Erase the Quiet

Erase the Quiet lesson plan

What happens when music, theater, dance, and the visual arts are combined? Everyone is an active learner! Show how your school’s talented artists can work together to erase the quiet.

  • 1.

    Ask students how they learn and express their ideas and feelings best. In music? Visual arts? Drama? Dance? Or all of them? Think what wonderful things students could accomplish, for example, if they combined their talents to do a puppet show, musical production, or held an Arts & Cultures Night!

  • 2.

    Students break up into small groups and brainstorm ways to erase the quiet and increase the learning possibilities in school. Using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, make a list of your ideas to combine talents in chorus, band, dance, orchestra, art, and drama.

  • 3.

    Now find a colorful, compelling way to tell other people about the ideas. Use Erasable Colored Pencils on construction paper to get the messages across. Start with a bold border, erase some of the color to create special effects, either with white space or by filling in with another color.

  • 4.

    Portray the ideas in bright colors and with active words. To add details and highlights, simply erase sections of color. Students carry through with their ideas by working with classmates and adult leaders in the school?

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Describe how people create places that reflect ideas, personality, culture, and wants and needs as they design homes, playgrounds, classrooms, and the like.
  • SS: Show how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good, and identify examples of where they fail to do so.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

Adaptations

  • In small groups, students discuss a typical day at school. Have them list a daily schedule and what they do during their school time. Encourage students to brainstorm where they can find the arts in their studies. For example, in the Tewa language, there is not word for "art" because creativity is interwoven with work, ideas, and expression of those ideas. Baking bread, chopping wood, or making pottery are all considered art!
  • In math class, encourage small groups of students to write rap songs for math problems. In social studies, students can rap about the capitals of states or countries. In science, students create a 3-D science project.
  • Students compose and perform original plays in their home language and another language that they are currently studying.