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The Arts in Elementary Science Instruction

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Anel Velasquez Anel Velasquez 445 Points

Any tips on how to incorporate the arts (painting, drawing, dance, music, sculpture) within science instruction? I think incorperating the two together allows for students to notice the similarities between the two instead of differences. 

Tania Marien Tania Marien 880 Points


You may find the ArtPlantae website of interest, in particular the teaching and learning column. For many years I managed ArtPlantae. It served (and still serves) as a resource for artists, naturalists, and educators. I moved on to another project, however, 9 years of posts and interviews are still accessible. 

Here is a jump start on what you can find there:

Teaching & Learning Column




I have seen educators incorporate art into science by having students create their own habitat for a certain species. I have also seen teachers assign a fun project where students use candy and other baking supplies to create their own cell.


Violet Gunter Violet Gunter 210 Points

I recently read an article on this and the activity they did was creating pretty pots for them to plant seeds in during a biology unit. My biggest take away was that art does not have to be the main event, but simply show students the beauty of science. This could be done by creating a pretty container to put your scienc project in or giving students the opportunity to present/record scientific information in a creative manner. 

Shelby Pettigrew Shelby Pettigrew 1260 Points

I think my favorite thing about science was building/creating dioramas or things like cells or habitats. I think it's beautiful to see the outcomes of students' work when they have artistical freedom in science. There's so many possibilties! I really like the above idea of creating pots to plant seeds in, but I could also see them drawing or painting what they see when the plants grow. 

Taryn Turner Taryn Turner 1735 Points

In my elementary science class we did things such as building science biomes out of shoeboxes which I absolutely lvoed. I love art so being able to incorporate it really made the learning more fun. I also think a good idea would be to pick an animal or bug and draw it, then have your students tell you facts about it or point out specific parts of it. Also posters, I did one for erosion, was a really fun scientific and artistic assignment. 

Nomi Rosen Nomi Rosen 890 Points

The KG classes in my district use Austin's Butterfly on youtube to inspire drafts and redrafts of 'tree' drawings. This fabulous video helps students understand the power of close observation in nature.

In our 2nd grade study of soil, the art teacher adds painting with soil (nrcs.usda) to depict the critters they study that live in their gardens. In class, students draw 2D models of their 3D model of soil components.



Michelle Franko Michelle Franko 7135 Points

I love using Scientific sketching as a way to connect art and Science and make more meaningful notebooks. Check out this great lesson https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/introduction-to-scientific-sketching. I also highly reccommend the mentor texts about scientists and their notebooks. I hope these ideas are useful to you as you try to integrate more art into your Science teaching. 





Thanks for all the great resources! It's helpful for those of us who feel like science is not one of their stronger subjects.

Janet Wong Janet Wong 60 Points

I LOVE all these great STEAM resources and ideas! My suggestion is simple: make a practice of sharing a STEM-themed poem at least once a week. You'll find a bunch in the back issues of SCIENCE & CHILDREN magazine (Sylvia Vardell and I have a monthly column called 'The Poetry of Science' that has poems and mini-lessons). Good luck!!!

Melissa Bell Melissa Bell 510 Points

I believe science is an art form in and of itself and therefore can be integrated pretty seamlessly. I am interested in learning more on how this can be applied in the classroom. For some students, art will be the key component in helping them learn a new topic in science -- I know it was for me!

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