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CETA: Examples of Arts-Integrated Teaching and Learning

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Example 1: Integrating Dance and Science

Overview

Third grade students explore concepts and vocabulary shared by dance and science—energy, patterns, and cycles —to learn about dance and the relationship between the sun and Earth. They apply their understanding by creating a dance and then reflect on their experience. This lesson was 5 sessions (45-60 minutes each).

Ms. Carney's 3rd grade students from Bailey's Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
Slide show by: Melanie Layne
Music Credit: Alpha by Vangelis

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Example 2: Integrating the Arts and Social Studies

Overview

Fourth grade students read and discuss information about abolitionists and process and demonstrate their understanding by creating a tableau. They analyze slavery themes in visual art, express their reactions by writing poetic scripts, and finally synthesize their understandings into a short theatrical performance. They end with a reflection about their experience. This lesson was 3 sessions (45-60 minutes each).

Ms. Lowe's 4th grade students from Bailey's Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
Slide show by: Melanie Layne
Music Credit: Legends of the Fall by James Horner

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Example 3: Integrating the Arts and Reading

Overview

After Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport was read aloud to the students, they summarized the major events of the text to express their understanding of how Martin Luther King, Jr. worked to defend equal rights for all people. They created a tableau (frozen picture) for each major event, and then connected the events together to create a "Tableau Slide Show." This lesson was one hour (including the reading of the book).

Kara Conques's 3rd grade students from Bailey's Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
Video created by: Melanie Layne
Inspired by Kennedy Center Teaching Artists Sean Layne and Rosalind Flynn
Music Credit: We Shall Overcome (The O'Neill Brothers)

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