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Students listen to the "Berry Pickers' Song" on the piano twice. They practice the song several times to become familiar enough to recognize it in the piece. They listen to the CD and recognize the tune by raising their hand and tell what instruments are playing the tune.
In this environmental geography learning exercise, middle schoolers use graphic organizers to note 7 ways people in the United States and Canada have both created and solved problems through their interaction with the environment. Students also use a textbook map to respond to 2 short answer questions.
Students analyze Edward Hopper's painting and Hirsch's poem to explore the types of emotion generated by each work. In this literary and art analysis lesson, students discuss how Hopper establishes tone and analyze Hirsch's use of diction and imagery. Students write a comparison of two of the artworks from Picturing America.