Lesson Plans

Art Works for Kids — Integrated Lessons for Your K-6 Classroom

Education is much more than just academic achievement. The classroom needs to be a place where students can learn about themselves as well as the world around them. Integrating arts into the core curriculum has proven effective in addressing the varied needs of students and has shown demonstrable improvement in students’ social and emotional learning.

Verbs, Nouns & Collective Nouns

Students will dance their way into remembering what verbs and nouns are. They will also understand and create a dance about collective nouns.

The Wide Mouthed Frog

Students will explore the characteristics and needs of living things and their habitats while incorporating various elements of music with simple percussive instruments.

The Whole World, Continents, & Oceans

Students sing the spiritual, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” and then create lyrics to reflect what they know about various features of the world, such as continents, oceans, the equator and poles.

Solar System Collage

The sixth grade students will learn about the solar system, including the sizes of the planets compared to each other, their placement in space, their color and texture etc. They will learn how to create textured paper to use to make a collage of the planets and the sun and moon.

Sea Animals

The kindergarten students learn about ocean animals in their classroom. This learning will be enhanced in art through reading and discussing a book together as a class, learning about and using shapes and lines to draw sea animals and plants and identifying and using correct colors for each ocean animal or plant.

Same & Different

In this lesson, kindergartners will learn about their similarities and differences to others. In particular, timbre and vocal qualities will be determined to show which child is singing. Personal characteristics will also be explored. Kindergartners will also learn about the different traffic signals and their uses. The purpose of these signals will help instruct their…

Rock Cycle

This lesson will integrate dance elements and the rock cycle.

Water Cycle

Students will explore the water cycle through a movement exploration

Wrong Habitat

Second graders learn all about the lifestyles and habitats of animals. To extend the learning (and be a little silly) we wondered, “What if an animal lived in the wrong habitat? How would they survive?” First we discussed survival in general including: food, shelter, camouflage, temperature etc. Then we learned about how a specific animal…

Wow! Said the Owl!

In this lesson, students will use a well-known children’s book as inspiration for body percussion and spoken rhythm that is repeated throughout the story. Similarly, the students will compose a spoken rhythmic chant to accompany a fable from another country. Both fables will have similar origins, and the class will discover the similarities and differences…
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