Student Activities for Art Integration in Social Studies & Science

Last week, I shared 6 Strategies I Use for Integrating Art Into Social Studies. These are my favorite strategies I use art integration to teach social studies. 

This week I’m sharing more ways for art integration into your class with art projects & activities for your students to do in social studies and science. These are fun ways for your students to show off their creativity and knowledge!

Teacher and students drawing on paper with markers- student activities for art integration

Pass Along Collage 

This is a note-taking strategy that is perfect to integrate art into your science or social studies lessons! Give each student a regular piece of paper and write their name at the bottom of the page. As you share information with your students they draw a picture and write 1-2 words about it. Then when you tell them to, they pass the paper to the next student. 

You will need to know how many pictures/information you want your students to include so that you can tell them how big to draw the pictures. Sometimes, I will have my students fold up their paper into sections to give them an idea of size. 

At the end of the activity, you will have students return the notes to their owner, and then have your students write a summary in their own words. 

Design a Brochure 

Have your students design an informational brochure to share what they have learned at the end of a unit or as part of a research project. 

Something I love about this project is that it is easily adaptable for all ages and abilities. You can have more pictures and less writing for lower-level students or require more writing for higher-level students.

You can let students hand-draw everything or practice their graphic design skills by doing it on the computer. Do whatever works best for your students at their level! 

Write a Comic Strip

What kid doesn’t love comics? Your students will love designing their own comic strip to share what they have learned.

I love to use this for teaching about historical events. We study the event as a class then I ask my students to retell it in a cartoon strip. 

I think it really shows how well the students understand the event because they can condense it down to the main points in a simple cartoon. 

Superheroes

Have your students design a superhero based on a concept, like an idea, location, or object. Students design the superhero’s costume, give them a name and superhero powers that relate to whatever their assigned concept is. 

I’ve had my students design superheroes to represent the different geographical regions where we live and to represent the parts of a cell. I love that it works for social studies and science! 

I got this idea from a professional development class from Quinn Rollins. He has some fantastic superhero templates on his website.

Action figures

Another idea I got from that professional development is for students to design action figures (again from Quinn Rollins) based on people that they’ve studied. 

Students draw what the action figure will look like, complete with accessories. Then they write a short biography about the person. 

I use this every year when we talk about Mountain Men.  I’ve also used it to have students research a famous scientist. Kids are so creative! I love seeing what they come up with because it is different every time. 

Wife Teacher Mommy Social Studies and Science Research Units

These units are perfect for students who are learning how to use informational text and study various science and social studies topics. Great for a variety of classrooms and homeschool families! There are differentiated research journals to suit various ages of students, and students can read content and write their reports at their grade level expectations. 

Plus, to incorporate art- each unit includes a fun and engaging hands-on art project at the end…. all planned for you! Art projects include making posters, salt dough sculptures, models of inventions or buildings, and even paper mache planets!

Current unit topics include animals and habitats, ancient civilizations, author study, Black history, dinosaurs, extreme weather & natural disasters, holidays around the world, landforms, life cycles, penguins, scientists and inventors, solar system, United States, United States presidents, volcanoes, and women in history. 

Which art integration activity are you going to start with?

Sources:

JHAT Bag O’Tricks – Social Studies & History

JHAT Bag of Tricks: Annotated

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