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Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts

May 2013 | 280 pages | Corwin

Build the skills mathematicians and scientists need!

A is for arts—and for the advantage students gain when you integrate the arts into daily STEM instruction. As research in cognitive and social neuroscience shows, arts activities enhance creativity, problem solving, memory systems, and analytical skills—all critical for achieving STEM success.

Now David Sousa, the best-selling author of How the Brain Learns, teams up with veteran arts educator Tom Pilecki to bring you

  • Details of brain research connecting STEM and the arts
  • Teacher-tested techniques for fitting the arts into STEM classrooms
  • Sample lesson plans across K-12
  • A worksheet template for designing your own arts-integrated STEM lessons
  • Tips for managing time and collaborating
  • Real-life examples and anecdotes
  • Strategies for involving the whole school community in STEAM initiatives

The main objective of both art and science is discovery. Help your students make that connection and STEAM on to academic success!

"David Sousa's new book is more than hot; it is STEAMing! It is crammed full of suggestions to integrate arts into every STEM curricula at all grade levels to increase student learning."
—Renee Peoples, Teacher and Math Coach
Swain West Elementary, West Bryson City, NC

"I am recommending this book to every science center I know. This book provides an innovative approach to a crucial subject that our country needs to buy into for a prosperous future."
—Kate Arrizza, Chief Operating Officer
South Florida Science Museum

"As America grapples with how to educate young people in the third millennium, this book is a must read for educators, policy makers, and community leaders alike."
—Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy
Americans for the Arts

About the Authors
1. Why STEM Should Become STEAM
2. What Science Says About the Arts and Creativity
3. Frequently Asked Questions About Integrating the Arts and STEM
4. Implementing Arts Integration in the Primary Grades (K-4)
5. Implementing Arts Integration in the Intermediate Grades (5-8)
6. Implementing Arts Integration in the High School Grades (9-12)
7. STEAM Lesson Plan Appetizers in Science, Technology, and Engineering
8. STEAM Lesson Plan Appetizers in Mathematics
9. Putting It All Together

The ideas shared in the book are relevant and can be easily put into practice.

Dr Denise Simmons
West College Of Education, Midwestern State University
September 12, 2016
Key features
  • Presents compelling evidence from research studies in cognitive and social neuroscience that demonstrate how activities associated with the arts enhance creativity, problem-solving, memory systems, motor coordination, and analytical skills, which are all critical elements to achieving the STEM objectives.
  • Contains classroom-tested strategies and techniques for both integrating the arts in STEM instruction and for applying STEM concepts to instruction in the arts.
  • Features data from schools that have already integrated arts-related skills into STEM subjects, along with anecdotes and personal student success stories.
  • Explains how teachers can organize their curriculum and instructional strategies to allow for the integration of STEM subjects and the arts.
  • Offers strategies for getting the entire staff and community involved in STEAM initiatives.
  • Includes a list of additional resources available to teachers in support of the STEM subjects, the arts, arts integration, and STEAM.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Why STEM Should Become STEAM

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