The ARTS FIRST Essential Arts Toolkit: Hawai‘i Fine Arts Grade Level Guide for the K-5 Classroom Teacher, 2nd edition is a unique document designed for use by elementary classroom teachers. Scarcity of instructional time and the pressures of an already crowded curriculum necessitate an approach to the arts as an integral part of elementary classroom learning.

This Toolkit is a supplement to the Hawai‘i Department of Education's Arts Instructional Guide and facilitates student achievement of the Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards III. At each grade, the Toolkit provides framework charts to link the arts to other core areas, sample lessons, assessment tasks, instructional strategies, and resources. Teachers are encouraged to integrate key arts concepts with other content areas. Educators, teaching artists, and parents may download the Toolkit here as pdf files.

Table of Contents


Thinking in Threes

Arts as Tools

Arts Strategies

How to Use the Lessons


Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Appendix 1: Hawai‘i Department of Education - General Learner Outcomes, Fine Arts Standards and Benchmarks

Appendix 2: Assessing Student Learning in the Arts

Appendix 3: Glossary of Arts Vocabulary

Appendix 4: Resources - Charts & Templates

Unit and lessons templates (Word document)