How to spring into literacy skills through singing, writing, drama and art activities. How do you do it?
I asked a teacher friend of mine how students learn best. Her answer-by weaving together singing, art, reading, and writing activities based on themes.
CONNECT LITERACY SKILLS THROUGH SINGING, WRITING, DRAMA AND ART ACTIVITIES
Connections make learning relevant. Someone told me that I write my ideas down in too short of sentences.
Well, I am a poet! And, it’s true that students get more out of something when it’s broken down to it’s simplest form.
It’s called chunking information.
By chunking information and learning into smaller connected activities, students will learn faster, and they’ll be engaged too.
The holidays throughout the school year provide a great opportunity to make literacy connections.
You’ll want to read this blog post about Science and music activities: How to Use Science Songs in the Classroom
HOW TO MAKE CROSS CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS
In order to integrate Reading, Writing, Music, and Art into your classroom you need to have materials, resources, and TIME.
Creating units of learning with all key ingredients takes a couple years to get organized.
One thing that might help is to go to your Reading specialist, Librarian, Music and Art teacher for resources.
They are sure to give you some ideas and support connecting literacy with their subject area.
Maybe you’ll only put Reading, Writing and Art together by doing little flip books this year.
Likewise, next year you might find a song that goes along with the theme and then more, maybe some books and other poems.
Meanwhile, you’ll want to consider creating a folder on your computer and list the things you’ve got in your file and how they integrate with your curriculum.
Then, create or purchase the materials.
Finally, implement these activities with your lesson plans.
Furthermore, please check out these ideas for STEM connections: Steam Ahead with Science Learning Through Music Activities
TIPS FOR CONNECTING THE CURRICULUM
- Developing Craft: Learning to use tools, materials, vocabulary, and the practices of the subject concept.
- Engage & Persist: Learning to find areas of interest and importance within a subject and developing focus and other ways of thinking that are helpful to working and persisting at the tasks involved.
- Envision: Learn to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed, heard or written. Imagine possible next steps in working on a task or investigation.
- Understanding the Art World: Learn about the history and practices of the concept being taught. Interact with other specialists and the specialists’ community.
- Stretch & Explore: Learn to reach beyond one’s supposed limitations to explore playfully, without a preconceived plan and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes and accidents
- Express: Learn to convey an idea, feeling or meaning through the process of working on a task.
- Observe: Learn to attend to visual, audible, and written content more closely than ordinary “looking” requires. Learn to notice things others might not notice.
- Reflect: Learn to think and talk with others about one’s work and the process of making it. Learn to judge one’s work and others’ work and processes concerning the standards of the field.
A New Look to Lesson Planning
- Identify the topic of study
- Clarify standards and objectives to be used
- Brainstorm activity ideas for each Habit of Mind
- Determine the assessment
- Make clear the purpose of the lesson
SONGS-POEMS-SCRIPTS-ACTIVITIES TO CONNECT LEARNING
Moreover, you’ll want to check out all of the Literacy Songs, Poems and Reader’s Theater product I’ve created to help students make learning connections.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
BUNDLE OF LITERACY ACTIVITIES
LEARNING SONGS FOR SCIENCE AND LITERACY
I’m hoping you’re ready to SPRING into Literacy activities and help your students make connections through the arts.