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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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  • A Crafting Project to Boost Engagement in History

    Having middle or high school students do historical research and show their learning on a 3D representation can spark deep interest.
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  • Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    When students focus on what they can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in a work of art, their imaginations—and their essay-writing skills—take flight.
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  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
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  • Using Origami to Teach Children About Endangered Animals

    As elementary students turn squares of paper into animals they’re studying, the age-old Japanese art form makes lessons more memorable.
    533
  • Sketchnote collage

    How—and Why—to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students

    Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways.
    5k
  • New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills

    What happens to our brains ‘on art’? New studies—often backed by brain imaging technology—are beginning to dial in on the answers.
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  • Illustration of children painting a mural

    Transforming a School Through Arts Integration

    Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.
    12.6k
  • Friendly Fridays Teach the Art of Kindness

    Friendly Fridays Teach the Art of Kindness

    During weekly creative time, students get to know each other—and learn the value of making others smile.
    2.3k
  • Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts

    Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts

    Young students can apply language skills to learn to 'read art,' including their own work.
    10.7k
  • How to Use Images to Teach Creative Writing

    Landscape paintings can inspire elementary students to use their five senses and incorporate imaginative details in their writing.
    941
  • Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn’t Sit Still

    How an art project on making rock sculptures helped a class of first graders settle down and find their focus.
    19.3k
  • An illustration of a team conducting research concept

    2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
    7k
  • Integrating Music Into Social and Emotional Learning

    A strategy for guiding preschoolers to identify and manage their emotions with a little help from Muddy Waters, Beethoven, and the Beatles.
    422
  • High school students are sitting in red chairs in a theatre. A teenage boy, two rows back from the front, is in focus; everyone else is slightly blurry.

    4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

    Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem—they’re short and intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.
    11.7k
  • Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    When afterschool program Ballet Folklorico teaches kids traditional Mexican dance, they build not only social and emotional skills, but also community.
    1.9k

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