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Bessie Smith

Grades 3-4 Lesson

Musical Harlem

Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz

The Drinking Gourd Constellation

Grades 3-4 Lesson

Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song

Learn how African-American spirituals shared information within the slave community

freedom-riders

Grades 6-8 Lesson

We Are The Freedom Riders

Learn about the courageous efforts of the Freedom Riders during the civil rights movement

Chinese performers

Grades 3-4 Lesson

Chinese Instruments

Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument

Wagon and mules

Grades 6-8 Lesson

Capturing History

Examine the political and economic reasons for the African-American migration to Northern cities between the World Wars

Weaving Rug

Grades K-2 Lesson

Navajo Weaving

Through guided reading of Ten Little Rabbits and hands-on activities students will explore aspects of Native American cultures and Navajo weavings

President Obama being sworn in.

Grade 5 Lesson

Who Can Vote for President?

Learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government

Storyteller Figure by Michelle Paisano, Laguna Pueblo

Grades 3-4 Lesson

A Listening Doll

Create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls

moccasins

Grades 6-8 Lesson

Moccasins Are Made for Dancing

Students will read one of Tomie DePaola’s versions of two Native American legends

moon and raven

Grade 5 Lesson

Haunting Music

Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre

Baseball Field

Grades 3-4 Lesson

All Around the Baseball Field

Students construct a mock baseball field and explore the sport of baseball through art, movement, and sound

Spanish dancer.

Grades 9-12 Lesson

Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations

Chemical Reactions

Grades 9-12 Lesson

Oxidation and Combustion: Chemical Reactions in Fire

A wide variety of science concepts can be explored through the study of fireworks

Butterfly

Grades K-2 Lesson

The Dance of the Butterfly

Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly

The American Flag

Grades 3-4 Lesson

Oh, Say Can You See…

Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

adjectiveMonster

Grades K-2 Lesson

Adjective Monster

Use the visual art and language arts to creatively tell stories of monstrous proportions

Paul Bunyon

Grade 5 Lesson

Tall Tales Today

Create an original tall tale featuring a "larger-than life" main character

Watching the Sunset

Grades 9-12 Lesson

Haiku: Learning and Sharing

Students will look beyond the basics of haiku poetry and focus on the content of the haiku

Irish Dancers

Grades 3-4 Lesson

You’re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance

Explore the traditions of Irish dance through music, costumes, and poetry

trees

Grade 5 Lesson

Trees in Nature and Art

Students will explore the use of trees in paintings and poetry

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Cruising Dragons

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Science Meets Artistry: the Work of Cai Guo-Qiang
Studying the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang, students will understand the technological, logistical, and artistic factors for performance-oriented works

9-12 Visual Arts, Media Arts Science, Language Arts
Gesture Drawings

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing
In this lesson, students will explore connections between music and visual art

9-12 Visual Arts, Music Language Arts

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art
Learn about the three elements of art (line, shape, and color) through a study of Torres-García's symbolism, Picasso's emotional use of color and Abstract Expressionism

9-12 Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, Math
John Coltrane in Performance December 2, 1962 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm & Improv: Jazz & Poetry
The musicality of words is an important element of poetry, and many poets carefully consider the sound of the words on the page. Students will listen to and analyze jazz music

9-12 Music Language Arts
The African Slave Trade

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Reliving History Through Slave Narratives
After reading narratives from former slaves that were recorded in the 1930's as part of the Federal Writers' Project, students will research slavery

5-8 Theater Social Studies, Language Arts
Performance of Shakespeare's

Grades 9-12 Lesson: A Question of Style
Students will explore the nature of comedy by informally staging the opening scenes in Shakespeare's As You Like It

9-12 Theater Language Arts
Shadow Puppets

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Puppets on the Move: China and the Silk Road
Through map-making, research, and class discussions, students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of trade in China along the Silk Road

5-8 Theater, Visual Arts Language Arts, Social Studies
Political Cartoon

Grade 5 Lesson: Political Cartoons as Part of the Election Process
Students will organize the information they researched on the U.S. presidential election process and constitutional rights.

5-8 Visual Arts Social Studies, History
Fiction book

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Plotting the Story
Students examine plot as a significant element of fiction. They distinguish plot from narrative to gain a firm understanding of a plot’s function within a story

9-12 Theater, Literary Arts English, Language Arts
Scene from Twelfth Night

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Playing with Puns
This theater and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative and interpretive opportunities. Students will analyze and compare the puns and word play in selected scenes

5-8 Theater Language Arts, History
The Solar System

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Planets in Balance
Students explore the solar system through experimentation of mobile design in the style of Alexander Calder

5-8 Visual Arts Science, Math
Pioneers

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Pioneer America: Pioneer Living
In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for early American pioneers

K-4 Theater History
Annie Oakley

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners
In this lesson, students will work in pairs to research legendary westerners

K-4 Theater History, Language Arts
American Pioneers

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Pioneer America: Journey West
In this lesson, students will learn about the early pioneers in America and their motivations for moving West

K-4 Theater History, Geography
Pool in pleasure park, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif.

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Photography and the National Park Service
Examine the ways in which art has the power to influence policy, learning that photography has had a social impact with other historical events and movements

9-12 Media Arts Social Studies
Romeo and Juliet

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Performance Essay
By investigating Shakespeare through both an analytical and theatrical lens, students achieve a much deeper understanding of his work.

9-12 Literary Arts, Theater English
Percussion

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Percussion Instruments and Pitch
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the percussion family

K-4 Music Language Arts, Science
Fibonacci 3-D by Jeremy Bennett

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Patterns Across Cultures: The Fibonacci Sequence in Visual Art
The Fibonacci Sequence manifests in nature and visual arts

9-12 Visual Arts, Media Arts Science, Math, History
Chemical Reactions

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Oxidation and Combustion: Chemical Reactions in Fire
A wide variety of science concepts can be explored through the study of fireworks

9-12 Visual Arts, Media Arts Science
pumpkin

Grades 9-12 Lesson: One Story, Many Tales
Through the study of various literary and fine arts versions of Cinderella, ESL students will practice their reading, writing, oral, and technology skills

9-12 Music Language Arts
The American Flag

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Oh, Say Can You See…
Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

K-4 Music, Visual Arts, Theater Social Studies, Language Arts
ocean

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Oceans: A Sensory Haiku
After exploring a virtual ocean with their five senses, students capture the sensory experience by writing haiku, bringing science and creative writing together as one

K-4 Visual Arts, Literary Arts Science, English
Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Nureyev: The Unconquerable Will
This lesson provides an overview of how creative expression developed in the West, particularly in the development of dance.

9-12 Dance, Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, History
Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Nureyev: Bringer of Light
This lesson focuses on the alignment of Nureyev’s artistic endeavors and achievements in the dance world of the West.

9-12 Dance, Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, History
Painting of Nureyev by Jamie Wyeth

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Nureyev: After Petipa
Nureyev’s early life and work were affected by changing social, political, and cultural forces in Russia. His artistic genius was influenced by the work of Marius Petipa.

9-12 Dance, Visual Arts, Music Language Arts, History
Noh Character Dancing

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Noh Theater
In learning about the history, theatrical elements, music, dance, and costuming, of Noh Plays students are also comparing and contrasting these to the other theater elements

9-12 Theater Language Arts, History
Weaving Rug

Grades K-2 Lesson: Navajo Weaving
Through guided reading of Ten Little Rabbits and hands-on activities students will explore aspects of Native American cultures and Navajo weavings

K-4 Dance, Visual Arts Language Arts, Social Studies
Bessie Smith

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Musical Harlem
Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz

K-4 Dance, Music, Visual Arts Language Arts, Social Studies
Quote by Joseph Campbell

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Multi-Media Hero Analysis
In a world with few real heroes, students will recognize the positive character traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature.

9-12 Visual Arts, Literary Arts English
Grimm's Fairy Tales book

Grade 5 Lesson: Moving Tales
Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games. Groups then read and interpret an assigned Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale

5-8 Theater Physical Education, Language Arts
Mountains

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Mountain Creation: A Drama Exploration
Students examine a poem about mountain creation from a Native American perspective and watching a scientifically-accurate film about mountain formation

K-4 Literary Arts, Theater Science, Geography
Drawing of a Monster

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Monsters
This lesson is intended to have students investigate the idea of "monsters" in society

9-12 Music English
moccasins

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Moccasins Are Made for Dancing
Students will read either of Tomie DePaola’s versions of two Native American legends: The Legend of the Bluebonnet or The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.

5-8 Dance Language Arts, Social Studies
Migrant Workers

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Migrant Workers Through the Lens of Dorothea Lange
In this lesson, students will learn about migrant workers to better understand the environmental and social impact of the Great Depression.

5-8 Visual Arts Social Studies, History
Sheet Music

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Melodies and Math
After reviewing basic music theory, students compose their own music for the touch-tone phone

K-4 Music Math
Still-Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plums by Rachel Ruysch

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Medieval and Renaissance Art: Botanical Symbolism
For the medieval and the renaissance artists, flowers were part of a rich visual symbolism

5-8 Visual Arts Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Game Advertisement

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Media Awareness: Key Concepts in Advertising
In this second of three lessons, students will continue their exploration of concepts in advertising.

5-8 Visual Arts Language Arts
Candy Advertisement

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Media Awareness: Helping a Product Cross the Finish Line
Students will complete their advertisements, adding in details (such as color and symbols) and background/foreground space on the picture plane.

5-8 Visual Arts Language Arts
Toy Advertisement

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Media Awareness: The Basics of Advertising
In the first of these three lessons, students will develop a general understanding of marketing and its influence.

5-8 Visual Arts Language Arts
Greek masks

Grades K-2 Lesson: Masks and Aesop's Fables
This multi-media visual and language arts lesson offers intellectual, creative, and interpretive opportunities through use of books, music and the internet

K-4 Theater, Visual Arts Social Studies, English
Dorothy and the Lion

Grades K-2 Lesson: Map it Out
Explore how illustrations contribute to the telling of a story using character maps

K-4 Visual Arts, Literary Arts Language Arts
Sand Mandala

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Mandalas, Polygons, and Symmetry
Students will explore the mathematics behind mandalas, including but not limited to shapes and symmetry

5-8 Visual Arts, Media Arts Math
Portrait of American artist Andy Warhol

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Making the Ordinary Pop
Pop art examines the distinction between "high art" and popular culture, and questions the role of the artist

5-8 Visual Arts Technology
Rainstick.

Grades K-2 Lesson: Making Rain
In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing

K-4 Music, Visual Arts Science, Geography
Storyteller Figure by Michelle Paisano, Laguna Pueblo

Grades 3-4 Lesson: A Listening Doll
Create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls

K-4 Visual Arts, Theater Social Studies, Language Arts
Appomattox Court-House

Grade 5 Lesson: A Light in the Storm: A Personal Look at the Civil War
Create a historical timeline and personal event timeline based on the historical fiction book and play A Light in the Storm and its main character, Amelia Martin.

5-8 Theater Language Arts, Social Studies
Dancers in silhouette

Grade 5 Lesson: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Explore and analyze Lift Every Voice and Sing, a poem by James Weldon Johnson.

5-8 Visual Arts, Music History, Language Arts
Native American Weaving

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Life of a Navajo Weaver
Students experiment with interpretative dance as they recreate the weaving process to Native American music

K-4 Dance, Music Geography, Language Arts
Lewis and Clark Compass.

Grade 5 Lesson: Lewis And Clark Prized Possessions
In this lesson, students explore Native American crafts and design and create their own wampum belts

5-8 Visual Arts Math, Social Studies
Lewis and Clark

Grade 5 Lesson: Lewis and Clark: Artful Recordings
In this lesson, students take on the roles of Lewis and Clark, as they explore the original journals and create journals of their own

5-8 Visual Arts, Literary Arts Science, Language Arts
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