Integrating Arts Into All Subjects

Lynn Danzey EED/435 11/19/2015 Dr. Cher


Integrating the arts into the classroom is one way to improve student performance. Using the arts in the classroom provides students with meaningful activities that they can actively be engaged in. They enjoy the activities, and use their critical thinking skills. Students are able to be assessed fairly, using many strategies, including the use of technology. Providing arts in the core curriculum has shown many "gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills" ( Smith, 2009, Par. 1). It also allows students to interact with peers, improves concentration, and motivates student learning. There are many ways teachers can easily integrate visual art, literary art, drama and story-telling, dance and creative movement, and music into the classroom. When teachers use these strategies they provide their students with an opportunity to be active learners. (Cornett, C. (2015)
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Integrating Visual Arts in the Classroom

There are many ways teachers can integrate visual arts into the classroom. Whenever students are learning they can create to show their understanding. Giving students authentic assessments is a great way to integrate visual art into the classroom. Some activities teachers can use are: (Cornett, C. (2015)

  • Science-Posters, 3D box reports,hanging mobiles, inventor report poster, invention creations, drawing observations, crayon rubbing, simple machines, experiments, models, and painting.
  • Math-making board games, creating shape pictures, designing maps, drawing, picture collages, measuring projects, and making ratios.
  • Reading-Character analysis, story maps, timelines, illustrations, book boxes, scrapbooks, class quilts, picture summaries, comic strips, and puppets,
  • Writing- Squiggles, illustrations, poetry, ads, wanted posters, writing prompts, imaginative writing, and journaling.
  • Social Studies-Newspaper articles, projects, artifacts, maps, posters, biography person poster, timelines, cultures, presentations,

Integrating Literary Art in the Classroom

Literary arts is important to integrate into the classroom. It conveys thoughts, feelings, and emotions in imaginative ways. It helps students create meaning, accept differences, builds respect, and helps with student understanding. Here are some ways it can be integrated into the classroom: (Cornett, C. (2015)

  • Word Walls
  • math poetry
  • Sentence frames
  • Story map
  • Buddy writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Word cards
  • Newspapers
  • Advertisements
  • Blogs
  • Book responses

Drama and Story Telling

Using Drama in the classroom is an important part of student learning. It helps them to focus and concentrate. They get to use their imagination through pretending. It also helps students with their comprehension and writing abilities. One of the most important things that drama and story telling do is allow students to practice their listening, speaking, and non-verbal communication skills. Students communicate much less today and providing them with these opportunities are important. There are many ways to integrate Drama and story telling into the classroom. (Cornett, C. (2015)

  • Skits- all subjects, people, vocabulary, time periods, themes
  • Plays
  • Script Writing
  • Reader's theater
  • reciting poetry, books, or lines
  • Creating videos, commercials, and presentations
  • Demonstrations

Dance and Creative Movement Integration in the Classroom

Dance and creative movement are necessary in the classroom. They allow students to be active and let them use creative processes. Students learn responsibility through dance and movement too. Students learn to cooperate with their peers and be sensitive to other's feelings. These are important life long skills. These arts also help students build confidence. Dance and movement are fun to integrate into the classroom. Some of the ways Dance and creative movement can be implemented are: (Cornett, C. (2015)

  • Making shapes in math
  • Learning about different cultures
  • Brain breaks
  • Movement breaks
  • following directions
  • learning direction
  • Dance out vocabulary
  • Phonics
  • Letter forming
  • Decimal moving
  • Angles and degrees
  • Poem dances

Integrating Music into the classroom

Music is also important in the classroom. It changes the brain and how it works. Students who engage in music do better in the classroom academically than those who do not. Music is meaningful and motivating. Students can memorize important information to music. Music helps students with attention and memory. Music can help students learn vocabulary, memorize steps, and create meaning. Some great ways to integrate music into the classroom are: (Cornett, C. (2015)

  • Clapping syllables
  • Math songs
  • 50 states songs
  • Rhymes
  • Using instruments for rhythm
  • Cultures
  • Q and A songs
  • Science projects
  • Relaxing during writing
  • Mood setter
  • Learning the alphabet
  • Chants
  • Echoing


In conclusion, integrating arts into the classroom enhances the students' education. Visual art, literary art, drama and story-telling, dance and creative movement, and music create a fun and inviting environment, that will meet the needs of a diverse group of students. The arts are an important part of the curriculum that must not be overlooked. Using the arts in the classroom helps to create meaningful, authentic assessments that allow students to be successful.
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Cornett, C. (2015). Creating meaning through literature and the arts: Arts integration for classroom teachers (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon/Pearson.

Edutopia, & Smith, F. (2009, January 28). Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best. Retrieved November 17, 2015, from