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ARTSEDGE Lessons for Elementary School (Grades K-5)

Grades K-2 Lesson
Use the visual art and language arts to creatively tell stories of monstrous proportions
Grades K-2 Lesson
Pre-readers are introduced to animal habitats through story, song, and dramatic play using children’s books
Grades K-2 Lesson
Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly
Grades K-2 Lesson
Dance in the Chinese New Year with your K-2 students
Grades K-2 Lesson
Teach students about patterns in poetry, art, and the world around them
Grades K-2 Lesson
This lesson introduces young students to different art styles and teaches them art-related vocabulary
Grades K-2 Lesson
In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing
Grades K-2 Lesson
Explore how illustrations contribute to the telling of a story using character maps
Grades K-2 Lesson
This multi-media visual and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative, and interpretive opportunities
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
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students construct a mock baseball field and explore the sport of baseball through art, movement, and sound
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore the cultures that have contributed to making the United States the unique and diverse country it is today
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will explore three careers in visual arts - Fashion Design, Architecture, and Graphic Design
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson will introduce students to both conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Experience the art and culture of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting through watercolor and Chinese instrumental music
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Compare and contrast three variations of the Cinderella folktale
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn the meaning of Aesop's fable, "The Crow and the Pitcher," blending math and art with literature and film
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, each student creates an original comic strip to convey a mathematical concept and explores comics as a form of communication
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Compare the artistic and cultural traditions of the U.S. celebration of Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore the traditions of Irish dance through music, costumes, and poetry
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will examine paintings depicting different types of weather
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about the migration of African Americans to Harlem
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Examine Harriet Tubman's life through informative resources and impressionistic art
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Examine the struggles of Tubman along the Underground Railroad
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Using collage, students create a scene from the life of Harriet Tubman
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Learn how African-American spirituals shared information within the slave community
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn what it was like for new immigrants to come through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century
Grades 3-4 Lesson
A hula dance tells a story through hand and arm gestures and rhythmic patterns
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will explore basic jazz dance movements, and will create a cinquain poem inspired by jazz music
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the early 20th century American immigrant experience through photography
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students experiment with interpretative dance as they recreate the weaving process to Native American music
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls
Grades 3-4 Lesson
After reviewing basic music theory, students compose their own music for the touch-tone phone
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson students will explore the concepts behind the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle slogan through theater
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students read poems and watch films about mountain creation and formation
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students explore a virtual ocean with their five senses and capture the sensory experience by writing haiku
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the percussion family
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about the early pioneers in America and their motivations for moving West
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will work in pairs to research legendary westerners
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for early American pioneers
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students grow both sunflowers, and their knowledge of science and art
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will be introduced the history of square dancing, and learn some basic steps
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the concept of emotionally and physically telling a story through dance and pantomime.
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will explore what daily life was like for the millions of poor Irish, German, Jewish, and Italian immigrants
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson students will explore the world of gray whales
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students analyze how a character's personality traits, actions and motives influence the plot of a story
Grades 3-4 Lesson
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.
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students are introduced to characteristics of the wind through poetry and van Gogh’s paintings
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson will introduce students to the Japanese poetic form called haiku
Grade 5 Lesson
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.
Grade 5 Lesson
Viewing mobiles created by sculptor Alexander Calder, students learn about the function and form of levers
Grade 5 Lesson
Students learn about Charles Burchfield, then create an original watercolor
Grade 5 Lesson
Using letters written during the Civil War students develop an understanding of the message of the letters
Grade 5 Lesson
Learn how music was used in the Civil War
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will create an original political campaign song for a fictional presidential candidate.
Grade 5 Lesson
Organize information researched on the U.S. presidential election process and constitutional rights
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will learn about world explorers by researching facts and information relating to the routes traveled
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will explore the common elements of folktales and tall tales
Grade 5 Lesson
Use a traditional tale, “The Frog Prince” to create improvised scenes and then a book for a mini-musical
Grade 5 Lesson
Gain insight into Greek culture, and create and paint your own mythological characters
Grade 5 Lesson
Students can gain an understanding of how Gyotaku reflects a part of Japanese history
Grade 5 Lesson
Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre
Grade 5 Lesson
Students take on the roles of Lewis and Clark, as they explore the original journals and create their own journals
Grade 5 Lesson
In this lesson, students explore Native American crafts and design and create their own wampum belts
Grade 5 Lesson
Explore and analyze Lift Every Voice and Sing, a poem by James Weldon Johnson.
Grade 5 Lesson
Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games, then interpret a fairy tale
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will learn the Russian folk dance "Troika" and research Russian culture and history
Grade 5 Lesson
There are more than 300 versions and variations of the tale known as "Cinderella"
Grade 5 Lesson
Create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will explore the use of trees in paintings and poetry
Grade 5 Lesson
This lesson introduces the expanding and condensing properties of air masses and the unequal heating of Earth as the force behind the wind
Grade 5 Lesson
Learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government
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