The Walters Art Museum

Lesson Plans

These lesson plans have been developed by Maryland state teachers who participated in our Revive, Contemplate, and Integrate workshop.

Teachers worked in interdisciplinary pairs to select a work of art from Integrating the Arts, our arts integration website and developed lesson plans based on the object.


Ancient World Storytelling

Grade Level: Kindergarten
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Ancient Art

Students will look at work of art to observe and describe ancient world storytelling of a family, attending to the characters, action, setting. Students will use the same art form (a stele) to tell a story about their family.

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Egyptian Symbols: What Story do they Tell?

Grade Level: 3
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Social Studies, Ancient Art

Students will demonstrate understanding of the importance of symbols in Egyptian art by creating a symbolic stele using model magic to express personal ideas. The students will also write a description of their drawing in order to present a guide to their audience

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Personal Journeys

Grade Level: 5
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Ancient Art

Students will create a prayer flag and compose a personal essay in order to express their personal ideas about the life experience of transitioning to middle school.

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Dancing with Dionysus

Grade Level 5
Social Studies, Theater, Dance, Ancient Art

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the ancient Festival of Dionysus and aspects of Greek culture through dance and theater combined with components of the social studies fifth grade communities unit.??

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Interpretations of the Golden Rule

Grade Level: 1
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Medieval Art

Students will illustrate their personal connection to the proverb of the Golden Rule.? They will do so through collective brainstorming, examination of the Rhyming Proverbs book from the Walters Art Museum, and personal reflection in creating works of art.

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Who's Your Mama?

Grade Level: 2
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Medieval Art

Students will compare works of art and then create a diptych of their family. They will explain, in both writing and verbally, the diptych he/she created.

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Personal Coat of Arms

Grade Level: Grade 2
Social Studies, Visual Arts, Medieval Art

Students will demonstrate their understanding of how individuals/families share and borrow traditions from other cultures by creating a personal Coat of Arms.

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Suit it Up

Grade Level: 3
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Medieval Art

Students will create art with texture and describe texture using effective word choice and vivid adjectives.

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Warhol Stained Glass

Grade Level: 5
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Medieval Art

Students will use the elements of art such as color, line and two principles of design, focus, and unity, in order to create stained glass windows that attempt to persuade the viewer to want their product.

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Our Artistic Heritage

Grade Level: 5
Social Studies, Visual Arts, Medieval Art

Students will understand Islamic design by analyzing the "Mecca Tile" from the Walters Art Museum then creating a drawing? of their own meaningful journey and transferring it to a clay tile.

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Predicting, Creating, and Determining Emotions

Grade Level: 2
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Renaissance Art

Students will predict and interpret emotions by presenting their own clay figures and poems depicting and describing an emotion.

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Io Helps the Nutcracker tell her Story

Grade Level: 3
Dance, Visual Arts, Renaissance Art

Students will examine the painting The Myth of Io to understand and identify spatial concepts, which they will apply in a unique interpretation of The Nutcracker story by using visuals and dance.

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Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Grade Level: 6
Social Studies, Visual Arts, Ancient Art

Students will demonstrate their understanding of early Egyptian life by creating visual replicas of Egyptian art.

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Clay Stories

Grade Level: 6
Social Studies, Visual Arts, Ancient Art

Students will describe ways that people have communicated in the past and the present and recognize how the elements and principles of design are used in works of art in order to make a clay slab with a picture in the style of early Egyptian artists.

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The Death of a Pharaoh

Grade: 6
Social Studies, Visual Arts, Ancient Art

Students will learn how art was incorporated and used in the daily life experiences and events of the ancient Egyptian culture (social studies).

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Language Beyond Words

Grade Level: Middle School
Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Renaissance Art

After reviewing the historical, social, and cultural themes conveyed in Renaissance and Baroque works of art, students will make a three dimensional clay figure that reflects society today.

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Perspective on Pavimenti

Grade Level: 6
Math, Visual Arts, Renaissance Art

Students will learn how math can be used to understand logical relationships between objects in perspective drawing, by creating drawings based on the provided ratios.

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Philosophy of Life Collage

Grade Level: Middle School
Social Studies, Visual Arts, Renaissance Art

Students will generalize his/her ability to identify a theme in an artwork and a text and use that to identify a theme in a piece of music or poetry that is personally meaningful to that student.

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Monsters

Grade Level: 11
Language Arts, Visual Arts, Renaissance Art

Students will learn how to identify and use character description, and create a paper monster.

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Grade Level: 10,11
Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Renaissance Art

Students will analyze and discuss unique ways artists use specific elements and principles of composition to express ideas, feelings, and experiences in order to compare and evaluate different perspectives on the same subject.

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Mapping the Past, Mapping the Present

Grade Level: Elementary or Middle (with adaptations for secondary)

In this lesson, students learn about maps as historical records and about the people who made them.

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Playground Mapping and Concept Design

Grade Level: Secondary (with adaptations for Elementary & Middle school)

In this in-depth site design lesson, students map and evaluate an existing playground and become designers of a new play space.

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Experiential Neighborhood Mapping

Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, or Secondary

In the activity, students are asked to make a map highlighting the important qualities of where they live, including the people and places that are personally significant or meaningful.

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Mascot Maps

Grade Level: Middle School (with adaptations for Elementary & Secondary school)

In an activity based on thematic map making, students will explore the traits that unite a thematic map, as well as learn how to create a map legend to describe an imaginary place they design.

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