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Monte Alban is a site found in Oaxaca in South America. Learners will study the buildings and ornamentation found at the site to construct a scale model in class. This lesson blends, algebra, geometry, art, and ancient history through the wonders of model-based inquiry. Really challenging and fun!
Kids become mini-experts on the Mannerist movement and the art of El Greco. They identify common elements of El Greco paintings and compare them to a work by Thomas Hart Benton. They use four ways to examine art taken from the book, "Looking at Pictures" by Susan Woodford to help them analyze the paintings. A good lesson with a lot of great extension ideas.
Get your head in the clouds before teaching cloud types to your mini-meteorologists. The lesson opens with a beautiful PowerPoint presentation of clouds portrayed in different artists' paintings. After viewing artistic renditions, learners then view photographs of different cloud types. Background information, resource links, and suggested extensions are provided. This lesson is a visual treat that you can follow with an activity in which pupils reproduce the different cloud types using various art media.
Specifically written for a special education audience, this resource provides you with the steps needed to conduct a language activity. You'll read a holiday-themed book, recap the story, then begin a dialogue to promote receptive and expressive language skills. Afterward, the class participates in an art project based on the book they've just heard. This becomes a second stage for interpersonal communication based on a common topic of theme.
This worksheet provides a wonderful scaffold for those learning how to analyze art in a critical and thoughtful way. It describes what art historians do, then requires learners to view and analyze one of the listed works. Twelve questions are provided to guide pupils through the analysis process taking note of symbolism, context, culture, and period in which the piece was created.
Learners design a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their understanding of portraiture art. In this art history instructional activity, students gather information of portraits through history and discuss the artistic techniques used by making a multimedia presentation.
Use online dictionaries to define vocabulary words and create a visualization of word meanings through digital art. Middle schoolers go online to define assigned vocabulary words. They visualize the meanings of the words in photo software and create a digital art product.
“To succeed, we must first believe that we can.”—Michael Korda. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 10 of 20 continues discussing nutrition focusing on serving size. Americans overeat which leads to many health problems. Understanding serving size and portion control will help youngsters develop better eating habits. After the portion size activity they will practice the kicking skills they have already learned.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson nine of 20 introduces food labels to the class. What are food labels? What do they mean? How can they be helpful in choosing what to eat or drink? The class participates in an activity called Crack the Code to help them decipher a food label. Then they practice their round-house kicks before putting together snap/round-house kick combinations, and thrust/round-house combinations. They will use shields and targets for variety.
Throughout history, dance has had a spiritual or ritual significance depending on the context it's performed in. Critical thinkers research and create a multi-media presentation describing the use of dance and music in wedding rituals from around the world. This lesson would be perfect to use as a prompt for an expository or comparative essay.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson five of 20 has a great team building activity in which a small group is given some supplies to build a tower, the tallest free-standing tower they can build. After this activity, there is more review of the skills learned thus far: mini-salute, crane stance, cat stance, snap kick, thrust kick, and proper use of the kicking shield.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”—Leo Tolstoy. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts instructional activity six of 20 includes an activity that introduces the class to thinking about self-discipline. Not an easy task at any age! The martial arts part of the instructional activity introduces the upward block.
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up."—Jesse Jackson. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson eight of 20 has a teambuilding activity in which the class has to work together to solve a problem. After this cooperative activity is completed, they practice some of the martial arts skills they have already learned. Then they practice putting together some block-kick combinations.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, it is a habit.”—Aristotle. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 12 of 20 introduces the class to the amount of sugar contained in a variety of foods and drinks. Each member of the class is given a food card, with the amount of sugar in that particular food. Then they participate in the activity of finding out how much sugar is in these foods. Shocking amounts! When they finish their activity and discussion on foods and sugars they will then learn a new martial arts skill: stepping side kicks.