Activities and Games
Teaching Tip: Incorporate the Arts
By Rita McLary
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
Use the arts to enliven your classroom for a mid-year boost!
- You don’t need to be an artist, musician, or actor to give your students a chance to express their creativity through the arts in your class.
- Play instrumental music in the background as students read or find an upbeat song to play as they enter your class. Consider sharing your favorites while growing up — a blast from the past!
- Would your students’ favorite song lyrics stand alone as poetry?
- Sketch-to-stretch: Have students sketch a model or diagram of the concept they are studying or sketch vocabulary words you are teaching.
- Share a beautifully illustrated story; then have students create illustrations for what you are reading in class. The artistic ability does not count, only the attempt to capture the concepts.
- Use Readers’ Theatre as a quick drama boost without the issues of costumes, props, and memorized lines. Even reluctant readers will shine with the chance to rehearse their reading before performing for the class.
- Brainstorm as a class what the world would be like without the arts. Assign a persuasive essay about the importance of arts education in our schools even during challenging economic times. Send to the local school board, the governor, or the local newspaper editorial column.