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ARTSEDGE Lessons for Elementary School

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

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ARTSEDGE Lessons for Middle School

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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Dancers in silhouette Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Explore and analyze Lift Every Voice and Sing, a poem by James Weldon Johnson.

Native American Weaving Life of a Navajo Weaver

Life of a Navajo Weaver

Students experiment with interpretative dance as they recreate the weaving process to Native American music

Lewis and Clark Compass. Lewis And Clark Prized Possessions

Lewis And Clark Prized Possessions

In this lesson, students explore Native American crafts and design and create their own wampum belts

Lewis and Clark Lewis and Clark: Artful Recordings

Lewis and Clark: Artful Recordings

In this lesson, students take on the roles of Lewis and Clark, as they explore the original journals and create journals of their own

paint Let's Talk About Painting

Let's Talk About Painting

This lesson introduces young students to the elements of the arts, and teaches them to use appropriate vocabulary when discussing paintings

Breaker Boys A Lens Into the Past

A Lens Into the Past

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the early 20th century American immigrant experience through photography and create their own photo collection for students of the future

Writing lyrics Learning From Lyrics

Learning From Lyrics

Students research contemporary songs (alternative, country, metal, pop, rap, and rock music) to study current social issues.

Landscape Landscape Painting

Landscape Painting

Using James Palmersheim's Silver Creek's November II as a starting point, students will create their own landscape paintings

King Arthur King Arthur: Man or Legend

King Arthur: Man or Legend

In this lesson, students will learn about the legend of King Arthur as depicted in stories, poems, and artwork

Jazz Dancers Jazz Music, Dance, and Poetry

Jazz Music, Dance, and Poetry

In this lesson, students will be introduced to jazz dance and jazz music. They will explore basic jazz dance movements, and will create a cinquain poem inspired by jazz music.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa Japanese Woodblock Prints

Japanese Woodblock Prints

This lesson explores the history and evolution of the Japanese woodblock print

Hecuba Blinding Polynestor It's All in the Translation

It's All in the Translation

In this lesson students will examine the important role translation plays in interpreting the dramatic literature and theater of the ancient Greeks.

Hula dancers Island Breezes: Exploring Hula Dance

Island Breezes: Exploring Hula Dance

A hula dance is a choreographed interpretation of a poetic text, or mele, that tells a story through hand and arm gestures and rhythmic patterns.

Martha Graham's Errand into the Maze Interpreting Mythology Through Dance

Interpreting Mythology Through Dance

In this lesson, students learn about Ancient Egyptian rituals and attitudes about death and the afterlife.

Inspired by Muses Inspired by Muses, Graces and Fates

Inspired by Muses, Graces and Fates

Muses of ancient Greece inspired poets, playwrights, dancers, actors, musicians, and scientists. Graces added life to a party and the Fates determined a life’s destiny.

Landing at Ellis Island Immigrating to America

Immigrating to America

Students will learn what it was like for new immigrants to come through Ellis Island—a symbolic heart of American immigration—at the turn of the 20th century

Joseph Cornell Box Identity Boxes

Identity Boxes

Artists Lucas Samaras and Joseph Cornell both explored the idea of personal identity through their art. Both created small "portrait" boxes that reveal as well as conceal identity

Cells How Many Cells Are Born in a Day?

How Many Cells Are Born in a Day?

In this lesson, students use calculation to predict the number of cells that result from a series of cell divisions. They then graph the results to represent their findings.

Cells Dividing How Do Cells Reproduce?

How Do Cells Reproduce?

This activity illustrates the process of mitosis, or cell division, in yeast. Cells carry on the many functions needed to sustain life. The most important is the ability to reproduce.

Quote by Joseph Campbell Historic Heroes

Historic Heroes

The class will break into groups and write a working definition of a hero which they will present to the class.

moon and raven Haunting Music

Haunting Music

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

The Drinking Gourd Constellation Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song

Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song

In this lesson, students are introduced to the African-American spiritual and its use of a secret language to share information within the slave community.

Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look

Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look

Examine the life of Harriet Tubman through a comparison of informative resources and impressionistic art

Levi Coffin's home in Fountain City, Indiana, formerly Newport. Known as Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman: Illustrating History

Harriet Tubman: Illustrating History

Using collage, students create a scene from the life of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman: Dancing on the Freedom Trail

Harriet Tubman: Dancing on the Freedom Trail

In this lesson, students are introduced to the emotional struggles Tubman faced as she helped slaves escape and travel north along the Underground Railroad.

Watching the Sunset Haiku: Learning and Sharing

Haiku: Learning and Sharing

In this two-day lesson, students will look beyond the basics of haiku poetry (three lines, 5-7-5 syllable format) and focus on the content of the haiku.

Fish Painting Gyotaku Japanese Fish Printing

Gyotaku Japanese Fish Printing

By acquiring knowledge of historical and cultural qualities unique to this particular art form, students can gain an understanding of how Gyotaku reflects a part of Japanese history

Cuba Guantanamera: A Poem and a Song

Guantanamera: A Poem and a Song

Students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger with lyrics from a poem by Jose Marti.

Bellerophon and the Chimera Greek Mythology: Cultures and Art

Greek Mythology: Cultures and Art

Gain insight into Greek culture and make aesthetic, perceptual, creative, and intellectual connections to contemporary culture by creating and painting mythological characters

Children in a Japanese Internment Camp Giving Voice to History

Giving Voice to History

Students will understand a somber period in American history. During World War II, the U.S. government ordered more than 120,000 Japanese Americans to detainment camps.

Transparent Cell Get Inside a Cell!

Get Inside a Cell!

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the components of an animal cell.

recycle Get Dramatic: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get Dramatic: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In this lesson students will explore the concepts behind the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle slogan through theater

Second Bank of the United States, Philadelphia. From Greece to Main Street

From Greece to Main Street

Students will learn defining elements of classical Greek architecture by comparing the Lincoln Memorial with the Parthenon in Athens, Greece

Scene from 'A Streetcar Named Desire' Fractured Families in American Drama

Fractured Families in American Drama

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Long Day's Journey into Night, explore the tension, tragedy, heartbreak, and love within flawed and fractured families.

Mexican Corrido Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido

Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido

Students will learn about the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos, which dates back to the 1800s and continues to be very popular

Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution

Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution

Much of Mexican art at the beginning of the 20th century was influenced by or created in response to historical events.

sheet music First Rhythmic Composition

First Rhythmic Composition

This lesson introduces students to rhythm concepts, including the names and symbols associated with music notation

frog prince Finding Your Own Frog Prince

Finding Your Own Frog Prince

Students will use a traditional tale, “The Frog Prince,” and Jon Scieszka’s variation of it, The Frog Prince Continued, to create improvised scenes and then a book for a mini-musical.

Fencers Fancy Fencing

Fancy Fencing

Stage-fighting, and especially sword-fighting, is important to the plot of many Shakespearean plays. In theatre, fights are based on precise choreography.

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee Exploring Weather Conditions Through Painting

Exploring Weather Conditions Through Painting

Students will learn about how weather influences culture, daily life, and mood by examining paintings depicting different types of weather.

Scene from Exploring A Streetcar Named Desire

Exploring A Streetcar Named Desire

Students study setting, plot, and character development in Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire and discuss its impact on American theater.

Russian Church Exploring Russian Folktales

Exploring Russian Folktales

Students are introduced to the genre of folktales and engage in a study of several Russian folktales. They are asked to read the tales aloud, and then to fill in a chart about each one.

pottery Exploring Pottery Techniques

Exploring Pottery Techniques

This lesson introduces students to the age-old techniques used in constructing and decorating a burnished coil pot

Paul Bunyon and his Big Blue Ox, Babe Exploring American Tall Tales

Exploring American Tall Tales

Students will explore the common elements of folktales and tall tales while learning how these tales built the spirit of the American people

Christoper Columbus Explorers’ Experience

Explorers’ Experience

Students will learn about world explorers by researching facts and information relating to the routes traveled. They will discuss what motivates people to want to discover and explore new places.

Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill on Page and Stage

Eugene O'Neill on Page and Stage

Continue the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama by focusing on elements of narrative, theme and characterization.

Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman Escape from Reality: Miró and Surrealism

Escape from Reality: Miró and Surrealism

This lesson will introduce the history and concepts of the Surrealist movement

Midas' daughter turned to gold Elements of Myth

Elements of Myth

How can myths help to explain nature and science? Students will explore these themes in this lesson. Students will read and explore several myths, identifying the elements of this literary form.

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