The arts (theatre, music, dance, and visual art) can enhance engagement, meaning, and creativity in the elementary curriculum. The purpose of this blog is to provide integrated arts lesson ideas and links within the context of the Common Core Curriculum. Select the target standard on the right and follow the links.
Today we spent the first part of our time discussing arts integration as it relates to human happiness. I suggested that the number one question you should ask yourself every day is, "Will what we do today in class enhance my students' wellbeing now and long-term?" Learning can and should be a joyful experience. Yes, there are difficult things that we need to do, but usually there is an attainable and meaningful goal towards which we are working and that isn't too far in the future.
We participated in some movement activities related to social studies. All people have music, art, dance, and drama as important elements of culture and everday living, so learning about places, cultures, and time periods ought to involve the arts if students are to have a full understanding. We discussed how social studies integration ought to be authentic and appropriate.
We listened to the song, Dust Bowl Refugee, and wrote information about the Dust Bowl. We made tableauxs in small groups representing the dust bowl. Here's an article about the tableaux drama strategy.