Arts Across the Curriculum, Grades 6-8
Integrate Music and Visual Arts with Social Studies, Math & Science
Students in grades 6-8 examine Rembrandt's “Abduction of Europa” and discuss how the artist has taken an ancient Greek myth and contemporized it for a 17th-century Dutch audience. Students then read origin myths and choose a scene to illustrate in a contemporary setting.
Jazz and Math: The Fibonacci Keyboard
Students in grades 6-9 demonstrate an understanding of the relationships of the Fibonacci Sequence and its relationship to a piano keyboard.
Math in Videogames Lesson Plan
Students in grades 7-10 describe scenarios that require designers to use mathematics and algebraic reasoning in creating videogames and then identify a strategy and create a model for problem solving.
Capturing Light: The Science of Photography
Students in grades K-12 create their own simple cameras to understand how artists use and manipulate light to capture images in photographs.
Students in grades K-12 classify the plants and insects depicted in a painting.
Relating to Nature: Ties to the Earth
Students in grades 6-8 analyze artifacts and draw conclusions about the materials, subject, and function of the objects.
Students in grades in grades 5-8 learn how differences pitch, rhythm, tempo, timbre, melody, and harmony can create differences in expression and feeling.
We’ve Got Rhythm
Students in grades 5-8 experiment with rhythm and create their own syncopated and non-syncopated rhythms using their hands, feet, simple rhythm instruments and/or an online interactive featuring animal sounds.
Students in grades 5-8 experiment with modulating various familiar sounds through a 4-band graphic equalizer.
Chops and Axes — A Jazz Talk Show
Students in grades 4-8 explore the lives of various jazz musicians.
All Curricula, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Find 29 curriculum units in total. These four are perfect for teaching visual arts and social studies.
- When Impressionism Was a Dirty Word
Lessons for elementary and secondary teachers to prompt classroom discussion and learning of the history of Impressionist painting.
- Landscapes, Classical to Modern
Lessons for elementary and secondary students can examine the distinct ways artists have portrayed the world around them.
- Historical Witness, Social Messaging
Students in grades K-12 explore how art can influence social change and increasing awareness among individuals and governments.
- Gods, Heroes and Monsters Curriculum
K-12 students investigate ancient Greek and Roman mythology in Western art and literature.
Integrating the Arts: Lesson Plans
Additional K-12 lessons based on an art object from The Walters Art Museum’s Integrating the Arts.
K-12 arts education materials for visual arts, dance, music and drama/theater in formats useful for teachers, students and parents.
General Motors Music Study Guide (PDF, 288 KB, 9PP)
A companion to the PBS documentary “Jazz, A Film by Ken Burns,” this teaching guide for grades 5-8 will help students sharpen music skills and show students how music connects us to our history and culture.
Music and Math
Lessons for grades 3-12 illustrate how math concepts underlie important ideas in music theory.
Math & Jazz
Four lessons for grades 6-12 compliment the PBS documentary “Jazz, A Film by Ken Burns,” exploring math concepts related to jazz music.
Art and Nature
K-12 students use works of art investigate connections between art and science.
Art & Science Curriculum | The J. Paul Getty Museum
Ten lesson plans for grades K-12 address the science of art production, conservation, and scholarship.
Real vs. Virtual: Examining Works of Art Online
11 visual art activities using Google’s Art Project that can be used across the K-12 curriculum.
Math Forum: Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
Students in grades 3-8 learn how symmetry offers one approach to analyzing patterns in Oriental carpets.
3-D Drawing and Geometry
In this geometry unit students in grades 6-12 see different types of 3-D drawings and learn how to do them. They can also explore many interesting careers that use these techniques, from architecture to movies.
Hearing and Seeing Harmonics
This activity shows students in grades 3-8 how instruments vibrate in fractions called the harmonic series.
Students in grades 3-8 learn about the history of jazz, jazz greats, and test their chops as a band leader.
Integrating the Arts: Interactive Resources for K-12 Art Education
Interactives require Adobe Flash and Acrobat Reader.
The Music Instinct
Three tools that let students K-12 explore musical concepts of chords, frequency, and rhythm.
The Art Zone | National Gallery of Art
Students in grades K-12 create original works art with a variety of online interactives.
- Mobile – add branches, shapes, and colors to this virtual mobile.
- Cubits – build a geometric sculpture.
- Diamonds – 3 activities experiment with diamonds
- River Run – orchestrate a flowing array of colorful shapes and patterns
- Wallovers – create a mural design with colors, patterns, and brushstrokes
- 3-D Twirler – design and texturize three-dimensional shapes
Leonardo da Vinci | Multimedia Zone
Students in grades 3-12 can explore perspective, vanishing point and sfumato, aerial perspective.
Mr. Picasso Head
3-12 students use line, shape, and color to create works of art.
Get the Math
Students in grades 3-8 discover the math in music, fashion, and video.
Check your local library for items in this reading list.
- Creating Meaning through Literature and the Arts: An Integrated Resource for Classroom Teachers
by Claudia E. Cornett
Prentice Hall, 3rd edition (paperback, 2006)
- Musi-matics!: Music and Arts Integrated Math Enrichment Lessons
by Karin K. Nolan
Rowman & Littlefield Education (paperback, 2009)