past 150 years in the United States.

Day of the Dead figurines Tolerance: Comparing Cultural Holidays

Tolerance: Comparing Cultural Holidays

Compare the artistic and cultural traditions of the U.S. celebration of Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead

Newport: The Elms Three Newport Mansions of the Gilded Age

Three Newport Mansions of the Gilded Age

Research the history, architect, architecture, and patron of each mansion gaining understanding of the arts and culture of the Gilded Age.

Shadow Puppet. The Science of Shadow Puppets

The Science of Shadow Puppets

Through online learning tools and the creation of shadow puppets and plays, students will learn how light interacts with matter

Hip-hop poet The Poetics of Hip-Hop

The Poetics of Hip-Hop

Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music

Kecak Dance, Uluwatu temple The Monkey Dance: Exploring Balinese Culture

The Monkey Dance: Exploring Balinese Culture

The Kecak is a Balinese dance drama based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, which was compiled between 500 and 400 BC.

Scene from 'The Glass Menagerie' The Memory Play in American Drama

The Memory Play in American Drama

This lesson explores structural and technical devices of the "memory" play by focusing on a Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie

Ballet Dancers Language of Ballet

Language of Ballet

This lesson introduces students to the French vocabulary of ballet. They will learn basic ballet vocabulary through both verbal and technological instruction.

The Great Migration The Great Migration

The Great Migration

In this lesson, students will learn about the migration of African Americans to Harlem

Hercules Fighting The Centaur Nessus by Giambologna The Far Reaches of Greek Culture

The Far Reaches of Greek Culture

This lesson is designed to help students shape a frame of reference for examining specific areas of ancient Greek influence on Western thought and culture

Butterfly The Dance of the Butterfly

The Dance of the Butterfly

Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

Dragon Dance for Chinese New Year The Chinese Lion Dance

The Chinese Lion Dance

Dance in the Chinese New Year with your K-2 students

group of ballerinas Telling a Story Through Dance

Telling a Story Through Dance

This lesson introduces students to the concept of emotionally and physically telling a story through dance and pantomime.

Paul Bunyon Tall Tales Today

Tall Tales Today

In this lesson, students are introduced to the genre of American tall tales and will create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character.

Model of a human showing muscular striations kicking a soccer ball. Systems of the Body: Movement and Choreography

Systems of the Body: Movement and Choreography

In this lesson, students will create movement patterns that express information about the basic systems, organs, and processes of the human body

Square Dancers Swing Your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing

Swing Your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing

This lesson will introduce students to the history of square dancing as well as provide an opportunity to learn some basic steps and formations.

Sunflowers Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Students grow both sunflowers and their knowledge of science and art. After exploring the work of Van Gogh and other artists, students create their own artwork

Mali Mask Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

Sundiata, Mali’s Lion King

This lesson introduces the legendary Malian king Sundiata Keita, known as the Lion King of Mali, by using elements of traditional Malian festivals.

Strings String Instruments and Pitch

String Instruments and Pitch

In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string

Scene from Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

This lesson continues the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama in works by Tennessee Williams.

Snowy London Setting the Story

Setting the Story

Students examine setting as a significant element of fiction. They learn devices for creating a realistic setting, and use the methods in works of their own

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