Arts, Music, and PE Instruction

Technology in the Content Areas

Music In the Language Arts Classroom

Rhythym and Chants

Music can be integrated into the language arts classroom in many ways. Songs and rhythmic chants can be used to help students with everything from grammar to phonics and vocabulary. Below is a video demonstrating how to create a rhythmic chant to help students remember.
Using rhythm in the young learner classroom

Song Creation

Students can create their own songs to help remember spelling rules, vocabulary strategies or other language arts skills. Below are links to different activities involving song creation.

Songs for Mood or Writing

In 3rd grade, students spend a lot of time identifying the mood of a piece or writing a piece to fit a certain mood. Using the wealth of public domain music, or software like garage band, students can find or create music to fit a theme. They could also listen to music during free-writing time and try to write a short story that fits the mood of the music.

Art in the Language Arts Classroom

Visualizing and Illustration

When reading stories in language Arts, students are often introduced to unfamiliar settings or a setting is described but not seen. Art can help students to visualize the settings and characters they are reading about or creating for their own stories. Below is a collection of resources for helping students to visualize and illustrate their own stories.

Famous Illustators and Artists

Videos can be used to introduce students to famous illustrators and artists that they may read about during language arts. Below is a selection of videos that could be shared. The first is "A Day in the Life of a Children's Book Illustrator" with Tony DiTerlizzi and the second is a short biography of Degas, an artist my students read about when they read the story Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt.
A Day in the Life of a Children's Book Illustrator
Degas Biography from Goodbye-Art Academy

Virtual Field Trip

Students can also take virtual field trips through different museums to view art. This can help students to better understand a time period of a story they are reading or see actual works of art mentioned in a story. Students could also be introduced to famous works of art and then asked to write a descriptive story about the artwork or a fictional story telling a story about the artwork. Below are links to online museums and virtual field trips and a video exploring the MET.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Physical Education in the Language Arts Classoom

Movement and Dance

In our cyber school, students often watch videos of different movements such as stretching, dancing, or exercising. They then complete the movements themselves and either record themselves or write a a reflection. Writing a self reflection on what was difficult or easy and what they learned about their bodies and movements would help tie this to language arts. Below are selected links and videos resources.
Video Square Dance Lessons - Mainstream Lesson #1A

Nutrition Journal

Another important part of physical education in third grade is starting to learn about nutrition and the food pyramid. Students could start a journal recording their meals each day or a spreadsheet recording the nutritional information of meals. This would include content from language arts and math! Below are some helpful resources for nutrition.
FIT KIDS Episode 66: My Plate Food Groups