- Project Cost: $900
- Teacher Name: Lauren Hassell
- School: Mark Twain
- Grade Level: Kindergarten
In arts-integrated curriculum, the arts become the approach to teaching and the vehicle for learning. Students meet dual learning objectives when they engage in the creative process to explore connections between an art form and another subject area to gain greater understanding in both. For example, students meet objectives in theater (listening, being present, trusting one’s instincts, composition, characterization, stage terminology, action, expression, clarity in speech, etc.) AND in social studies. The experience is mutually reinforcing—creating a dramatization provides an authentic context for students to learn more about the social studies content and as students delve deeper into the social studies content their growing understandings impact their dramatizations.
- Planned Use for Funds: Arts integration, students will construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students will engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.
- Need Represented: Kindergarten has a high need for integrate arts. Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills. Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
- Academic Impact: Collaborating with the Springfield Little Theater, a theatrical outreach program, to incorporate the arts into our core subject areas will give my students the opportunity to learn through play. The collaboration of art in a weekly lesson will help students build confidence, learn to collaborate, develop empathy, increase self-control, and encourage the development of many more social and emotional skills.The outreach program will create a dramatizations that are authentic and in context for students' learning and will help students to delve deeper into topics to meet learning objectives.
- Student Population: Our school has a 66% free and reduced-price lunch rate with a diverse population of ELL students. Staff and students work together to create a positive environment that feels more like a family than a school.