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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