Art Integrated Lesson: Weather + Writing + Art!

Arts Integration Project with Weather and Writing Remember that post where I shared my planning process for designing arts integrated lesson based on a picture book? Well, here is the end result!

The rundown:

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Planning an Art Integrated Lesson Based on a Picture Book

Planning an Art Integrated Lesson Plan Based on a Picture Book In my previous post I shared some of my sources for creative teaching ideas!

Today I will get a little more in-depth and walk you through my thinking process to demonstrate how I start from an inspiration point and end up with a worthwhile, standards-based lesson plan.

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Are “Guided” Art Projects OK?

Art vs. Craft in the classroom

Yesterday I posted about arts integration, and how it is a pedagogical journey. One of the issues raised was the role of “guided” art projects in the classroom.

The question at hand: Is it OK to assign the kids a subject and give them step by step directions?

In my previous post the answer was yes, but I noted that not all guided projects are created equal. I see them falling along a continuum. At one end, you have something like this:

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