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Lesson Plan SubmissionAfrica Comes to Life
The Chilton Middle School sixth graders have been tasked with teaching their peers about Africa’s many countries and cultures. The four social studies blocks have been assigned a different area of Africa’s huge continent. It is their job to teach about the Land, Climate, Economy, and People. This is the research part of the project. Social studies is not just about researching information. The students are being assessed on their cooperative learning as well. They need to create their own project, jobs, and visuals for the final project, which will be shared on stage at the Engler Center. The students have chosen to create a newscast, a wax museum, a blend of both, and a play/power point. In addition to the hard work in social studies, the students are also learning to African drum in music, create African Cloths in Art, and identify African rhythms in band. They have also read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and watched Disney’s feature film Queen of Katwe. A guest speaker who has traveled to Africa will also be presenting their experiences as well. This is an exciting arts-infused unit.
Lesson Plan SubmissionArts Integration in a 4th grade classroom
AI in a 4th grade classroom
Lesson Plan SubmissionBlackout Poetry
Get ready for blackout! This presentaiton will introduce a form of poetry that engages learners and empowers them to create pieces of literary art.
Lesson Plan SubmissionBringing Memoirs to Life with Storytelling
Participants will learn how to integrate storytelling, writing, and speaking and listening standards. Using the writing form of personal memoirs, and the art form of storytelling, participants will learn how to use their face, body, and voice to be effective storytellers. Participants will leave with a detailed lesson plan for use in the classroom.
Lesson Plan Submission Troff documentChant & Tell: Retelling stories through chant
Throughout the course of three lessons, students will use close reading to understand the book, Salt in His Shoes, at a deeper level. In the fourth lesson, students will demonstrate their understanding, by retelling the story through a traditional chant. Students will rewrite the words of the chant to tell events from the beginning, middle, and end of the book and/or how the character develops throughout the story.
Lesson Plan SubmissionCity Blues and Skylines
Explore and create blues music and city skylines (connects music, art, and social studies)
Lesson Plan SubmissionColorful Snowflakes
Students will review basic color wheel knowledge and combine it with basic geometry skills. Students will practice mixing intermediate colors, tints, and shades. Students will also use protractors and compasses to create their color wheel.
Lesson Plan SubmissionCommunity Helper Unit Plan
This unit was taught to a first grade class. The students integrated writing, reading and art.
Lesson Plan SubmissionCreative Physical Education Can Really Move You
Redefining what Physical Education can look like is all about shifting and creating new tools and vehicles to teach children movement concepts based on the SHAPE America National Standards and Outcomes. Creating a passion or desire with in a student is all about lighting the fire and making a connection to movement.
Lesson Plan SubmissionDesert Sounds
Learn about music in the desert and make your own necktie rattlesnake!
Lesson Plan SubmissionDog Deal Down & Dirty
Share some quick mindfulness strategies and activities that you can incorporate throughout your day. These practices benefit all students and help regulate students. It helps students to slow down their thinking and get refreshed for learning.
Lesson Plan SubmissionGeometry Dance
Students created a dance-chant piece which incorporated • the formulas for finding area and perimeter of geometric shapes, • dance movement segments which revealed smaller shapes within a larger shape, • and wove the whole together with classical music selections. • The performance took place beneath the glow of black lights.
Lesson Plan SubmissionGyotaku
In introduction to the taxonomy and anatomy of trout, students will participate in Gyotaku (Japanese Fish Printing)
Lesson Plan SubmissionIntegrating the Arts into the Classroom
Ideas about integrating the arts into the elementary classroom
Lesson Plan SubmissionJourney to Japan
Explore the arts of Japan including haiku, sumi-e brush painting, and pentatonic music.
Lesson Plan SubmissionJulius Caesar Death Scene
Collaborative, self-directed learners use a variety of thinking strategies to analyze, understand and create text for personal enrichment, inquiry and problem solving.
Lesson Plan SubmissionLight Graffiti
How to use simple technology to create a light graffiti digital photography lesson with your students. This can be adapted for any grade level. Using a digital camera, tripod, and small lights or glow sticks, students can learn about the basic technology behind digital photography and the idea of abstract art. 
Lesson Plan Submission image/x-jgLight it Up: Simple Circuits In Art
Simple Circuits In Art Using button batteries, LED lights, and copper tape, you can illuminate almost any art piece. This session will have materials for you to make your on Simple Circuit art project.
Lesson Plan SubmissionLyric Literacy in Language
After reading a biography about Ella Fitzgerald, students will rewrite lyrics to her hit song, “A tisket a tasket’. Students will then use garage band to play the chords of the song. Additional ideas for using lyric literacy to enhance a literacy block will also be given during the presentation.
Lesson Plan SubmissionMacy's Parade
Learning about biographies, parades/cultural celebrations, puppets, & music. The book Balloons Over Broadway describes the life of Tony Sarg and his love of puppets. Students learn about various puppets and then create an Indonesian Rod puppet. They parade through the school to marching music as an end project.
Lesson Plan Submission Mexican Tin Art- Culture Based Arts Integration Lesson Plan
A culture-based arts integration experience through the exploration of traditional Mexican tin art, or hojalata. We will be using this form of traditional Mexican folk art to explore not just art techniques, but social studies, Spanish, and history content as well. Help your students become global learners with this arts integration lesson.
Lesson Plan SubmissionMindful Moments in the Elementary Classroom
Every Elementary teacher has experienced times in their classroom where the kids' energy is so high it's a struggle to get their minds to focus. In this presentation we will explore mindful moment activities to help your kids slow their thoughts, lower their energy and regain focus again. With the help of calming music, yoga poses, breathing exercises, writing adjectives about objects through touch or taste and a book about a puppy who is trying to regain focus, you will leave with a bunch of tricks up your sleeve to regain focus in the classroom.
Lesson Plan Submission image/x-jgMonster Mash Part 1 of 2-Art
Kindergarten students created paintings of monsters which 6th grade students took and wrote/illustrated stories about and created stuffed animals. The Kindergarten students will keep the stories and books. You will find the art lesson parts (Kindergarten monster paintings and 6th grade stuffed monsters) and an easy guide on how to sew the monsters with a simple emoji.
Lesson Plan SubmissionMonster Mash Part 2 of 2-Literacy
Kindergarten students created paintings of monsters which 6th grade students took and wrote/illustrated stories about and created stuffed animals. The Kindergarten students will keep the stories and books.
Lesson Plan SubmissionNeature - Nature is Neat! Interpreting a poem through the Arts
Dip your brush into nature's bowl. Select a poem and put your creative spin on interpreting the piece through art, music, creative writing, or dance.
Lesson Plan SubmissionPhotography and the Great Depression
How photographs and artwork helps to inform us of this historical time period
Lesson Plan Submission C headerPiet Mondrian in Math
"In order to breathe new life into a common third grade math strand, this Arts Integrated Lesson Plan will provide a unique teaching experience while at the same time keeping your students engaged Piet Mondrain used simple geometrical shapes in primary colors to express logic from a different point of view. Using the art of Piet Mondrain from 1920 on, in conjunction with the third grade learning targets of Geometry or Area/Perimeter, students will be able to create their own representation of this style of art while providing a fun way to assess their understanding. "
Lesson Plan SubmissionPlants to Grow
In the past students have discussed how learning about plants can be hard and sometimes boring. At our school we wanted students to be excited and engaged in their learning, so our team came up with this arts integrated lesson to help get our students ready to learn all about plants. Students are learning not only in their regular classroom, but in art and music with this lesson as well. Not only do the students learn about plants but they are learning about watercolor in the art room, and jazz/chants with music. When we combined all three of these subjects the students became engaged in the lessons and looked forward to transferring what they learned about watercolor and jazz to plants. Included in our presentation will be the individual lessons used in the art, music and regular classrooms, along with the combined lesson where students put together all the knowledge they learned into one project.
Lesson Plan Submission VCS/ICS calendarPrintmaking Basics
Printmaking basics focuses on three main forms of printmaking for the elementary and middle level classroom: Styrofoam, collagraph, and found object printing. It is meant to give basics directions and suggestions for any classroom teacher to adapt and use in the regular classroom to enrich any lesson.
Lesson Plan Submission chemical/x-pdbReading through Movement
Students were read a book. As the book was read we talked about how some of the words sounded and what they made the reader "feel". We then talked about various kinds of movement. The students were given a scarf and were asked to move in various ways around the room. We divided up a book and paired the students up. Each pair was tasked with creating movement to bring their pages to life. The book was read together with each pair using their scarves to bring movement to their words.
Lesson Plan SubmissionRhythm with Color
How an elementary science teacher and a music teacher were able to create an Arts Integrated unit.
Lesson Plan Submission ODS templateStop Motion Animation with Stikbots
With the students in your class:Using technology, photography, art, and writing to create a mini stop motion animation movie. Students use storyboards and work in groups to develop a 30 second movie with 10 frames per second planned. They write their story, design and craft their props and backgrounds (green screen is an option with the app too). Then using the free Stikbot app and the Stikbots themselves, students shoot their movies scenes. The final day is editing and adding voices and sound effects.
Lesson Plan SubmissionTeaching the Writing Process Through Sculpture
Participants of this session will learn how sculpting an everyday object can help students better understand the writing process.
Lesson Plan SubmissionTell a Story, Sing a Song, Learn a Lesson
You will learn some ways to use storytelling and writing songs to create learning experiences for students.
Lesson Plan SubmissionThe ABCs of Arts Integration
Tips and Tricks for Arts Integration - Join us in making a handmade book and learning helpful ideas for integrating the arts in your classroom (one for every letter of the alphabet!).
Lesson Plan SubmissionThe Renaissance
This lesson incorporates art, art history, and world history. We taught this lesson last year, students went to an "airport terminal" and from there "flew around the world" during the Renaissance to look at the different artwork being created from the time period. Students went to Amsterdam, Germany, England, and Italy (Florence and Venice) to look at some of the great works being done and learn about them. When they came back, they had to get their passports stamped by either myself or Brittni to show the knowledge they gained. Students also completed a packet answering both arts and social studies based questions about their journey.

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