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March is Arts in the School Month
This week, we're featuring resources related to the arts: drama, dance, visual art, and music. In this section, you'll find tools to inspire and engage musicians and information about music from all over the world and from various time periods in history.
Feel the beat in your classroom with these curated music resources about sound, instruments, musicians, and more. Use these tools in your music class, science class, history lessons, and for literature connections.
Discover music and create a playlist using more than 100 years of tunes from all over the world with no registration required! Select a country, decade, and mood to start the music.
Find a treasury of old radio shows from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. There are seven genres from which to choose (comedy, mystery, western, drama, detective, sci-fi, and music) and each genre includes at least ten different old radio shows.
Drama & Dance in the Classroom
Bring dance and drama into your lessons with the resources shared in this section. Find tools to teach acting strategies, interactive videos to learn dance, and other performing arts resources.
Search through the play categories such as fairy tales, folk tales, scripts based on children's books, holidays, and free plays for ages 12 and up. Each play states how many parts there are and the approximate time duration of the play.
Get your students' toes tapping with these engaging and interactive resources, videos, games, and learning tools. Read about the history of dance, biographies of hundreds of dancers and choreographers, and tips on becoming a professional dancer.
Discover games and drama lessons related to various topics such as bullying, World War II evacuees, and teaching drama online. Explore different dramatic strategies through brief descriptions, videos, and downloadable templates.
Celebrate YAM (Youth Art Month)
March is Youth Art Month—a fantastic time to celebrate the visual arts. The theme for 2021 is "Art Connects Us." Use the resources shared in this section to create virtual art with your students. Use art to stay connected, even during virtual learning.
Peruse this curated list of tools to help you teach and practice art skills. Discover ways to connect your classroom curriculum to art or ideas for your art classroom. There are also resources about famous artists, museums, painting, and more.
Check out this intriguing, online drawing tool, that requires no registration. Click in the blank graph paper to begin drawing and use the buttons to adjust the line size and color, undo, or erase. Drag your own image onto the site to use as a stencil!
Practice perspective, proportions, drawing animals and portraits, and more with this cool tool! Follow the step-by-step tutorials to learn ways to draw, paint, or design and discover basic drawing and painting techniques through still life lessons.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We begin this section with a resource to help you open a dialogue with your students about difficult topics in the news, including the violence in Atlanta last week. We also invite you to join an upcoming virtual workshop and get a jumpstart on professional learning this spring. Don’t miss our blog post about music and pedagogy and be sure to give your input in our weekly poll.
Engage in Conversation
As educators, it's important that we help our students process tragedy—whether local, national, or global. This article provides specific questions and discussion formats to help you support students during these difficult times.
Share these questions with your students for discussion »
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Our kick-off to the spring OK2Ask season begins next Tuesday (3/30) with the first of several free workshops. Join us for "Resource Roundup: Free Tools from the Edge." Other topics include podcasting, remote learning, and instructional playlists.
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Infusing Technology Blog
Read this recent blog post to discover ways that educators can leverage music to practice Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP) in the classroom. Learn about various teaching strategies and tools that can be incorporated throughout your curriculum.
Find new ideas in this recent addition to our blog »
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, "Which of the arts do you use the most in your lessons?" Do you use music, art, dance, or drama the most to teach in your subject or grade level? View the replies of other educators after you click to submit your choice.
Music, art, drama or dance? »
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