Grade: 8

Aligned Standards: Next Generation Science Standards and Visual Arts Standards

Cognitive Level: Analysis, Evaluation and Creation

Students need opportunities to explore, think deeply about the cause and effect of relationships on systems, and to build their own creativity.  That’s why today’s lesson seed is such a wonderful example of integration: we are truly using the arts to synthesize, analyze and create a representation of learning about systems’ interactions.  This is a wonderful way to include STEAM in a variety of settings: science, technology and the arts are all presented and elegantly woven throughout the lesson.

A word of caution: this lesson does require some technology and mobile devices.  If you have 1:1, that would be ideal, but you can certainly modify this for whole group instruction using one computer or a laptop cart if you have one.  Just be prepared to get your students’ hands dirty with technology as an avenue to explore and demonstrate their learning!

In this lesson, students are using the interactive brain map tool to explore the different areas of the brain and what causes them to activate, as well as how they interact as a system together.  Students translate this understanding to a work of art and create their own interactive art print that explains the cause and effect of various areas of the art and provides hotspots that demonstrate their evidence of this through music, visuals, videos, or additional readings.  We’re using the website ThingLink.com to create the work and it is such a rich learning tool for students!

Throughout this lesson, we’re also building upon the foundational Crosscutting Concepts found in the Next Generation Science Standards.  Much like the Standards for Mathematical Practices, these concepts truly expand all grade-levels and are woven in and through the identified standards in each grade.  This is a wonderful way to begin looking for a place to integrate in the Science Standards as they contain many intentional parallels to other disciplines.

Download the PDF of this lesson seed

artful diagnostics