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5 Steps To Help You Integrate Art Into Your Classroom



Choose A Time
Choose which subject you would like to integrate art into and what day.  In my classroom, this is Math on Friday.  I am not a "crafty" teacher by nature.  My teaching partners are much better at including art projects into their plans.  I decided on Fridays, after our lesson we would do a math related craft instead of meeting with small groups.  Friday is an easy choice for me because it is jeans day, it's relaxed, and we are wore out from a busy week.


Create A Subject Overview
I created an outline of our math that includes the month and the topic for the week.  This way, I knew that I needed a place value craft for October and a shape craft for December.


Pinterest
Pinterest is your best friend!  I saved ideas that I found to a Pinterest board so that I could reference them later when I was ready to create or download if a template was available.  Think of a variety of terms, to search for and sometimes less specific is better.  Halloween Place Value Crafts may not turn up any results, but try Halloween Math Crafts, or just Place Value Crafts.  If you get stuck, search for a different week and come back to it.  It may seem like a daunting task to plan a craft for every week for the entire year, but in all reality that's only 36 crafts for most schools.



Get Organized
I copied and pasted the picture of the craft into a document so that I could see all of the crafts I had selected for the year in one place.  I also saved each craft with the week name such as Week 1 or Week 25 as this is how I organize my files.


Putting It All Together
Some teachers like to make a sample craft before they do it with their students.  If the craft looks complicated, I recommend this.  However, I tend to make the craft right along with my students so that they can see it all come together.  Last year, my students were so slow at cutting!  I started telling them that I got my rectangle cut out in 6 cuts (with big scissors) so they should be able to get theirs cut out in 10 cuts (with little scissors).  It gave them something to aim for.  They knew that taking little baby cuts, wasn't going to work for first grade.

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