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Story Corps - NPR

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3 to 12
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NPR is amassing a collection of oral histories by traveling across the country and talking to average people. On this website, users can read or listen to the stories ...more
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NPR is amassing a collection of oral histories by traveling across the country and talking to average people. On this website, users can read or listen to the stories told by a wide variety of Americans. Click "Tell your story" to find Locations & Reservations for traveling Mobile Booths or directions to record on your own. The Do It Yourself guide includes tips on interview questions and an interview check list. Started in 2003, the site has many stories in its archives and frequently adds updates.

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Use this site to reconnect your students with those of other generations and geographic locations. Turn up your speakers and listen to some examples in your classroom. You can even use the story collection site as a model to start your own oral history project for your class or the entire school. You may not want to actually place your recording on the NPR site but instead house them locally in your school or community web site. As major events occur in your community, such as an anniversary or the opening of a new school, engage your students in documenting the event. The general interview guides offer useful interview techniques for school newspapers or news broadcasts, as well.
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retrievr - labs.systemone.at

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K to 12
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This unique image site allows you to make a quick sketch in a small area (you select the color and line size for the "pencil"). It then searches through thousands ...more
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This unique image site allows you to make a quick sketch in a small area (you select the color and line size for the "pencil"). It then searches through thousands of images shared on flickr (See our separate TF Edge review and explanation of flickr) to find an image similar in art element to your sketch. It matches up line, shape, and color. Matches are not exact, but they are amazingly close, providing ample opportunity for your students to "see" images with these elements in common. You can also upload an image and ask for a "match," using the "search by image" option. What a fabulous way to see and compare images side by side!

tag(s): design (84), elements (36), images (266), photography (160)

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Use this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate art elements. You can also use it for advanced searching for images to fit a certain design need. Remember to see the Creative Commons licensing information on flickr if you plan to copy/download the images. The sketch option is easy enough for a young child to try. Have fun with this one!

NOTE: Flickr can possibly have images not suitable for classrooms, though this editor has not run across any. Use retrievr under supervision.

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National Art Education Association

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K to 12
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National Art Education Association is a non-profit, educational organization, promoting art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership....more
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National Art Education Association is a non-profit, educational organization, promoting art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.

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Symmetry Sort - Crick Primary School (UK)

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2 to 5
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This web activity asks students to sort shapes into three categories (no lines of reflective symmetry, 1 line of reflective symmetry, or 2 or more lines of reflective symmetry). ...more
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This web activity asks students to sort shapes into three categories (no lines of reflective symmetry, 1 line of reflective symmetry, or 2 or more lines of reflective symmetry). Once students are finished with the activity, they can print the page and the teacher can use that as an assessment. This site requires Flash. If you see a blank screen, download the Flash plugin from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): symmetry (55)

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Take the class to the lab or use laptops for this creative review activity. Have the students print out their answers and use this as an additional assessment tool.
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Totem Poles - Pat Kramer

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4 to 8
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Learn the basics and debunk the myths about totem poles using the site created by a "transplant" to the Pacific Northwest. Although the write is also selling a book, ...more
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Learn the basics and debunk the myths about totem poles using the site created by a "transplant" to the Pacific Northwest. Although the write is also selling a book, there is significant information, and the photos are helpful in understanding the iconography of totem poles.

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If you use the site with elementary children, you may want to let them partner-read some of the longer text portions. Use this site as part of a unit on indigenous peoples of the Americas, then have the students create their own totems in an authentic way. Art teachers may want to use this as an inspiration for a totem-like project in clay, wood, or other materials. The connections to oral history are fascinating and can lead to lengthy discussion in a history class about how we "know" what we say happened before written history.

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Native Tech: Native American Technology and Art - Tara Prindle

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3 to 12
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This site features art and cultural information of native Americans, focusing especially on the Eastern Woodlands region. There is information on , Birds & Feathers, Clay & Pottery,...more
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This site features art and cultural information of native Americans, focusing especially on the Eastern Woodlands region. There is information on , Birds & Feathers, Clay & Pottery, Leather & Clothes, Metalwork, Plants & Trees, Porcupine Quills, Stonework & Tools, and Weaving & Cordage. Some of the text passages may be a bit lengthy, but there are also interactive ways for students to get a "hands on" feel, such as with the beadwork interactive game. The sections under Special Features are certain to make the culture come alive for elementary and middle school students.

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Give students a scavenger hunt to learn the basics about the culture you are studying, then allow them to try some of the interactive games, ass based on the content of the site. This would be a great way to build background knowledge while studying American history or literature that deals with Native Americans.

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Scary Spuds - Crick web

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K to 2
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Kids will truly love creating a "scary spud". This activity is basically an interactive dress-up game. Students are given a potato and then are able to give the ...more
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Kids will truly love creating a "scary spud". This activity is basically an interactive dress-up game. Students are given a potato and then are able to give the potato a name, eyes, ears, jewelry, nose, legs and shoes. When the student is finished, they may click print to share their creative masterpiece. FLASH is required for this activity.

tag(s): creativity (109)

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Take the class to the computer lab for this creativity building fun! There is also a link to look at pre-created "scary spuds". Show your class 2 spuds and have them compare the similarities and differences.
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Lecky's Friends - Crick Web

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K to 2
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This highly creative activity asks students to create an alien friend for Lecky. Students can choose the body type, background, eyes, ears and mouth. There is a notebook ...more
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This highly creative activity asks students to create an alien friend for Lecky. Students can choose the body type, background, eyes, ears and mouth. There is a notebook option where the students can record their name, alien name, where their alien lives and a description of their alien. This site requires FLASH. If you see a blank screen, download the Flash plugin from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): creativity (109)

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Take your class to the computer lab and let their creativity run wild! Then ask them to write a story about the new friend they have created.
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Lecky's Picture Painting - Crick Web

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K to 2
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This simple activity allows the student to choose a picture and color scheme. Students are then asked to recreate the same colors and pattern in a larger version of ...more
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This simple activity allows the student to choose a picture and color scheme. Students are then asked to recreate the same colors and pattern in a larger version of the picture. This is an interesting twist on interactive coloring. FLASH is required. If you see a blank screen, you need to load Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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This activity would work best as an independent activity, though it could be done on an interactive whiteboard for kinesthetic learners.
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Kids Activities from A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead - Burke Museum

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1 to 8
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Take a multi-cultural approach to Day of the Dead celebrations by trying some of these hands-on activities and crafts from Mexico. These would work well as part of a fall ...more
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Take a multi-cultural approach to Day of the Dead celebrations by trying some of these hands-on activities and crafts from Mexico. These would work well as part of a fall festival, multicultural days, or in a Spanish class. The activities include Making a Paper Marigold, a recipe for Bread of the Dead, art projects, and sugar skulls and papier mache floral skulls.

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Include these activities with your class to promote multicultural understanding. You could also share the ideas with parents to do at home with their children.

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Every Stock Photo - everystockphoto.com

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K to 12
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Find images to use in your classroom multimedia productions, on your web page, or on bulletin boards without violating copyright. Help your students find images to include in their...more
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Find images to use in your classroom multimedia productions, on your web page, or on bulletin boards without violating copyright. Help your students find images to include in their own products. This site is a tool to search the web for photos with "Creative Commons" rights. This means that many are free and ask only that you let the photographer know where you are usng the photo. Some are NOT free. Note: YOU MUST read the rights and permissions information that accompanies each image, since the photographer sets his/her own requirements. The intent of the site is to share photos in an open, easily-searchable environment, but in accordance with these requirements. Help your students learn about copyright by SHOWING them the rights sections and modeling compliance. The search tool is easy to use.

tag(s): copyright (47), images (266), photography (160)

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Use photos from this site in your PowerPoint shows, web page, blog, etc, but be sure to stop and mention where you found them and the thinking/reading you did to be sure you were in compliance with the rights granted. If you suggest the site for student use, model this process on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Then hold students accountable for demonstrating that they have done the same (make it a part of your project rubric). These concepts of copyright are challenging for young students (below about grade 4. You may want to "collect" some photos for their use and save them locally for them to choose from until they are ready to understand the more difficult rights issues.

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Captioner - Flickr Toys

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4 to 12
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This creative page allows you to add captions to photographs you have uploaded or found on an online site such as Flickr. A collection of your own photos uploaded to ...more
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This creative page allows you to add captions to photographs you have uploaded or found on an online site such as Flickr. A collection of your own photos uploaded to Flickr can be used easily.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74), images (266), photography (160)

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Locate and upload digital image files or an URL for specific images. Navigate the tools of Captioner by following the simple directions. Monitor the "appropriateness" of images available on Flickr/the web. You might want to specify a tag or collection to work from for some classes. Upload your own set of digital images to Flickr ahead of time. Share also by downloading image to your desktop.

Create a captioned sequence to explain a major concept, such as mitosis or narrative patterns. You could also have students create campaign ads, posters of important people, etc. Have an object explain a concept from its point of view (solar panel tells about itself), have a famous person explain his invention or accomplishment, show what a non-verbal creature or object, such as a cell, is thinking.

Check out the Big Huge Labs educator account. Easily pre-register students to avoid creating logins, view and download their creations, and view the site advertisement free. You will find information about the Educator Account here.

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Instructables

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4 to 12
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A delightfully creative, collaborative site where people share (and comment on) directions for "how to" make just about anything. Language Arts, Art, or Gifted classes can "explore"...more
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A delightfully creative, collaborative site where people share (and comment on) directions for "how to" make just about anything. Language Arts, Art, or Gifted classes can "explore" the various topics to see how step-by-step directions are written, then have students write their own sequence of instructions. Even add a digital picture. Topics are "filtered" by topic (on the left side of the "explore" page) and also searchable by keyword. Art teachers will appreciate illustrated explanations of techniques from artists all over the world. This is a collaborative site, so you can read comments made by others on the different sets of instructions. Always preview such a site for appropriate content. Some include Acrobat files of patterns.

tag(s): gifted (96)

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Note: for safety reasons, it is best for the teacher to set up the free account and upload the directions, if you are posting student work. no one under 13 is allowed to post on the site. To prevent endless surfing through many how-to's, you can send students directly to specific directions by copy/pasting the address for that exact item into your class handout or onto your teacher web page.
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Multicultural Holidays Through Student Artwork - Everything ESL: Judie Haynes

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This lesson plan provides a way to encourage cultural awareness and make your ESL students' knowledge of their home culture a classroom asset. The lesson can be done in an ...more
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This lesson plan provides a way to encourage cultural awareness and make your ESL students' knowledge of their home culture a classroom asset. The lesson can be done in an all-ESL/ELL class or in a regular class as part of an investigation of cultures, part of a unit on research, or as an art lesson. It can also be adapted for use in a high school level world cultures class.

tag(s): holidays (147)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of this free lesson plan during the end of the years content, using it as a means to review World History before the State standard exam. Students can each be assigned or select a country and complete the report, to be presented to their peers. This will allow the students to review and re-enforce the content. World History teachers will appreciate this one!

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Introduction To Symmetry For Primary Students - Varnelle Moore

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K to 3
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This unique unit includes five lesson plans all aligned to the NCTM Standards. These five lessons are all designed to guide students through an introduction to symmetry using a ...more
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This unique unit includes five lesson plans all aligned to the NCTM Standards. These five lessons are all designed to guide students through an introduction to symmetry using a puzzle set of seven geometric shapes called Tangrams. All lessons incorporate technology and have literature connections.

tag(s): symmetry (55), tangrams (14)

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Once the students learn how to use the interactive tangrams, you might have a hard time getting them to go out to recess! Share hte link on your teacher web page.

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The Cave of Lascaux - France Ministry of Culture and Communication

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4 to 12
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Take virtual tour of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux in France, read about their discovery, learn to interpret the drawings, and find out fragile environment of the caves. ...more
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Take virtual tour of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux in France, read about their discovery, learn to interpret the drawings, and find out fragile environment of the caves. The site itself is beautiful to explore, letting you experience the caves with a virtual "flashlight" as you enter.

tag(s): archeology (32), painting (66)

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Use a projector to introduce the site, if you must, but allow your students to navigate this one alone or with a partner. The thrill of discovery through the site's design is more than worth any management challenges. Give the students a specific set of questions to answer and things to find, if you are concerned that they may not stay on task. Compare these primitive drawings to those found in other cultures and continents as you discuss common themes in religion and mythology.

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Make Your Own Kaleidoscope - KrazyDad

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2 to 5
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This is just too clever to pass by! Have fun creating your own virtual kaleidoscope by tossing the URL from any online image into the form, moving it around, and ...more
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This is just too clever to pass by! Have fun creating your own virtual kaleidoscope by tossing the URL from any online image into the form, moving it around, and seeing just what you get! So what's the educational purpose? Students can practice the procedure of copying and pasting a Web site address. In addition, you can point your students to online images that relate to curriculum topics.

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Playing with Shadows - Kennedy Center

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4 to 6
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Introduce your students to the ancient Chinese art of shadow puppetry with this delightful and interactive site. In addition to revealing the basic mechanics of the art, this resource...more
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Introduce your students to the ancient Chinese art of shadow puppetry with this delightful and interactive site. In addition to revealing the basic mechanics of the art, this resource provides historical background, descriptions of traditional stories and characters used in shadow puppetry, and videos of actual shows performed by the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater - a renowned Chinese puppetry troupe. After observing the step-by-step process of puppet and stage creation, visitors can construct virtual puppets and create their own shows.

tag(s): cultures (105)

In the Classroom

This site might provide some inspiration for a very different kind of multicultural class project. Create your own shadow puppets from straws, tape, paper fasteners, and scissors; then add a simple cotton screen and light source. Instructions and illustrations are provided.
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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

tag(s): air (163), images (266)

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Off the Map - Interactive Knowledge, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Explore some amazing sights created by "backyard" artists from around the world. These inventive individuals - with little or no formal training - have fashioned unique masterpieces...more
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Explore some amazing sights created by "backyard" artists from around the world. These inventive individuals - with little or no formal training - have fashioned unique masterpieces that reflect their personal visions. After taking an interactive tour through these creative environments, students can click on the "Create Your Own" link to produce a paradise of their own from more than 150 virtual objects. Completed works can be emailed or submitted to the "Off the Map" online gallery. Check out the "For the Classroom" link for a selection of related activities organized by grade level.

tag(s): environment (317)

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Perhaps you have a courtyard or other area around your school and community that could use a facelift. This site might just provide some ideas for involving students in a real-life creative adventure.
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