Inferring Meaning Through Art

Description – Teachers in core classrooms would use art prints to study geometric patterns in math and science classes; establish historical and political connections in social science and literature; and use art to inspire and foster writing and speaking skills based on analysis and critiquing skills. Using art prints in science, math, language arts, and […]

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Butterflies in Motion

Description – Monarch butterflies migrate over our town on their way to Mexico. We learn all about the monarch, its habits, needs, and ways we can help the monarch. Each child creates their own butterfly-the wings are made from two pieces and look like they are flying when finished. Sparkling, gold pipe cleaners are used […]

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Art Illustrating the Development of America

Description – The idea is for students to be able to examine American Art images in order to be able to tell the tale of the development of our country. They can use the clues they see in painting/pictures to explain how the country changed over time and how the lives of our citizens changed. […]

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Advertising

Description – Students will submit and advertisement for travel to exotic lands. they will use the information in the social studies book to put together a flyer and an infomercial about the land they want others to travel to. They will write a script and draw pictures for their flyers. They will have other student […]

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Creating Great Ads

Description – As we study feminism, we analyze advertising and how ads create the image of woman/man of specific eras. How does the ad define woman and/or man? During this study, the studens determine their own definition of man/woman and need to create their own ads selling and defining woman/man. They take pictures, draw ads, […]

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Layers of The Earth

Description – 3rd grade students create Grand Canyon paintings and write about the Grand Canyon. First I show images of the Grand Canyon to the students. Second, we look at soil samples taken from various areas on the school property. We discuss layers, types, and characteristics of the soil. We try to identify the types […]

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My Place in Pittsburgh

Description – In this unit, students will compose a newspaper-style feature article and short video documentary about their favorite places in Pittsburgh (our hometown). By giving the freedom to pick their topics, student engagement is ensured. This project enhances narrative/expository writing and video editing skills. Students are required to complete a site visit and interview […]

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Connecting Through Words And Images

Description -This interdisciplinary learning experience involves two Advanced Placement classes at our high school. It begins with the AP English students responding, via poetry, to a masterwork viewed on a field trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Their text is then passed on to a class of AP Studio Art students […]

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Fractions of Art

Description To introduce fractions as it relates to decimals, I take a piece of art and place a 100 grid on top of it. Students name how many squares out of the hundred contain a certain item in the picture. We name their answers as fractions and as decimals. For example: A fall picture contains […]

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Definitions and Drawing in an ABC Book

Description Every year with my students, we read a book called Touching Spirit Bear, although this could be done with any novel or story. As we read the story together, students make a list of the letters in the alphabet and they write down key words that start with that letter. At the end of […]

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Poetry through Art

Description – The students create poetry and create a mural which represents the setting in which their poetry takes place. For example, last year students wrote poetry that related to nature. Then they created a mother nature mural with water fall and animal and creation, evalution, and etc… Objective – Students will have a better […]

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Where We’re From

Description Using George Ella Lyons poem, “Where I’m From” as a mentor text, students will engage in the writing process to highlight the concrete images from their lives that make up the abstractions of who they are. This activity will allow students to reflect and respond on a subject they know very well: themselves. With […]

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The Giver

Description The students will do a novel study of The Giver by Lois Lowery. They will be asked to create a graphic novel version of the story. We will have mini art lessons on drawing characatures and the use of color. Objective The students will have applied comprehension skills and note taking in the form […]

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Navajo Weaving

Description 2nd Grade Students read \”Goat in the Rug\” telling a story about how sheep are sheared and the wool is used to make Navajo rugs. While students are reading this book in their classrooms, I would like to highlight the Navajo culture in the art room. I would bring in an actual Navajo rug […]

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Music and Motion

Description I would like to create and incorporate my own PowerPoint presentations into our Pre-K program. We use music and motion in conjunction with learning. Our music is mostly audio and no video. I would like to create videos to go along with the audio. I have done this with several songs and the children […]

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Mystery Photo

Description Every year for my high school chemistry class, we go over the Scientific Method. The first step is observation. With this easy project I revamped from Current Science Magazine, I try to help students be aware of their surroundings . I have students take a photo of something that is around them everyday but […]

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Community outreach project

Description I will select students who are having behavioral difficulties and are not showing proper respect to adults or other students. This project will seek to help them discover self respect, as well as respect for others. Students study the history of quilts (with emphasis on their use for communiction during the underground railroad). They […]

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Art Inspired by Science

Description Using science TEKS that the students are using in their classroom I will extend the subjects further that the students are doing in their class by using science and nature as our inspiration in the art classroom. Art and Science have so many natural connections and I love being able to explore the two […]

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Problem of the Week

Description Each week students are given a critical and analytical math think problems. These problems are given out on Monday and due by Friday. They are graded using a rubric that requires a visual representation either mathematical or artistic. The rubric grades more on a creativity effort than the correct answer. Students can get the […]

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Investigating Rocks

Description Using Granite and Marble tile samples, students trace and draw exactly what they see. This forces students to take a closer look at the characteristics that will help them learn to classify igneous and metamorphic rocks. I also use landscape sandstone to include sedimentary rocks as part of the activity. In another part of […]

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