Integrating Arts Inspires Smarts
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Arts = Smarts! Research has shown that the arts are vital because they provide a critical link to student engagement and higher cognitive functioning. While many teachers use the arts as a starting point or as a wrap-up activity, this collection shows how the arts can be fully integrated into curriculum planning, formative assessment and summative evaluation. Browse this collection and find examples to help you plan how to more fully integrate the arts into your classroom curriculum.
Kindergarten teachers provide lessons that help integrate art into all aspects of a neighborhood community thematic unit and includes a comprehensive booklist that can be used for a shoe study.
Integrating the life and music of Nat King Cole in the curriculum is one way Jennifer helps her students make a personal connection to that turbulent time in our country's history.
The arts not only supplement, but are a viable ally for learning and motivating across the curriculum. Whether it's using musical instruments to demonstrate different punctuation marks or drawing out vocabulary words instead of copying them from the dictionary, the arts should be an integral component in classroom instruction.