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Arts Integration Lesson: Tangram Shape Art

May 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Today, we are bringing you a free arts integrated lesson based on the book Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert. Grandfather Tang and Little Soo are sitting in the backyard one day, playing with their tangram puzzles, and Grandfather Tang weaves a tale of two fairy foxes that change from […]

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STEAM Lesson: Movement Batteries

May 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Today’s free STEAM lesson is all about bringing movement to science through the elements of dance.  I was actually inspired to create this lesson based on a question my daughter asked me in the car.  Out of the blue, she called out, “Mommy, how do batteries work?” and to be honest, […]

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Arts Integration Lesson: Character Pitches

May 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Children are natural actors.  They do not require an acting class to change their voices or body shapes and levels to represent a lion or a giant, a mouse or a little boy.  What they may not have, however, is the vocabulary to name what they are doing and the […]

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Submissions open for July edition of STEAMed Magazine

May 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Summer is about to get STEAMy with our July edition of STEAMed Magazine!  Already, we have some incredible stories and surprises lined up for our summer issue of the popular free resource for educators interested in Arts Integration and STEAM.  What’s even more important to us, though, is being able […]

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Teacher Tip: Isolate the Struggle

May 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Have you ever gotten ready for a lesson that you knew was going to be tough for your students?  You know the feeling – you’re dreading teaching it almost as much as the students dread the inevitable moment when the content just gets too hard.  We’ve all hit that wall […]

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Dances with Water: An Arts Integration Lesson

May 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Editor’s Note: This week, we’ll be sharing ALL NEW arts integration lessons for you to download for free!  Today’s lesson is a secondary level science and dance integrated lesson from writer Typhani Harris.

Next Generation Science
HS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems
The abundance of liquid water on Earth’s surface and its unique combination of physical […]

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Integrating Visual Art into Instrument Design

May 15th, 2015|0 Comments

One of my favorite projects, and a favorite among my general music students, is the Junkyard Band project. Every spring, 2nd graders make the trek to school carrying an incredible assortment of homemade instruments to share with their classmates. The amount of creativity, critical thinking, and heart and soul that […]

Check out these great resources to get you started with using this approach

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A Vision for What Education COULD Be

Students are excited to come to school and their learning is relevant, meaningful, has depth and propels them forward into discovering what else is out there.  In the process, their teachers have come to love teaching again because they are allowed to do what they do best – use their creative energies to develop lessons that make a lasting impact immediately and for the future. Read more

What is AI?

This is a research-based curricular strategy in which both the content area and the fine arts area objectives are taught AND assessed simultaneously.  This means that teachers find naturally-aligning objectives between standards, create and implement a lesson plan teaching both content areas and assessing both set of selected standards. Read more

How to Start an AI Program

By following these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to building a successful integration program that will enhance and deepen student learning and bring achievement to all students in your building.  The characters may change, but their “character” will not.   Read more


Move from STEM to STEAM!  Here are a few informative articles that will help speed up your learning curve.

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The Power of Curriculum Mapping: Paving the Way to the Future

Curriculum mapping can be an exhaustive task, but one that will certainly allow your STEAM efforts to jump light years ahead in a very short period of time.  Your teachers will appreciate the time saved and will get excited about the possibilities for teaching again. Plus, your student body will have access to so many new ways to learn content that they will be fully engaged each new day, making you wonder why you didn’t use STEAM in the first place.  Read more

Creating Buy-In for Integration

When schools or teachers start out on their STEM to STEAM journey, so many become frustrated that other teachers or school leaders don’t want to jump on the bandwagon.  I know, I know – you’re excited.  You’re passionate.  You’ve got research that says that using STEAM integration will WORK.  None of that matters if you don’t have buy-in.  Read more

Finding the Time to Integrate

Here are 5 easy ways to make more time for STEAM integration:

1. Treat it like an Investment.  The first way to make more time for integration is to view it as an investment in you and your students. That does a couple of things.  First, it suddenly shifts planning and learning more about STEAM integration a priority.  And when things are a priority, they get done. Read more


Common Core is here – are you ready? Here are a few things we made to help you connect with these new standards.

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The Common Core are Just Standards

The Common Core are JUST Standards.  That’s it – no more, no less.  They are a set of benchmarks developed by a consortium with a variety of backgrounds with the goal of preparing our students to face a global reality of changing skills and processes that are needed to thrive in the 21st century.  The potential for the Common Core standards is enormous, but it will never be realized until the true issues surrounding them are addressed.  It is time to stop demonizing a set of standards and instead, start to recognize and attack the root causes of these frustrations.  Read more...

The Difference between Standards and Standardization

Instead of fighting common standards for the arts which connect to the Common Core, why not embrace the powerful opportunity these standards present?  Let’s use the frame of the Common Core standards to break the glass ceiling of standardization.  Read more

The Great Common Core Hoax

Common Core is one of the hottest topics in education right now and unfortunately, many organizations are trying to capitalize on it without putting in the hard work to find those alignments which will bring the most meaning to our students.  This is especially true as “integration” becomes a buzz word for connecting to contents across the curriculum.  Be cautious and use a critical eye when reviewing these resources so that you can find and use the very best tools with your students while meeting the vigorous expectations showcased in the Common Core Standards.  Read more


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