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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.

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.

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.'

Let's Dance Like an Eagle: Zeybek Dance in Turkey

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Teach the history and geography of Turkey, focusing on the Anatolia region and Zeybek traditions. Students will learn to identify rhythmic patterns in Turkish music and Zeybek dance.

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.

Rocket Science

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Teacher-created lesson in which young students learn of Newton's laws of motion by designing and launching an air-pressure rocket. The rocket is a plastic bottle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Scientific Identity

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Online collection of portraits in the Dibner Library featuring scientists, natural philosophers, engineers, and inventors.

Jazz It Up!

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Teacher-created lesson that seeks to instill an appreciation of jazz and its history and to inspire students to pass along that appreciation to others. The emphasis is on the work of Louis Armstrong.

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.

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.

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.

Stopping Deforestation in the Amazon: A Publicity Campaign

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Teacher-created lesson that complements a unit on South America. Students design an environmental public-service campaign.

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.

Microbiology Design Challenge

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a product that would help make clean drinking water available in the developing world.

Archaeological Study

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Teacher-created lesson that uses the design process to introduce the difference between archaeology and anthropology.

Crash Test Physics

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design and test a "CO2-powered balsawood dragster," using prior knowledge of kinematics. The object is to keep an egg unbroken in a crash.

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.'
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