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Building America - National Building Museum

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8 to 12
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Explore American architectural design, planning, and construction with this impressive, thought-provoking exhibit of photographs, browsable timelines, audio clips, illustrated essays,...more
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Explore American architectural design, planning, and construction with this impressive, thought-provoking exhibit of photographs, browsable timelines, audio clips, illustrated essays, and much more! Enrich art or history classes with hundreds of images showcasing many monumental and enduring structures - from the U.S. Capitol to the Empire State Building - as well as those that reflect the daily lives of Americans: shopping centers, offices, and suburban homes.

tag(s): architecture (83)

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Challenge students to examine the world we have built and analyze the relationship between our architectural achievements and our national experiences, character, and values. This extensive, easy to navigate site has many interdisciplinary possibilities. Explore it through the lens of your particular curriculum and develop a focus for your students before turning them loose.
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Museum of Bad Art

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10 to 12
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A bad example may be worth a thousand words. This site takes a playful and insightful approach to the best of the worst, providing visual images of "fine art" that, ...more
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A bad example may be worth a thousand words. This site takes a playful and insightful approach to the best of the worst, providing visual images of "fine art" that, in some cases, defy description. Art teachers will find this to be a useful resource for illustrating what students should not emulate. Projecting this site in art class will provide rich material for discussion on style, form, and composition. Browseable sections include Portraiture, Landscape, and Unseen Forces. PLEASE PREVIEW and select images before projecting in the classroom. A few pieces in the collection are not "school appropriate."

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Switcheroo Zoo

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1 to 3
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If you're in need of change of pace and want to tap into your students' creativity while staying within the realm of science, try this unique and offbeat site! Take ...more
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If you're in need of change of pace and want to tap into your students' creativity while staying within the realm of science, try this unique and offbeat site! Take the study of animals' physical features and add a twist. Switcheroo Zoo gives students an opportunity to take those features, mix them up, and create entirely new species based on the results. Check out the creations of other students by visiting the Switcheroozeum and the Hall of Names. Excellent for developing creativity and imagination! High Speed Internet connection is a must.

tag(s): animals (276), drawing (78)

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Graphic Witness

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9 to 12
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Visual arts and social commentary come together in this site that looks at human history through the lens of artists and illustrators. Topics include graphic arts in wartime, 19th century...more
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Visual arts and social commentary come together in this site that looks at human history through the lens of artists and illustrators. Topics include graphic arts in wartime, 19th century news illustrations, 9-11 aftermath, and art under duress. Use this site to provoke discussion, guide reflective writing, or inspire personal artistic expression. These compelling images would make very effective anticipatory sets when projected in the classroom.

tag(s): sept11 (21)

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Use the images to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom - for example, use the collection of drawings to teach the events of 9/11 to your students. Share the images on the interactive whiteboard or projector, with students filling out reflections about each image. Reflections should focus on what they observe, infer and predict about each image. After showing a few of the more powerful images, have a class discussion as to what students wrote in their reflections. Going back to each image - what did we learn? What can we assume? What does this picture tell us about this event? You would be surprised about the emotional impact students learn, in addition to the content. This would be a good activity to do as a review, when students are able to use the information on class to project about the images. A great resource for a US history course.

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Ceramics and Pottery

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7 to 12
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This site contains almost everything you will need to teach an "Introduction to Ceramics and Pottery" class! Browse through the formal lesson plans, handouts, worksheets, review activities,...more
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This site contains almost everything you will need to teach an "Introduction to Ceramics and Pottery" class! Browse through the formal lesson plans, handouts, worksheets, review activities, quizzes and rubrics. They are all downloadable in Word format and can be easily edited and adapted to your particular classroom needs. PowerPoint presentations and links to works of ceramic artists are included along with an on-line gallery of student work. Take your students to the computer lab to review concepts, vocabulary, and techniques with the Web scavenger hunt, "clay" crossword puzzle, or pop quiz. The site is still a work in progress, but the completed portions are worth checking out. Created by Kerry Marquis.

tag(s): ceramics (5)

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Howtoons - Nick Dragotta, Saul Griffith, Ingrid Dragotta, Joost Bonsen

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4 to 10
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Howtoons shows you how to create projects out of ordinary household items. Anyone who likes to construct, to use tools, to draw, to do-it-yourself, and to get active should visit ...more
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Howtoons shows you how to create projects out of ordinary household items. Anyone who likes to construct, to use tools, to draw, to do-it-yourself, and to get active should visit Howtoons. This very cool program narrates in cartoon format the story of a witty, preteen brother and sister who build all sorts of projects to accent the situations they find themselves in. The many projects range in difficulty from creating a trash bag raincoat, to building a Wobbler; a robot that moves using a servo motor. Each narrative starts with a little story, has a list of supplies needed, and gives simple diagrams to follow. They also slip in information such as how the ancient Greeks used drawings to express their ideas, share their history, and record their culture. Howtoons strives to promote safety, inspire creativity, and stress good work habits. Find an interesting project in categories like Animation, Biology, Computing, Communication, Craft, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Fashion, Food, Geometry, Holiday, Math, Music, Play, and Tools. Projects are available online or in PDF format.
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tag(s): crafts (40), creativity (109), engineering (125), inventors and inventions (101), multimedia (57)

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Language arts, science, and arts and crafts teachers will find Howtoons invaluable for teaching students to read and follow directions, to use different tools, to work safely while constructing, and even to collaborate. Have small groups of students work on a project together. Once your students have completed the projects, have a mini project fair in your room to show them off. Or, you can have students take pictures of each step, upload the images onto UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Or for less adventurous students, create a PowerPoint. Then have them add the directions, and present the UtellStory or PowerPoint and the product to the class. Do you have students who are always finished early? Or reluctant readers? Make Howtoons the "go to" program for them. Have them pick a project, bring in the materials, and build it. They can even present it to the class when finished, and let the class know the pitfalls to avoid.
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Heavens Above - Art and Actuality - New York Public Library

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Think about creating a curriculum link between art and science using this site as a foundation. Original sketches and chromolithographs of celestial events created by French-born artist...more
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Think about creating a curriculum link between art and science using this site as a foundation. Original sketches and chromolithographs of celestial events created by French-born artist and amateur astronomer E.L. Trouvelot are contrasted with contemporary photographic images from NASA.

tag(s): stars (61)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of the galaxy and the star in our immediate proximity - the sun. Display the pictures for students via interactive whiteboard/projector during a discussion of topics like sun spots, solar flares, lunar eclipses, etc.

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Impressionism

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Take a guided tour through turn-of-the-century France and discover what Impressionism was all about. Features of the site include a charming and informative tour guide, beautiful illustrations,...more
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Take a guided tour through turn-of-the-century France and discover what Impressionism was all about. Features of the site include a charming and informative tour guide, beautiful illustrations, eight downloadable lesson plans, and printable transparencies. The impressionistic paintings represented on this Web site include a few that focus on the human body so be judicious and consider the age and maturity of your students when using portions of this resource.

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National Portrait Gallery

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9 to 12
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This virtual gallery highlights personalities that have had a profound impact upon Great Britain and the world. Click on "Search the Collection" to take a tour of the gallery rooms,...more
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This virtual gallery highlights personalities that have had a profound impact upon Great Britain and the world. Click on "Search the Collection" to take a tour of the gallery rooms, and browse through portraits of famous British men and women from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. Project this Web site in the classroom to illustrate authors, political figures and personalities from British history and literature. Samuel Johnson, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, The Bront? Sisters, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill are among the thousands of Britons represented.

tag(s): britain (35), england (57), painting (66)

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Take advantage of the free images on this site! Search the site for images or portraits of individuals being studies to supplement a lecture. This site would be particularly useful in studying Early American history - giving students a face to connect with the names they have heard about so much.

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Tessellations

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6 to 12
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The beauty and mathematical precision of tessellations come alive in this site that celebrates these unique and compelling designs. Basic information about tessellations is provided,...more
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The beauty and mathematical precision of tessellations come alive in this site that celebrates these unique and compelling designs. Basic information about tessellations is provided, along with a biographical profile of M.C. Escher, and a list of resources providing more in-depth information. The Gallery contains a number of tessellations created by Escher and others. Especially of interest to teachers and students is an instructional section that explains how to make tessellations using a variety of materials and constructions. Created by David Annal.

tag(s): optical illusions (11)

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Learn to Read - Starfall.com

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1 to 3
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If you're looking for a resource that will engage reluctant readers or help new readers with unfamiliar vocabulary words, you may want to incorporate these fun and interactive stories...more
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If you're looking for a resource that will engage reluctant readers or help new readers with unfamiliar vocabulary words, you may want to incorporate these fun and interactive stories into your classroom. Students can read through the interactive texts independently, click on troublesome words, and listen to their pronunciations. Select from movies, videos, and games that illustrate special sounds, pronunciations, and spelling rules.

tag(s): sound (100), sounds (68), vocabulary (324)

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March Into Spring - Education World

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The month of March is filled with special events to commemorate. Use the many teaching resources on this site to develop activities for Women's History Month, National Nutrition Month,...more
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The month of March is filled with special events to commemorate. Use the many teaching resources on this site to develop activities for Women's History Month, National Nutrition Month, Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and the Iditarod. Lesson plans, online projects, hands-on activities, and book reviews are provided. Created by Education World.

tag(s): iditarod (7), nutrition (154), women (101)

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Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval of information. This is a really helpful resource for any elementary school teacher.

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Jean-Antoine Houdan:Sculptor of the Enlightenment - J. Paul Getty Museum

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9 to 12
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Houdan's work captured an historic period of revolution and unrest in France and America. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Napoleon are among his subjects. Rotate the sculptures...more
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Houdan's work captured an historic period of revolution and unrest in France and America. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Napoleon are among his subjects. Rotate the sculptures in this virtual museum exhibit to examine details and learn about the artist's techniques. Best suited for use with advanced art students.

tag(s): sculpture (21)

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Share the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to illustrate to students the more finite details of Houdan's work. Students can explore the site on their own if more help is necessary. This site would be useful not only for exploring Houdan, but for providing a 3D image students can attempt to analyze or model their own work after.

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Medici - Godfathers of the Renaissance - PBS

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Take an interactive, insider's tour of 15th century Florence, and explore the Renaissance through several different themes: art, politics, architecture and science, and religion. Meet...more
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Take an interactive, insider's tour of 15th century Florence, and explore the Renaissance through several different themes: art, politics, architecture and science, and religion. Meet the "godfathers" of the Renaissance who will give you tips on how to be a Medici mobster. Discover which Renaissance figure you most resemble. The companion art gallery includes gorgeous images of Renaissance art. If projecting images in the classroom, remember that clothing is a bit scarce in the Sistine Chapel, so consider the maturity level of your students.

tag(s): italy (17), renaissance (34)

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Use the interactive timeline in your classroom on your interactive whiteboard or projector to give students more context about the Renaissance. The site provides some valuable information about the Medici family, who were an important influence on the Renaissance.
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Drawing from Life - Smithsonian

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Spice up a history class and generate discussion with cartoons taken from the Smithsonian Institution's American Art/Portrait Gallery Library Collection. Images, dating from 1862 to...more
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Spice up a history class and generate discussion with cartoons taken from the Smithsonian Institution's American Art/Portrait Gallery Library Collection. Images, dating from 1862 to 1955, reflect the power and popularity of this medium throughout American history. Can be browsed by title, artist, or subject.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74)

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Art and History teachers will love this online collection of comic drawings houses by the Smithsonian. In a class discussion of validity of sources select a few images that were created to reflect on society or satire it. (We recommend Hogarth's engravings if your class is mature enough) Share the images on the interactive whiteboard or projector with the class. Start a discussion as to what students think the meaning and purpose of the image is. Do a few as a class and have students complete the rest of the images on their own. Have students write up a few quick sentences on the remaining images. Teachers can either finish the activity there or have students share their answers later in a discussion.

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1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art - University of Virginia

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9 to 12
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Tour the most influential show in the history of American art. The paintings and sculptures featured in this collection of 18 virtual galleries document of the emergence of modernism,...more
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Tour the most influential show in the history of American art. The paintings and sculptures featured in this collection of 18 virtual galleries document of the emergence of modernism, the radical break with artistic tradition, and the corresponding public reactions. The nature of many of the representative works makes this site most appropriate for mature students. Use this resource to generate discussion and encourage analysis of how this historic exhibition affected the development of American art. Created by the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia.

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. A very interesting site for an art history classroom.

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Panorama: The North American Landscape in Art - Virtual Museum of Canada

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9 to 12
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The Virtual Museum of Canada created this online exhibit of landscape art. The images not only reflect the natural environment but also convey messages about the history, industry,...more
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The Virtual Museum of Canada created this online exhibit of landscape art. The images not only reflect the natural environment but also convey messages about the history, industry, and belief systems embraced by cultural groups throughout North America. Informational texts can be displayed in French, Spanish, or English. Use this multi-disciplinary resource to supplement the art curriculum, add visual meaning to the study of a cultural group, or challenge reading and comprehension skills in foreign language class.

tag(s): art history (69), north america (19)

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Use this site as a learning center or station to supplement the text during a unit on Westward Expansion. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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America in Caricature: 1765 - 1865 - University of Indiana

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7 to 12
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This site, by the Lily Library of Indiana University, features the wry wit and artistic talents of America's best political cartoonists. Three distinct and turbulent periods in American...more
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This site, by the Lily Library of Indiana University, features the wry wit and artistic talents of America's best political cartoonists. Three distinct and turbulent periods in American history are represented: The Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Especially notable are the political cartoons from election years 1860 and 1864. Challenge students to think about how these caricatures compare with those found in today's newspapers.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), politics (99)

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Select the images that correspond to the unit being covered in your classroom. Print out the caricatures, laminate and bring to class. Seperate students into groups and have them all work on at least one of the images obtained from the class. Have students analyze and dissect the images to gauge the meaning, purpose and intent. This is an activity that does require some substance of background knowledge, so do this more towards the end of a unit as review.

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Protozone Interactive

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2 to 9
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Tap into your students' creativity and strengthen visual/spatial intelligence with this collection of web-sized interactive programs that encourage drawing, playing and exploring. ...more
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Tap into your students' creativity and strengthen visual/spatial intelligence with this collection of web-sized interactive programs that encourage drawing, playing and exploring. A free Shockwave plug-in is required and can be downloaded easily from the site. Best used with a high-speed Internet connection.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Documentography

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7 to 12
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Featuring on-line portfolios by young photographers with social conscience, this site offers images that might be used as part of a photography course or in a world cultures class as...more
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Featuring on-line portfolios by young photographers with social conscience, this site offers images that might be used as part of a photography course or in a world cultures class as examples of the power of image and the issues that confront many third world nations. The selection of photographers changes periodically.

tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), photography (160), south america (39)

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Use these pictures as writing prompts in a language arts class, allowing students to be creative as they want. Have students pick their photos, or assign randomly - and have them construct a poem, essay, sonnet, (whatever is being studied) about what they see in the picture. Great for a student with writer's block!
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