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Media Arts, English Language Arts, Music
Concentration: Artistic Process: Create
Grade: 4
Duration: Over the course of a month
Summary: Students explored the essential question, “What are the qualities of a hero/heroine?” and “How are heros/heroines expressed in story and music and art. In response to the big idea of Courage students create a visual story/movie with a musical accompaniment to represent the actions, words,  and thoughts of characters in their story. Like text, art, music, and video have a language that can provide a lot of information or tell a story.
Computer Science, Visual Arts, Social Studies, English Language Arts
Concentration: Artistic Process: Create
Grade: 7
Duration: Two Weeks
Summary: As part of their learning about the elements and principles of art, students will discover how the life and times of an artist are reflected in his/her work. They will conduct historical research on the life and times of Wassily Kandinsky and create two original works of art. Students will reflect on their work in prose and poetry.
Math, Music
Concentration: Artistic Process: Create, Engineering Process: Design
Grade: 3
Duration: one month
Summary: Students explore many types of codes including musical codes, computer codes, and sound codes. Students demonstrate their understanding of codes by writing different kinds of code for specific purposes.
Visual Arts, Science
Concentration: Artistic Process: Make
Grade: 6
Duration: Over the course of a month
Summary: Students used science learning about energy/energy conversion and art to create a Sculptural Windmill that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy. The design parameters included that the windmill met the definition of a sculpture. Function and design framed this student inquiry.
Visual Arts, Math, Music
Concentration: Artistic Process: Make
Grade: 1
Duration: 5-7 Days
Summary: In this unit, students will learn about patterns in music, visual arts, and 1st grade math.  The students will create a visual regular, repeating, or growing patterns using lines, colors, and shapes . They will construct musical instruments to read, play, and create musical patterns.
Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Science
Concentration: STEM
Grade: 1
Duration: one week
Summary: The first grade students will read text, research and write informational text about a prairie animal. Students use information about the animal and its habitat to create a collage in the style of Eric Carle that visually represents the animal and includes features of the prairie animal’s habitat.
Visual Arts, English Language Arts
Concentration: Artistic Process: Make
Grade: 7
Duration: Over the course of a month
Summary: Students interview either an older relative or an elder in the community to develop an understanding of local, national or world history. Students create a digital biography about the person they interviewed. From the historical time period of the digital biography, students employ elements of fiction and the elements of the graphic novel to also create their own graphic short story about an historical event.
Visual Arts, English Language Arts
Concentration: Photography, Poetry
Grade: 5
Duration: ongoing, semester
Summary: Telling a story through poetry/narrative and deepening the story through images.

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