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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.

Educational Activities for Antonio: 25 Years of Creative Collaboration

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Educational activities related to online exhibit of works by two fashion illustrators.

Chant Advedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt

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Online exhibition presenting the life and works of Chant Advedissian, and the ways in which he incorporates Egyptian identity and experience into his art.

Leveraging for a Better Lunch Line Experience

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In this lesson plan, students consider how to solve the problem of delays in the school cafeteria line. They work in groups to test, evaluate, and refine ideas for an improved flow.

Guide to Doing History with Objects

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Essay explaining how artifacts are a valuable resource for historians by showing typically unseen elements of history. It teaches how to look at artifacts and think about the ways they shape and reflect our history. Part of the resource, 'The Object of History.'

Viewing Device: New Perspective

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Teacher-created lesson inspired by a viewing device designed by Albrecht Durer. Students design their own simple device for viewing perspective.

Slippery Slope

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Teacher-created lesson in which high school students graph linear functions and write equations in order to design wheelchair ramps.

Chips and Salsa: A Taste of Mariachi Music for the High School Orchestra

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Through this set of lesson segments, students will engage with the mariachi music of Mexico through discussing audio and video clips, listening to individual instruments within the ensemble and imitating them by ear, and through playing an arranged mariachi piece.

Design Your Perfect Career

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Teacher-created lesson in which students choose possible careers by using the design process.

Cutting Corners: Parts 1 & 2

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Teacher-created math lesson in which students use their knowledge of optimization in a study of commercial packaging.

The Life Album Project: Who I Am Through Music and Visual Art

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Teacher-created lesson in which students examine CDs to see how words, images, and sound fit together in a marketing piece.

Plena, the People’s Newspaper: Puerto Rican Music for the Classroom

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Maps, music and video-recordings can be effectively used to discuss the present and historical incidence of the plena. In the way that rap music is referred to as ‘the people’s CNN’, plena, an Afro-Puerto Rican musical form that has much in common with other Caribbean musical expressions, is sometimes referred to as “the newspaper of the people” as it expresses what is going on in the lives of working class people.

Anthropology Teaching Activities: Church Ethnographies

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Activity encourages students to examine religious institutions as the total integration of culture that is valuable to anthropologists. Students do participant observation and write an ethnography.

Digging It--A Garden, That Is

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a community garden to benefit the hungry in the community.

Uniform Design

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Teacher-created lesson that introduces the cultural aspects of clothing design with a question: Why did the British Redcoats wear red coats?

Latin American Protest Songs: New Song of Chile and Cuba

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Students will learn about the music of the New Song movement by engaging with the melodies, rhythms, and lyrics of four selections from the Cancion Protesta: Protest Songs of Latin America album. This will teach them about the role music can play in social protest, as well as the specific historical, political, and cultural contexts of the songs.

Fly, Fly Away

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Teacher-created lesson in which students use everyday materials to design and build a kite--one that is based on their research into kites through history. After testing the kite, they "go back to the drawing board" to improve on it.

Got Gas? How Much?

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Teacher-created lesson in which students demonstrate the biochemical process by allowing baker's yeast to ferment and release carbon dioxide gas. They design a device to capture and measure the gas.

Teen Smoking: Designing a School Anti-Smoking Publicity Campaign

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Teacher-created lesson in which students create the visuals for the campaign, based on their research into the effects of smoking.

Design a Better Classroom Workplace

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Teacher-created math lesson in which students find a more efficient arrangement for their classroom. They use area formulas to identify any problems with the existing arrangement. They use volume formulas to design a solution.

Habitat for the Other 90%

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a product or service that meets the needs of people living in a particular natural habitat. They also keep in mind the needs of the habitat.

What's in a Name? Designing Personal Identity

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Teacher-created lesson in which teens research the etymologies of their names and then make those names "look more like them" by designing personal logos.

Looking with 'Fresh Eyes': What Makes a Successful School Design?

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Teacher-created lesson that challenges students to examine a familiar surrounding: their school. By using 'objectivity of all senses," they determine if the school's design complies with the concept of 'form follows function.'

Cardboard Structure: Pyramids

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a chair based on pyramid shapes.
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