Recommended Website: The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessonshttp://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teach/les.cfm
Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12)
In 2003, ClickSchooling featured The Kennedy Center's ArtsEdge
website. ClickScholar MaryAnna re-visited the site and said,
"It has really improved - lots of multimedia including some
interactives children can do independently."
For those of you who enjoy in-depth, multi-disciplinary lesson
plans - this site is for you! You'll find hundreds of
art-themed lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts
and many are integrated with other subjects such as Language
Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology.
The lessons are divided into "Grade Bands" for K-4, 5-8, and
9-12. One could easily make the case that this site offers
enough material for an entire year's worth (or more) of free curriculum.
When you get to the site you'll see a menu of lessons. Use the
search mechanism on the left side of the page to sort the
lessons by subject or grade range. Then, click on any lesson
on the menu. A new page opens displaying the lesson overview,
objectives, and instructional plan along with suggested
activities and links to resources such as printable worksheets
and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.
You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material
provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be
adapted by home educators. Review the lessons to prepare to
present the material to your students in a way they will
enjoy. High school students shouldn't have any problem
navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as
always) should review the content to determine suitability.
Diane Flynn Keith
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