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Animal Action - Descriptive writing with music and movement.English/Language Arts: Using knowledge of descriptive language as they write about animals.Music: Students can respond to music through descriptive language.K-2
Glass Slipper Bullies - Recognizing and diffusing bullying behavior through music.Health: Students can describe ways to recognize bullying.Music: Students can use music to tell a story.K-3
Babar's Travels - Immigration and travel patterns are explored through music.Social Studies: Students can describe immigration paths.Music: Students can describe how music influences culture.1-3
Booming Patterns - Teaches math patterns using boomwackers in music.Math: Students can identify, create and manipulate patterns.Music: Students can use instruments alone and with others. Students can identify, create and manipulate ostinati.1-3
Dance to the Story - This lesson helps struggling readers with decoding and fluency through movement.Reading: Students can understand summary, plot, character development, author perspective and inference.Dance: Students can manipulate their bodies to fluently share a story through movement.1-3
Shape Shifter: This lesson teaches concrete poetry through the visual art of Betsy Hawley Kelso.English/Language Arts: Students can demonstrate understanding of allegory.

Math: Students can demonstrate understanding of geometric principles.
Visual Art: Students can observe and critique famous artists and styles. Students can create a piece of art using a specified artistic technique.1-3
The Magic Opera - Teaches reading composition through an introduction to opera.Reading: Students can read a story for comprehension and plot.Music: Students can perform melodic patterns (do-re-mi). Students can demonstrate knowledge of a classical composer.1-3
Writing Scrapbooks - Uses digital media/blogging to create a writing journal that documents student growth.Writing: Students can write persuasively on a topic.Visual Art: Students can organize their thoughts using various media to create a new piece of art.2-5
Breezy Energy: This lesson incorporates environmental literacy with visual arts to understand wind energy.Science: Students will use scientific skills and processes to describe and compare weather elements.Visual Art: Students will develop, identify, describe, contrast and compare artworks to develop a personal statement.3-5
Coming to America - This lesson discusses immigration through selected text and drama using tableau.Reading: Discuss reactions to and ideas/information gained from reading experiences.Drama: Students will demonstrate the ability to respond creatively through directed movement activities and improvisation.3-5
Red Dot Details: This lesson helps students to extend and enhance main ideas and details through visual art.Reading: Students can identify and create a story's main idea and details.Visual Art: Students can use art tools appropriately to share a cohesive visual message within a piece of art.3-5
Weight in Words: This lesson provides new ways for students to develop vocabulary acquisition and understand adjectives and verbs through movement.Common Core Reading: L.3.5b, L.3.3a, L.3.1aDance: 3.1.1.a, 3.1.1.b, 3.1.23-5
Interpreting Drama - This lesson showcases teaching interpreting remainders through drama.Common Core Math: Students can understand and interpret remainders with reasonableness.Drama: Students can use all five elements of the Actors' Tools to solve a problems4-6
Reading the Art - This lesson teaches text complexity through both the reading lens and the visual art lens using the text of Robinson Crusoe.Common Core Reading: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, 4.7Visual Art: 2.1 and 2.44-6
Equal Rhythms - This lesson teaches equivalent fractions through musical notation.Common Core Math: 4.OA.2, 4.NF.2, 4.NF.3cMusic: 4.2.1a, 4.1.4b, 4.3.2b4-6
balanced composition steam lessonA Balanced Composition - This STEAM lesson seed teaches narrative writing through the art of digital photography.Common Core Writing 6.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details and well-structured event sequences.Visual Art: Students can understand, develop and refine a composition based on the elements of art.4-8
photography and mathGrid Composition - This lesson correlates understanding and using ratios in math with photography composition rules.Common Core Math: Students will understand ratio relationships through the use of a grid.Visual Art: Students will develop technical skills in composition of a piece of art and understand value and hue.5-8
Stacking Statistics - This lesson uses movement and coordination to teach stem and leaf plots in math.Math: Organize data into stem and leaf plot, find mean, median, mode, outlier, and range of data. Alternate use of data on line plot.Movement: Apply the relationship between effort and improvement - show the relationship between effort and skill improvement over a determined amount of time through charting a performance.5-8
JayZ's Fife and Drum - Teaching the history of the civil war through the evolution of drum corps.Social Studies: Students can understand and describe historical events and their impact.Music: Students can understand music genres within a historical context.5-8
A Cultural Fire - This lesson looks at history over the broad effects of time through a musical lens using Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire".Social Studies: Students can understand the implications of culture on politics.Music: Students can gain appreciation for how music effects and is part of world culture.5-8
General's Interview - Combining Social Studies and Literature through Drama, this lesson captures the story of the major generals that had an impact on the Civil War.Social Studies: Students can understand and describe historical events and their impact.Drama: Students can use the tools of acting to immerse themselves within a character.5-8
Patchwork Flag - This lesson explores the history and composition of The Star Spangled Banner.Social Studies: Students can explain the importance of the Star-Spangled Banner to American history.Music: Students can perform the National Anthem.

Visual Art: Students can use mosaics to create new art.
Mobile Battles - This STEAM lesson takes a look a current cell phone platforms and asks students to create an advertising campaign to promote the platform of their choice based on research.STEM Practices: 2.A, 2.B, 3.C, 3.E, 5.B, 6.A, 7.A, 7.DVisual Art: 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.37-12
Founders Drama - This lesson works on the Speaking and Listening skills required by Common Core through a drama set in the Continental Congress in July of 1776. Common Core Reading: RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.1a, RL.9-10.1c, RL.9-10.3Drama: 8.3.1c, 8.3.1d, 8.1.1b7-12
Stippling Graphs - this lesson features how to use the Stippling technique as a way to convert graphical data into meaningful context. Common Core Math: 7.RP.2b, 7.RP.2d, 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2Visual Art: 7.1.1, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.37-12
Scientific Artful Thinking - This lesson uses the scientific method and artful thinking strategies to help students understand the power of observation.Science: Students can understand and explain earth's relationship to the galaxy.Visual Art: Students can manipulate the tools of observation in understanding a work of art.K-12
Lesson Seeds for TechEd - This resource list will provide you with some starting points for incorporating technology with the arts.Various Language ArtsVarious Visual Art, Drama, DanceK-12
Science and Visual Art Idea Starters - These suggestions are small ways you can begin to seamlessly integrate visual art and science in the classroom.Various ScienceVarious Visual ArtK-12
Rockwell Marketing - This lesson connects visual art through literature and writing.Common Core Reading: CCRA.SL2: integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally. Visual Art: choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.4-6
Degas Analysis - This lesson focuses on the elements of visual art through the masterworks of Degas and developing analysis skills in writing.Common Core Writing: W.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess credibility and accuracy of each source and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism. Visual Art: using knowledge of structures and functions.9-12
Form and Observation: This lesson uses music to identify patterns and develop observation skills needed in science.Next Generation Science Standards: NGSS 1-LS3-1: Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not the same, as their parents.Music: Identify same and different patterns in music.K-1







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