We’re always on the search for great resources to share and this one is AWESOME. The Los Angeles County Office of Education created a Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Guide that gives example lessons in each art form for each grade, provides blank templates to make your own lessons AND has a whole section about best in practices for arts integration lessons! Here’s how they describe the guide:
This curriculum guide for elementary classroom teachers includes integrated lessons at each grade level based on the content standards in the Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools, demonstrating how learning in the arts is an integral part of learning across the curriculum. The K-6 guide includes integrated lessons in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts developed by teams of teachers across subject areas. The process was facilitated by LACOE, LAUSD, and national arts integration consultant, Karen L. Erickson. A matrix lays out per grade level (K-6) the key arts standards and how they support content standards in other core curriculum areas. This guide should be helpful both in developing units of instruction for students and in designing professional development programs for teachers.
The full guide is available at http://www.ccsesaarts.org/content/k6_visual_performing_arts_guide.asp. Enjoy!