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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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Aesop's Fables Elements of Fables

Elements of Fables

This lesson focuses on describing the general literary elements in fables. In this particular lesson, students will recognize the key elements of a fable (moral, character, and figurative language).

Ballerina Elements of Ballet

Elements of Ballet

Explore and discover the elements of dance by demonstrating various simple movements. This exercise will help assess the students’ level of experience and ability.

Washington Post Cartoon Drawing Political Cartoons

Drawing Political Cartoons

Analyzing political cartoons will allow students to develop both factual knowledge and interpretive skills

Russian Folk Dancers Discovering Russian Folk Dance

Discovering Russian Folk Dance

Students will learn the Russian folk dance "Troika." Then, they will work in groups of three (the traditional grouping used in the "Troika") to research Russian culture and history.

Yellowstone National Park Discovering National Parks

Discovering National Parks

Students will learn about the history of America's national parks, and learn about the role that artists played in their creation and maintenance

Atreus' Tomb Deep Roots of Ancient Greece

Deep Roots of Ancient Greece

This lesson examines specific areas of ancient Greek influence on Western thought and culture

Mural Decades Mural Project

Decades Mural Project

Students will learn how to use primary sources, and work in groups to create murals about the events and trends of a decade of the twentieth century

Salvador Dali Dalí & Desnos

Dalí & Desnos

In this lesson, students will enhance their creative writing skills and develop their individual writing voices through surrealist techniques

Earth and Sun Cultural Creation Myths

Cultural Creation Myths

Students will explore different cultures' supernatural explanations for human existence in several societies.

Comic Strip Creating Comic Strips

Creating Comic Strips

In this lesson, each student creates an original comic strip to convey a mathematical concept and explores comics as a form of communication

Fictional Book Creating Characters

Creating Characters

Students examine character as a significant element of fiction, learning methods of characterization, identify and critique

Creating AB Patterns

Creating AB Patterns

Patterns exists both in the natural and manmade world. It is an element in art, as well as math and science.

Crow Drinking Counting Crows

Counting Crows

Students will learn the meaning of Aesop's fable, "The Crow and the Pitcher," blending math and art with literature and film

Pancho Villa Corridos About the Mexican Revolution

Corridos About the Mexican Revolution

In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures

U.S. Army band on steps Civil War Music

Civil War Music

Learn how music was used in the Civil War

Civil War Letters Civil War Letters

Civil War Letters

Using letters written during the Civil War students develop an understanding of the message of the letters. They will create a dramatic reading based on their letter.

Cinderella's slippers Cinderella Trilogy

Cinderella Trilogy

Compare and contrast three variations of the Cinderella folktale: “Rhodopis,” the Egyptian version; “Yeh-Shen,” the Chinese version; and “The Hidden One,” the Native American version

Chivalry and Courtly Love Chivalry and Courtly Love

Chivalry and Courtly Love

Explore the Arthurian codes of chivalry and courtly love in art, modern films, books, and poetry. Examine the way in which these ideals have influenced modern concepts.

Chinese performers Chinese Instruments

Chinese Instruments

Explore the similarities and differences between traditional western instruments and Chinese instruments while creating a Chinese instrument.

Chinese calligraphy Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy

Students will experience the art and culture of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ink painting through watercolor painting and Chinese instrumental music.

Children from the Janabi Village Children of War

Children of War

This lesson explores the realities and effects of war on children by examining diaries, journals, and letters written by children during times of war

Peter Pan Statue by George Frampton Characterization in Literature and Theater

Characterization in Literature and Theater

In this lesson, students explore various methods authors use to create effective characters.

Shadow Box A Character Life Box

A Character Life Box

This language arts lesson offers a hands-on opportunity for students to understand characterization in literature and to connect historical and contemporary culture

Bodiam Castle Castles & Cornerstones

Castles & Cornerstones

This lesson will explore the historic importance and function of castles in King Arthur's time and introduce students to a general history of castles and architectural terms

Wagon and mules Capturing History

Capturing History

Through teacher-guided discussions and hands-on activities, students will understand the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars.

Scene from Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' Broken Worlds

Broken Worlds

This lesson provides a variety of options for conducting comparative analysis between Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

Brass Brass Instruments and Pitch

Brass Instruments and Pitch

This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family

Ballerinas Ballet and Classical Music

Ballet and Classical Music

This lesson will introduce students to both conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet.

Spanish dancer. Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations. Each group will research and present one dance.

Gilded age painting Arts of the Gilded Age

Arts of the Gilded Age

Learn about and discuss characteristics of the Gilded Age. Using books, internet and other media, research the various fine and performing art forms popular during that time period.

Scene from The Crucible Arthur Miller and The Crucible

Arthur Miller and The Crucible

This lesson examines the consequences of personal conscience in conflict with rigid societal perceptions of what is "right" in human behavior as articulated in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Art Gallery Art Show with the Masters

Art Show with the Masters

Research information on artists' lives and works and prepare works of art based on their understanding of the artists, their time and place in history, and their works.

Firefighter at Ground Zero Art from Tragedy: Remembering 9/11

Art from Tragedy: Remembering 9/11

Students will interview their peers about their memories of September 11th, 2001, and use those memories to craft a one-act play for performance

Jungle Forest Animal Habitats

Animal Habitats

Pre-readers are introduced to animal habitats through story, song, and dramatic play using children’s books

photo gallery Analyzing Photographs: From Theory to Practice

Analyzing Photographs: From Theory to Practice

Throughout this lesson, students will examine works of art and learn tools to analyze and discuss photography

Still Life in Winter An American Scene Painter

An American Scene Painter

Students learn about American artist Charles Burchfield. Students capture information and sketches in a journal, then use these ideas to create an original watercolor

Mrs. Larocca America, A Home for Every Culture

America, A Home for Every Culture

Students will discuss and explore the cultures that have contributed to making the United States the unique and diverse country it is today.

Sheet music and fibonacci spiral Amazing Fibonacci

Amazing Fibonacci

Using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, your students study math concepts of pattern, recursion, Pi and the Golden Ratio, developing their ability to analyze the structure of music.

Baseball Field All Around the Baseball Field

All Around the Baseball Field

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

Sculpture Alexander Calder: Master of Balance

Alexander Calder: Master of Balance

Viewing mobiles created by sculptor Alexander Calder, students learn about the function and form of levers. They build mobiles, experiment with balancing levers, and equilibrium

adjectiveMonster Adjective Monster

Adjective Monster

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

South Pacific Adapting a Musical

Adapting a Musical

This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event, and includes suggestions for immersing students into the creative process of building a musical.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Acting Up, A Melodrama

Acting Up, A Melodrama

In this lesson, the students practice some melodramatic movement.

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