Extending Arts Integration Strategies to Any Grade Level
How many times have you seen a set of arts integration strategies and thought, “those are great, but I can’t use that in my grade level”? I’m willing to bet you’ve had that thought-bubble at least once. In fact, when I share arts integration strategies with teachers anywhere, I can almost see that message scroll across their foreheads at some point during the presentation.
Here’s the wonderful thing about any high-quality strategy: if it’s worth it’s weight, you’ll be able to modify it to meet the needs of your students, no matter what grade level you teach.
For today’s episode of EdCloset On-Demand, I’m going to show you how to translate any arts integration strategy across any grade level in way that is meaningful and true to your content area. You’ll see me use the Improvisation Frame strategy as an example with alignments for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-10. Let’s dig in!
Just in case you need a quick reference sheet for later, here’s the translation process in a nutshell:
Now, I’d love to hear from you! What strategies would you LOVE to use, but are unsure of how to make work in your grade level? Toss them out in the comments below and we’ll work through it together to give you some practical ideas!
Susan Riley is the founder and CEO 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 STEAM education.
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.