Arts Integration What?

The arts expand, enhance, and engage student learning. Naturally aligning ELA standards and content take students to a whole new level of thinking. And it's fun!!
As teachers, we must prepare the mind and body to learn. We humanize learning, stimulating neural pathways with multi-sensory activities, that teach kids to "learn how to learn".
Dancing? Why not dance the Water Cycle instead of writing about it? Why not create collaborative choreography that explores what life was like for pioneers?
DOK 3/4 examples: Students explore a concept through a short improvisation or movement with a partner. Trios or quartets work together to create short dance studies on prompts such as poetry, photos, shapes, textures, etc. Students develop prized critical thinking skills .
Drama? Why not use body, voice, and mind to create an imaginary situation or character instead of narrative writing or prior to writing? Why not portray characters in a text with empathy?
Engagement examples: Process drama engages students deeply in whatever subject is being taught. A good example is "Tableau", which allows students to take up different poses to construct a description of what they want to say.
Media Arts? How about tools that help kids make sense of the world? What about critical literacy and argumentation? If DOK 4 includes "Creating", then media literacy instruction is essential for students to be informed citizens.
Examples: Students can connect, create, perform, present, produce, and respond using interpretations and communication skills in the ela core curriculum.
Music? .....gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." -Plato
Examples: Why not drum to the declaration of independence? How could phonics be taught with drums? How about teaching speaking and listening skills?
Visual Arts? Visual arts span all depth of knowledge and taxonomy. Students can use their imagination, experiment, persist concentrate, work hard, expand ideas of their own and others' ideas, engage themselves, and express themselves!
Examples: Not a time filler, but leads to inquiry and thinking! Why not teach students to criticize art? How about appreciating, analyzing, interpreting, and judging pieces of art? The options are plentiful.........
More information to come........thank you.

Credits:

Created with images by familymwr - "2008 Summer Olympics - Opening Ceremony - Beijing, China 同一个世界 同一个梦想 - U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program - FMWRC" • tpsdave - "washington d c statue sculpture" • cogdogblog - "2011/365/49 Learning is Here" • Michael 1952 - "SJSA Fourth Grade - The Longest Year in My Life!" • familymwr - "West Point's second CDC opens for business - FMWRC - US Army - 100818" • USAG-Humphreys - "Winter Holiday Concert - Camp Humphreys, South Korea - 121213" • USAG-Humphreys - "Back to School 2012 - U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea - 27 August 2012" • Roadtrip-'62 - "1962 Ashland Gas Ad" • craigdietrich - "Redesigning Reality Part 1: Scrapyard Challenge @ USC" • sidewalk flying - "More empty classroom stuff, UMBC" • bigdrumthump.com - "craviotto drums 3" • erranza - "map recycling art" • pedrosimoes7 - "Self-Portrait in Red (1962) - Paula Rego (1935)" • Hans Engel - "end."

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