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Learners design ways to accommodated voters with disabilities. In this creative problem solving instructional activity, students use the ADA checklist for polling places and universal design principles to evaluate a polling place. They draw plans showing their improvements.
High schoolers explain one artist's approach to the Impressionist's use of art elements and design principles. They create an Impressionistic painting that contains two figures.
Eighth graders apply the six steps in technology problem solving as they use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Checklist for Polling Places and the seven Universal Design Principles to evaluate and make recommendations for changes in a polling place to accommodate voters with disabilities.
Here's an exciting and innovative lesson that's sure to get your charges fired up! In it, they use engineering design principles to construct and test a fully solar powered car. One caveat: the kits that each group needs to make their cars is $35.00 each (2012 prices). However, this looks to be a worthwhile investment in your students' learning! The lesson is packed with all sorts of valuable, real-life learning and kids should be excited to test out their creations in a variety of ways. Terrific worksheets, websites, and detailed instructions on how to test the cars are all embedded in this delightful plan.
Students explore texture in art.  In this textured collage art lesson, students observe and identify texture in famous artwork from artists around the world.  Students plan and create a textured collage of a chosen animal.
Middle school learners create original covers for fiction or nonfiction books. They access various technologies to combine text and graphics to reflect their perspective of a recently-studied work of literature. In addition, they complete a a summary and analysis of the literary work that reflects the author's intent and style.
Sixth graders design travel brochures using technology to persuade people to visit their location.  In this travel brochure lesson plan, 6th graders must communicate what is attractive about a place that would convince you to visit. Students present their projects.
Learners study the art work of aboriginalists and create art work of their own to demonstrate an understanding of the art form. In this art lesson plan, students create 3D art and experiment with color combinations.
Students review Gerald Ferstman's work and discuss abstract art. They design and create monoprints on Mylar. They reflect on their work and write about the experience of creating the piece.
Learners build their own newspaper skyscrapers with limited materials and time. They identify several different structural engineering principles relating to skyscrapers. They explain how their towers resisted the wind load.
Students create self-portraits using prior artistic knowledge and personal experiences. Emphasis is placed on the works of Albrecht Durer, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Romare Bearden, and Chuck Close for inspiration.
Students gain appreciation for the work of Eric Carle. They speculate about a work of art, what materials, techniques and skills were used. They study Carle's work to determine how he did it and explore various water color techniques.
Students create book covers for fiction or nonfiction books. In this literature lesson plan students use various resources to conduct research and create graphics for the cover.
Sixth graders explore a vacation destination. Groups of pupils design a vacation brochure to capture the attention of potential travelers. They write a descriptive and persuasive paragraph about the vacation destination for the brochure.
Students create different shapes using tessellations. In this geometry lesson, students create different designs using polygons as their pattern. They create a two-dimensional art piece using the patterns and tessellation.
Students explore different works of art by contemporary Canadian Aboriginal artists and express their cultural identity by creating a work of art. In this Canadian Aboriginal art lesson, students view Canadian Aboriginal art and view the techniques and effects used. Students then create their own art from family photographs and momentos.
Students create a marketing design, print communication design and a package design for a suite of products for an imaginary company. They identify the qualities of successful logos and incorporate those qualities into their own designs.
Second graders explain and apply the visual arts elements and the design principle of symmetry and apply media, techniques, and processes. In addition, they describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses.
Fourth graders identify art elements and design principles in art such as movement, unity, space and color planning.
Students work in pairs to share ideas and materials. They are seated at a large table with the following materials at hand: a variety of colored paper stock, colored markers, crayons, painting, glue and glitter pens, scissors, samples of Circle Time props. Students are given a short introductory activity on "Circle Time", what is it? Why do we do it? Why do we use props to enhance the experience?

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