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The ArtsCore Colony Lesson Plan page contains arts integrated lesson plans that have been created by Colony participants and used in their respective schools.

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7 Wonders Shadowboxes

• Art • Bridge Day Lesson Plans • Grade 3-5 • Grade K-2 • High School • Literacy • Middle School • Social Studies • Uncategorized

The presentation discusses an interesting way to use art as a presentation tool in a literary environment. This will be presented through an example project where students used art techniques to help aid in a persuasive argument about geographical locations that should be considered as one of the seven wonders of the world.

Supporting Documents: Shadowboxes, Wonders-Shadowbox, Shadowboxes handout

Contacts: Annette Koepke Julia Theiss



Abstract Multi-Media and Music

• AI Symposium Lesson Plans • Art • Grade 3-5 • Grade K-2 • High School • Middle School • Music

Focusing on music and emotion you can create unique abstract art. This is a lesson that can be used and adapted to any age group to help students analyze emotion and abstract thinking. Listen to music, grab art supplies and let the music guide your work!

Supporting Documents: Online or Face to Face Art Lesson Plan Template

Contact: Jessica Bock

Africa Comes to Life

• Middle School • Social Studies

The Chilton Middle School sixth graders have been tasked with teaching their peers about Africa’s many countries and cultures. The four social studies blocks have been assigned a different area of Africa’s huge continent. It is their job to teach about the Land, Climate, Economy, and People. This is the research part of the project. Social studies is not just about researching information. The students are being assessed on their cooperative learning as well. They need to create their own project, jobs, and visuals for the final project, which will be shared on stage at the Engler Center. The students have chosen to create a newscast, a wax museum, a blend of both, and a play/power point. In addition to the hard work in social studies, the students are also learning to African drum in music, create African Cloths in Art, and identify African rhythms in band. They have also read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park and watched Disney’s feature film Queen of Katwe. A guest speaker who has traveled to Africa will also be presenting their experiences as well. This is an exciting arts-infused unit.

Supporting Documents: Africa Unit Project – Explained, Africa Unit Project Formal Rubric

Contact: Amy Hanson


An Arts Integration Teacher’s Best Friends

• Art • Bridge Day Lesson Plans • Grade 3-5 • High School • Literacy • Math • Middle School • Science • Social Studies

Integrating art into your content area can sometimes seem overwhelming. This activity gives a few hints (Teacher’s Best Friends) that make the task more manageable. Learn some fun breathing exercises, games, and permission to give grace, help make student engagement achievable. The techniques are true for all teachers, the games are geared to 3rd grade and up.

Supporting Documents: An-AI-Teachers-Best-Friends

Contact: Leigh Marmes

Arts Integration in a 4th grade classroom

• Grade 3-5 • Science

AI in a 4th grade classroom

Supporting Documents: Bridge Day Presentation

Contact: Becky Lemke


Arts Integration Strategies

• AI Symposium Lesson Plans • Art • Dance/Movement • Foreign Language • Grade 3-5 • Grade K-2 • High School • Literacy • Middle School • Music • Science • Social Studies

Get Engaged with Arts Integration!

Looking for ways to learn about how to improve and increase teacher/student engagement? Looking for ways to learn about how to improve and increase visible learning and collaboration? Join us for some hands-on learning in arts integration strategies! Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form (visual, music, dance, drama). Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both–it’s standards-based!. Learn some arts integration strategies and tips in visual arts, music, dance, and drama to apply to your classroom right away. Strategies featured will include Tableau, Operafy, Draw to Write, Museum Walk, Object Game, and more. Open to all subject areas and grade levels.

Supporting Documents: Arts Integration Strategies pdf, Arts Integration Strategies link

Contact: Renee Schumacher


Blackout Poetry

• Art • Literacy • Middle School

Get ready for blackout! This presentation will introduce a form of poetry that engages learners and empowers them to create pieces of literary art.

Supporting Documents: Blackout Poetry Presentation, Blackout Poetry Presentation Handout

Contact: Angela Larsen

Bringing Memoirs to Life with Storytelling

• Drama • Grade 3-5 • Literacy

Participants will learn how to integrate storytelling, writing, and speaking and listening standards. Using the writing form of personal memoirs, and the art form of storytelling, participants will learn how to use their face, body, and voice to be effective storytellers. Participants will leave with a detailed lesson plan for use in the classroom.

Supporting Documents: Bringing Memoirs to Life with Storytelling

Contact: Sara Gierach


Bringing Readers Theater to Life

• Bridge Day Lesson Plans • Drama • Grade 3-5 • Literacy • Middle School • Music • Social Studies

Students plan and perform radio dramas of folk tales from different parts of the world. Using the study of
Foley artists and basic percussion instruments, students will use sound effects and drama techniques to
create mood and visualizations for the audience.

Supporting Documents Radio Dramas Unit Outline


Contact: Julia Theiss

Bugs and Borders

• Art • ArtShare: 60 Minute Saturdays Lesson Plans • Grade 3-5 • Science

This lesson is inspired by the artwork of artist and professor, Jennifer Angus. The Paine describes her work:
Using exotic insects as her medium, Angus designs elaborate geometric patterns and narratives comprised of thousands of preserved specimens to explore themes of beauty, ornamentation, natural history collections, the relationship between humans and insects, and the important role insects play in ecosystems.
Through this lesson, students will learn about the parts of bugs, use shapes to create a painted insect or arachnids, understand the functions visual borders, and know how to create and use a stamp for printmaking.

Supporting Documents: Bugs-and-Borders, Example

Contact: Wendy Strauch-Nelson