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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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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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

U.S. Army band on steps Civil War Music

Civil War Music

Learn how music was used in the Civil War

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

sheet music First Rhythmic Composition

First Rhythmic Composition

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

moon and raven Haunting Music

Haunting Music

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Appomattox Court-House A Light in the Storm: A Personal Look at the Civil War

A Light in the Storm: A Personal Look at the Civil War

Create a historical timeline and personal event timeline based on the historical fiction book and play A Light in the Storm and its main character, Amelia Martin.

Portrait of American artist Andy Warhol Making the Ordinary Pop

Making the Ordinary Pop

Pop art examines the distinction between "high art" and popular culture, and questions the role of the artist

Sand Mandala Mandalas, Polygons, and Symmetry

Mandalas, Polygons, and Symmetry

Students will explore the mathematics behind mandalas, including but not limited to shapes and symmetry

Toy Advertisement Media Awareness: The Basics of Advertising

Media Awareness: The Basics of Advertising

In the first of these three lessons, students will develop a general understanding of marketing and its influence.

Candy Advertisement Media Awareness: Helping a Product Cross the Finish Line

Media Awareness: Helping a Product Cross the Finish Line

Students will complete their advertisements, adding in details (such as color and symbols) and background/foreground space on the picture plane.

Game Advertisement Media Awareness: Key Concepts in Advertising

Media Awareness: Key Concepts in Advertising

In this second of three lessons, students will continue their exploration of concepts in advertising.

Still-Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plums by Rachel Ruysch Medieval and Renaissance Art: Botanical Symbolism

Medieval and Renaissance Art: Botanical Symbolism

For the medieval and the renaissance artists, flowers were part of a rich visual symbolism

Migrant Workers Migrant Workers Through the Lens of Dorothea Lange

Migrant Workers Through the Lens of Dorothea Lange

In this lesson, students will learn about migrant workers to better understand the environmental and social impact of the Great Depression.

moccasins Moccasins Are Made for Dancing

Moccasins Are Made for Dancing

Students will read either of Tomie DePaola’s versions of two Native American legends: The Legend of the Bluebonnet or The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

Grimm's Fairy Tales book Moving Tales

Moving Tales

Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games. Groups then read and interpret an assigned Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale

The Solar System Planets in Balance

Planets in Balance

Students explore the solar system through experimentation of mobile design in the style of Alexander Calder

Scene from Twelfth Night Playing with Puns

Playing with Puns

This theater and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative and interpretive opportunities. Students will analyze and compare the puns and word play in selected scenes

Political Cartoon Political Cartoons as Part of the Election Process

Political Cartoons as Part of the Election Process

Students will organize the information they researched on the U.S. presidential election process and constitutional rights.

Shadow Puppets Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road

Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road

Through map-making, research, and class discussions, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of trade in China along the Silk Road

The African Slave Trade Reliving History Through Slave Narratives

Reliving History Through Slave Narratives

After reading narratives from former slaves that were recorded in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writers' Project, students will research slavery

Broom Bristles Searching For Cinderella

Searching For Cinderella

There are more than 300 versions and variations of the tale known as "Cinderella"

The Star Spangled Banner Sheet Music Set a Poem to Music

Set a Poem to Music

After exploring a “singable” picture book as a class, each student examines a personally selected poem for rhythm to determine its musical meter.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Man playing harmonica Twelve-Bar Blues

Twelve-Bar Blues

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

volcano A World of Myths

A World of Myths

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

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.

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."

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.

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