visual arts

A Snowman Art History Lesson

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A Snowman Art History Lesson

Enjoy the season while learning about art history! Art History with Snowmen One way to use snowmen in your art lesson plans is to ask students to look at snowmen as famous artists might have and create their own versions of snowmen in the style of a famous artist. This lesson in art history is a good way to help students understand different artists and art styles in art history because the basic shape of a snowman can be the same for everyone—three balls of snow stacked on top of one another with black eyes and a carrot nose, plus sticks for arms. To do this activity, give students art...

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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Lesson

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Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Lesson

  Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a turkey on the table for most families. This gives us a great opportunity to teach our students about turkeys, both domestic and wild, and to have some fun while we’re at it. This activity is great for younger children. Thanksgiving Hand Turkey Art Lesson Objectives Develop fine motor skills Investigate animal facts Build color recognition skills Explore shape, texture, and pattern Distinguish between reality and fiction Lesson steps Read a Thanksgiving themed turkey story with your students. We have plenty of recommendations...

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Make Pilgrim Bonnets and Hats

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Make Pilgrim Bonnets and Hats

  Your younger students’ study of  Pilgrims isn’t complete without making hats! Dressing up in 17th century clothing would be a challenge,  but you can make your own versions of their hats with construction paper. Pilgrim Bonnets Supplies: one 18″ by 12″ piece of white paper Scissors Ruler Pencil Stapler and staples or tape Ribbon or string Directions: Measure and mark with your ruler 6 1/4 inches and 7 1/4 inches from the edge on the long side of the paper on each side. Measure and mark 3 inches straight towards the middle of the paper from the 6 1/4 inch marks....

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Boo! by Trout Fishing in America

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Boo! by Trout Fishing in America

This new song and video from Trout Fishing in America is a perfect choice for Hallowe’en. Enjoy the video, learn the song, and then pick and choose from this list of activities: The song begins with a list of scary things: clowns, shadows, scratching noises at windows… Ask students to list things they find scary. The second verse describes telling someone about the scary things and not being believed. Have students write a story about this experience. Younger students could write about what it feels like to worry about monsters even though they don’t exist, but older...

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Virtual Field Trips: Africa!

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Virtual Field Trips: Africa!

There may not be many good local options for field trips when you’re studying Africa, but there are quite a few places you can go online. Check out our suggestions for virtual field trips. Virtual Camera Tours Virtual South Africa Morocco Great Pyramids of Giza Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (above — click for full screen option) The Castle of Good Hope in South Africa Museums The National Museum of African Art has online exhibits to explore. There are also lots of interactive and printable resources in the Playtime section. African Voices at the National Museum of Natural History has...

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Diamonds Lesson Plans

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Diamonds Lesson Plans

Learn about diamonds — math, science, art, and history connections.

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