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Awesome K-6th Grade Resource

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 Enjoy!



The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.