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“A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up.” Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson three of 20 focuses on cardiovascular exercise and activities that get that heart pumping. There are quite a few activities to do in relay fashion. Then the class reviews and practices the thrust kick, the snap kick, and use of the kicking shield.
“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.
“The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.”—Author Unknown. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 16 of 20 begins talking about calories. The class takes a look at menus from Burger King and McDonald's and uses Monopoly money to purchase the calories for their meal. Then they evaluate their purchase and what it means when just one meal has a high calorie count. After the health lesson, the class in introduced to a new skill: the back lion block.
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."—Father James Keller. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson plan 19 of 20 focuses on the class recognizing their peers for the positive qualities that each one of them brings to the group. The teambuilding exercise has them recognizing each individual's contributions. The martial arts portion of the lesson plan reviews the double jump kick and the back lion block. They also review all the stances, blocks, and kicks by playing Simon Says.
Imagine your learners creating an installation piece while engaging in active vocabulary practice. Upper-elementary students will create an installation piece inspired by the art of Tara Dovovan. The piece uses a variety of objects that reflect, refract, are opaque, translucent, transparent, and opalescent. This means they'll be working with the properties of light as they construct their collaborative works of art. 
“A primary reason for communication is to reach UNDERSTANDING — not necessarily AGREEMENT.” Black Tiger Academy’s final martial arts lesson of 20 is bringing it all together to review what has been learned in the previous 19 lessons. They will form teams to play a review game testing their knowledge of terms, names of muscles, and anything else the teacher would like to check. Then they will review all the physical moves in martial arts that they have learned: stances, kicks, and blocks.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”—Sam Ewing. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson one of 20 begins with a warm-up activity using a medicine ball to pass around as kids get to know each other’s names. This also gives the instructor time to go over rules and etiquette for the class. The main part of the lesson covers balance and the introduction of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. It’s worth taking a look at this entire unit.
Students analyze and classify sets of pictures using a mathematical classification system and create original works of Art Deco tiles using this new knowledge and four types of symmetry.
Students read the article 'Fading Indian Rock Art Saved, at least in Database' and discuss its contents. After viewing examples of works from a variety of periods and places, students choose a time and place on which to conduct research.
Students observe animals and complete an art project. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students define the word mosaic, create animal mosaics, and share their creations with the class. As students explain their art to the class they will be able to compare animal behaviors and environments.
Students describe, represent and analyze patterns and relationships using shapes. They create simple geometric patterns. They demonstrate increasing technical ability and skill to complete visual arts assignments.
Students identify the differences among visual characteristics of art in order to convey ideas. They describe the different features of art and create an original piece of art using geometric shapes.
Students create unique art piece from litter. In this visual art lesson, students learn the importance of recycling and create a unique art piece. Students construct collages.
Learners look at many creative artworks and define what tool was used to create the works of art. In this artwork lesson plan, students look at pictures and match them up with cards that have tools on them.
Students research Albrecht Dürer and his paintings, and create a story based on one of his paintings. In this story and art lesson plan, students also create a painting of their own using the same technique that he did.
Learners alter art through chemical and physical change.  In this ever-changing art lesson, students create an original drawing on paper and make copies. Then learners induce a chemical and physical change drawing conclusions based on the scientific method.
Students examine studio art and develop an appreciation for art. In this art immersion lesson plan, students complete original drawing and design assignments. Students also study the work of selected famous artists.
Students create name art. In this visual arts lesson, students use horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines to highlight their own names in print. Students use primary colors to create secondary colors in the project.
Learners review primary colors and practice making straight lines. In this visual arts lesson, students paint simple shapes as large as a toothpick, using specific primary colors. During the construction of the shapes learners are encouraged to make straight lines using rulers.
Students explore visual arts by creating a holiday construction project. In this Mother's Day instructional activity, students discuss their own experiences with mothers and all women that have been a part of their lives. Students utilize wire pieces, scissors, paint, felt and other arts and crafts to create a flower display which they deliver to their Mothers on the holiday.

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