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Mrs. Cassidy's Web Page - Merry Christmas - Mrs. Cassidy

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K to 3
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Visit this seasonal website for some Christmas and general winter fun. Mrs. Cassidy, a primary teacher, has created another useful collection. Some examples of activities include: "Mix...more
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Visit this seasonal website for some Christmas and general winter fun. Mrs. Cassidy, a primary teacher, has created another useful collection. Some examples of activities include: "Mix and Match Snowman," "Make a Snowflake," and "Trim a Tree." Educational topics include matching, problem solving, logic, art, and others. Many of these activities require JAVA and/or FLASH. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): christmas (64), logic (235), matching (24), problem solving (272)

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All of these activities would be perfect on your interactive whiteboard. Students would also enjoy independent exploration of the activities on a classroom computer or cluster. Be aware - some of these activities lack educational value, so check out the activity BEFORE using it in your class. Most of the links are very educational and offer excellent enrichment activities. Also, you may notice some spelling differences (since some of the links originate from BC, Canada).
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Creating Dramatic Monologues from The Grapes of Wrath - Alisa Soderquist

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10 to 12
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For those who teach The Grapes of Wrath, this is a great website to teach both the literature and the history of the novel and have students generate a creative ...more
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For those who teach The Grapes of Wrath, this is a great website to teach both the literature and the history of the novel and have students generate a creative product. It offers lesson plans, vocabulary, and links for students to explore on their own. This novel site includes objectives, materials, procedures, adaptations, discussion questions, evaluation, extensions, suggested readings, links, vocabulary, and academic standards. The variety of approaches offered and links accessible gives the high school teacher ways to motivate students to read the novel and relate it to our society today.

tag(s): great depression (24)

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These dramatic monologues would be a wonderful first venture into podcasting. Why not try it with one of the simple web-based podcasting tools like Podomatic. If you are afraid to go that far, adapt the idea into a wiki or blog "journal" instead of a recorded monologue. You will capture the interest of your most reluctant students.

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Haltadefinizione: The Last Supper in Detail - Hal9000

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6 to 12
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If you teach about DaVinci, the Renaissance, religion, or painting, this site is phenomenal to bring the closest thing to the actual painting of the Last Supper right up to ...more
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If you teach about DaVinci, the Renaissance, religion, or painting, this site is phenomenal to bring the closest thing to the actual painting of the Last Supper right up to your face. Unlike most online images, this one has been digitized to allow you to zoom in VERY closely and still have a sharp image. The exquisite detail will let you discuss technique, symbolism, and more. See context about how the online version was made by clicking on "HAL9000" and watching the "backstage" video. The video includes some street scenes outside in Milan. The site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): italy (17), renaissance (34)

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Turn off the music if it interferes with your study, then open this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. If you have laptops available, let your students explore the painting on their own and make observations, as well, perhaps guided by some questions from you. As an interesting aside with high school students, talk about the issue of whether art masterpieces should be digitized and shared on the web for wider exposure. What does this experience do the the works? What does it do to the art viewing experience?
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The Online Picasso Project - Prof. Dr. Enrique Mallen

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2 to 12
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Explore everything you ever wanted to see and read about Picasso using this fabulous online collection. See a biographical timeline with images of the artworks intermingled, explore...more
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Explore everything you ever wanted to see and read about Picasso using this fabulous online collection. See a biographical timeline with images of the artworks intermingled, explore the works up close using an "explore" tool, and compare works side by side by using the checkboxes and "compare" button. Whether you are trying to inspire an art project with some visuals before turning students loose with their own materials or are teaching a lesson in art criticism, this site is a treasury. A few of the resources open a little slowly simply because of the large volume of information that is loading. The tool seems to work best when you go in through "biography."

tag(s): picasso (6)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or large screen in your art class. Use the whiteboard tools to draw and highlight aspects of the works. If you assign students to do research on featured artists, this site is a MUST. Literature teachers approaching works of the early 20th century may also want to compare Picasso's revolutionary approaches to some of the changes in poetry at the same time.

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Exploring Africa - Michigan State University

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6 to 12
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study)....more
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Wow, this website is amazing! Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study). The general units include "Why Study Africa", "Studying Africa Through the Social Studies", "Studying Africa Through the Humanities", and "Regional Perspectives". Each module contains a teacher version that includes objectives, focus questions, activities, background information, and more. These teaching and learning activities all follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, and Evaluate. The website also provides links for specific country information and current events.

tag(s): africa (180), diversity (36)

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This website is literally a textbook online. The information is ready to go and easy to use. It may not be possible to cover all of the information included in this extensive website. Pick and choose the modules that will be useful in your own classroom. Modules can easily be used independently and include detailed teacher notes, evaluations, printable pages, and more. Many of the a ctivities will work well using technology, though the plans do not specify this. For example: Share some of the maps on your interactive whiteboard or have students draw some of their "preconceived notions" about Africa on the whiteboard as part of the introductory image activities.

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Picture Books - Dandi Palmer

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K to 4
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This site contains a nice collection of online picture books, some for very young children but also some for older children. Those with high-speed connections should click on the ...more
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This site contains a nice collection of online picture books, some for very young children but also some for older children. Those with high-speed connections should click on the teapot to access the best view of the books. Ms. Palmer wrote and illustrated this variety of offerings. The gallery also shares illustrations from a variety of older texts. You can also view books in progress and enjoy coloring sheets. Share this site with your aspiring readers and artists to help them appreciate the role illustration has in creating attractive texts.

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Children will enjoy reading online as a class on a projector or interactive whiteboard or reading at a center on your classroom computer. Share the site with parents via your web page. Art teachers can feature these illustrations as an inspiration for a picture book project.

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Colour Lovers - Color Lovers

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4 to 12
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Art teachers and graphic design instructors trying to provide many examples of analogous and complementary color schemes will love this site. Your young artists will be fascinated that...more
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Art teachers and graphic design instructors trying to provide many examples of analogous and complementary color schemes will love this site. Your young artists will be fascinated that people are actually PAID to create and forecast new color palettes for all kinds of design and other applications. This site is a sharing space for professional color designers to post new color schemes they have created for architecture, web design, print, advertising, and any other use. It is the real world equivalent of a on line color "jam session." The home page often features a color scheme on a current topic, such as color inspirations from a seasonal picture.

tag(s): design (84), graphic design (35)

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Assign your secondary art or fibers students to select a color scheme from this site and describe it both technically (the hues, tones, etc.) and emotionally (what feelings do these colors evoke?). Color schemes can be copied and pasted from the site (under Fair Use) for students to place on PowerPoint slides with commentary, then project as part of a class critique. If you teach digital imaging, have students create their own digital color palettes and share them on a wiki with their descriptions and descriptions from classmates. Younger students can respond to palettes you bring up on a projector of interactive whiteboard before a painting or color mixing lesson.

Be aware that this site has comments and favorites, so you will want to preview for comments not appropriate in a classroom. There is also a discussion board area you may want to avoid. Spell out the limitations before you put students on to navigate the site in your secondary classroom. If you are too concerned, do it as a whole-class activity on an interactive whiteboard.

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Adventures of Tintin at Sea - National Maritime Museum

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3 to 12
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Favorite comic book character Tintin's adventures fill this site with many ways to learn. Students can sequence a story or match up words and images to practice comprehension in ...more
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Favorite comic book character Tintin's adventures fill this site with many ways to learn. Students can sequence a story or match up words and images to practice comprehension in French or English. For students interested in art and comics, the "drawing inspiration" section shows the relationship between original photos and the resulting drawings. Comments by the artist explain how each step occurred. Other features allow viewers to see Tintin's artist at work.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), french (88), sequencing (31)

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Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to show how the visuals play a key role in communicating meaning in a story. In lower grades, practice sequencing using the activities on this site. In French class, no matter the age, the sequences will be a challenge!In Art class, use the discussions of process to inspire your own students' cartooning projects. For an extension, use a site such as Toondoo to create student "strips."

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I was wondering - National Science Academies

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5 to 10
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female...more
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Meet Lia and learn about women scientists. Anyone, especially middle school aged girls, is encouraged to become a scientist as Lia celebrates the lives and contributions of 10 female scientists. You will find hands-on, "sharable" science activities and games that make science fun. Book suggestions and amazing links associated with the women scientists' fields complete the offerings of this site designed to dispel the myth that girls can't do science.

tag(s): climate (92), genetics (90), space (205)

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The topics range from robots to subatomic particles, from biology to astronomy to social science. Use this site as a jumping off point to for scientist biographies and study of science careers in a variety of areas. Many of the links make excellent curriculum resources, as well. Be sure to make this site available from your teacher web page and encourage students to try some of the hands-on activities at home. Most are designed to be "social events" where students can invite friends to join in. Mention this to parents, as well, so they can encourage their young scientists with science parties!
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The Victorian Web - George P. Landow

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9 to 12
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This site covers the Victorian period (roughly 1837 through 1901) and addresses everything from political and social history to gender matters, authors, periodicals, philosophy, religion,...more
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This site covers the Victorian period (roughly 1837 through 1901) and addresses everything from political and social history to gender matters, authors, periodicals, philosophy, religion, technology, and more. Since this covers much of the development of industry in the Western world, it is an invaluable source for studying the arts and humanities. History teachers who study the Industrial Revolution will like this site for its connections between technology and other areas of society. Note that music is included in the "theatre and popular entertainment" section. The composer of every high school student's favorite theme song, "Pomp and Circumstance," is included among the profiles. Can you find him/her?

tag(s): evolution (100), industrial revolution (25), victorian (21)

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In English, history, art or music classes, have students research aspects of Victorian times and present those pieces to the class. Everything from dressing up in costume to displaying the appropriate manners is game! Portraying authors, actors, and others at the popular soir?es using the language of the time would be a great learning experience for students. In fact, there are more than enough authors and others listed to have quite a party of in full regalia and language. What a dinner party that might be!

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Make a Monster - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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K to 1
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Use the interactive activity on this website to create, describe and discuss a character from a previously read story. A worksheet is available to record what you know and think ...more
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Use the interactive activity on this website to create, describe and discuss a character from a previously read story. A worksheet is available to record what you know and think about the character. Students can also create orginal monsters, print, and write about them. Student-created "monsters" can also be used as attribute blocks. Use describing words to explain texture, color, and pattern characteristics or to find similarities and differences between different children's creations.

tag(s): writing (359)

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Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and use it as a center or consider having students use their imagination to create a character of their own, draw it on the computer or by traditional means and complete the worksheet. Use completed characters as a show and tell instead of students bringing items from home.
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American Centuries ...view from New England - Memorial Hall Museum Online

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4 to 12
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There is so much to explore on this site, you will need to place limitations on it! Digital Collections of everything from clothing to chronology, turns of the century exhibits, ...more
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There is so much to explore on this site, you will need to place limitations on it! Digital Collections of everything from clothing to chronology, turns of the century exhibits, in the classroom activities, curricula, New England architecture and tools, manuscripts from people who lived in the time-- this site is truly a museum on the web made student-friendly. The activities section is full of ways to involve students with real objects from history. Students can actually hear some of the artists and writers reading their own words -- which is remarkable. If you teach American literature or history or are interested in artifacts from the past, this is a great site. If you choose, you or your students can create a login and save to "my collection." Many sections require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colonial america (107), england (57), slavery (72)

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If you plan to share objects as part of a lesson "collect" them in a personal collection so you can pull them up easily. Challenge secondary students to use the activity labeled "Create a chronology" to group artifacts from the collections to illustrate a concept, such as slavery, clothing, or background of an author, artist, or historical event. With younger students, use one or more of the activities on an interactive whiteboard or projector or design a simple scavenger hunt within YOUR collection of objects for students to find out about colonial life and times. If you turn them loose on the entire site, you will never get them back.
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Hyper History Online - The World History Project

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6 to 12
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This comprehensive history/culture resource is the mother of all timelines with over 3000 years of history available in "synchronoptic" form, that is, in parallel timelines. Users...more
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This comprehensive history/culture resource is the mother of all timelines with over 3000 years of history available in "synchronoptic" form, that is, in parallel timelines. Users can view by searching year, event, people, stories, subjects, events, political movements, and maps. Constant updates to the events section and additional "people" lines ensure the timeliness of this amazing site. (The site does NOT include people who are still alive). The span of the timelines and people, events, and cultures is extensive. Timeline elements are clickable for more information. We recommend the site for grades 6 and up purely because of the level of exposure necessary to appreciate all the information and because of the reading level.

tag(s): biographies (87), politics (99)

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Use this site for context regarding what was going on all over the world at any given time, especially as you launch class discussion of a new topic or time period. Help students see relationships between what they know and what else was occurring at the same time. Use it to pose questions about how events and people may be related, as well. This site will work very well on a projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Toy Theater - Toy Theater

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K to 5
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Memory puzzles, comic stories, action alphabet and math flashcards are just a few features at this site. Art, music, reading, math, puzzles and more are accessed through easy dropdown...more
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Memory puzzles, comic stories, action alphabet and math flashcards are just a few features at this site. Art, music, reading, math, puzzles and more are accessed through easy dropdown links. The difficulty ranges from simple primary skills to more challenging puzzles. Use these great interactives to teach music composition, practice with numbers, letters, and colors, do paper cut-outs like Henri Matisse, or practice math and reading skills. ESL or elementary spelling teachers will like the simple "crossword" vocabulary interactive. All links are interactive and require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): alphabet (92), animation (63), counting (120), numbers (204), spelling (168)

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Use these activities as a center, with partners, or on an interactive whiteboard. Turn up the speakers for sound on the music portions.
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Paper Toys - PaperToys.com

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3 to 10
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This crafty website provides students (and teachers) with directions to create paper toys. The patterns are printables on the web page. The website provides instructions for approximately...more
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This crafty website provides students (and teachers) with directions to create paper toys. The patterns are printables on the web page. The website provides instructions for approximately 100 unique models. The types of models vary from monuments (such as the Chrysler Building or the Eiffel Tower) to holiday creations. There are printable instructions provided for each model. This website is a refreshing activity for art classes, social studies classes or any class seeking a creative method to use to re-create famous monuments and other objects or buildings.

tag(s): architecture (84), paper folding (5)

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The paper folding activities would work well with cooperative learning groups. For example, during a unit on architecture or structures, have each group recreate a different monument or architectural design. Then teach about the various concepts of architecture by using the groups' models. Ask gifted/talented students to analyze how the paper fold-ups work then design a model of your school. Some of the options are purely entertainment oriented. You may want to print the paper patterns yourself instead of sending students to the site.

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Wotartist - Wotdesign

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6 to 12
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This visually beautiful compendium of artist web sites allows you to find artist by continent and medium to showcase sample techniques to your students or help them get inspiration...more
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This visually beautiful compendium of artist web sites allows you to find artist by continent and medium to showcase sample techniques to your students or help them get inspiration for their own artwork and photography. Artists who have sites "list" themselves with Wotartist. A teacher can select a continent/region and can roll the mouse over types or styles of artwork: photography, sculpture, impressionism, etc, A colorful, small preview of a sample of the artist's work appears next to the words. Click to see more. Incidentally, the site offers e-cards, as well.

tag(s): drawing (78), impressionism (5), painting (66), photography (160), sculpture (21), surrealism (4)

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Share artworks and techniques on a projector as you introduce a project or make this site available on the desktop in your studio for students to get inspiration. Note: since there is no "filtering" on the artwork content, you might want to allow students to use this site ONLY under supervision. If you preview artists in advance, you can simply "avoid" those whose images might cause concern among parents or administrators. As you know, art can be tricky, so be wise as a teacher! When a student does a particularly GOOD art project, why not send his/her parents a positive e-card from this site? You could make a real impression! Note: ALL images on the site are copyrighted, so make sure your students know that they should not be copying them unless for a specific class project and with proper citation.

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Frankenstein - Discovery Education

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9 to 12
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This lesson site for the novel Frankenstein offers a variety of activities, including student web searches and different ways to discuss this story. Monster stories are popular...more
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This lesson site for the novel Frankenstein offers a variety of activities, including student web searches and different ways to discuss this story. Monster stories are popular with teenagers, and Shelley's Frankenstein is not what they expect it to be. However, this website provides motivation for students to delve into and discuss the meaning of true "monsters."

tag(s): halloween (40)

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This site includes standards, procedures, and extensions for studying Frankenstein as well as an intersting way to approach a trial for student discussion. Certainly worth a look for anyone who teaches this novel. The link to the "Penetrating the Secrets of Nature" site would be a great one to share on a projector or interactive whiteboard as an anticipatory set or activator as you start this novel unit.

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Blast - Art and Design - BBC

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6 to 12
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The BBC created this wonderful website especially for students ages 13 to 19 years old. Students can show share their artwork, get advice from the experts, or chat with famous ...more
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The BBC created this wonderful website especially for students ages 13 to 19 years old. Students can show share their artwork, get advice from the experts, or chat with famous artists. Students will also learn how various artists got their start and what the artists love about their jobs. There are a few interactive games and educational activities, as well. The interactive activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Since this website was created by the BBC, you may notice some spelling differences.

tag(s): artists (75), painting (66)

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This is an excellent website for middle and high school art classes or clubs! Help your students to display their own artwork and learn about many artists of the past and present. Be sure to get parent permission and discuss safety concerns before uploading student artwork (avoid identifiable information) The interactive fun would be perfect on a projection screen. If your students are uncomfortable with critiques, this tool may be the lure to make them more willing to take the risks.
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Onion Street Art Room - BBC

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6 to 12
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This website is ready for your aspiring artists. There are interactive games and art activities, chat areas to get art advice, unique project ideas, and even an area to ...more
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This website is ready for your aspiring artists. There are interactive games and art activities, chat areas to get art advice, unique project ideas, and even an area to submit your artwork to the gallery. If you want to spark some creativity, take your students on a visit to the Onion Street Art Room. Since this website was created by the BBC, you may notice some spelling differences. You will also read the term "GCSE," the British test that secondary students take to demonstrate general curriculum knowledge. The interactive activities require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Use this site as a resource to plan art activities or share it with your students so they can find fresh art ideas. Encourage budding artists by posting their artwork, as well (with permission). Use the galleries to show your students how to give a positive critique -- even leave some comments for other artists. Because the site includes discussion boards and commenting, you will need to have rules about netiquette/safety and to obtain parent permission if students are using the site at school. If you simply share portions on a projector or interactive whiteboard, you will not need to worry about safety issues in class.
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The BBC created this wonderful website that shows students how to create 3 different themed murals (the countryside, an underwater scene, and a forest). The original contest and website...more
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The BBC created this wonderful website that shows students how to create 3 different themed murals (the countryside, an underwater scene, and a forest). The original contest and website is targeted at 9 - 11 year old students in Ireland, but many of the activities could easily be used with younger or older students. The mural instructions include a series of activities, worksheets, video clips, and more. You may prefer to cherry -pick the best activities to use in your class, or take advantage of the entire lesson. The interactive activities and videos require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Since this website was created by the BBC, you may notice some spelling differences.

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Use the mural as a way to study the natural environment in your area: the plants , animals, and seasons. Don't forget to talk about the animal habitats you see as your observe and create. Get your interactive whiteboard or projector ready to demonstrate to your students how a mural is created step-by-step. Keep this resource available on your single classroom computer or large screen as a reference while students create their own murals, so they have a live and large model to follow. The website provides general standards, find them by clicking on the "Curriculum Relevance" link.
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