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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In this lesson, the students practice some melodramatic movement.
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.
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
Students construct a mock baseball field and from there explore the sport of baseball through art, movement, and sound
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.
Students will discuss and explore the cultures that have contributed to making the United States the unique and diverse country it is today.
Students learn about American artist Charles Burchfield. Students capture information and sketches in a journal, then use these ideas to create an original watercolor
Throughout this lesson, students will examine works of art and learn tools to analyze and discuss photography
Pre-readers are introduced to animal habitats through story, song, and dramatic play using children’s books
Students will interview their peers about their memories of September 11th, 2001, and use those memories to craft a one-act play for performance
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.
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.
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.
Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations. Each group will research and present one dance.
This lesson will introduce students to both conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet.
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family
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
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.
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
This language arts lesson offers a hands-on opportunity for students to understand characterization in literature and to connect historical and contemporary culture
In this lesson, students explore various methods authors use to create effective characters.
This lesson explores the realities and effects of war on children by examining diaries, journals, and letters written by children during times of war
Students will experience the art and culture of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ink painting through watercolor painting and Chinese instrumental music.
Explore the similarities and differences between traditional western instruments and Chinese instruments while creating a Chinese instrument.
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.
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
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.
Learn how music was used in the Civil War
In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures
Students will learn the meaning of Aesop's fable, "The Crow and the Pitcher," blending math and art with literature and film
Patterns exists both in the natural and manmade world. It is an element in art, as well as math and science.
Students examine character as a significant element of fiction, learning methods of characterization, identify and critique
In this lesson, each student creates an original comic strip to convey a mathematical concept and explores comics as a form of communication
Students will explore different cultures' supernatural explanations for human existence in several societies.
In this lesson, students will enhance their creative writing skills and develop their individual writing voices through surrealist techniques
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
This lesson examines specific areas of ancient Greek influence on Western thought and culture
Students will learn about the history of America's national parks, and learn about the role that artists played in their creation and maintenance
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.
Analyzing political cartoons will allow students to develop both factual knowledge and interpretive skills
Explore and discover the elements of dance by demonstrating various simple movements. This exercise will help assess the students’ level of experience and ability.
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).
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.
This lesson will introduce the history and concepts of the Surrealist movement
Continue the exploration of "Puritanism" as an influence on the development of modern American drama by focusing on elements of narrative, theme and characterization.
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.
Students will explore the common elements of folktales and tall tales while learning how these tales built the spirit of the American people
This lesson introduces students to the age-old techniques used in constructing and decorating a burnished coil pot
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.
Students study setting, plot, and character development in Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire and discuss its impact on American theater.
Students will learn about how weather influences culture, daily life, and mood by examining paintings depicting different types of weather.
Stage-fighting, and especially sword-fighting, is important to the plot of many Shakespearean plays. In theatre, fights are based on precise choreography.
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.
This lesson introduces students to rhythm concepts, including the names and symbols associated with music notation
Much of Mexican art at the beginning of the 20th century was influenced by or created in response to historical events.
Students will learn about the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos, which dates back to the 1800s and continues to be very popular
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.
Students will learn defining elements of classical Greek architecture by comparing the Lincoln Memorial with the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
In this lesson students will explore the concepts behind the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle slogan through theater
In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the components of an animal cell.
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.
Gain insight into Greek culture and make aesthetic, perceptual, creative, and intellectual connections to contemporary culture by creating and painting mythological characters
Students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger with lyrics from a poem by Jose Marti.
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
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.
In this lesson, students are introduced to the emotional struggles Tubman faced as she helped slaves escape and travel north along the Underground Railroad.
Using collage, students create a scene from the life of Harriet Tubman
Examine the life of Harriet Tubman through a comparison of informative resources and impressionistic art
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.
The class will break into groups and write a working definition of a hero which they will present to the class.
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
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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