ERIC Number: ED368605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Life in the Past Lane: An Arts/Social Studies Infusion Project.
Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, KS.
This document describes a project to develop a series of multi-disciplined arts lessons intended to enhance the social studies curriculum for fifth grade classes in Salina (Kansas) public schools. The lessons were developed by a team of elementary classroom teachers, artists, and representatives of Salina community cultural organizations. The plans are adaptable to most elementary school intermediate grade levels in the United States. The concepts of the project are adaptable to any student at any grade level. The art infusion project was designed to give children a more complete understanding of life in the United States by learning creatively through the integration of the arts into the social studies curriculum. By expanding the classroom teachers' role in arts instruction through an infusion project, the specialists in art, drama, and music have partners with whom they can share ideas and generate even greater enthusiasm. This booklet documents the project work and the philosophy on which it was based. The narration offers practical suggestions for adapting the project or developing a similar plan. The rational for the project is that an infusion project, which integrates the arts with other subject matter, can benefit learning and learners in a variety of complex ways such as: (1) attitude, retention, and learning; (2) creativity; (3) critical thinking; (4) working with at risk and disabled students; (5) balanced learning through partnership; (6) understanding that arts are basic; and (7) maintaining culture. The document lists the steps to follow in chronological order: (1) assess needs and identify resources; (2) select infusion team; (3) select goal; (4) plan and budget; (5) create lesson; (6) plan implementation; (7) train teachers; (8) expand; (9) publicize; and (10) evaluate. Publicity material is attached. (DK)
Descriptors: Art Education, Artists, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Grade 5, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, School Community Relationship, Social Studies, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, City of Salina, Box 2181, Salina, KS 67402.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, KS.
Identifiers: Salina Unified School District 305 KS
Note: Funding for the project is part of a grant from the Kansas Arts Commission.