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Free Arts Integration Lesson Plans – Download one (or more) today!  These samplings are some excellent Arts Integration lesson plans to give your program a boost.  Free for arts and classroom teachers to use, we have over 50 lesson plans to choose from from grades Kindergarten through High School.  Touching on topics from fractions, poetry, the scientific method, history and Green School initiatives, these lessons are a perfect way for you to get started with arts integration, or to enhance a program you already have in place.


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K-3 Lesson Seeds                4-8 Lesson Seeds                7-12 Lesson Seeds


K-12 Lesson Seeds

Preview and Download (click on the image)Lesson and DescriptionClassroom ContentFine Arts ContentGrade Band
Animal Action - Descriptive writing with music and movement.English/Language Arts: Using knowledge of descriptive language as they write about animals.Music: Students can respond to music through descriptive language.K-2
Glass Slipper Bullies - Recognizing and diffusing bullying behavior through music.Health: Students can describe ways to recognize bullying.Music: Students can use music to tell a story.K-3
Babar's Travels - Immigration and travel patterns are explored through music.Social Studies: Students can describe immigration paths.Music: Students can describe how music influences culture.1-3
Booming Patterns - Teaches math patterns using boomwackers in music.Math: Students can identify, create and manipulate patterns.Music: Students can use instruments alone and with others. Students can identify, create and manipulate ostinati.1-3
Dance to the Story - This lesson helps struggling readers with decoding and fluency through movement.Reading: Students can understand summary, plot, character development, author perspective and inference.Dance: Students can manipulate their bodies to fluently share a story through movement.1-3
Shape Shifter: This lesson teaches concrete poetry through the visual art of Betsy Hawley Kelso.English/Language Arts: Students can demonstrate understanding of allegory.

Math: Students can demonstrate understanding of geometric principles.
Visual Art: Students can observe and critique famous artists and styles. Students can create a piece of art using a specified artistic technique.1-3
The Magic Opera - Teaches reading composition through an introduction to opera.Reading: Students can read a story for comprehension and plot.Music: Students can perform melodic patterns (do-re-mi). Students can demonstrate knowledge of a classical composer.1-3
Writing Scrapbooks - Uses digital media/blogging to create a writing journal that documents student growth.Writing: Students can write persuasively on a topic.Visual Art: Students can organize their thoughts using various media to create a new piece of art.2-5
Breezy Energy: This lesson incorporates environmental literacy with visual arts to understand wind energy.Science: Students will use scientific skills and processes to describe and compare weather elements.Visual Art: Students will develop, identify, describe, contrast and compare artworks to develop a personal statement.3-5
Coming to America - This lesson discusses immigration through selected text and drama using tableau.Reading: Discuss reactions to and ideas/information gained from reading experiences.Drama: Students will demonstrate the ability to respond creatively through directed movement activities and improvisation.3-5
Red Dot Details: This lesson helps students to extend and enhance main ideas and details through visual art.Reading: Students can identify and create a story's main idea and details.Visual Art: Students can use art tools appropriately to share a cohesive visual message within a piece of art.3-5
Weight in Words: This lesson provides new ways for students to develop vocabulary acquisition and understand adjectives and verbs through movement.Common Core Reading: L.3.5b, L.3.3a, L.3.1aDance: 3.1.1.a, 3.1.1.b, 3.1.23-5
Interpreting Drama - This lesson showcases teaching interpreting remainders through drama.Common Core Math: Students can understand and interpret remainders with reasonableness.Drama: Students can use all five elements of the Actors' Tools to solve a problems4-6
Reading the Art - This lesson teaches text complexity through both the reading lens and the visual art lens using the text of Robinson Crusoe.Common Core Reading: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, 4.7Visual Art: 2.1 and 2.44-6
Equal Rhythms - This lesson teaches equivalent fractions through musical notation.Common Core Math: 4.OA.2, 4.NF.2, 4.NF.3cMusic: 4.2.1a, 4.1.4b, 4.3.2b4-6
balanced composition steam lessonA Balanced Composition - This STEAM lesson seed teaches narrative writing through the art of digital photography.Common Core Writing 6.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details and well-structured event sequences.Visual Art: Students can understand, develop and refine a composition based on the elements of art.4-8
photography and mathGrid Composition - This lesson correlates understanding and using ratios in math with photography composition rules.Common Core Math: Students will understand ratio relationships through the use of a grid.Visual Art: Students will develop technical skills in composition of a piece of art and understand value and hue.5-8
Stacking Statistics - This lesson uses movement and coordination to teach stem and leaf plots in math.Math: Organize data into stem and leaf plot, find mean, median, mode, outlier, and range of data. Alternate use of data on line plot.Movement: Apply the relationship between effort and improvement - show the relationship between effort and skill improvement over a determined amount of time through charting a performance.5-8
JayZ's Fife and Drum - Teaching the history of the civil war through the evolution of drum corps.Social Studies: Students can understand and describe historical events and their impact.Music: Students can understand music genres within a historical context.5-8
A Cultural Fire - This lesson looks at history over the broad effects of time through a musical lens using Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire".Social Studies: Students can understand the implications of culture on politics.Music: Students can gain appreciation for how music effects and is part of world culture.5-8
General's Interview - Combining Social Studies and Literature through Drama, this lesson captures the story of the major generals that had an impact on the Civil War.Social Studies: Students can understand and describe historical events and their impact.Drama: Students can use the tools of acting to immerse themselves within a character.5-8
Patchwork Flag - This lesson explores the history and composition of The Star Spangled Banner.Social Studies: Students can explain the importance of the Star-Spangled Banner to American history.Music: Students can perform the National Anthem.

Visual Art: Students can use mosaics to create new art.
Mobile Battles - This STEAM lesson takes a look a current cell phone platforms and asks students to create an advertising campaign to promote the platform of their choice based on research.STEM Practices: 2.A, 2.B, 3.C, 3.E, 5.B, 6.A, 7.A, 7.DVisual Art: 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.37-12
Founders Drama - This lesson works on the Speaking and Listening skills required by Common Core through a drama set in the Continental Congress in July of 1776. Common Core Reading: RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.1a, RL.9-10.1c, RL.9-10.3Drama: 8.3.1c, 8.3.1d, 8.1.1b7-12
Stippling Graphs - this lesson features how to use the Stippling technique as a way to convert graphical data into meaningful context. Common Core Math: 7.RP.2b, 7.RP.2d, 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2Visual Art: 7.1.1, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.37-12
Scientific Artful Thinking - This lesson uses the scientific method and artful thinking strategies to help students understand the power of observation.Science: Students can understand and explain earth's relationship to the galaxy.Visual Art: Students can manipulate the tools of observation in understanding a work of art.K-12
Lesson Seeds for TechEd - This resource list will provide you with some starting points for incorporating technology with the arts.Various Language ArtsVarious Visual Art, Drama, DanceK-12
Science and Visual Art Idea Starters - These suggestions are small ways you can begin to seamlessly integrate visual art and science in the classroom.Various ScienceVarious Visual ArtK-12
Rockwell Marketing - This lesson connects visual art through literature and writing.Common Core Reading: CCRA.SL2: integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally. Visual Art: choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.4-6
Degas Analysis - This lesson focuses on the elements of visual art through the masterworks of Degas and developing analysis skills in writing.Common Core Writing: W.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess credibility and accuracy of each source and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. Visual Art: using knowledge of structures and functions.9-12
Form and Observation: This lesson uses music to identify patterns and develop observation skills needed in science.Next Generation Science Standards: NGSS 1-LS3-1: Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not the same, as their parents.Music: Identify same and different patterns in music.K-1
Textured Fireworks: combines grades 6-8 middle school next generation science standards for chemical reactions with visual arts media processes and musical expression.Next Generation Science Standard MS-PSI-2: Analyze and interpret data of substances.Visual Art 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques and processes.6-8
Museum of the Arts: students use the poetry of Robert Frost to synthesize the decision making process and presenting those choices through the arts into a museum which they curate as a group.Common Core Literacy: ELA.RL.7.2Visual Arts (NCCAS Draft Standards) 7th Grade: Analyze.6-8
Bubble Solution: connects Common Core math (geometry) standards with dance and visual art standards to help make shape identification and transfiguration more concrete for students. Common Core Math: K.G.A.1, 1.G.A.2, 2.G.A.1Dance: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills.

Visual Art: Understanding and applying media, techniques and processes.
Decoding DaVinci: a STEAM lesson showcasing daVinci's use of visual journaling and sketchbooks as a process for invention. Next Generation Science Standard MS-ETS-1-4. Develop a model to generate data to test ideas about designed systems.Visual Art: Using knowledge of structure and functions.7-8
Thrilling Information: Using program music of Grieg and Michael Jackson's Thriller to explore characters, setting and plot in Reading.Common Core Reading: ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.Music. Listen to and describe musical examples that represent styles and traditions from various historical periods and world cultures.2-3
Epic Improvisation: a high school lesson focusing on teaching Epic Poetry through Rap and Jazz improvisation. CCSS.ELA.RL.11-12.4
Music: Improvising melodies, variations and accompaniments.

Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
Producing Beats: Teaching STEAM through music production and engineeringNext Generation Science Standard: HS-ETS1-4. Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.Music: Singing alone and with other, Performing alone and with others, Listening to, analyzing and describing music.9-12
Informational Arts: using visual art to analyze and synthesize text.Common Core Reading: ELA RL9-10.1Art: Choosing and evaluation a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.
Responding Syllables: using music to recognize and perform multi-syllabic words.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes)Music: Improvising melodies, variations and accompaniments using a variety of sound sources including tradition and nontraditional sounds available in the classroom.K-2
Character Shapes: exploring geometry through drama.CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.1: Distinguish between defining attributes versus non defining attributes; build and draw shapes
to possess defining attributes.
Theatre: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas
and work.
Starry Myth: understand and evaluate informational text through visual art and movement. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7 Use information gained
from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the
text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9 Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Visual Art 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas. Achievement standard:
Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
Puzzling through Math: Using the Puzzle Cube Strategy with Dance and Math expressionsCCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.A.2: Expressions and Equations DA-Cr1-6b: Explore various methods of movement invention and problem-solving that transfer ideas into movement vocabulary. Discuss the effect of methods with others using dance vocabulary.6-7
Integrating Math and the Arts through PatternMath: Standard for Mathematical Practice 7: Look for and make use of structure.Music: MU:Pr4.2.K.a: With guidance, explore and demonstrate awareness of music contrasts (such as high/low, loud/soft, same/different) in a variety of music selected for performance.
Dance: DA:Cr2.1.K.a: Improvise a dance that has a beginning, middle, and end.
Masking Mirrors: Historical Thinking through ArtHistorical Thinking Standard #3:
Historical Thinking: Students engage in historical analysis and interpretation.
Collaboratively shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art and design.
Writing Mix-a-Lot: Creating Story through TheaterCCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well- chosen details and well-structured event sequences. Theater Cr2.1.1.a: Contribute to the development of a sequential plot in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama). K-2
Movement Forces: Science and Dance3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.DA:Cr2.1.4 a.Manipulate or modify choreographic devices to expand movement possibilities and create a variety of movement patterns and structures. Discuss movement choices.3-5
Mondrian Geometry: Math and Art LessonCCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.D.8: Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters. NCCAS.VA:Cr1-3.b: Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate own ideas through the art-making process. 2-4
Tell-Tale Theater: Literacy and Drama LessonCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.6
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.
TH:Cr2.1.8 a. Articulate and apply critical analysis, background knowledge, research, and historical and cultural context to the development of original ideas for a drama/theatre work.6-8
Reading Rockwell 2: Fully-developed arts integration lesson planReading/Comprehension of Literary Text/ Literary Nonfiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the varied structural patterns and features of literary nonfiction and respond by providing evidence from text to support their understanding.Visual Art: Choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas. 1-5