Education is much more than just academic achievement. The classroom needs to be a place where students can learn about themselves as well as the world around them. Integrating the arts into the core curriculum is a proven strategy for helping to address all the needs of students. In elementary schools, arts-integrated learning has been shown to improve students’ social, emotional, core academic, and arts learning.
Students will discover ways in which emotional, mental and physical health can be promoted and sustained. Students will focus specifically on how these modes of health take place within the space of the school. Listing activities or verbs that promote these three forms of health, students act out and draw poses associated with these verbs. In groups, students choose one of the three forms of health. Then they choose a school activity or program that promotes that form of health, recognizing where within the school that activity occurs. Students then create a life size silhouette of a pose that represents […]
Parents and offspring share similar characteristics and behaviors. Can your class guess which two actors are portraying the same species, and which actor is the impostor? Then, add another twist by placing the organisms in a different environment. Can a frog survive in the arctic? Why not? Can an apple tree grow in the ocean? Why not? What features make each organism suitable to its environment?
Second grade students will travel to all seven continents and discover some of the most significant sights and landmarks for each. They will do this after hearing the beginning of the story of How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz. Note that this lesson needs to be split into sections and can be spread out over a period of time.
Fifth grade students will dance about heredity, specifically organisms and their traits; parents and their offspring; and how organisms survive their environments. They will conclude by creating nonexistent animals by deciding what traits an newly invented animal would need to survive in a particular environment.
In this lesson, students will learn elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and math by composing songs on the iPads. The 12-Bar blues will serve as the format for compositions and GarageBand will be the app of choice. As an extension, students may create tableaux and apply their composition to an iMovie.
Second grade students will split into two groups. One group will create a habitat (desert, tide pool, jungle, savanna, forest and pond) with their bodies and props, while the other group will create the animals to move in, around and through the habitat.
Mosaics are an art form in which murals are made using tiny tiles or pieces of paper cut in geometric shapes to create a picture. Mosaics are Persian in origin and are seen today all over the world. It is an ADDITIVE MEDIUM – one piece follows another – and has been used at least since the fourth millennium BC to decorate and express the needs and feelings of people, both publicly and domestically.
Third grade students will dance the following basic geometric terms: line, point, line segment, ray, parallel lines, intersection, vertex and angle. They will also dance about perimeters, areas, polygons and quadrilaterals.
Fossils are amazing discoveries. Many of the things we know about the past are a result of fossils. Think about the dinosaurs. We have never met a Tyrannosaurus Rex or a Triceratops and yet we know so much about them. They are relics of the past. For this project, students can choose what type of fossils they would like to make. One group was inspired by the geological time scale. It was decided that the oldest students would create fossils from the oldest geologic time periods and the youngest students in the class for the newest periods. Another class created […]
This project introduces third grade students to a simple landscape and it’s different parts. Background, middle ground, and foreground. It is also an excellent correlation with the many folk tales and fables third graders read.
Sixth grade students will learn about the evolution and variations of ancient Egyptian Pyramids. In doing so, they will better understand ancient civilizations and how they created technologies and systems to meet their community needs.
Social studies should be fun and intriguing for all students, and provide opportunities to make important life-long connections between the past, present, and future. Students who understand and appreciate the sacrifices that have been made in the past will be able to connect and make better decisions in their lives. Through this lesson plan, students will discover and uncover the major eras that influence the U.S. They will create a timeline that shows the relationship between social and political development through the Dance, Music and Art.