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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
In this lesson, students learn about Ancient Egyptian rituals and attitudes about death and the afterlife.
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.
In this lesson students will examine the important role translation plays in interpreting the dramatic literature and theater of the ancient Greeks.
This lesson explores the history and evolution of the Japanese woodblock print
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.
In this lesson, students will learn about the legend of King Arthur as depicted in stories, poems, and artwork
Using James Palmersheim's Silver Creek's November II as a starting point, students will create their own landscape paintings
Students research contemporary songs (alternative, country, metal, pop, rap, and rock music) to study current social issues.
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
This lesson introduces young students to the elements of the arts, and teaches them to use appropriate vocabulary when discussing paintings
In this lesson, students take on the roles of Lewis and Clark, as they explore the original journals and create journals of their own
In this lesson, students explore Native American crafts and design and create their own wampum belts
Students experiment with interpretative dance as they recreate the weaving process to Native American music
Explore and analyze Lift Every Voice and Sing, a poem by James Weldon Johnson.
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.
In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing
Pop art examines the distinction between "high art" and popular culture, and questions the role of the artist
Students will explore the mathematics behind mandalas, including but not limited to shapes and symmetry
Explore how illustrations contribute to the telling of a story using character maps
This multi-media visual and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative, and interpretive opportunities through use of books, music and the internet
In the first of these three lessons, students will develop a general understanding of marketing and its influence.
Students will complete their advertisements, adding in details (such as color and symbols) and background/foreground space on the picture plane.
In this second of three lessons, students will continue their exploration of concepts in advertising.
For the medieval and the renaissance artists, flowers were part of a rich visual symbolism
After reviewing basic music theory, students compose their own music for the touch-tone phone
In this lesson, students will learn about migrant workers to better understand the environmental and social impact of the Great Depression.
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.
This lesson is intended to have students investigate the idea of "monsters" in society
Students examine a poem about mountain creation from a Native American perspective and watching a scientifically-accurate film about mountain formation
Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games. Groups then read and interpret an assigned Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale
In a world with few real heroes, students will recognize the positive character traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature.
In learning about the history, theatrical elements, music, dance, and costuming, of Noh Plays students are also comparing and contrasting these to the other theater elements
Nureyev’s early life and work were affected by changing social, political, and cultural forces in Russia. His artistic genius was influenced by the work of Marius Petipa.
This lesson focuses on the alignment of Nureyev’s artistic endeavors and achievements in the dance world of the West.
This lesson provides an overview of how creative expression developed in the West, particularly in the development of dance.
After exploring a virtual ocean with their five senses, students capture the sensory experience by writing haiku, bringing science and creative writing together as one
Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Through the study of various literary and fine arts versions of Cinderella, ESL students will practice their reading, writing, oral, and technology skills
The Fibonacci Sequence manifests in nature and visual arts
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the percussion family
By investigating Shakespeare through both an analytical and theatrical lens, students achieve a much deeper understanding of his work.
Examine the ways in which art has the power to influence policy, learning that photography has had a social impact with other historical events and movements
In this lesson, students will learn about the early pioneers in America and their motivations for moving West
In this lesson, students will work in pairs to research legendary westerners
In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for early American pioneers
Students explore the solar system through experimentation of mobile design in the style of Alexander Calder
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
Students examine plot as a significant element of fiction. They distinguish plot from narrative to gain a firm understanding of a plot’s function within a story
Students will organize the information they researched on the U.S. presidential election process and constitutional rights.
Through map-making, research, and class discussions, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of trade in China along the Silk Road
Students will explore the nature of comedy by informally staging the opening scenes in Shakespeare's As You Like It
After reading narratives from former slaves that were recorded in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writers' Project, students will research slavery
The musicality of words is an important element of poetry, and many poets carefully consider the sound of the words on the page. Students will listen to and analyze jazz music
Learn about the three elements of art (line, shape, and color) through a study of Torres-García's symbolism, Picasso's emotional use of color and Abstract Expressionism
In this lesson, students will explore connections between music and visual art
Studying the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang, students will understand the technological, logistical, and artistic factors for performance-oriented works
There are more than 300 versions and variations of the tale known as "Cinderella"
After exploring a “singable” picture book as a class, each student examines a personally selected poem for rhythm to determine its musical meter.
Students examine setting as a significant element of fiction. They learn devices for creating a realistic setting, and use the methods in works of their own
This lesson continues the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama in works by Tennessee Williams.
In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string
This lesson introduces the legendary Malian king Sundiata Keita, known as the Lion King of Mali, by using elements of traditional Malian festivals.
Students grow both sunflowers and their knowledge of science and art. After exploring the work of Van Gogh and other artists, students create their own artwork
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