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We’ve recently begun a new integrated arts unit in kindergarten with Burlington City Arts resident artist, Kim Desjardins.  Kim has worked with Ms. Emily and Ms. Maggie to design an integrated unit combining science and visual art.  Students are exploring the difference between living and non-living things.  Most kindergartners can almost always tell you what things are living and what things are non-living, but they cannot always tell you why.  Discussion questions like the ones below will begin the science unit.    

How can you tell if something is living or non-living?

What are some things that all living things have in common?

All living things must get energy from their environment, show movement, breathe, remove waste, grow, react to the environment, and reproduce.  Lucky kindergartners will have an opportunity to show what they know through this exciting media, clay.  Alongside the science curriculum, students will be simultaneously exploring ways to work with clay.  Creating slabs, rolling balls, and making coils are beginning techniques for clay work.  Students will be using these new techniques as they create tiles that depict their understanding of both living and non-living things. This beautiful integration of the curricular areas is what it’s all about at IAA.  


About arts coach

I am the arts integration coach for the Integrated Arts Academy, Vermont's one and only magnet school dedicated to the arts. I work closely with classroom teachers, local artists, art organizations, and other community members to provide a network of opportunities in the arts for our students.

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