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is your one-stop shop for free art teaching materials. Be sure to check out the sidebar on this page for links to arts lesson plans, printable work sheets, and other tools and resources. Click links below to read articles of practical interest to arts educators across the grades.
The "Art" of Comprehension
If it wasn't for Howard Gardner's multiple-intelligence theory, educator Max Fischer might never have seen how art can be used to increase student comprehension of content reading material. Included: Ideas for using pictographs, storyboards, graphic organizers.
Building Close-Knit Communities: Knitting Makes a Comeback
Knitting is a great activity for students with ADHD. It makes a great recess activity, and it meshes with the multiple-intelligences philosophy. And it's catching on in schools around the country! Included: Learn why knitting works from teachers at two schools.
How Does it End? A Lesson in Creativity
Put students' creative talents to work by having them compose their own endings to a read-aloud story. Students use drawing software, such as Paint or AppleWorks, to draw, or write and draw, what they want to happen at the end of the story.
From Beginning to End: Making Memories All Year Through
Experienced educators share how they enrich their classes with projects and activities that take students from the beginning of the school year to the end -- while creating memories that last a lifetime. Included: Ideas for time capsules, memory books, welcome letters, more.
Sites to See: Music
Music sites offer kids information about composers, conductors, and musical instruments, while providing them with opportunities to see, hear, play, and compose their own music. Included: Nearly three-dozen tuneful sites.
Morning Sing: School's Weekly Tradition Is Music to the Ears
What has "risk takers" performing on stage, teachers reading and singing to the entire school, and students still talking about events from elementary school years later? It's Lake Street School's "Morning Sing," a weekly event that brings together the entire school.
Strike up the Band, Exit Stage Right!
In the Internet, TV, video game-age, kids draping a sheet in a garage to "stage" a "play" seems quaint. But author and performer Deborah Dunleavy wants children to create their own dramas and music, and has written guidebooks both kids and teachers can use.
Teacher Feature: Starring Tom Hrbacek
Tom Hrbacek's love of music took root when he started playing trumpet in fifth grade. "One of the most valuable lessons I've learned is that you never stop learning!" said Hrbacek, who has taught music for 37 years. Included: Advice for new music teachers.
SteveSongs Transforms Kids Into Songwriters While Reinforcing Classroom Skills
Setting Christopher Columbus's journey, the virtues of kindness, and even the long "e" sound to music are part of a day's work for Steve Roslonek. The musician conducts workshops that use songwriting to reinforce skills and concepts taught in other classes.
Calendar Exposes School Financing Problems
When bake sales and walk-a-thons aren't enough to save critical school programs, what's a community to do? Members of the Long Tom Grange in Junction City, Oregon, found a solution: they "took it all off" for a calendar that's eliciting orders from around the world.
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