Studio Days Review and Giveaway, Education ClosetI am so excited today to be able to review a wonderful resource for Arts Integration and to be able to offer a free giveaway to all of my readers!  What a Friday!  As you know, we are always on the lookout for fantastic resources that support Arts Integration with integrity and are worth the investment.  That’s one of the reasons that I wrote the book Shake the Sketch – simply because resources for Arts Integration implementation are so few and usually so expensive.  Today’s book is both affordable and authentic and many of these strategies can be added to your toolbox for tomorrow’s class.  Perfect!

Studio Days in the Classroom is a new book written by Elizabeth Peterson.  Many of you were able to interact with Elizabeth at our Connectivity Conference and her session on Studio Days was definitely one of our most well-attended.  Her new book outlines the process that she uses in her own classroom for making time to integrate the arts as well as embed the critical arts processes into instruction in all content areas.

Here’s what I love about this book: it’s practical, organized well, and true to what Arts Integration really looks like in a classroom.  Elizabeth is a 4th grade teacher, but also has a background in music education which gives her the unique perspective of working on “both sides” of the fence.  She brings this perspective to her new book by providing both the theory, the process and a variety of sample lesson plans that are directly correlated to the Common Core Standards.

Each lesson provides reflection questions, materials lists, sharing methods and extensions so that you’re truly differentiating for all of your students.  Plus, the glossary in the back also contains QR codes and links to referenced articles to provide you with support as you engage with these techniques.  And of course, the aesthetic side of me is thrilled with the design of the book.

I’m also a big proponent of resources that are wallet-friendly.  We spend so much money as educators on resources and materials that it truly irritates me when I see a book listed for $50-60.  That’s a hefty price tag for a book and I think it deters teachers and schools from investing in that knowledge because they can’t afford more than one or two copies.  Elizabeth has priced this book at only $15.00.  That’s an amazing value for the relevant information you receive and makes it so much easier for schools to order multiple copies for book studies or references at each grade level.


And now….I’m so excited to share that Elizabeth has agreed to offer one of these Studio Days books for free to a lucky EducationCloset reader!  You can get your very own copy of this book for FREE by simply commenting here on our blog about how you’d like to use this resource.  We’ll enter everyone who comments into a random drawing and the winner will be announced on Sunday evening.  So what are you waiting for??  Comment away and share the good news!