Annora Brown Art, Life & Legacy

The Annora Brown Art, Life and Legacy (ABALL) Project is a group of K-12 educators who have created various resources to support the development of awareness and use of Annora Brown's creative legacy. These OER reflect the Alberta curriculum standards for K-12 students.
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Annora Brown Postage Stamp

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This series of lessons provides an overview of what is a postage stamp and its history within Canada. Students then learn about the life and art of the Alberta artist Annora Brown. Nearly 200 of her wildflower paintings are held by the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.Once students know more about stamps and the art of Annora Brown, they may create their own postage stamps. Secondly, they learn about writing persuasive letters and are asked to write to the Canada Post Office requesting a series of stamps based on the wildflower paintings of Annora Brown.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Connie Blomgren


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This lesson plan explains how seeds can be dispersed, describes seed adaptations to ensure dispersal and explain the importance of this process.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan

Author: Bryan Jersky

Plant Parts

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OBJECTIVESStudents will be able to name the basic parts of a plant.Students will also know the function of these parts.Students will construct their own plant model and explain it to a partner.Students will keep a steady beat while stomping and clapping to the plant song.EDUCATION STANDARDSHelp students better understand that natural world, and the functions of plants specifically.Engage in intelligent conversation with their peers about what they learned.MATERIALS NEEDEDQ-tips Pipe cleanersCotton ballsMarkersPencilsPaperStringGlue sticksInternet access/plant songVERIFICATIONI will ask them to rename each part after we put the plant together.Students will tell the people around the name and function of each part.We will talk about all these things again as a class.ACTIVITYHave students come up in groups to get materials (write on the board what all they need)Each student should start with one piece of paper, one cotton ball, ten qtips, two pipe-cleaners, glue, and markers and five pieces of string.Start building the flower starting with the stem and then the roots and the leaves and last the flower, pausing after each step to make sure everyone is on the same page and name each piece after we make it.Explain what each part does for the plant i.e. What do roots do for a plant and how? What does the stem do?  Why does it have leaves? What does the flower do?All parts work together to keep the plant healthyRoots absorb water and nutrients for the plant The stem keeps the plant grounded and strong and carries water to the leaves and flowersLeaves make plant food by taking in air and sunlightThe flower makes seeds that carried away by the wind or insects and then turn into new plantsHave students clean up their areaOnce the flower is done, point to a part of the plant and ask them what it is.  Write the answer on the board so they can see how to spell it and have them label their plant.  Tell them again what each part does.Have them explain and tell the people around them what each part is and what it does At the very end, we will listen to the plant song while keeping a steady beat.I’ll divide the class in half, half will stomp, half will clapThe plant song will reiterate what we went over in class (and hopefully get stuck in their heads)

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: alexis mastrobuono

Plant Cycles: Photosynthesis & Transpiration

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What do plants need? Students examine the effects of light and air on green plants, learning the processes of photosynthesis and transpiration. Student teams plant seeds, placing some in sunlight and others in darkness. They make predictions about the outcomes and record ongoing observations of the condition of the stems, leaves and roots. Then, several healthy plants are placed in glass jars with lids overnight. Condensation forms, illustrating the process of transpiration, or the release of moisture to the atmosphere by plants.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Christopher Valenti, Denise W. Carlson, Malinda Schaefer Zarske

Ambitious Women Artists at Work

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Students learn the stories of two ambitious and courageous women artists in European history -- Luisa Roldan (also known as La Roldana) and Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun -- and examine works by both. Students then research and write a short report on a female artist working today.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Lesson Plan

Art Lesson Plans for a Joan Miro Drawing

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ART BRIDGES: Lesson Plans for Enrichment, Growth and Healing Art Lesson Plans for a Joan Miro Drawing Objectives: • To introduce a famous Italian artist to the students. • To teach the art element of “Line” • To teach the art element of “Balance” • To practice using these elements in creating a work of art

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan

Author: NDE Digital Learning

Trivium Art History

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Trivium Art History is a free, online art history textbook designed for discovery. Meet history's greatest artists, browse artwork, and explore the timeline of human creativity. Trivium offers short, conversational essays and artist biographies and encourages exploration by artistic movements, mediums and themes.

Material Type: Reading, Textbook

Authors: Reed Enger, Rick Love

What is OER?

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Brief video describing Open Educational Resources (OER) and their associated copyrights and permissions. Generally Open Educational Resources have terms of use that allow for permissions that are known as the "Five Rs:" Reuse, Remix, Revise, Retain, and Redistribute.

Material Type: Lecture

TCC Library Handout - Copyright, OER, and CC Licenses

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This is a 3-page "quick guide" handout about copyright, OER, and CC licenses, including what they look like and what they mean for usage in and out of the classroom. This handout is meant for students and would be a useful supplement for any assignments requiring openly licensed multimedia or sources. This handout also accompanies the TCC Library's "Student Guide to OER" LibGuide.

Material Type: Student Guide

Author: Tacoma Community College Library

Earth Challenge 2020

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Earth Challenge 2020 is a brand new citizen science app where you and your students can collect data on air quality, plastic pollution, insect populations, and food sustainability in your community! In the insect widget, you can collect data on your local bee populations by submitting photos of bees you find. You can also learn to classify different types of bees in the app and sort photos that will train technology to help scientists understand bee populations around the world

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors:, Tami Enright, The Bee Cause Project

Land Talk

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LandTalk is a citizen science and environmental history project that documents through interviews how local landscapes change over time. Its goal is to provide an opportunity for conversations between generations, and a chance to learn from observers about changes they have seen. Land Talk is a great exercise to do with students of most ages. Several lesson plans, based on the Next Generation Science and Core Curriculum standards, have been developed to complement the project. While these plans target standards for specific grade levels, they are intended to be adapted to other grades and subjects.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Deborah Gordon, Stanford University