In Canada, elementary teachers teach all the subject areas in most schools-except specialties like French or music. This means generalist teachers like us are expected to teach art, even when we aren’t trained artists. Our students have been known to question some of our drawings over the years, so we’ve had to be creative in finding projects we can teach our students that help them learn, but don’t stress us out. We want to share them all with you.[Read more…] about Connecting Social Studies and Art
Often we do not have the time to get deep into every outcome in our Program of Studies. One of the best ways to teach children about different cultures is through art.
This is a lesson we’ve done with our students for years.
If you look for them, there are many books out there illustrated by Indigenous artists of Canada. Their artwork is inspirational and many students connect with the illustrations of these books. They often depict the oral traditional stories of various groups of Aboriginal people and so they become invaluable in teaching students about the belief systems of other people in a creative way. You can easily combine art and social studies!