It’s technique week!
I know that one of the things that everyone
wants needs to implement Arts Integration in the classroom are some realistic, exciting techniques that are not intimidating to classroom teachers. So this week, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite techniques that really engage students and are oh-so-doable for teachers.
Today’s technique is a simple idea. Remember those paper fortune tellers that all elementary school kids learn how to make on the bus? You put your hands in and move it open and closed until you open it up and find out what your “fortune” would be. Well, we’ve taken that and created one for using Arts techniques in the classroom. Students create their fortune teller from the template below, and then use it to determine which art element they will use to demonstrate their understanding (or that of their group) of a particular content objective. Students of all ages love this method and because each art form is represented, everyone gets an opportunity to use an artform with which they connect.
So, if they are studying angles in math and you want them to demonstrate a 45 degree angle, they can use the fortune teller and possibly have to show this using a drama technique they know. Additionally, you could print out a blank template and fill in specific ways that students could show their understanding using only one art area (ie: draw the angle, paint the angle, sculpt the angle, create a mosaic of the angle).
Below, you’ll find both templates for you to use, which also include instructions for how to make the fortune teller. To download, just click the PDF download link. Have fun!
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.