This week’s arts integration lesson plan comes from Pat Auld, a Kindergarten teacher here in Maryland. A little history on Pat – she is such a brave and courageous teacher! Pat was hesitant to try arts integration in the beginning, but is now one of our strongest arts integration teachers. She isn’t scared to try various art forms, she seeks out feedback from her peers and is truly dedicated to her students’ success.
Pat has developed a lesson for maps using musical form. It’s such a fun lesson – the idea literally took us 10 minutes to create and then Pat was able to develop this exciting way to teach maps and directions to her kids. It just goes to show you that arts integration doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time to get kids engaged in their learning.
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Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.