BECAUSE NO ONE IS AN EXPERT AT EVERYTHING.

Grade levels: 1–8

Specs: Available on all digital platforms — interactive whiteboard, PC or Mac, tablet, mobile device — as well as print

Classroom Support: Flexible and always accessible teaching notes. At any point in the ARTSLINK program, you can access teaching notes by clicking on the menu tab on the left side of your screen. Choose whether you want to view teaching notes for the whole unit, a specific strand, or just the page that you’re on. If you want a hard copy, just press print.

Teaching notes include suggestions for Before, During, and After activities, extension activities, links to other subject areas, notes for critical inquiry and analysis, modifiable rubrics and reproducibles, assessment of, for, and as learning suggestions, and more.

ARTSLINK is a comprehensive online arts program for students in Grades 1 to 8. Each grade features a complete arts program delivered in six dynamic and interactive units that emphasize literacy and creativity. Each unit provides students with opportunities to explore the various art forms — visual arts, music, dance, drama, and media literacy — through a meaningful and integrated approach.

HIGHLIGHTS

A complete integrated arts program for Grades 1 to 8 designed to meet and exceed the expectations of The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: The Arts; structured to guide students through the critical and creative analysis processes as described in the curriculum

Supports school boards’ strategic plans and is designed to help teachers implement the assessment policy outlined in Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools

Integrates literacy and the arts across the curriculum with connections to science, social studies, math, and health and physical education

Supports learners with diverse needs and builds critical inquiry and 21st century skills

Designed to foster student creativity using an innovative blend of pedagogy, technology, and new literacies; proven to increase student engagement, achievement, and excitement about having a voice and collaborating with others

An innovative and cost-effective solution that turns every teacher into an arts expert and comes with unlimited school and home use for both educators and students

Easy to implement and reinforced with ongoing support: administrative and monitoring tools; training and professional development; printer-friendly versions of every page

Features

ArtsLink

Each grade includes four theme-based units covering visual arts, music, dance, drama, and media literacy. Each unit opens with a Setting the Scene selection (a short literacy piece — short story, poem, etc.), which sets the context for the exploration of the different arts strands.

Program Overview

Each arts strand opens with learning goals and student success criteria, and then introduces fundamental skills (Workshop), which are applied to the deep, rich activities in the Studio and Presentation sections. Each arts strand also includes opportunities to reflect upon and extend learning .

Arts Appreciation

Arts Appreciation is embedded in every unit to introduce students to famous artists (painters, singers, choreographers, etc.) from Canada and around the world.

Key Concepts

Each unit includes suggestions for student presentations and performances that reinforce and integrate key concepts.

Team

Coordinating Editors

David Booth

Coordinating Editor

David Booth is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto. For over 40 years, he has been involved in education as a classroom teacher, consultant, professor, researcher, speaker, and author. At the University of Toronto, his students have included teachers, administrators, and artists enrolled in the Pre-Service, Master, and Doctoral programs in education. He has authored many teacher reference books and textbooks in all areas of curriculum development: the arts, drama, literacy, and media. From 2008 to 2012, he held the Elizabeth Thorn Research Chair of the Centre for Literacy at the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University.

An internationally respected authority on education, David has addressed educators and parents across Canada and around the world. He has won many awards for his classroom teaching, for his contributions to the teaching of reading and the arts in education, and for his books for young people, and has been awarded honorary lifetime memberships in educational drama organizations in Canada, the United States, and England.

Kathleen Gould Lundy

Coordinating Editor

Kathleen Gould Lundy is the Coordinator of Destination Arts at York University and the Principal Investigator of All I’s on Education: Imagination, Integration, and Innovation, an intensive study currently taking place in 10 school boards across Ontario, which is intended to provide a foundation for the implementation of interdisciplinary assessment and evaluation in math, science, and the arts. Kathleen has coordinated the writing of a number of curriculum documents, including The Treasure Chest: Story, Drama and Dance/Movement in Motion, a resource developed in partnership with the Danny Grossman Dance Company. She has published a number of professional books, including What do I do about the kid who…? 50 ways to turn teaching into learning.

Larry Swartz

Coordinating Editor

Larry Swartz is an instructor in literacy and dramatic arts at OISE, University of Toronto. He has been an educator for 40 years and is well known for his use of children’s literature to help young people grow as readers, writers, and citizens of the world. As a classroom teacher, consultant, author, and speaker, Larry has shared his enthusiasm and expertise with teachers, administrators, teacher-librarians, and parents throughout Canada, the United States, and Asia. He is the author of several publications for teachers, including Dramathemes, 4th edition, Creating Caring Classrooms, with Kathleen Gould Lundy, and “This Is a Great Book!” with Shelley Stagg Peterson. Along with David Booth, Larry co-edited the poetry anthology The Bully, The Bullied, The Bystander, The Brave.

Among the many awards Larry has received are OISE’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and the IRA’s Jennie Mitchell Celebrate Literacy Award.

The Experts

Heather Miller

Visual Arts

Heather Miller currently teaches at York University’s Faculty of Education and is a former Arts Coordinator with the York Region District School Board. An artist and author, she has taught Grades K–12 and has been an administrator in both elementary and secondary schools. Heather works with school districts across Canada and is known for her inspiring and practical approaches to engaging students in meaningful inquiry through the arts. Her lengthy experience working with students of all ages informs her practice and reinforces her belief in the power of the arts to transform learning. Heather is also a member of the Crayola Canada Education team.

Hannah Beach

Dance

Hannah Beach is an award-winning educator and the author of the I Can Dance series of children’s books and the resource I Can Dance a Better World, which supports young people in exploring social justice issues through dance theatre. Hannah’s books have been adopted by school boards across Canada and are internationally distributed. Founder and director of the Dandelion Dance Company, Hannah combines her dance training with her background in social work, facilitating in a manner that embraces all abilities and supports young people in exploring their ideas and experiences through movement. Hannah is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her work has been embraced by schools, universities, family shelters, and early learning centres as a vehicle through which to help children express themselves and engage in team building in order to shift classroom dynamics toward a more inclusive and empathetic way of learning together.

Larry Swartz

Drama

Larry Swartz is an instructor in literacy and dramatic arts at OISE, University of Toronto. He has been an educator for 40 years and is well known for his use of children’s literature to help young people grow as readers, writers, and citizens of the world. As a classroom teacher, consultant, author, and speaker, Larry has shared his enthusiasm and expertise with teachers, administrators, teacher-librarians, and parents throughout Canada, the United States, and Asia. He is the author of several publications for teachers, including Dramathemes, 4th edition, Creating Caring Classrooms, with Kathleen Gould Lundy, and “This Is a Great Book!” with Shelley Stagg Peterson. Along with David Booth, Larry co-edited the poetry anthology The Bully, The Bullied, The Bystander, The Brave.

Among the many awards Larry has received are OISE’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and the IRA’s Jennie Mitchell Celebrate Literacy Award.

Stephen Hurley

Media Literacy

Stephen Hurley has been involved in public education for over 30 years, as a teacher, a resource teacher, and a consultant in the areas of technology and the arts. Currently, Stephen is working with a variety of organizations across the country, facilitating conversations about change and transformation in public education. Stephen believes that we stand at a very important time in the history of education — a time when technology is enabling more students and educators to become creators of powerful media experiences. Stephen believes that this provides wonderful opportunities for increased engagement and stronger connections with the worlds outside the schoolhouse.

Alison Kenny-Gardhouse

Music

Alison Kenny-Gardhouse works as a consultant and teacher with a wide spectrum of arts providers, educational institutions, and teacher groups throughout North America. As president of Connexionarts, she has collaborated extensively with many arts organizations in Canada, including Tafelmusik, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa’s Opera Lyra, Treehouse TV, and most recently, the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Heritage Information Network. American clients include the Grammy Foundation, the Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning, UNC-TV’s Ready to Grow, and numerous orchestras. Alison teaches and advises at the Ontario Institute of Education, University of Toronto, and in August 2013, joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music as director of Educational Outreach.

Digital Program

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