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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.

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