Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. 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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All teachers at Bates Middle School are expected to use arts integration in their classrooms. Science teacher Stacey Burke (right) and her colleagues share some of their arts-integrated lessons below.

Credit: Zachary Fink

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Lesson Plans

Sample arts-integration presentations, lesson plans, quizzes, and other documents from various teachers and classes at Bates Middle School.

  • 6th Grade Science: Rotation and Revolution
  • Presentation PDF - lecture on rotation and revolution
  • Lesson Plan PDF - lesson plan on solar system, sun, and galaxy
  • Dance Assignment PDF - dance choreography that students need to incorporate into their project
  • Task Cards PDF - elements of dance to be used to demonstrate rotation and revolution
  • Exit Ticket PDF - student-reflection worksheet for rotation and revolution
  • Quiz PDF - sample quiz given at the end of the lesson
  • 6th Grade Science: Creative Comparison between Planets and Painting
  • Presentation PDF - lecture on physical characteristics of planets integrated with color value concepts
  • Presentation PDF - presentation on Ars Ad Astra Project and warm-up routine for observing and imagining
  • Worksheet PDF - blank worksheet used for creative comparisons exercise
  • 6th Grade Social Studies: Monochromatic Mapping
  • Presentation PDF - lecture on monochromatic mapping
  • 7th Grade Intro to Spanish: Pop Art and Spanish Vocabulary
  • Overview PDF - students study the elements of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and create comic strip using basic Spanish vocabulary
  • Presentation PDF - lecture on pop art
  • Presentation PDF - presentation and warm-up routine with Lichtenstein's art and activity using Spanish dialogue
  • Worksheet PDF - tree map on colors, shapes, and lines and how they contribute to the artwork
  • Worksheet PDF - worksheet used to plan comic strip with Spanish dialogue and visual description for each panel
  • Student Reflection PDF - self-reflection worksheet for students to review their comic strip
  • 8th Grade Math: Photo Story
  • Presentation PDF - lecture given on photographic composition for photo story project
  • Lesson Plan PDF - goals for photo story and how students will use principles of design to represent linear relationships
  • Rubric PDF - grading rubric for the photo story project
  • Storyboard PDF - blank storyboards used for digital photo story projects
  • 8th Grade Visual and Language Arts: Portraits
  • Presentation PDF - presentation on characteristics of portraits from different art movements, including cubism, fauvism, impressionism, pop, and realism
  • Lesson Plan PDF - outline of a project in which students will compose a personal narrative detailing a life event
  • Activity PDF - matching cards game in which students match artwork to correct art movement
  • Student Reflection PDF - self-reflection worksheet on characterization and portraiture
  • Personal Analysis PDF - worksheet for student analysis of their self-portrait
  • 8th Grade Science: Dance and Acceleration
  • Presentation PDF - lecture on velocity and speed, dance, and movement
  • Overview PDF - outline of a project in which students utilize the elements of dance to calculate and graph acceleration
  • Worksheet PDF - worksheet for dance challenge in which students calculate and compare speed by measuring dance movements they choreograph

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Professional-Development Presentations

Professional-development presentations provided by Pat Klos, arts-integration specialist for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Annapolis, Maryland

  • Active Strategies
  • Activity PDF - PD activity about different active strategies that integrate dance, song, and other mixed media with science, math, language arts, and social studies
  • Art History
  • Presentation PDF - lecture on 20th-century artists and art movements
  • Writing and Visual Arts
  • Presentation PDF - lecture identifying and demonstrating art-inspired writing strategies
  • Presentation PDF - presentation and warm-up routine for writing and visual arts lesson
  • Principles of Design
  • Presentation PDF - lecture on principles of design, including balance, emphasis, unity, and proportion
  • PresentationPDF - lecture on objective versus nonobjective art
  • Foldable PDF - foldable with all the principles of design
  • Worksheet PDF - worksheet for principles of design to use with selected artwork
  • Artful Thinking
  • Artful Thinking is an approach to teaching creative thinking developed by Harvard's Project Zero in collaboration with the Traverse City Area Public Schools in Michigan.
  • Presentation PDF - lecture on implementing Artful Thinking routines that will help students
  • Artful Thinking Routines PDF - various routines used for artful thinking, including, games, comprehension, and analysis

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Arts-Integration Templates

Blank templates for arts-integration documents used at Bates Middle School

  • Curriculum Mapping PDF - used to document content standards, opportunities for arts integration, and assessment/reflection
  • Content Standards PDF - used to document performance on content standards where arts integration was or was not incorporated into the lesson
  • Content Log PDF - log for teachers to track arts-integrated lessons, what worked and why
  • Graphic Organizers PDF - various graphic organizers that can be used for arts integration
  • Lesson Seed PDF - starter document to define art and content standards for an arts-integrated lesson and connected objectives
  • Teacher Reflection 1 PDF - self-reflection document for teachers to evaluate lesson plans
  • Teacher Reflection 2 PDF - self-reflection document for teachers to evaluate what students learned and what worked in arts-integrated lesson
  • Student Reflection 1 PDF - self-reflection document for students on what they learned about both art and content standards
  • Student Reflection 2 PDF - another example of a self-reflection document for students

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Additional Documents from Bates Middle School

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Maryland Department of Education Arts-Integration Glossary

Glossary of arts-integration terms provided by Maryland's Department of Education

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Useful Websites on Arts Integration

Bates Middle School - school's website

Arts Education in Maryland School Alliance - advocacy group for integrating the arts into content curriculum, professional development opportunities, resources for teachers, and funding opportunities

Artful Thinking (Project Zero) - program designed to be used by everyday teachers; focuses on experiencing and appreciating art rather than making art

Arts and Science Council - organization whose goal is to build appreciation, participation, and support for the arts, science, history, and heritage in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge - the Kennedy Center's free digital resource for teaching through and about the arts

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge Lessons Plans - lesson plans provided by ArtsEdge, The Kennedy Center's free digital resource

Masterpiece to Mathematics: Using Art to Teach Fraction, Decimal, and Percent Equivalents - article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics detailing how students created their own optical art and connected it to rational numbers through mathematical and visual representations of rational numbers

Arts Integration Solutions - nonprofit that looks to transform the education system by bringing arts integration to every child, in every classroom, helping them succeed in math, science, literacy, and life


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This article originally published on 8/29/2012

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Using Art to Explain, Explore and Expand ELA Instruction

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Thanks for posting ideas for using art in to enhance study of novel. http://teachingenglishlanguagearts.com/?p=1441
Here's link to lessons I've designed and implemented.
http://teachingenglishlanguagearts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/ART-Al...
OK to post..Enjoy!

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