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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 (83), 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 (77), 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 (74), 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..

tag(s): artists (74), photography (160)

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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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Educator's Reference Desk of Lesson Plans - Information Institute of Syracuse

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K to 12
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Over 2000 lesson plans are at your fingertips when you visit this site. Find lesson plans on these topics: Arts, Computer Science, Foreign Language, Health, Information Literacy,...more
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Over 2000 lesson plans are at your fingertips when you visit this site. Find lesson plans on these topics: Arts, Computer Science, Foreign Language, Health, Information Literacy, Interdisciplinary, Language Arts, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, and Vocational Education.

tag(s): resources (112)

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Some of the lesson plans are actually units designed for a week or more of study. The site allows for printer-friendly versions of the plans to make printing them a neat option. When you need quick plans for the substitute--or if you are a substitute-- this site is a must-have.

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Panoramas.dk

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K to 12
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Have a high speed Internet connection? (Most schools do)The you MUST visit these 3D virtual tours of beautiful sites all over the world with your students. Read the Welcome message...more
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Have a high speed Internet connection? (Most schools do)The you MUST visit these 3D virtual tours of beautiful sites all over the world with your students. Read the Welcome message on the home page for directions and details, then explore the current features and several years of archives for 3D virtual tours from major world capitals to true "experiences" such as Times Square and white water rafting. Even the tour of a Banyan tree will amaze you. Bring the world into your classroom for geography, landforms, world cultures, foreign language study, or literary settings. Be in the midst of festivals or atop the Sydney Bridge. The site requires Quicktime. The Welcome section can help you troubleshoot. Or you can get Quicktime from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Just be sure to share in full screen (high band) view , if you can! Click the FULL SCREEN QTVR FEATURE > ARCHIVE to find more choices. There is also a link to Arounder, a collection of European Capitals in 3D tours.

tag(s): images (266), landforms (45)

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Use a projector--or better yet, an interactive whiteboard--to take students atop the Eiffel Tower, to the high Sierras, or aboard a Mars explorer. Allow student to navigate on the whiteboard. Nte that Shift and Ctrl keys alow you to zoom, as well. Be sure to click at the top of the 3D view to Read More about the image. These tours will make landforms real, culture come alive, and science a visual art form. As you introduce terms and place, use images! You could even use a tour as a writing prompt for poetry or descriptive writing. Include the link on your teacher web page for students to "tour the world" outside of class or feature one location a week to broaden class horizons on a classroom desktop.

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What a GREAT idea! Thank you. I found one with mountain biking and vistas. I'll put it up early in the period and come back to it in the end and have them write their exit cards about it. Then I will revisit it in a week or two when we start talking about metaphorical language. Shirley, CA, Grades: 6 - 12
I plan to use this as a way to start the school year with my sixth grade G/T kids. I will display a panorama on an interactive whiteboard-- one of mountains with peaks and valleys. I will ask, "Why would I show you this and say that this is our classroom this year?" The students will write down an idea on a slip of paper, guessing why I might use this as an introduction to my class. They will most likely introduce all of the classroom conduct and learning environment issues that I want to touch upon that first day: peaks and valleys during the year, some rugged terrain, studying mountains and geography, some amazing views (everyone's opinions), and more. It will also get them thinking in analogies and allow me to see how quickly some of them do this and how literal others are. Thinking, PA, Grades: 5 - 10

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Twain: Tom Sawyer--Mythic Adventurer - Jayne Karsten

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8 to 12
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This lesson focuses on the content and style of development in Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and explores the nature of Tom Sawyer as a youthful "American Adam." Offered ...more
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This lesson focuses on the content and style of development in Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and explores the nature of Tom Sawyer as a youthful "American Adam." Offered in seven 45-minute lesson plans, this site has great activities, particularly for 8th and 9th graders. It incorporates Twain's classic with a humanities angle that gives students a broader view of what education and life were like in the mid-19th century in America.

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Use portions of these lessons; then allow students to choose among the various project options, perhaps using multiple intelligence approach to facilitate their choices.
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What Makes a Hero? - ARTSEDGE and DoDDS

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9 to 12
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This lesson plan enables students to identify characteristics that are common to heroes, recognize heroes from many diverse cultures, and discuss how heroes can be any type of person...more
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This lesson plan enables students to identify characteristics that are common to heroes, recognize heroes from many diverse cultures, and discuss how heroes can be any type of person who has accomplished an inspiring action. It offers this in nine 45-minute class lessons. The instructional objectives make it easy to pick and choose which lessons you want to do in the order in which you want to do them. It offers a great, classic base of Aristotelian hero qualities while also enabling you to bring the idea of hero forward into modern times.

tag(s): literature (275)

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The links on the site itself offer ways to let students investigate on the web themselves at safe sites. Share the links as part of a web treasure hunt asking students to collect characteristics of heroes on their own and put them in a collaborative graphic organizer. What a great start to a heroes unit---one that you can revisit and add to throughout the unit. At the end of the unit, let them use the class organizer as the basis for their own "design a hero" challenge instead of a test.
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ARTnatomy: Anatomical Basis of Facial Expression Learning Tool - VICTORIA CONTRERAS FLORES

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K to 12
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Amazing! This site uses a highly-accurate Flash representation of the complete muscular and skeletal structure of the human face and head in an interactive tool. The parts are all...more
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Amazing! This site uses a highly-accurate Flash representation of the complete muscular and skeletal structure of the human face and head in an interactive tool. The parts are all labeled (probably enough for a med student), but then the user can make them move to understand how they work. You will find yourself looking far more closely at any facial expression after you play with this for a few minutes. The tool is available in both Spanish and English. Don't miss the sliders that make the skull or muscles show more beneath the "skin." You MUST have Flash to see this site. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): drawing (77), speech (92)

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Teach figure drawing (head and face) by exploring this tool on laptops or an interactive whiteboard. If you teach anatomy or even athletic training/physiology, the detail of the anatomical illustration is amazing. Creative writers can use the emotion descriptors at the right to learn how to SHOW characters' emotions in their writing by explaining what their faces do instead of TELLING readers how the characters feel. Spanish teachers and ESL teachers may want to use the facial expressions to teach words that describe emotions. Other teachers-- even those who teach emotional or autistic support-- could use the facial expression of emotions to help students who have poor social skills recognize what someone else is feeling or build vocabulary of "feeling words." Speech clinicians interested in showing students how to form sounds (for articulation) will love this site, as will their students!
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Cliche a Day (and how to rewrite it) - Alan Eggleston

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5 to 12
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Find a cliche and ideas for better ways to say the same thing using this simple blog site. The directions at the right (HOW TO SEARCH THIS PAGE USING INTERNET ...more
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Find a cliche and ideas for better ways to say the same thing using this simple blog site. The directions at the right (HOW TO SEARCH THIS PAGE USING INTERNET EXPLORER) tell you everything you need to know to locate a specific cliche and some terrific alternates to the overused expression. Many of the examples are also taught as idioms.

tag(s): idioms (44)

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Introduce the site to your students on a projector os interactive whiteboard. Then have them work individually or in groups to write some of their own alternatives. Use the whiteboard to write new ideas! You could even start your own class wiki to include cliches students encounter in everyday conversation and in readings along with their suggestions for alternatives. Give extra credit for new additions students make on their own! Keep the link to Cliche a Day on your teacher web page as a reference for student writing assignments throughout the year.

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Art Access - Art Institute of Chicago

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K to 12
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Art teachers and social studies teachers alike will love this well-organized site filled with images, lesson plans, and activities to use at home and at school. Click on a collection...more
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Art teachers and social studies teachers alike will love this well-organized site filled with images, lesson plans, and activities to use at home and at school. Click on a collection for lesson plans, family activities, and numerous images. There is also an interactive world map to accompany the collection so you can click to see where different artworks originated. The collections include: African American Art; American Art to 1900; Ancient Indian Art of the Americas; Arts of Africa; Impressionism and Postimpressionism; India, Himalayas and Southeast Asia; Modern and Contemporary Art; Renaissance and Baroque Art; Rococo to Realism.

tag(s): painting (66), sculpture (21)

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Take a few minutes to explore the art of a continent, country, or time period you introduce through social studies or literature. Include this site on your teacher web page as you study these related topics to students and parents can access it outside of class even if you do not have enough time to devote a full lesson. The images are not very large, so viewing on individual computers or using a projector that has a zoom function would help you share with a class. Teachers will like the creativity of some of the "family" activities and may want to use them at school or suggest them in a newsletter or on your web page.

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A Painting a Day - Duane Keiser

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4 to 12
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If Blogspot sites are not blocked in your school, you can visit this artist's blog (actually a cluster of them) to see a new painting every few days, watch videos ...more
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If Blogspot sites are not blocked in your school, you can visit this artist's blog (actually a cluster of them) to see a new painting every few days, watch videos of how paintings were made, or click over to his oil painting Process blog to see the steps in that process. Although the site is intended for the artist to sell his paintings, his willingness to share his process and works will give your students a window into an artist's creativity and use of materials.

tag(s): oil (45), painting (66)

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Share the site on a projector or interactive whiteboard as you introduce painting techniques or art elements. Look for common themes or techniques in his work. If you have an interactive whiteboard, students can even "draw" on top of the works to show what they see or analyze movement, shape, and line. As a class, you may want to comment back to the artist. If you do this together as a teacher-controlled entry, you can protect student safety on the Internet while participating in dialog with the artist, a real-world "expert."

Videos use YouTube and may be blocked on your school network. Test the site at school before counting on it for a lesson plan! If you are able to show the "Ice Cream" video, your students will really SEE painting in progress with kid-friendly subject matter!

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The Assassination of King Tut - Discovery Channel

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6 to 12
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This Discovery Channel site features a speculative exploration of King Tut's death. There is a nice narrated slide show that recreates the discovery of the tomb, a 360 degree ...more
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This Discovery Channel site features a speculative exploration of King Tut's death. There is a nice narrated slide show that recreates the discovery of the tomb, a 360 degree view of an artist's conception of what King Tut may have looked like, and some nice photos of artifacts from the tomb.

tag(s): egypt (67)

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There is much here that would be great on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The narrated slide show brings the excitement of the tomb's discovery to life. While the discussion of King Tut's possible assassination is pure speculation, it will also serve to spark students' imagination. If you study archaeology or ancient history, this site will give you a chance to discuss the inquiry/hypothesis-testing process that archaeologists must follow.
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L. (Lucy) M. (Maud) Montgomery - Petri Liukkonen

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4 to 10
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From an international site of author biographies, this is a good one about Montgomery. It gives a good, reliable overview (although not in-depth) biography as well as a chronological...more
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From an international site of author biographies, this is a good one about Montgomery. It gives a good, reliable overview (although not in-depth) biography as well as a chronological listing of all her published works.

tag(s): authors (120)

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A good teacher resource to add information about the author to your repertoire. Include it on your eacher web page as a resource for students doing author study.

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Teaching with Films and Video - Karin M. Cintron

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7 to 12
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This site contains lesson plans and use suggestions for 5 classic movie favorites. It also has ideas for using those annoying movie previews found on DVDs and links to other ...more
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This site contains lesson plans and use suggestions for 5 classic movie favorites. It also has ideas for using those annoying movie previews found on DVDs and links to other sites about specific movies. Lessons include pre-watching activities, vocabulary support, internet exercises, and listening activities, so this site is highly appropriate for use with limited English speakers. Whether you are teaching film study, English, or ESL, this site has ideas for you.

tag(s): movies (65)

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Use the movie previews lessons to teach about genre and setting in this visual artform, then draw connections to literature you read. As you complete a literary work, ask students how they would present it visually, using the same principles they discover from this site.

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Celebrate Mother's Day in a New Way - Education World

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K to 12
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This website provides five lesson plans (ranging in grade levels K-12). A brief history of the holiday is provided, followed by five unique lesson plans. How about incorporating math...more
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This website provides five lesson plans (ranging in grade levels K-12). A brief history of the holiday is provided, followed by five unique lesson plans. How about incorporating math with your Mother's Day lessons (see "Motherhood Math: Mothers in the Workforce"). Lesson plans are aligned with national standards and include language arts, math, technology, visual arts, social studies, and more. These lessons are ready to go and easy to use.

tag(s): mothers day (13), sociology (22), statistics (122)

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If you are looking for some new ideas to use in your classroom, check out these lessons. They are ready to go, highly creative topics, and most importantly - FREE.

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Carbonmade: Your Online Portfolio - nterface

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8 to 12
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This is one fabulous way for art or photography students to create a FREE online portfolio to share work in your class, share with each other, or submit as an ...more
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This is one fabulous way for art or photography students to create a FREE online portfolio to share work in your class, share with each other, or submit as an online collection for competitions or college admissions. The users agreement specifies no "group" accounts or users under 13 years old. The free version is limited to 5 projects and 35 images (no videos in the free version), but this is enough to show your "best of the best." You can even choose the actual URL for the portfolio within Carbonmade. The home page has a Flash demo so you can see how the site works.

tag(s): images (266), photography (160), portfolios (28)

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Browse for files and upload to site, label with captions, project information, other information, and decide about viewing options. Works best with Internet Explorer 6+ or Safari. No special html skills needed. A teenager will figure this one out in one minute. A techno-comfortable teacher will take no more than four minutes! The only challenge is figuring out how to change settings on a project within your portfolio and have them SAVE. Watch the demo.

Share portfolios among neighboring schools or through art teacher associations to inspire your students and help them develop the critical skills to choose their best work and articulate their reasons (Use the "notes" space on each image to tell about it).

Be sure that you adhere to school policies regarding posting of student work. Have students create their accounts ONLY with written parent permission, especially since there is space for a "profile" (which teachers should require students to leave BLANK for safety reasons. Use your teacher email account so there is no danger of having outsiders contact your students. After graduation students may change the settings and use the site in budding art careers! Avoid including any personally identifiable information in descriptions or images. Personally identifiable information can always be shared with potential colleges, etc. via email or letter, rather than posting it to the web.

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Story Corps - NPR

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NPR is amassing a collection of oral histories by traveling across the country and talking to average people. On this website, users can read or listen to the stories ...more
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NPR is amassing a collection of oral histories by traveling across the country and talking to average people. On this website, users can read or listen to the stories told by a wide variety of Americans. Click "Tell your story" to find Locations & Reservations for traveling Mobile Booths or directions to record on your own. The Do It Yourself guide includes tips on interview questions and an interview check list. Started in 2003, the site has many stories in its archives and frequently adds updates.

In the Classroom

Use this site to reconnect your students with those of other generations and geographic locations. Turn up your speakers and listen to some examples in your classroom. You can even use the story collection site as a model to start your own oral history project for your class or the entire school. You may not want to actually place your recording on the NPR site but instead house them locally in your school or community web site. As major events occur in your community, such as an anniversary or the opening of a new school, engage your students in documenting the event. The general interview guides offer useful interview techniques for school newspapers or news broadcasts, as well.
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Wet Ink Magazine - Jen Sookfong Lee, editor

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Wet Ink is a teen magazine written by and about Canadian youth. It celebrates their creativity by giving them opportunities to submit and also read bios, poetry, fiction, nonfiction,...more
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Wet Ink is a teen magazine written by and about Canadian youth. It celebrates their creativity by giving them opportunities to submit and also read bios, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art created by people like themselves. The links page contains contact with other bodies that accept submissions, writing/art contests, and other arts resources. The professional look of the pages contributes to the pride of publication.

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In the Classroom

If you happen to be a Canadian teacher, this opportunity to publish can inspire your students' writing and artwork. Even if you are not Canadian, use the publications as inspiration or prompts for writing and more. As you teach poetry, consider displaying a student piece on your interactive whiteboard alongside one by a "known" author, so students can highlight and note literary devices that even students can include in their work. Do the same as you critique artwork.

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