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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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Dorothy and the Lion Map it Out

Map it Out

Explore how illustrations contribute to the telling of a story using character maps

Greek masks Masks and Aesop's Fables

Masks and Aesop's Fables

This multi-media visual and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative, and interpretive opportunities through use of books, music and the internet

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

Sheet Music Melodies and Math

Melodies and Math

After reviewing basic music theory, students compose their own music for the touch-tone phone

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.

Drawing of a Monster Monsters

Monsters

This lesson is intended to have students investigate the idea of "monsters" in society

Mountains Mountain Creation: A Drama Exploration

Mountain Creation: A Drama Exploration

Students examine a poem about mountain creation from a Native American perspective and watching a scientifically-accurate film about mountain formation

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

Quote by Joseph Campbell Multi-Media Hero Analysis

Multi-Media Hero Analysis

In a world with few real heroes, students will recognize the positive character traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature.

Bessie Smith Musical Harlem

Musical Harlem

Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz

Weaving Rug Navajo Weaving

Navajo Weaving

Through guided reading of Ten Little Rabbits and hands-on activities students will explore aspects of Native American cultures and Navajo weavings

Noh Character Dancing Noh Theater

Noh Theater

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

Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth Nureyev: After Petipa

Nureyev: After Petipa

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.

Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth Nureyev: Bringer of Light

Nureyev: Bringer of Light

This lesson focuses on the alignment of Nureyev’s artistic endeavors and achievements in the dance world of the West.

Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth Nureyev: The Unconquerable Will

Nureyev: The Unconquerable Will

This lesson provides an overview of how creative expression developed in the West, particularly in the development of dance.

ocean Oceans: A Sensory Haiku

Oceans: A Sensory Haiku

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

The American Flag Oh, Say Can You See…

Oh, Say Can You See…

Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

pumpkin One Story, Many Tales

One Story, Many Tales

Through the study of various literary and fine arts versions of Cinderella, ESL students will practice their reading, writing, oral, and technology skills

Chemical Reactions Oxidation and Combustion: Chemical Reactions in Fire

Oxidation and Combustion: Chemical Reactions in Fire

A wide variety of science concepts can be explored through the study of fireworks

Fibonacci 3-D by Jeremy Bennett Patterns Across Cultures: The Fibonacci Sequence in Visual Art

Patterns Across Cultures: The Fibonacci Sequence in Visual Art

The Fibonacci Sequence manifests in nature and visual arts

Percussion Percussion Instruments and Pitch

Percussion Instruments and Pitch

This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the percussion family

Romeo and Juliet Performance Essay

Performance Essay

By investigating Shakespeare through both an analytical and theatrical lens, students achieve a much deeper understanding of his work.

Pool in pleasure park, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif. Photography and the National Park Service

Photography and the National Park Service

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

American Pioneers Pioneer America: Journey West

Pioneer America: Journey West

In this lesson, students will learn about the early pioneers in America and their motivations for moving West

Annie Oakley Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners

Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners

In this lesson, students will work in pairs to research legendary westerners

Pioneers Pioneer America: Pioneer Living

Pioneer America: Pioneer Living

In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for early American pioneers

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

Fiction book Plotting the Story

Plotting the Story

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

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

Performance of Shakespeare's A Question of Style

A Question of Style

Students will explore the nature of comedy by informally staging the opening scenes in Shakespeare's As You Like It

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

John Coltrane in Performance December 2, 1962 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Rhythm & Improv: Jazz & Poetry

Rhythm & Improv: Jazz & Poetry

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

Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art

Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art

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

Gesture Drawings Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing

Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing

In this lesson, students will explore connections between music and visual art

Cruising Dragons Science Meets Artistry: the Work of Cai Guo-Qiang

Science Meets Artistry: the Work of Cai Guo-Qiang

Studying the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang, students will understand the technological, logistical, and artistic factors for performance-oriented works

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.

Snowy London Setting the Story

Setting the Story

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

Scene from Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

Southern Puritanism and Tennessee Williams

This lesson continues the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama in works by Tennessee Williams.

Strings String Instruments and Pitch

String Instruments and Pitch

In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string

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.

Sunflowers Sunflowers

Sunflowers

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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