Some things just go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly.  When it comes to arts integration, architecture is that PB&J.  It combines visual art, design, math and, of course, science inherently in every aspect.

Often, when we talk about great American architects, we think of Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, and Michael Graves.  But what doesn’t get as much attention? African American Architects.

In our February lesson packs for the IntegratED Curriculum, we’re completely focusing on African American artists and influencers.  It’s important to recognize and study people of all backgrounds. Our students need to see people who look (and don’t look) like them.

For today’s free Arts Integration and STEAM Lesson, we’re showcasing one of the lessons in this upcoming pack for 3rd grade.


Inside this Lesson:

  • Intentional connections between math and visual art standards
  • Exploring the blueprints and architecture of Vertner Woodson Tandy, Robert Taylor and Paul Williams
  • Measuring areas of rectangles using overlapping and non-overlapping techniques.
  • Creating a blueprint of a dream home using an area of 50 squares on grid paper


If you enjoy this lesson seed, do be sure to check out the IntegratED Curriculum.  You can subscribe anytime and instantly access lessons, assessments, student resources and video-based PD.  There’s so much more to explore in this lesson than just this one component.  I hope this gets you started and that you’ll continue to explore the important work of all innovators.