Overview: Help students understand and evaluate informational text through visual art and movement.
Content Areas: Literacy and Visual Art
Grade Level: 2-3
Today’s lesson seed focuses on providing 2nd and 3rd grade students with a ways to understand and evaluate informational text through visual art and movement. Informational text is often more challenging for students and teachers struggle with finding ways to keeping their students engaged when reading this type of work. However, when paired with visual art pieces that can also be read and used to deepen student understanding of an alternate piece of traditional text (often referred to as “bundling”), students have much more success with text comprehension of both pieces.
This lesson uses National Geographic’s book “Once Upon a Starry Night” as the anchor informational text for students. It focuses on 10 different constellations, along with the myths that were created by the Greeks and Romans to explain their story in the sky. We paired this book with van Gogh’s Starry Night, as well as a piece of celestial music and even movement to deepen student understanding of constellations.
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.