The following lesson plans have been designed to help teachers plan classroom activities that will enhance their students' understanding of objects in the Art Institute of Chicago. They can be used as resources both before and after a museum visit.

These plans are adapted from two Art Institute teacher manuals, Arts of Africa and Telling Images. The manuals can be borrowed or purchased from the Elizabeth Stone Robson Teacher Resource Center.

Although particular grade levels have been suggested for each lesson plan, the plans can be adapted to other age groups. Academic subject areas are listed along with key terms, materials, procedures, and time estimates. (One class period assumes one hour.) A list of the fulfilled Illinois Learning Standards follows each lesson plan.

Teachers may also wish to view Family Activities, an area of the site with at-home art projects that can be adapted for classroom use.

Postage Stamp Contest
Grades 2–6 Fine Arts and Social Science

Proverbs Are Universal
Grades 3–6 Fine Arts and Language Arts

African Myths and Stories
Grades 4–6 Fine Arts and Language Arts