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Arts Integration Resources for Middle Elementary Grades

Arts Integration Resources for Middle Elementary Grades

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I recently interacted with a teacher on Facebook that expressed a need for arts integration resources for third and fourth grades. Any ideas where I can point her to or do any teachers have resources to contribute? "I have noticed many arts integration resources aimed at middle school. It would be nice if there were some for grades 3/4 aimed at the CCSS. Thanks!"

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Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal

Hi Clara-
Arts integration, while never a good substitute for discreet arts education, can really help to deepen and magnify student learning! I have a few links that I think might help: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/core-practices-arts-integration-susan-riley



Hope they help!

Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

Hi Clara,
I'm am such a firm believer in arts integration! I minored in music in college, sang opera, danced flamenco, taught folklorico in school and did tons of music and art with my kiddos as a teacher.

Here are a few links that I think would be helpful: http://theinspiredclassroom.com/get-inspired/ (Elizabeth Peterson maintains this site and is tremedously talented. She has an MA in music and is always willing to help)

Here is one of my pinterest boards on Arts in Education:


Hope a few of the resources will be helpful!

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Ashley Cronin
Digital Resource Curator

Also, she may already be aware of it, but the website for ArtsEdge, a program of the Kennedy Center, has a database of arts-based lesson plans and projects. You can search by specific grades, the arts subject, and other subjects addressed. The lessons include references to the relevant state and national standards (including CCSS).

Lessia Bonn's picture
Lessia Bonn
co-founder I am Bullyproof Music

I have specialized for quite a while on material for grades 3-6. IMBPM has an abundance of classroom material, a lot of it free, at www.IamBullyproofMusic.org .

Our lesson plans all align with CC for ELA and are created by veteran teachers who have used our material themselves for years with great results. I'm a classically trained musician, so the musical material is also top notch.

More detailed explanations of the ground we have been covering, lesson by lesson, can be found on our teacherspayteachers site and on pinterest. I just began working with two more teachers-- so although it seems like we have plenty of material up your alley, there is much more to come!

I hope we can be of service :-)

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