Integrating the Arts Across the Content Areas (Strategies to Integrate the Arts)

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The arts and STEM education do not have to compete with each other. Instead, provide students with well-rounded instruction across all content areas to help develop critical thinking and analytical skills. This invaluable teacher’s resource, developed in conjunction with Lesley University, helps teachers gain a better understanding of why and how to use the arts to reach and engage students beyond traditional arts courses. Developed to help motivate disengaged students, Integrating the Arts helps bring the arts back into the classroom with strategies to use in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies instruction.

As a practical guide for implementation of arts-based activities, this book helps to meaningfully incorporate artistic expression –poetry, music/rhythm, storytelling, dramatic movement, and visual arts –throughout the curriculum. Students who struggle in STEM content areas can use these techniques to engage more successfully with the materials, and students who excel in STEM subjects can develop their artistic capabilities as well.

This resource includes activities, concrete examples, stories from teachers who are already implementing art-based curriculum, and assessment tools that help illustrate students’ comprehension of both arts processes and curricular content. Teachers will gain a clear understanding of the arts’ influence in making content-area instruction, particularly in STEM, meaningful and relevant for all students. This resource supports College and Career Readiness Standards.

About Shell Education

Rachelle Cracchiolo started the company with a friend and fellow teacher. Both were eager to share their ideas and passion for education with other classroom leaders. What began as a hobby, selling lesson plans to local stores, became a part-time job after a full day of teaching, and eventually blossomed into Teacher Created Materials. The story continued in 2004 with the launch of Shell Education and the introduction of professional resources and classroom application books designed to support Teacher Created Materials curriculum resources. Today, Teacher Created Materials and Shell Education are two of the most recognized names in educational publishing around the world.

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