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The ArtsCore Collaborative Lesson Plan page contains arts integrated lesson plans that have been created by Collaborative participants and used in their respective schools.

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2D and 3D Arts Integration

• AI Symposium Lesson Plans • Art • Grade 3-5 • Social Studies

Students will be able to describe the different types of Native American dwellings, specifically igloos, and explain how resources from the environment were used to build them. Students create 2D and 3D art representations to express their understanding of Native American dwellings.

Contact: Bonnie Smith, Ashley Molder

2D Attributes and Nets

• Art • Math • Middle School

Students will learn about what a net is in mathematics. They will then explore how to represent a 3D figure as a net and how to categorize 2D shapes by creating their own net for a polyhedron. They will then make their own replicas of a HYBYCOZO sculpture and go on a field trip to their exhibit at the Paine Art Center and Gardens.

Supporting Documents: 2D Attributes and Nets Lesson Plan

Contact: Nick Kelley

7 Wonders Shadowboxes

• Art • Bridge Day Lesson Plans • Grade 3-5 • Grade K-2 • High School • Literacy • Middle School • Social Studies • Uncategorized

The presentation discusses an interesting way to use art as a presentation tool in a literary environment. This will be presented through an example project where students used art techniques to help aid in a persuasive argument about geographical locations that should be considered as one of the seven wonders of the world.

Supporting Documents: Shadowboxes, Wonders-Shadowbox, Shadowboxes handout

Contacts: Annette Koepke Julia Theiss



Abstract Multi-Media and Music

• AI Symposium Lesson Plans • Art • Grade 3-5 • Grade K-2 • High School • Middle School • Music

Focusing on music and emotion you can create unique abstract art. This is a lesson that can be used and adapted to any age group to help students analyze emotion and abstract thinking. Listen to music, grab art supplies and let the music guide your work!

Supporting Documents: Online or Face to Face Art Lesson Plan Template

Contact: Jessica Bock

Africa Comes to Life

• Middle School • Social Studies

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.

Supporting Documents: Africa Unit Project , Africa Unit Project Formal Rubric

Contact: Amy Hanson


An Arts Integration Teacher’s Best Friends

• Art • Bridge Day Lesson Plans • Grade 3-5 • High School • Literacy • Math • Middle School • Science • Social Studies

Integrating art into your content area can sometimes seem overwhelming. This activity gives a few hints (Teacher’s Best Friends) that make the task more manageable. Learn some fun breathing exercises, games, and permission to give grace, help make student engagement achievable. The techniques are true for all teachers, the games are geared to 3rd grade and up.

Supporting Documents: An-AI-Teachers-Best-Friends

Contact: Leigh Marmes

And. . . Action! Theater Games

• AI Symposium Lesson Plans • Drama • Grade 3-5 • Grade K-2 • High School • Literacy • Math • Middle School • Science • Social Studies

Theater games to connect with multiple subject areas and scale for all grade levels. Get your students moving, discussing, creating, and thinking deeply!

Supporting Documents: Theater Games

Contact: Sarah Phelps

Art and the Cosmic Connection

• AI Symposium Lesson Plans • Art • Grade 3-5 • High School • Middle School • Science

Students will learn that both artists and scientists are keen observers of the natural world and engage in creative problem solving. The elements of art – shape, line, color, value, texture – offer an amazing way to make sense of planetary geology and atmospheres. Students will choose a NASA image of a planetary body to inspire their own cosmic creation, practice four oil pastel techniques (scrumpling, feathering, stippling, and sgraffito), create a planetary surface using at least three of the elements of art, and write a paragraph explaining how each element of art in their drawing would be interpreted by a scientist completing geologic analysis.

Supporting Documents: Lesson Plan

Contact: Krista Frenz, Casey Abrahamson, and Mikayla Ross

Art in Motion: Teaching Science with Automata

• AI Symposium Lesson Plans • Art • Grade 3-5 • Middle School • Science

Students will explain how gears and cams transfer kinetic energy to make their sculptures move; students will create moving sculptures or automata. They will use principles of science (energy in motion and transfer) to create interactive sculptures that can move.

Supporting Documents: Automata Lesson Plan

Contacts: Mary Pleiss

Art: Foiled Again!

• AI Symposium Lesson Plans • Art • Middle School

Students will create a scratch art that illustrates an emotion of their choosing. It will use at least 2 scratch art techniques.

Supporting Documents: Presentation

Contact: Katie Stadler