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Appropriate for Adults

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Lesson plans, visuals and other resources

ArtsEdge Lesson Finder: Almost 200 Lessons for Art, Music, Dance, and Drama/Theatre
Complete with blackline masters where needed, alignment to the national arts standards,  and assessments!

National Endowment for the Arts EDSITEment
Contains lesson plans from the National Endowment of the Humanities' EDSITEment in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign language and social studies.

Visual Arts

Appropriate for Adults

Deep Space Sparkle
Categorizes elementary art lessons by grade, media, subject and more.

Mrs. Picasso's Art Room
Source of creative art lesson ideas

Dick Blick
Under the “educators” tab at the top, click on “lesson plans” and search by grade level or discipline; video lesson plans available as well

New Mexico Art Education Association
The local chapter of the National Art Education Association, dedicated to providing quality content-specific professional development.

KinderArt
Search a variety of media by grade level

Incredible Art
Provides links to lessons, clip art,  computer art games, and other arts-related resources

Drama Sites

Creative Drama and Theatre Education Site
Great resources and rationale for using creative drama in your classroom.  Fun lessons for building skills.

Fantastic Plays for Kids
Comprehensive site with ideas, links, lessons, etc.  A "one stop shopping" for anything drama! Good source for Narrative Pantomime.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education
Almost everything you could possibly need or want is for drama/theatre is on this website!

LearnImprov.com
Great ways to begin and sustain improv with your class.  Probably best for older students.

Aaron's World of Stories: Folktales
Great resource for folktales for story theatre.

Theatre for Young Audiences
This is a website more for teacher information than for lessons and such.  It supports teachers using drama and theatre techniques in their classrooms.

 

Music Sites

Appropriate for K-5

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kid's page
Interactive site of the Dallas symphony. Play games, learn about instruments

Morton Subotnick's Creating Music
A place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles

The San Francisco Symphony
Learn about instruments, actually compose music

New York Philharmonic Kidzone
Games, instruments, met the conductors and soloists.

 

Appropriate for Grades 3-5

Juice Bottle Jingles
Play songs using virtual juice bottles.

Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures
Learn about music in fun, interactive explorations. Uses Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" as a tool.

 

Appropriate for 4th Grade through Middle School

PBS Kids Jazz Site
Interactive site dedicated to Jazz. Click on buttons to hear interviews, listen to performers, test your knowledge of jazz

PBS Teachers Resources
Create a virtual instrument.

Mission US: A Revolutionary Way to Learn History
Interactive site about American History

 

Appropriate for Middle School and High School

Smithsonian Jazz website
Searchable site about Jazz

From the Top
Interviews with and performances of young artists, information about the PBS program.

 

Appropriate for All

The Official Kids Portal for the U.S. Government
The "official kids portal for the US Government." Link to Musical instruments in the Library of Congress and a sing along section

Music through the Curriculum
Something for everyone. Virtual instruments, how to make instruments, Music education links.

Songs to Sing in the Car for Kids!!

 

Appropriate for Adults

Listen to your Buds
Aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss by promoting personal audio technology safely.

Classics for Kids
A site for with a wealth of music links

PBS Teacher Resources
Resources for teachers

DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Several different templates of books for manipulative, felt boards and coloring pages (Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, Stone Soup, etc.) Also includes several craft activities for different cultures.

The Silk Road Project
Refers to the multicultural organization founded by world-renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma; can address a variety of Social Studies themes by listening to world music, viewing unusual instruments, and learning about the Silk Road itself.

Make Your Own Instruments
Provides instructions on how to construct musical instruments such as drums, rattles, bells and winds, all made from everyday objects.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Interactive websites and streaming videos to listen or learn about jazz.

 

Dance

Creative Dance Center
Features information about “Brain Dance”, a technique which can be used for ages five through adult; also provides links to information about how dance can be used to improve kinesthetic awareness and brain function.

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
Dance activities and lessons are accessible by selecting “dance” from the drag-down menu on the left; can also search by grade level.

Math Dance
Lesson ideas for teaching math through movement, a book you can order and some really good video of two witty guys with a knack for choreography.

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