Common Core and the Arts Series 2016-10-29T11:33:59+00:00

Common Core and the Arts Series



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How to Connect Common Core & the Arts Standards

This course is for any educator looking to make authentic, integrated lessons a reality in their classroom. Whether a classroom educator looking to bring in the arts through the Common Core, or as an arts educator who is looking for some help in utilizing the Common Core State Standards without sacrificing their arts time, this course will help make the process manageable and practical.  Lessons in this course include:

  • An Overview of the Standards
  • ELA and the Arts Anchor Standards
  • Math and the Arts Anchor Standards
  • How to Pull the Standards Together with Integrity

This course also includes handouts, templates, lesson ideas, and resources.  




Common Core and the Arts Articles and Resources

Carving Out Time for Arts Integration

Has time, or a pacing guide, ever held you back from trying to integrate the arts? This was my main concern when I started tiptoeing into using an arts integrated approach with my students. I was able to work within our reading curriculum to incorporate the arts because that curriculum is more flexible, but not in my math class. For math, my school district has a strict pacing guide, meaning we had a certain amount [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|

Using Notice and Note Signposts for Literature and the Arts

One of the best ways to help students find the central message, or theme, of a text, is to use Notice and Note strategies. These are from a must-read book for reading instruction, Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst. Beers and Probst recommend that we guide students to look for certain "Signposts", or significant events while reading. When we notice these Signposts, we should stop and note them. Noticing these Signposts [...]

By | February 21st, 2017|

Subitizing through STEAM

If you teach math in grades pre-K through 2, you most likely have a lot of experience helping students practice subitizing. For teachers in older grades, this may be a word you’ve never heard of! Subitizing is the ability to glance at a group of dots or objects and immediately know how many there are. This is the skill we use when we roll a die. If we roll a 5, we don’t have to [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|

Art Extensions for the Book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

When a piece of literature written in 1967 holds up in 2017, you know it is a true work of art. E.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a favorite of mine for many reasons. My students love it as well, whether used as a read aloud or in small reciprocal teaching groups. In the story, main character Claudia is bored with the monotony of her life [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|

Classifying Quadrilaterals with Nutcrackers

With one last week of school before a holiday break, it can be quite a challenge to hold students’ attention for more than an instant. This activity is a surefire way beat the holiday crazies while helping your students creatively master the challenging skills of identifying and classifying quadrilaterals. A Brief History of Nutcrackers Nowadays, nutcrackers most likely come to mind around the holidays due to the popularity of The Nutcracker Ballet. However, they have [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|

STEAMy Ideas for Integrating Glass Mosaic Art

Math manipulatives are an important tool for an elementary math classroom. They are a crucial component to help students understand math concepts. In addition, students love working with them. In fact, students love them so much that it is recommended that teachers allow students to “play” with the manipulatives to get it out of their system before they have to follow specific directions for using them. I can attest to this- when given the chance, [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|