The Social Studies Arts Toolkit includes multimedia resources designed for use in K-12 social studies and arts classrooms. Integrating arts into the social studies curriculum is an excellent way to allow students with diverse learning modalities to become more effective learners. But in addition to being an effective way to teach, the arts are a critical component of social studies. The arts reflect the unique cultural perspectives of diverse cultures. Because artists respond to and impact the societies in which they live and create, the arts also provide a window into other times and places. And learning about diverse cultures through their arts can help to explode stereotypes.
The resources in the Social Studies Arts Toolkit are organized by social studies topic. Integrated teaching offers general information and ideas for lesson plans that integrate social studies and the arts.