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Arts Integration

Bringing the arts into core curricula raises student achievement and improves student engagement. Discover and share strategies for integrating the arts throughout core subject areas.

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Through the Lens of Filmmaking

Through developing, producing, and distributing a film, special-needs and mainstream students can work together, developing communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills -- among many others.

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The Power of Digital Story

Teachers can use their students' world of digital media to nurture the listening, sharing, and persuasion that have long been part of oral and written storytelling.

Culinary Arts Integration: 12 PBL Activities Students Can Sink Their Teeth Into

Use the study and preparation of food as a cross-curricular PBL modality in math, chemistry, social studies, history, or language arts classes.

Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art

Through transmediation (or observation, analysis, and creation), students can use the experience of studying a piece of visual art as a creative writing prompt.

Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

All points of arts integration -- from implementation in the classroom and engaging students, to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blogs, articles, and videos.

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Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

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Supporting Young Artists in Our Schools

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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

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Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

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Resources for STEAM

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Curriculum Mapping Chart

Download the template that teachers at Bates Middle School use to document content standards, opportunities for arts integration, and assessment and reflection.

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Arts Integration Pinterest Board

Visit Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest to explore a curated collection of useful resources and ideas on how you can integrate the arts into the classroom.

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Report: Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools

Read this report to learn more about the research supporting arts integration in schools, with recommendations on how you can bring high-quality art programs into your school.

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Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

Educators can bring creative people into STEM fields by showing students the creativity in what they're doing and how it lets them explore their own creative interests.

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STEM to STEAM: Resources Toolkit

Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, these curated compilations will help you plan different approaches to integrated studies.

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Resources for STEAM

Discover information, examples, and tools related to incorporating aspects of the arts, design, and the humanities into STEM-based school activities.

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Supporting Young Artists in Our Schools

In many of our schools, the arts need more love, and our young artists need more encouragement. Here's why.

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Stretching Your Curriculum Canvas: Reading the World Through Art

An effective art museum visit begins with teaching students art history, getting them to consider multiple perspectives, and applying the idea of close reading to visual literacy.

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22 Powerful Closure Activities

Closure ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, so make it fun. Students will better retain information reinforced with music, movement, art, or play.

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Integrated Studies Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Integrated Studies Research Table of Contents: Definition and Outcomes

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Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

Art and music are key to student development.

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

Arts integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.

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Two teenagers are sitting at a table with a laptop, one is holding a cell phone charger and the other is holding a cell phone, connecting it to a white wire.
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22 Powerful Closure Activities

Closure ends a lesson and creates a lasting impression, so make it fun. Students will better retain information reinforced with music, movement, art, or play.

7 13,689 80,408 views
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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning

Thanks to a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland's Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Teachers can inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.

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