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Art Integration Lesson Plan Template

Art Integration Lesson Plan Template

LTC 4240: Art for Children

Lesson Title & Big Idea*: Life is bigger than ourselves; we must be aware of our surroundings and
the bigger picture such as nature and how we affect it and it affects us.
Lesson Overview/Summary*: In this lesson students will integrate visual arts, as it will be the
main part of the project. To begin, I want students to observe what they see in the night sky and
make sketches of what they see at least two times before we begin this project. This is something
that could easily be done over the weekend and a family activity. I want students to recognize
that the moon is not always the same shape and to recognize patterns in where the sun usually
sets and rises. Another concept I would like my students to start to become familiar with is that
the sun is a star and that even though it isnt visible at night, there are lots of other stars visible
at night. The art project that the students will be doing is first creating the different sizes of the
moon and also showing how the moon travels across the sky during the night.
Key Concepts (3-4): What you want the students to know.*
1. Visual Art: I want the students to know how to draw the
moon in different forms and paint successfully.
2. Literacy: I want the students to be able to make predictions
about the book, Happy Birthday, Moon, and be able to talk
about what is real in the book versus what is not realistic.
3. Science: I want the students to be able to notice the moon,
sun, and stars and be able to describe them and notice any

Grade Level*: 1st

Class Periods Required:
(please circle)

Essential Questions (3-4)*:

1. Can you explain what some of the different shapes of the
moon are before of after creating a visual?
2. Can you make predictions of what will happen in the book
based on the title and some of the pictures?
3. Can you describe any of the things in the sky such as the
moon, sun, or stars?

Lesson Objectives: (Excellent resource at http://www.teachervision.fen.com/curriculum-planning/new-teacher/48345.html?for_printing=1&detoured=1): What you

want the students to do. *
1. Visual Art: The students will be able to create a night sky visual by using shapes and appropriate painting skills.
2. Literacy: The students will be able to make predictions on what will happen in the book, Happy Birthday, Moon and be able
to retell main ideas in sequence from the book.
3. Science: The students will be able to make observations from the sky, describe them, and notice patterns that can be
Grade Level Expectations (GLEs)


1. Visual Art:

Identify & define common vocabulary that connect the art

form with the other identified content areas:

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1.A. Drawing: Fill an area with solid color/value using

crayon, pencil, or marker
1.B. Painting: Apply paint with a dragging, not pushing
1.B. Shapes: Identify and use triangle, circle, square,
rectangle and oval shapes. Categorize shapes as small,
medium, and large.
2. Literacy:
1.R.1.A.a. predicting what will happen next using prior
1.R.1.A.c. seeking clarification and locating facts and
details about stories and other texts
retelling main ideas in sequence including key details
3. Science:
1.ESS1.A.1 Describe the presence of the Sun, Moon, and
stars in the sky over time.
1.ESS1.A.2 Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars
to describe patterns that can be predicted. (Clarification
statement: Examples of patterns could include that the
sun and moon appear to rise in one part of the sky, and
set; and stars other than our sun are visible but not
during the day.)
Content Areas Integrated*:
1. Visual Art: Drawing the night sky while trying to make the
shapes of the moon and stars as accurately as possible and
filling in all of the space with color. Painting in a dragging
motion, not pushing.
2. Literacy: Inspired author: Frank Asch. We will be doing a
class read aloud, Happy Birthday, Moon. We will be making
predictions based on the cover of the book and the title.
During the read aloud we will discuss how factual the book is.
After reading the book, I will have the kids retell the story to a

1. New moon: the moon being either invisible or visible

only as a slender crescent
2. Dragging: to draw with force, effort, or difficulty; pull
heavily or slowly along
3. Pushing: to use steady force in moving a thing away

Lesson Activities & Procedure(s) (please be very specific):

1. Before starting the activity, I will assign students brief
homework to have them observe the moon as many times as
they can for two weeks before starting this project.
2. Ideally they will do this at least twice and spread out over
the two weeks, but the more times they observe the moon
the better.
3. Students will be expected to make sketches of the moon
that they can refer back to.
4. After this two week period, students will come back and we

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partner to remember the main ideas and key details.
3. Science: The students will learn about the moon in regard to
how it changes shapes and that it is almost always visible
unless it is a new moon. Students will also meet the science
GLE by noticing the presence of the sun, moon, and stars and
that there are some patterns. An example of this is noticing
that the sun and moon both rise in one part of the sky and set
in another part.

Anticipatory Set (Gaining Attention)*:

To gain students attention, the teacher will explain to them
that the shape of the moon is constantly changing, yet the
actual size of moon never changes. The only thing that
changes is the part of the moon that is visible.

will have a classroom discussion about what they observed

and students can give examples to their classmates of what
they saw.
5. Next the teacher will do a read aloud of Happy Birthday,
Moon and will do a picture walk of the book.
6. Before reading the book, I will have the students make
predictions based on the title and some of the pictures
throughout the book.
7. After reading the book, students will talk with partners
about what happened in the book and retell events in
sequence while including key details.
8. As a class we will talk about what happened in the book
and what could actually happen in real life and what is
9. After doing these pre-activities, we will begin our art
project. First students will create the different shapes of the
moon on their project with crayon.
10. After all of the moons have been created, the students
will be allowed to start using watercolors to create the night
sky and using appropriate brush strokes. Students will have
the option to create the night sky however they want and can
use watercolors or crayons, but must use both.
11. After they have finished their creations, students will
write a short reflection (about three sentences) about their
12. The last part of this project will be sharing their projects
with the class and why they chose to do it the way they did.
Closure (Reflecting Anticipatory Set):
The closing activity will be sharing the art projects and then
the teacher will once again talk about how the moon is
always the same size, it is just how much of the moon is
visible from Earth that changes daily.

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Formative Assessment strategy:

For the formative assessment, the teacher will be assessing
informally how well the students are doing when it comes to
understanding what is happening within the book and how the
moon changes sizes based on the conversations during
classroom discussions.

Summative Assessment strategy*:

For the summative assessment, the teacher will examine
students final art project making sure that the moon is
presented in different shapes and that the paint is clearly not
done in a pushing motion, but dragging instead. The teacher
will also make sure that students have reasoning behind their
projects for why they chose to create their project the way
they did based on what they have learned in this unit.
What student prior knowledge will this lesson require/draw upon?
Students by this point in time will already know that there is a sun, moon, and stars and will be able to use that knowledge to
build on what we will be learning.
How will you engage students in imagining, exploring, and/or experimenting in this lesson?
I will engage students in imagining, exploring, and experimenting by allowing them to create multiple versions of the moon in
their art creations. This allows them to do all of these things because they will be going off of what they saw in the sky, but
also be able to create their own version of the moon.
How will this lesson allow for/encourage students to solve problems in divergent ways?
This will allow students to solve problems in divergent ways because they will be allowed to figure out how they want to create
their art project however they want. They can make sketches on their own at home to get ideas for the art project, or they can
use pictures from the internet for inspiration.
How will you engage students in routinely reflecting on their learning?
I will engage students in routinely reflecting on their learning by hosting classroom discussions where students will have to
check up on what they have been learning and talk to others or the class about what they now know.
How will you adapt the various aspects of the lesson to differently-abeled students?
I will adapt the lesson to other differently-abeled students by allowing students who finish early to learn more about the
different phases of the moon. For students who are behind in literacy, I will have the students still participate in our picture
walk and read aloud and encourage them to learn as much as they can. For students who struggle in science, I will still require
them to do the project, but less moons in their project if they dont understand that the moon is always changing shapes.
What opportunities/activities will students be given to revise and improve their understandings and their work?
Students will be allowed to revise or improve their art project as much as they want within reason. What I mean by this is they
will not be allowed to start over if they havent tried making due with what they have already done on their page.

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What opportunities/activities will you provide for students to share their learning in this lesson?
I will allow students to share what they viewed in the sky while making their observations along with their final projects.
Lesson Resources/References (please be very specific by providing links, authors, titles, etc.):
Asch, Frank. Happy Birthday, Moon.

* Include this information during your final presentation.

Silverstein, L. B. & Layne, S. (n.d.). Defining arts integration. Retrieved from

Art Integration Lesson Plan Template