Integrating Art and Literature

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Dec 11, 2013 1:38:43 AM


Children Can Learn About Art and Music By Reading Great Literature

Books open an entire world of knowledge to young children. Connecting the arts to literature generates excitement about reading and helps young children to foster a love of reading. In addition, students learn new vocabulary words related to the arts. Young children are thrilled to create art projects about the stories they have read. Parents can save the art projects and create lifelong memories.


Create Literature Related Art Projects

Children enjoy creating art projects after reading books. After reading, Music Around The World, children can paint a world map or create a clay map. After reading, Building Stories, students can make and decorate musical instruments using an unsharpened pencil, felt pieces, and other odds and ends. These are affordable art projects that students can create to help books come alive. In Every Moon There is a Face, children can create a moon with cotton balls or white paint on a piece of construction paper. Classrooms can do a gallery walk and try to find a face in each moon. Scribbles and Ink, is guaranteed to generate laughs and giggles. After reading this humorous book students can create their own art projects using scribbles and ink!

2408 Summary of Building Stories: Captivating and unusual images that adorn buildings, from musical instruments to a pencil, and a big wheel with wings will invite children to look closely at buildings in their own neighborhoods and to want to learn more about them.

Connecting to The Common Core State Standards

When preparing students for college and career readiness, it is essential to teach students to read informational text. The Common Core State Standards prepare students to achieve this reading goal. Starting in the early elementary grades, student read informational texts and learn to write informational pieces. Educators can share well written information pieces and books with their students. The more familiar students become with informational texts, the easier it is for students to write these types of texts.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Key Ideas and Details

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.7 Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

Online Books Can to Help Students Learn About The Arts

Big Universe Learning offers a wide variety of online literature books that focus on the arts.

Kids' Book Title: Scribbles and Ink

Scribbles and Ink

by Ethan Long (author)
Two artists, two styles, and one book that may not be big enough for the both of them. See, Ink likes things to be clean and precise. Scribbles is the opposite. But that’s okay, right? Plenty of room for different kinds of artists in the world, right? Unfortunately, THEY DON’T THINK SO! And from there, paint spatters, ink goops, pencils get broken, and brushes go wild until. . . it’s not a work of art, IT’S A MESS! With this much creative friction, will this disaster-piece ever become a masterpiece?
Kids' Book Title: In Every Moon There is a Face

In Every Moon There is a Face

by Charles Mathes (author), Arlene Graston (illustrator)
The face in the moon draws us into a gentle that brings peace to the mind, joy to the heart, and allows the spirit to soar. Arlene Graston’s spell-binding paintings flow perfectly with Charles Mathes’s gentle lyrics, inviting us to embark on a voyage of discovery and delight. This is a story that words cannot tell, so be sure to listen with your heart.

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