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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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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Acting Up, A Melodrama

Acting Up, A Melodrama

In this lesson, the students practice some melodramatic movement.

South Pacific Adapting a Musical

Adapting a Musical

This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event, and includes suggestions for immersing students into the creative process of building a musical.

adjectiveMonster Adjective Monster

Adjective Monster

Use the visual art and language arts to creatively tell stories of monstrous proportions

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

Baseball Field All Around the Baseball Field

All Around the Baseball Field

Students construct a mock baseball field and from there explore the sport of baseball through art, movement, and sound

Sheet music and fibonacci spiral Amazing Fibonacci

Amazing Fibonacci

Using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, your students study math concepts of pattern, recursion, Pi and the Golden Ratio, developing their ability to analyze the structure of music.

Mrs. Larocca America, A Home for Every Culture

America, A Home for Every Culture

Students will discuss and explore the cultures that have contributed to making the United States the unique and diverse country it is today.

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

Jungle Forest Animal Habitats

Animal Habitats

Pre-readers are introduced to animal habitats through story, song, and dramatic play using children’s books

Firefighter at Ground Zero Art from Tragedy: Remembering 9/11

Art from Tragedy: Remembering 9/11

Students will interview their peers about their memories of September 11th, 2001, and use those memories to craft a one-act play for performance

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.

Scene from The Crucible Arthur Miller and The Crucible

Arthur Miller and The Crucible

This lesson examines the consequences of personal conscience in conflict with rigid societal perceptions of what is "right" in human behavior as articulated in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Gilded age painting Arts of the Gilded Age

Arts of the Gilded Age

Learn about and discuss characteristics of the Gilded Age. Using books, internet and other media, research the various fine and performing art forms popular during that time period.

Spanish dancer. Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations. Each group will research and present one dance.

Ballerinas Ballet and Classical Music

Ballet and Classical Music

This lesson will introduce students to both conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet.

Brass Brass Instruments and Pitch

Brass Instruments and Pitch

This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family

Scene from Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' Broken Worlds

Broken Worlds

This lesson provides a variety of options for conducting comparative analysis between Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire

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

Peter Pan Statue by George Frampton Characterization in Literature and Theater

Characterization in Literature and Theater

In this lesson, students explore various methods authors use to create effective characters.

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

Chinese calligraphy Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy

Students will experience the art and culture of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ink painting through watercolor painting and Chinese instrumental music.

Chinese performers Chinese Instruments

Chinese Instruments

Explore the similarities and differences between traditional western instruments and Chinese instruments while creating a Chinese instrument.

Chivalry and Courtly Love Chivalry and Courtly Love

Chivalry and Courtly Love

Explore the Arthurian codes of chivalry and courtly love in art, modern films, books, and poetry. Examine the way in which these ideals have influenced modern concepts.

Cinderella's slippers Cinderella Trilogy

Cinderella Trilogy

Compare and contrast three variations of the Cinderella folktale: “Rhodopis,” the Egyptian version; “Yeh-Shen,” the Chinese version; and “The Hidden One,” the Native American version

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

Pancho Villa Corridos About the Mexican Revolution

Corridos About the Mexican Revolution

In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures

Crow Drinking Counting Crows

Counting Crows

Students will learn the meaning of Aesop's fable, "The Crow and the Pitcher," blending math and art with literature and film

Creating AB Patterns

Creating AB Patterns

Patterns exists both in the natural and manmade world. It is an element in art, as well as math and science.

Fictional Book Creating Characters

Creating Characters

Students examine character as a significant element of fiction, learning methods of characterization, identify and critique

Comic Strip Creating Comic Strips

Creating Comic Strips

In this lesson, each student creates an original comic strip to convey a mathematical concept and explores comics as a form of communication

Earth and Sun Cultural Creation Myths

Cultural Creation Myths

Students will explore different cultures' supernatural explanations for human existence in several societies.

Salvador Dali Dalí & Desnos

Dalí & Desnos

In this lesson, students will enhance their creative writing skills and develop their individual writing voices through surrealist techniques

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

Atreus' Tomb Deep Roots of Ancient Greece

Deep Roots of Ancient Greece

This lesson examines specific areas of ancient Greek influence on Western thought and culture

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.

Washington Post Cartoon Drawing Political Cartoons

Drawing Political Cartoons

Analyzing political cartoons will allow students to develop both factual knowledge and interpretive skills

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.

Ciphers and Constellations in Love with a Woman Escape from Reality: Miró and Surrealism

Escape from Reality: Miró and Surrealism

This lesson will introduce the history and concepts of the Surrealist movement

Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill on Page and Stage

Eugene O'Neill on Page and Stage

Continue the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama by focusing on elements of narrative, theme and characterization.

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

pottery Exploring Pottery Techniques

Exploring Pottery Techniques

This lesson introduces students to the age-old techniques used in constructing and decorating a burnished coil pot

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.

Scene from Exploring A Streetcar Named Desire

Exploring A Streetcar Named Desire

Students study setting, plot, and character development in Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire and discuss its impact on American theater.

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee Exploring Weather Conditions Through Painting

Exploring Weather Conditions Through Painting

Students will learn about how weather influences culture, daily life, and mood by examining paintings depicting different types of weather.

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

Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution

Five Artists of the Mexican Revolution

Much of Mexican art at the beginning of the 20th century was influenced by or created in response to historical events.

Mexican Corrido Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido

Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido

Students will learn about the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos, which dates back to the 1800s and continues to be very popular

Scene from 'A Streetcar Named Desire' Fractured Families in American Drama

Fractured Families in American Drama

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Long Day's Journey into Night, explore the tension, tragedy, heartbreak, and love within flawed and fractured families.

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

recycle Get Dramatic: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get Dramatic: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In this lesson students will explore the concepts behind the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle slogan through theater

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

Cuba Guantanamera: A Poem and a Song

Guantanamera: A Poem and a Song

Students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger with lyrics from a poem by Jose Marti.

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

Watching the Sunset Haiku: Learning and Sharing

Haiku: Learning and Sharing

In this two-day lesson, students will look beyond the basics of haiku poetry (three lines, 5-7-5 syllable format) and focus on the content of the haiku.

Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman: Dancing on the Freedom Trail

Harriet Tubman: Dancing on the Freedom Trail

In this lesson, students are introduced to the emotional struggles Tubman faced as she helped slaves escape and travel north along the Underground Railroad.

Levi Coffin's home in Fountain City, Indiana, formerly Newport. Known as Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman: Illustrating History

Harriet Tubman: Illustrating History

Using collage, students create a scene from the life of Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look

Harriet Tubman: An Informative and Impressionistic Look

Examine the life of Harriet Tubman through a comparison of informative resources and impressionistic art

The Drinking Gourd Constellation Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song

Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song

In this lesson, students are introduced to the African-American spiritual and its use of a secret language to share information within the slave community.

moon and raven Haunting Music

Haunting Music

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

Quote by Joseph Campbell Historic Heroes

Historic Heroes

The class will break into groups and write a working definition of a hero which they will present to the class.

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

Landing at Ellis Island Immigrating to America

Immigrating to America

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

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.

Hula dancers Island Breezes: Exploring Hula Dance

Island Breezes: Exploring Hula Dance

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.

Hecuba Blinding Polynestor It's All in the Translation

It's All in the Translation

In this lesson students will examine the important role translation plays in interpreting the dramatic literature and theater of the ancient Greeks.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa Japanese Woodblock Prints

Japanese Woodblock Prints

This lesson explores the history and evolution of the Japanese woodblock print

Jazz Dancers Jazz Music, Dance, and Poetry

Jazz Music, Dance, and Poetry

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.

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

Landscape Landscape Painting

Landscape Painting

Using James Palmersheim's Silver Creek's November II as a starting point, students will create their own landscape paintings

Writing lyrics Learning From Lyrics

Learning From Lyrics

Students research contemporary songs (alternative, country, metal, pop, rap, and rock music) to study current social issues.

Breaker Boys A Lens Into the Past

A Lens Into the Past

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

paint Let's Talk About Painting

Let's Talk About Painting

This lesson introduces young students to the elements of the arts, and teaches them to use appropriate vocabulary when discussing paintings

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

Native American Weaving Life of a Navajo Weaver

Life of a Navajo Weaver

Students experiment with interpretative dance as they recreate the weaving process to Native American music

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.

Storyteller Figure by Michelle Paisano, Laguna Pueblo A Listening Doll

A Listening Doll

Create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls

Rainstick. Making Rain

Making Rain

In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing

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

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

Square Dancers Swing Your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing

Swing Your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing

This lesson will introduce students to the history of square dancing as well as provide an opportunity to learn some basic steps and formations.

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.

group of ballerinas Telling a Story Through Dance

Telling a Story Through Dance

This lesson introduces students to the concept of emotionally and physically telling a story through dance and pantomime.

Dragon Dance for Chinese New Year The Chinese Lion Dance

The Chinese Lion Dance

Dance in the Chinese New Year with your K-2 students

Butterfly The Dance of the Butterfly

The Dance of the Butterfly

Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

Hercules Fighting The Centaur Nessus by Giambologna The Far Reaches of Greek Culture

The Far Reaches of Greek Culture

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

The Great Migration The Great Migration

The Great Migration

In this lesson, students will learn about the migration of African Americans to Harlem

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.

Scene from 'The Glass Menagerie' The Memory Play in American Drama

The Memory Play in American Drama

This lesson explores structural and technical devices of the "memory" play by focusing on a Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie

Kecak Dance, Uluwatu temple The Monkey Dance: Exploring Balinese Culture

The Monkey Dance: Exploring Balinese Culture

The Kecak is a Balinese dance drama based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, which was compiled between 500 and 400 BC.

Hip-hop poet The Poetics of Hip-Hop

The Poetics of Hip-Hop

Students will analyze form in Shakespearean sonnets and hip-hop music

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

Newport: The Elms Three Newport Mansions of the Gilded Age

Three Newport Mansions of the Gilded Age

Research the history, architect, architecture, and patron of each mansion gaining understanding of the arts and culture of the Gilded Age.

Day of the Dead figurines Tolerance: Comparing Cultural Holidays

Tolerance: Comparing Cultural Holidays

Compare the artistic and cultural traditions of the U.S. celebration of Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead

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.

Mark Twain Twain: An American Humorist

Twain: An American Humorist

Students will analyze humor and the American character, developing a definition of “American humor”

Mark Twain Twain: Icon and Iconoclast

Twain: Icon and Iconoclast

This lesson asks students to examine samples of Twain’s work in the context of pre- and post-Civil War America

Old river boat docked at Memphis, Tennessee. Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'

Twain: Steamboat's a-Comin'

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

Tom Sawyer Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

Twain: Tom Sawyer—Mythic Adventurer

Learn about the source for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Read, and analyze the novel, with attention to character and style.

Man playing harmonica Twelve-Bar Blues

Twelve-Bar Blues

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

Scene from Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape

Uncivil Civilization in The Hairy Ape

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.

Apartments Understanding Tenement Life

Understanding Tenement Life

Through online stories and photographs, students will explore what daily life was like for the millions of poor Irish, German, Jewish, and Italian immigrants

Acropolis, Parthenon East Side, Athens, Greece from the Carpenter Collection, ca. 1890-1930 Unearthing Ancient Greece

Unearthing Ancient Greece

Students will discover that what we know of ancient Greece has come to us mainly through the analysis of artifacts recovered in archeological digs

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.

Constitution of the United States Utopian Visions

Utopian Visions

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.

Designer at desk. Visual Arts Careers

Visual Arts Careers

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

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

Whales The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail

In this lesson students will explore the world of gray whales

Davy Crockett What a Character

What a Character

In this lesson, students analyze how a character's personality traits, actions and motives influence the plot of a story

Drinking Gourd What Does This Song Really Say?

What Does This Song Really Say?

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.

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.

The Starry Night Who Has Seen the Wind?

Who Has Seen the Wind?

In this lesson students are introduced to and encouraged to explore characteristics of the wind through poetry and van Gogh’s paintings

Woodwinds Woodwind Instruments and Pitch

Woodwind Instruments and Pitch

This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family

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.

Asian Haiku You Too Can Haiku

You Too Can Haiku

This lesson will introduce students to the Japanese poetic form called haiku

Irish Dancers You’re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance

You’re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance

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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