Arts Integration is an approach to teaching and learning through which content standards are taught and assessed equitably in and through the arts.  This archive page provides all of our best resources, lessons and ideas for Arts Integration in one location for K-12 classroom and arts teachers, schools and districts.

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Junk Art: Project Based Learning Lesson

By | 2017-11-27T12:26:18+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

One of the greatest things about our Arts Integration and STEAM online classes is the incredible work we see our students produce.  That's because we believe that it's more important to apply your learning to your actual teaching [...]

SEL and the Arts: Self-Management

By | 2017-11-15T15:04:57+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

For the past couple of months, we have been looking at the connection between social-emotional learning and the arts. Social and emotional learning “enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily [...]

To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate?

By | 2017-11-15T10:38:32+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  I recently received an email from one of my schools regarding their annual Halloween Parade. Like many schools, it has been a tradition for many years. But, like many schools, there are always students who do not participate because [...]

Keep Holiday Art Projects Real!

By | 2017-11-16T09:04:33+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

As we enter this holiday time of year, arts integration in the classroom doesn’t have to become reduced to meaningless holiday art.  Don’t get me wrong, artsy crafts are great to serve the purpose of a holiday celebration or [...]

Telling Stories with Sound

By | 2017-11-16T08:47:20+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

Sound is all around us.  It surrounds us as we go about our daily lives.  At any given moment we could be listening to pleasant sounds or not-so-pleasant sounds.  We become so used to these environmental sounds that, indeed, [...]

Mapping Pattern: A Trepak Listening Map

By | 2017-11-16T08:51:50+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  Earlier this year, we explored how listening maps are a visual representation of a piece of music. It's also a great strategy that can help students engage with a piece of music and organize what they hear in graphic form.    There [...]

A Case for Culinary Arts

By | 2017-11-16T08:53:41+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  Tucked away in a corner of our originally-a-bomb-shelter middle school, next to the technology lab, stood a room lined with ovens, sinks and cabinets, forming 12 miniature kitchens. Culinary Arts was a mandatory class for all 7th grade [...]

Looking for the Lonely

By | 2017-11-15T15:07:42+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  It is difficult sometimes to find the time to address the silent thoughts of our students. We are always running around with supplies or putting out fires, not even pausing to take a breath and realize that there [...]

How to Create a Classroom STEAM Library

By | 2017-11-15T10:56:13+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  Did you know that one of the biggest predictors to student achievement is in their access to books? It's a sad reality that some schools have wonderful libraries and media centers, while others barely have enough textbooks to [...]