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Integrate Social Studies, Reading, Writing, and Art!
Teach students about voting and elections through read-alouds, partner and independent reading, shared writing, and even guided Internet exploration of student-friendly websites.
Students share information in writing and whole group discussions, explore the difference between fact and opinion, create process and informational charts, and create a large “graffiti wall” mural with information they’ve learned.
Topics include the history of voting, voting as a civil right, the difference between fact and opinion, the democratic process, and current elections.
Most of the reading in this series of activities is informational text. There are also suggested fiction read-alouds included to supplement and expand student learning.
Very little preparation is required for this series of activities, other than gathering a set of appropriate books before starting. There is nothing to copy, and most materials needed will already be present in most classrooms: chart paper and markers, sticky notes, writing paper, crayons, etc.
Activities, skills, and concepts addressed include:
• activating prior knowledge about voting
• listening to and responding to various read-alouds
• browsing through books about voting to find information
• discussing learned information about the voting process
• distinguishing between fact and opinion
• sorting, organizing, and analyzing information
• creating a “graffiti wall mural” about voting
• writing an opinion essay about a chosen candidate
This unit framework spans just under two weeks, depending on how much time students are given for browsing and reading.
Included with this unit framework is a list of suggested books for read-aloud and partner reading, and also a copy of my art lesson, Patriotic Colors Cut Paper Collage, which is also available individually. Another version of this art lesson, Patriotic Colors Torn Paper Collage, is designed for younger students.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the art lesson.
Art integrated resources:
Draw and Write Graphic Organizers -- for fiction and non-fiction text response
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE - Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler -- five curriculum-integrated art lessons
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids and Share2Learn 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.
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