Integrate Character Education and Social Studies and Art!
These draw and write quick-write activities ask students to draw first before writing. This allows them to create visual details before putting their thoughts into words. Use these for literacy centers, independent work, or as prompts for whole class discussions.
Six draw & write drawing / writing prompts are included:
• kindness at home
• kindness at school
• kindness toward others
• kindness from others
• spreading kindness in general
• kindness as a response to unkind behavior
The writing prompts are open-ended enough to allow for students to be as creative as they like with their writing. Writing space is unlined to allow for all sizes of handwriting and a variety of grade levels.
For best results, have students do all drawings in color, and encourage them to use details and include as much background as possible.
This related art lesson, Colors of Kindness: A Collaborative Wall Puzzle Art Lesson
teaches students how to use color, line and images to communicate kindness.
Other “Draw & Write” activities of interest:
Draw and Write Literature Response
Draw and Write Response to Non-Fiction
Art Integration Lessons Sampler:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons, some of which are designed to be integrated across the curriculum.
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