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All in the Family
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Students will analyze and describe a painting depicting a family. They will ...

Students will analyze and describe a painting depicting a family. They will discuss similarities and differences between the setting of the painting and where they live. Then students will create a sculpture of their family doing an activity together and also create a diorama of a room in their home.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
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Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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"America the Beautiful": Using Music and Art to Develop Vocabulary
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his lesson uses music and art in a vocabulary study of unfamiliar ...

his lesson uses music and art in a vocabulary study of unfamiliar words from the song "America the Beautiful," increasing students' vocabulary while also increasing their knowledge of U.S. geography. A discussion to activate students' prior knowledge about sights and scenery throughout the United States is followed by a read-aloud and introduction to the song "America the Beautiful," which is then sung in each session of the lesson. Students learn the meanings of the song's words through shared reading and the use of context clues and images. Students then use photographs, illustrations, and descriptive language to create a mural shaped like the United States. Finally, through pictures and words, students reflect on what they have learned. This lesson is appropriate and adaptable for any patriotic event or holiday, and many of the vocabulary strategies are adaptable for other texts or word lists, as well.

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Arts and Humanities
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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Architectural Elements in Art (Intermediate Level)
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Students will examine the use of the elements of art, including line, ...

Students will examine the use of the elements of art, including line, shape, form, texture, and color, in a drawing. They will also study the elements of architecture and learn to identify architectural elements in detail and their relationship to the surrounding landscape. Then students will draw an ancient Roman temple in perspective, integrating architectural elements in the drawing.

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Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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Are You Sleeping?
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Students participate in a measurement lesson focusing on length. They use their ...

Students participate in a measurement lesson focusing on length. They use their feet as the unit of measurement for furniture in the classroom and at home. They then sketch the pieces of furniture they measured.

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Arts and Humanities
Numbers and Operations
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Lesson Plans
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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The Art and Accessibility of Music (Beginning Level)
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Students will discuss a page from a late-medieval choir book, including its ...

Students will discuss a page from a late-medieval choir book, including its function and how it was made. They will learn how music was notated in the Middle Ages and practice a simplified method of notating music. Working in teams, students will create a class choir book of songs of celebration.

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Arts and Humanities
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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The Art and Accessibility of Music (Intermediate Level)
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Students will discuss the form, function, and decoration of an ancient Greek ...

Students will discuss the form, function, and decoration of an ancient Greek wine cup. They will learn about the importance of music in the daily life of ancient Greeks. They will discuss a page from a late-medieval choir book and compare and contrast the role of music in antiquity, the Renaissance, and today. They will create cups for a social gathering inspired by ancient Greek symposia, and create and perform a song, poem, or story.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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Lesson Plans
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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The Art and Ancient Tradition of Storytelling (Beginning Level)
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Students will discuss what is communicated in an ancient statuette by analyzing ...

Students will discuss what is communicated in an ancient statuette by analyzing the size and poses of two figures. They will learn that stories were passed through oral tradition in ancient times. They will create sculptures of themselves, a companion, and a favorite musical instrument using spheres and cylinders, and then recite a story inspired by their sculptures.

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Arts and Humanities
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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The Art and Ancient Tradition of Storytelling (Intermediate Level)
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Students will learn about the Trojan War and the hero Achilles. They ...

Students will learn about the Trojan War and the hero Achilles. They will compare different stories that were inspired by Achilles, which were passed down orally. They will analyze stories of Achilles in a relief on an ancient sarcophagus and in a drawing by a Renaissance artist. Finally, they will create their own drawing of Achilles inspired by literature.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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The Art and Depiction of Dance (Advanced Level)
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Students will examine three works of art to learn about the daily ...

Students will examine three works of art to learn about the daily lives of working ballet dancers in Paris in the 19th century. Students will conduct additional research to learn about the cultural context at the time these dancers worked, including how ballet dancers were perceived. Finally, students will create a backstage view of a contemporary dancer.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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The Art and Depiction of Dance (Beginning Level)
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Students will learn about an artist's sketchbook that includes drawings of ballet ...

Students will learn about an artist's sketchbook that includes drawings of ballet dancers. They will practice two ballet steps and discuss how an artist uses line to depict dancers in rehearsal. Students will make a sketchbook and produce a series of quick sketches of dancers.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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The Art and Science of Impressionist Color
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Students will learn about the Impressionist painters' use of color and how ...

Students will learn about the Impressionist painters' use of color and how it connected to early-19th-century scientific theories about color. They will explore combinations of primary and secondary colors, experiment creating secondary colors, and create a landscape using complementary colors.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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Balloon Nanotubes Tabletop
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This activity introduces learners to the structure and properties of carbon nanotubes. ...

This activity introduces learners to the structure and properties of carbon nanotubes. Visitors learn how the carbon atoms are arranged in a carbon nanotube, and that nanotubes are extremely strong and have interesting electrical properties. During the program, learners help build a tabletop model of a carbon nanotube---out of balloons! This activity guide includes instructions for building a smaller tabletop model as well as a giant hanging model.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Data
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NISE NET
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
National Science Foundation
NISE Network
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bearings for Your Whirligig
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Experiment with friction and make bearings for a whirligig! This activity is ...

Experiment with friction and make bearings for a whirligig! This activity is a nice introduction to friction and bearings and demonstrates why bearings are useful for spinning. A related video show Vollis Simpson, an artist who creates kinetic sculptures and whirligigs, explain how he uses bearings in all of his spinning pieces so that they move smoothly.

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Engineering
Arts and Humanities
Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Science Museum of Minnesota
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National Science Foundation
Science Learning Network
Science Museum of Minnesota
Science Musuem of Minnesota
Unisys
Before, During, and After "The Musicians' Brawl"
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Students discuss a 17th-century painting that depicts musicians in the middle of ...

Students discuss a 17th-century painting that depicts musicians in the middle of a fight. They will write a one-paragraph description of the painting in the present tense. Students speculate about what happened before and after the scene depicted in the painting, and then use past and future tenses to write narratives based on their speculations. In the narratives, each student will add descriptive idioms about characters in the painting and draw a visual representation of an idiom.

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Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts
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Images and Illustrations
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J. Paul Getty Museum
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Behind the Masks: Exploring Culture Through Art and Poetry
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Students research mask-making from various cultures, highlight the masks' connections to cultural ...

Students research mask-making from various cultures, highlight the masks' connections to cultural practices, compose poetry to reveal their understanding, analyze their own culture, and create personal masks and poetry.

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Arts and Humanities
World Cultures
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ReadWriteThink
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Benham's Disk
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In this activity, learners make a Benham Top to explore visual illusions ...

In this activity, learners make a Benham Top to explore visual illusions and optics. This activity guide includes three different instructions for making the spinner using various recycled materials (old CD, margarine container top, cardboard). The site includes disk graphics (large and small) as well as a blank disk for learners to make their own patterns. The site also explains theories about how the Benham's Disk, with a pattern of black and white marks, can cause people to see colors. Note: supply requirements will depend on the type of Benham's disk you want to build; not all supplies listed are required.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Neuroscience for Kids
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Author:
Eric H. Chudler
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Blood Flow Through the Heart
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This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners ...

This activity was designed for blind learners, but all types of learners can use it to understand how blood flows through the heart. The purpose of this activity is to illustrate the flow of blood in the heart and the function of the heart valves. It offers an opportunity to study the chambers, valves and blood flow with hands on, and an interactive method.

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Activities and Labs
Provider:
Perkins School for the Blind
Provider Set:
Accessible Science
Author:
Sarah Hughes
Breaking the Chains, Rising Out of Circumstances (Beginning Level)
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Students will analyze the emotions and personality conveyed in an 18th-century sculpture ...

Students will analyze the emotions and personality conveyed in an 18th-century sculpture bust of a strong and confident African man and learn that such a portrayal is unique for its time. They will then create an original portrait bust of a strong person who has faced difficult situations.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
Provider:
J. Paul Getty Museum
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Getty Education