Teaching Art Across the Curriculum: Arts Integration Lessons for Language Arts, History and Science - Grades 3 & 4 / Grades 7 & 8

LESSON PLANS FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM ARTWORK OF CONTEMPORARY CHICKASAW ARTISTS

Involvement in the arts is proven to stimulate creative problem solving and improve critical thinking skills. Through the vehicle of arts integration across elementary and middle school curriculums, the artworks of VISUAL VOICES artists provide learning opportunities to:

  • develop technical, interpretative and expressive language arts competencies.

  • discover the history and attributes of tribal societies in the context of Oklahoma, national and world histories.

  • study significant patterns of change over time in the history of planet earth.

  • appreciate and utilize visual art to make interdisciplinary connections and create a personal artwork.

VISUAL ART STRANDS include presenting, responding, creating and connecting. The modules and images below are free and downloadable, and meet National Core Art Standards and Oklahoma Visual Arts Literacy core competency requirements. Each PDF document provides art strands, objectives, and lessons for language arts, history, science and visual arts, including:

  1. Knowledge and skills objectives, and visual arts vocabulary.

  2. Artist video links for most lessons and the artist statement.

  3. Suggested questions for class discussion.

  4. Suggested activity and assessment.

Begin with valuable learning tools for historical and cultural context of the Chickasaw people, found online at Chickasaw.tv:

https://www.chickasaw.tv/history https://www.chickasaw.tv/culture

PDF & IMAGES: VISUAL ART STRANDS / KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS BASE / LESSONS - GRADES 3 & 4 (click here)

Language Arts - Grades 3 & 4 - (image) Fire, by Maya Stewart

History - Grades 3 & 4 - (image) Tushka Loksi’ (Warrior Turtles), by Dustin Mater

Science - Grades 4 to 8 - (image) Beneath the Shallow Sea, by Erin Shaw

PDF & IMAGES: VISUAL ART STRANDS / KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS BASE / LESSONS - GRADES 7 & 8 (click here)

Language Arts - Grades 7 & 8 - (image) Gathering River Cane, by Norma Howard

History - Grades 7 & 8 - (image) Gathering Medicine, by Brent Greenwood

Science - Grades 4 to 8 - (image) Beneath the Shallow Sea, by Erin Shaw

For questions related to these lesson plans, or to request a Chickasaw presenter at your school, email info@chickasawartist.com.