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Art Integration Lesson Plan Template

Art Integration Lesson Plan Template
LTC 4240: Art for Children
Grade Level*: 3rd Grade

Lesson Title & Big Idea*: The Underground Railroad
Connecting Past to Present: Connecting the Underground Railroad and the use of freedom quilts as symbols to
unite as a class to campaign against bullying.
Lesson Overview/Summary*: (This is like an abstract of the structure and procedures section)
In this lesson students will be integrating art and design, literacy, and social studies. Students will start by
learning about the Underground Railroad and the purpose and meaning behind the freedom quilts and symbols.
To do this, I will read the book, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson. We will then have a
discussion summarizing what we learned about freedom quilts from the story and I will make sure students
understand the purpose behind them. I will then explain to them about the symbols used and show using
technology the meaning behind the symbols. It will be emphasized that these quilts were used as a symbol of the
fight against slavery. The discussion will then be lead in the direction of how as a class, can we use symbols on
quilts to fight against an injustice in our school. For example: bullying. Students will end the day and go home
with the assignment to think of a way to fight against bullying and a symbol that represents that. The next day
students will be asked to help compile a class list of all of their symbols and their meanings. They then will
create using construction paper and craft supplies a physical example of their quilt with their symbol. The last
class period will be dedicated to writing a paragraph explaining their quilts meaning and how it will help our
class in the fight against bullying.
Key Concepts for each area (1-2 each): What you want the students to
know.*
1. Social Studies:
 Students will know about the Underground Railroad
 Students will know the purpose of freedom quilts and the
symbols used on them
2. Literacy:
 Students will know how to pull information out of a story
to gain knowledge and practice this skill using the book,
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Class Periods Required:
(please circle)
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Essential Questions (1-2)*:
What purpose did quilts serve in the Underground Railroad?
How as a class can we fight against bullying in our school using
symbols and quilts?

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Students will know how to write a paragraph
summarizing their learning and discovery

Student will know how to assign meaning to both
materials and colors used on their quilts
Student will know how to construct a symbol that has
both meaning and purpose

3. Art

Lesson Objectives/Goals: (Excellent resource at http://www.teachervision.fen.com/curriculum-planning/new-teacher/48345.html?
for_printing=1&detoured=1): What you want the students to do. *
1. Art and Design: Students will be designing and creating a quilt using symbols that have meaning and purpose.
2. Literacy: The students will be listening to a story, summarizing its importance in history, and writing a paragraph explaining their thinking
behind their symbol and design.
3. Social Studies: Students will be explaining what the Underground Railroad was and how freedom quilts played a large role during this time in
history.
Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) (3-4)
(http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/curriculum/GLE/)
1. Visual Art (May use NAEA National standards):
 Social/ Emotional: Applying Personal Safety Skills and
Coping Strategies, SE3 A, Safe and Healthy Choices:
Applyeffectiveproblem-solving, decision-making, and
refusal skills to make safe and healthy life choices at
school
 Career Development: Applying Career Exploration And
Planning Skills In The Achievement Of Life Career
Goals, CD7 C, Respect for all Work: Recognize the
contributions made by all workers to the school and
community
2. Literacy
 Social/ Emotional: Applying Personal Safety Skills and

Instructional Strategies (Teachers approach to helping students
achieve learning)
Teacher will need to have background knowledge on the Underground
Railroad and do research on how freedom quilts played a role in that.
This knowledge will be used to lead the class discussion and teach
students the purpose behind the activity. The teacher also needs to
research bullying in schools and understand particularly how they can
help fight against bullying in their own school.

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Coping Strategies, SE2 B, Personal Safety of Health and
Others: Identify issues that impact personal safety
3. Social Studies
 Missouri Learning Standard 1B 3rd Grade: Discuss and
apply responsibility of citizens including respect for the
rights of others and treating others fairly

Content Areas Integrated*:
1. Art
Inspiration Artist: Creators of historical freedom quilts
 Design: Symbol and create own freedom quilts
2. Literacy
 Inspired Author: Deborah Hopkinson
 Writing: Paragraph explaining their learning and
discoveries
3. Social Studies
History of the Underground Railroad
Knowledge of freedom quilts and how they were a part of the
Underground Railroad

Lesson Structure & Procedure(s) Sequence of events of the lesson
elements. (The before, during, and after the lesson, e.g.
Engagement/Opening, Procedures, Guided Practice, Conclusion
,please be very specific, walk me through step by step of the “What” of
what is happening with a rationale as to WHY you are doing this):
DAY 1
1. Students will come to the floor to hear the read aloud story,
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
2. Students will have a discussion summarizing what they learned
from the book and will be taught additional information on
freedom quilts and the Underground Railroad
3. Students will be shown pictures of freedom quilts from history
and be shown exactly what each symbol represented.
4. It will be emphasized that these quilts were used as a symbol of
the fight against slavery
5. The discussion will then be lead in the direction of how as a
class, can we use symbols on quilts to fight against an injustice
in our school. For example, bullying.
6. Students will end the day and go home with the assignment to
think of a way to fight against bullying and a symbol that
represents that
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7. Students will come to class the next day with some aspect of
bulling they want to fight and a symbol that represents that way
to them
8. Students will have a class discussion talking about their
symbols they have created and the meaning behind them
9. Students then will have the opportunity to make a physical
copy of their symbol on a freedom quilt
DAY 3
10. After students complete their physical quilt, students will write
a paragraph on how they want to fight bullying and the symbol
on their quilt that goes with that
11. If time students will each take thirty seconds to share their idea
and symbol with the class
Opening (Gaining Attention, what will you show, or demonstrate)*:
Opening activity will be reading the book, Sweet Clara and the
Freedom Quilt.

Formative Assessment strategy: (how will you assess while the
learning is happening?)

Closure (Reflecting Anticipatory Set, how will student share what they
learned):
Students will share with the class the aspect of bullying they want to
stop in their school and the symbol of how or why they plan to do this.
This is an opportunity for students to show what they have learned
about how freedom quilts were used during the Underground Railroad.

Summative Assessment strategy*:

The summative assessment for this lesson will be in the form of a
The formative assessment will be occurring during the discussion after rubric given to the students before they make their quilt and write their
reading the book, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. I will make sure paragraph. The paragraph needs to include what they learned about the
that the students understand the Underground Railroad and its historical Underground Rail Road and the role freedom quilts played during this
background by asking questions during this discussion.
time, the meaning of their own created symbol, how the meaning
behind the symbol will help fight against bullying in their school. If

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students include all the criteria for each specific point in well thought
out answers than they will receive full credit. Answers need to be
meaningful and specific.
What student prior knowledge will this lesson require/draw upon? (what do they need to already know)
Students need to have background knowledge on slavery and vocab including abolitionists and slaves. They also need to know what bullying is
and what it looks like in the school.
Technology Instructional and/or assistive technology incorporated into the lesson to enhance instruction and student learning
Technology included in this lesson includes a smart board for showing students examples of historical freedom quilts.
How will this lesson allow for/encourage students to solve problems in divergent ways?
This lesson encourages students to problem solve in divergent ways by allowing them to identify a problem and then let them come up with a
solution on their own. They will then design a symbol to fight against this problem to share with others to raise awareness to the problem. This
way of problem solving is probably different than problem solving they have done in the past.
How will you engage students in routinely reflecting on their learning? (How will the students know they have learned something?)
Students will know they have learned something when writing their ending paragraph and when sharing their symbol and meaning with the class.
Differentiated/Accommodations/Modifications/Increase in Rigor To help meet the needs of all learners, learning differences, cultural and
language differences, etc.
To help meet the needs of all students, the expectations outlined on the rubric will be graded based on individual student skill. For example, based
on content vs grammar and punctuation and if I can tell a student tried their best.
Accommodations for students might include being able to work with a partner to write their paragraph and design symbol. This will help students
who will struggle with the writing component.

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For students with cultural or language differences I will try to find a translation of the read aloud book in their L1 language. I will also let them
write their paragraph in their own language or will let them work with a student so that it is easier for them.
Lesson Resources/References (please be very specific by providing links, authors, titles, etc.):
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/underground-railroad (history of the Underground Railroad)
http://pathways.thinkport.org/secrets/quilts1.cfm (history of freedom quilts and example of symbols used)

* Include this information during the Padlet/prezi/ppt presentation.

References
Silverstein, L. B. & Layne, S. (n.d.). Defining arts integration. Retrieved from
http://www.americansforthearts.org/networks/arts_education/publications/special_publications/Defining%20Arts%20Integration.pdf

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