This Visual Arts Yearly Progression Outline for Prekindergarten-4th grade involves over 30 years of loving what I teach and wanting to provide the best that I can for my students. Each year, it seemed like I was asked to provide a new (and improved) curriculum for my classroom. Each year, there was a new (and improved) way to put it together. I finally began to research other Fine Art and core subject curriculum. I wanted to know what they involved and what would work in my art room. Slowly, this outline evolved. I use it as a reference point, justifying the Fine Art GLEs (Grade Level Expectations) and including the Common Core Standards and core GLE descriptions. As I put my lesson plans and projects together, I know I am integrating the core subjects with the basic visual arts concepts and vocabulary. This outline is NOT my lesson plan but my visual/spatial approach to staying on target throughout the school year.
The outline includes eight areas of reference:
1. The student focus or strand
2. The strand code
3. Fine Art Grade Level Expectations (GLEs)
5. Depth of Knowledge (DOK)
6. Essential Understanding (What the student should know and understand)
7. The Big Idea/Discussion
8. Core subject/common core GLE descriptions
I used the Missouri Fine Art Standards and GLEs and the National Visual Arts Standards, the common core standards and the Missouri Show-Me Performance/Knowledge outline as starting tools. With our move to align all of the states with common standards, I think that this outline would work for any art or classroom instructor, as well as the home school parent teacher.
Again, it is not meant to be your lesson plan, but a guide to putting it all together. Please contact me on the TPT site if you have any questions.