Arts-integrated lessons for students in kindergarten through 5th grade
Arts-integrated lessons for students in grades 6th through 8th
Arts-integrated lessons for students in grades 9th through 12th
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz
Learn how African-American spirituals shared information within the slave community
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Learn about the courageous efforts of the Freedom Riders during the civil rights movement
Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument
Examine the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars
Grades K-2 Lesson
Through guided reading of Ten Little Rabbits and hands-on activities students will explore aspects of Native American cultures and Navajo weavings
Grade 5 Lesson
Learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government
Create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls
Students will read one of Tomie DePaola’s versions of two Native American legends
Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre
Students construct a mock baseball field and explore the sport of baseball through art, movement, and sound
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations
A wide variety of science concepts can be explored through the study of fireworks
Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly
Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Use the visual art and language arts to creatively tell stories of monstrous proportions
Create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character
Students will look beyond the basics of haiku poetry and focus on the content of the haiku
Explore the traditions of Irish dance through music, costumes, and poetry
Students will explore the use of trees in paintings and poetry
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This lesson will introduce students to the history of square dancing as well as provide an opportunity to learn some basic steps and formations.
In this lesson, students will create movement patterns that express information about the basic systems, organs, and processes of the human body
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.
This lesson introduces students to the concept of emotionally and physically telling a story through dance and pantomime.
Dance in the Chinese New Year with your K-2 students
Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.
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
In this lesson, students will learn about the migration of African Americans to Harlem
This lesson introduces students to the French vocabulary of ballet. They will learn basic ballet vocabulary through both verbal and technological instruction.
This lesson explores structural and technical devices of the "memory" play by focusing on a Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie
The Kecak is a Balinese dance drama based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, which was compiled between 500 and 400 BC.
Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music
Through online learning tools and the creation of shadow puppets and plays, students will learn how light interacts with matter
Research the history, architect, architecture, and patron of each mansion gaining understanding of the arts and culture of the Gilded Age.
Compare the artistic and cultural traditions of the U.S. celebration of Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead
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.
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.
Students will analyze humor and the American character, developing a definition of “American humor”
This lesson asks students to examine samples of Twain’s work in the context of pre- and post-Civil War America
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
Learn about the source for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Read, and analyze the novel, with attention to character and style.
Learn about the history, key players and musical qualities of the blues
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.
Through online stories and photographs, students will explore what daily life was like for the millions of poor Irish, German, Jewish, and Italian immigrants
Students will discover that what we know of ancient Greece has come to us mainly through the analysis of artifacts recovered in archeological digs
Students will create an original political campaign song for a fictional presidential candidate.
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.
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
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.
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.
This lesson introduces the expanding and condensing properties of air masses and the unequal heating of Earth as the force behind the wind
In this lesson students will explore the world of gray whales
In this lesson, students analyze how a character's personality traits, actions and motives influence the plot of a story
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.
In this lesson, students will learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government.
In this lesson students are introduced to and encouraged to explore characteristics of the wind through poetry and van Gogh’s paintings
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family
In this lesson, students will explore how myths help to explain nature and science.
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.
Students will explore how myths provide explanations for nature and science. They will read and analyze the Native American myth "Giants and Mosquitoes."
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.
This lesson will introduce students to the Japanese poetic form called haiku
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.
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