The integrated study of content areas allows for the engagement of students through the purposeful application of content knowledge. Social studies is a content area that can be effectively integrated with multiple aspects of the arts, including visual arts, drama, and performance. Teachers can design meaningful learning experiences that are cross-curricular and guide students in the development of interdisciplinary skills, within content area contexts, establishing a connection that encourages exploration, discovery, and expression.
Part 1: Social Studies and Arts Learning Activity
Research and examine a variety of teaching and instructional strategies for activities that engage students in complex thinking and meaningful tasks and lessons that integrate social studies and the arts.
For this assignment, complete the “Social Studies and Arts Learning Activity” template to plan for instruction by developing a learning experience that integrates social studies and the arts and uses various forms of communication with interdisciplinary connections of real-world knowledge and skills.
Select a grade level, K-8, and a state standard in social studies and one in the arts that can be met in your learning activity.
The “Social Studies and Arts Learning Activity” template includes:
- Social studies standard, arts standard, and grade level
- Learning objectives
- 100-150 word description of the learning activity that integrates social studies and the arts
- Instructional strategy
Part 2: Reflection
In 250-500 words, summarize and reflect on integrating social studies and the arts into one lesson. How does your learning activity and instructional strategy foster the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the content area of social studies and various forms of the arts? Explain how you will use your findings in your future professional practice.
Support your findings with at least two scholarly resources.