When it comes to our classrooms, student resources are always at a premium. But there is limited wall space and storage for papers in our rooms. That’s why student placemats are so helpful.
Many teachers use these as a quick reference for everything from letters to equations. The idea is for students to have a card or reference guide to pull out and use as they are working on various content. But what do you do when you are working on an arts integration or STEAM lesson? It’s impractical to have students referencing multiple cards.
To alleviate this, we’ve created an Arts Integration Student Placemat that is available for our Accelerator Members. This helps students quickly refer to the elements of the arts, as well as visual literacy strategies, math standards of practice and the engineering design process. And it’s perfect to use with our IntegratED Curriculum, which is included with membership.
How to Use Student Placemats
To help these placemats last, we recommend printing them in color and laminating them if possible. This way, students can use them as both a reference card and as a mat for working with various materials like clay. They can even draw on it with dry erase markers and then erase their references if you laminate it. Plus, it’s just sturdier.
You may want to distribute them for an arts integration lesson and then collect them and store in a central location once the lesson is over. But if you can, try to let students keep these out all the time or at least have access to them all the time. After all, the idea is to have the help students see and understand integration opportunities. It’s hard to do that when they are limited to use during a specific integrated lesson.
This placemat is a great reminder of each of the elements of arts and can even help students to visually see the connections between the art forms. Students can also use this to help them make connections between the arts and E/LA, Math and Science.
What reference materials do you use with students? Let us know in the comments below!
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.