ArtzEdge – Free Lessons in the Arts

March 14th, 2009 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)

In 2003, ClickSchooling featured The Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge website. ClickScholar MaryAnna re-visited the site and said, “It has really improved — lots of multimedia including some interactives children can do independently.”

For those of you who enjoy in-depth, multi-disciplinary lesson plans – this site is for you! You’ll find hundreds of art-themed lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts and many are integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.

The lessons are divided into “Grade Bands” for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. One could easily make the case that this site offers enough material for an entire year’s worth (or more) of free curriculum.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of lessons. Use the search mechanism on the left side of the page to sort the lessons by subject or grade range. Then, click on any lesson on the menu. A new page opens displaying the lesson overview, objectives, and instructional plan along with suggested activities and links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. Review the lessons to prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.

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