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Fritz Scholder Study Guide

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This lesson plan asks students to consider ways in which abstract-expressionist artist Fritz Scholder challenged stereotypes of Native American art, and the ways in which, more generally, the visual elements of a painting can express identity. Students create a self-portrait and recognize elements of abstract expressionism.

Bonkers for Bailecitos in Bolivia

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In this series of three lessons, students will exercise critical listening, singing, dancing, and playing instruments to traditional music of Bolivia. They will improvise rhythms, compose a song, and draw connections across a wide variety of disciplines.

Lone Dog's Winter Count

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Teaching poster with a lesson plan and reproducible student activity sheets on the back. Learn about the oral culture and history-keeping of the Nakota people, who made this winter count.

Paper Recycling Program

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a campaign to get a recycling message out to the whole school.

Artificial Anatomy: Body Parts

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Online interactive where students learn anatomy by matching images of body parts to their location on Jerome, a papier-mache anatomical model. Targets grades 6-8.

Music of Chorti Indians of Guatemala

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This unit contains a total of three lesson plans, which focus on marimba music of indigenous people of Guatemala. Activities include attentive, engaged listening experiences, which lay the groundwork for actually performing an arrangement of the listening example. A video segment provides a springboard into a discussion of marimba music in the context of Guatemalan cultures.

The Museum Environment and Preservation

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Lesson plan using discussion and brainstorming to discover the destructive impact of environmental factors on manmade artifacts and structures. Offers a concrete understanding of the complex science of preservation. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades 6-8.

From Tarantella to Tyrol: a Tour of Italian Folk Music

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Survey of reigonal differences in Italian folk music. Students will contrast styles of southern and northern Italy through listening, moving, instrument playing, and singing.

Josh Thomas' Roustabout: Exploring Compisition Using Limited Tones

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Lesson designed to to explore vocal expression within a limited-tone sequence. Includes historical context of the banjo, listening exersizes, composition/improvisation exersizes, music practice using Orff instruments. Examines relationship between lyrics, melody, and performance. Culminates in students adapting their own version of "Roustabout".

Explore the World of the Small: Measuring in Nanometers

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Students learn that nanometers are units of length that are essential for measuring objects of the extremely small nano-world. They become aware of the relative size of a nanometer and discover some objects that are measured in this small unit.

Build Your Own Touch Screen Stylus

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Students will save money and solve the problem of messy fingers on their iPad/iPhone touch screens by building a simple stylus from everyday materials. The take-away stylus will meet all the required criteria: a flat, smooth, conductive surface more than ¼ inch wide. Students will troubleshoot to solve engineering problems.

Exploring Perception and Reality in the Story of the Hawaiian Islands

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Webpage telling the story of the Hawaiian Islands through artifacts, images, audio, and text. Includes a short introductory essay, audio clips related to specific museum artifacts, and an enhanced podcast. In the podcast, two curators discuss immigration, the popularization of Hawaii as a tourist destination, and Hawaii's agricultural origins. Finally, they encourage students to consider perception and reality in the context of their own communities. Targets grades 6-12.

Israeli Song and Dance for Middle or High School Ensembles

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Students will be introduced to Jewish folk music through singing, playing, and dancing a traditional arrangement of “Al Tiruni” and participating in guided discussions of Jewish history and cultural heritage.

The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map

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Interactive map for exploring the island and culture of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images.

Reflections on Earth: Exploring Earth from Space Teaching Poster

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Teaching poster featuring a satellite image of the Washington, DC, area. Includes an activity with background information on satellite images and a lesson on using these images to study Earth.

A Kids' Guide to . . .

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Teacher-created lesson that involves students in a local historic preservation project.

Designing the Future of Technology

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Teacher-created lesson in which students choose a form of everyday technology (e.g., phone, camera, video game console) and research how the technology evolved. Then then give presentations on their ideas for a new design.

Nobel Voices for Disarmament: 1901-2001

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Students will listen to Folkways album, "Nobel Voices for Disarmament", and the class will discuss the history of world violence as well as discuss ways music, culture, and dialogue can foster empathy and peace.

Medieval Marshmallows

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Teacher-created lesson in which students learn of Newton's laws of motion by designing and constructing a catapult. The catpult launches marshmallows.

Habitats

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Do you know where the red-eyed tree frog calls home? Play this game based on animal habitats to learn! Explore the desert, coral reef, jungle, and marsh to discover where many animals live by matching each animal to their correct habitat!

Fighting for a New Nation

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Lesson in which students use the design process to develop a plan for civil solutions that might have averted the Revolutionary War.

Creating/Improving the International Space Station

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a solution to a problem faced by astronauts living and working in space.

Another Side of Paradise

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Teacher-created lesson in which students use the design process to create a sequel to the novel "This Side of Paradise" by Stephen Layne.

Redo the Playground

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Teacher-created lesson in which middle school students draw on memories of their elementary school playground to design a playground that's closer to ideal.
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