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Warm and Cold Colors - National Grid for Learning

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This highly visual, interactive white board activity introduces students to the concept of warm and cold colors. After analyzing images and reflecting on the effect color has on mood,...more
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This highly visual, interactive white board activity introduces students to the concept of warm and cold colors. After analyzing images and reflecting on the effect color has on mood, students can play a "mixed up rain" game in which they try to catch the colored raindrops using the appropriate "warm" or "cold" puddles. Very cute! The interactive whiteboard activity requires the most current version of FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Flip Book - FABRICA

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This is a "just for fun" site that harkens back to the days when students used to created their own animated pictures by scribbling little drawings on the bottom of ...more
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This is a "just for fun" site that harkens back to the days when students used to created their own animated pictures by scribbling little drawings on the bottom of their tablets and flipping through the pages. Use this virtual tablet to sketch a series of images then click the "eye" button to watch the animation. Tour the Flip Book gallery - but beware - there may be some animations inappropriate for young children. Even if you activate the "Filter Mature Content" feature in "Preferences," you must still be vigilant!

tag(s): creativity (121)

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Kids Soup - Ear Twiggles Productions

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K to 3
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Find easy-to-make winter crafts and games - perfect for early elementary students. Includes printable patterns and step-by-step instructions. ...more
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Find easy-to-make winter crafts and games - perfect for early elementary students. Includes printable patterns and step-by-step instructions.

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You might want to pass this on to parents anxious for at-home "snow day" activities. SHare it with parent volunteers who will be helping plan class parties, as well.

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Incredible Art Department - Ken Rohrer and Judy Decker

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Art teachers will find a plethora of resources on this site that offers printable lesson plans, networking opportunities, interactive games and activities, ideas for substitute teachers,...more
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Art teachers will find a plethora of resources on this site that offers printable lesson plans, networking opportunities, interactive games and activities, ideas for substitute teachers, self-correcting tests, and so much more. There is something for every grade level on this site, or search by artist or technique. Lesson Plans are aligned to standards.
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tag(s): artists (78), drawing (83), painting (67)

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Take some time to poke around to find the gem that will spice up your art classroom. This is a great site to use in the elementary classroom, and in art electives classes in middle grades and high school. Be sure to share it with other teachers on your campus and put a link to this tool on your class website for students to use at home. Use a visual blogging tool such as Check This, reviewed here, to upload the students' art work. The students can blog about their work and even create an online portfolio. Host an art show at your school for families and the communities to showcase the students' creativity. Your students can describe their work as visitors explore the gallery. In a language arts class have students brainstorm to analyze the character(s), setting, and situation of a painting and create an original story. Explore this site before a trip to an art museum.

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Poisson Rouge

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1 to 2
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There is so much to explore in this bright, colorful, and highly interactive site. It's a great virtual playground for primary grades. Students can interact with letters and numbers;...more
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There is so much to explore in this bright, colorful, and highly interactive site. It's a great virtual playground for primary grades. Students can interact with letters and numbers; compose music with a virtual keyboard, mix paints on a virtual palette to create colorful masterpieces, and so much more. This would be a great independent practice site to bookmark on your classroom computer. Available in French and English.

tag(s): colors (82), numbers (195)

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Eyes on Art

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2 to 12
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This beautifully designed site offers five interactive activities that progressively challenge students to connect with, respond to, and interpret the visual arts. A detailed Teacher's...more
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This beautifully designed site offers five interactive activities that progressively challenge students to connect with, respond to, and interpret the visual arts. A detailed Teacher's Guide provides directions for implementing each lesson. There are outstanding tools here for developing affective and critical thinking skills in students of all levels - from elementary to high school. Also includes an interactive quiz.

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Thirty Days of Crafts - Scripps Network, Inc.

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During each day of the holiday season, this interactive "advent style" calendar reveals a different type of hands-on craft that is perfect for the elementary classroom. Tap into this...more
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During each day of the holiday season, this interactive "advent style" calendar reveals a different type of hands-on craft that is perfect for the elementary classroom. Tap into this resource for some unique ways to celebrate this time of year.

tag(s): christmas (54), holidays (146)

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Counting Crows - Kennedy Center

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Add an interdisciplinary twist to one of Aesop's fables with this clever lesson plan. After listening to or reading "The Crow and the Pitcher," students discuss its moral and meaning,...more
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Add an interdisciplinary twist to one of Aesop's fables with this clever lesson plan. After listening to or reading "The Crow and the Pitcher," students discuss its moral and meaning, design an original puppet for use in acting out the fable, and make and test predictions about the number of pebbles needed by Crow to access the water.

tag(s): counting (109), folktales (58)

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California's Gold Rush - Oakland Museum

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The Oakland Museum offers this collection of "untold stories" about the gold rush in California. The site includes lesson plans linked to California standards, sections on art; natives...more
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The Oakland Museum offers this collection of "untold stories" about the gold rush in California. The site includes lesson plans linked to California standards, sections on art; natives and immigrants; and more. Lots of possibilities if you're in California, and a great addition to a unit on westward exploration for others.

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Explore Creativity - PBS

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This virtual playground is filled with motivating, interactive activities that challenge the creativity and problem-solving skills of your early elementary students. Organized into...more
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This virtual playground is filled with motivating, interactive activities that challenge the creativity and problem-solving skills of your early elementary students. Organized into three main topics, based on the nature of creative development they promote, each activity is paired with outstanding resources for parents and teachers. These include suggestions for open-ended questions, discussions on how the activities relate to key academic disciplines, and links to resources that will extend and enrich students' creative experiences. The site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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My Back-to-School Book - I Love That Teaching Idea!

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1 to 2
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Print out this book template and let your students' creativity take over as they use pictures and words to describe their new school year. This is a great student-centered project ...more
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Print out this book template and let your students' creativity take over as they use pictures and words to describe their new school year. This is a great student-centered project to display for back-to-school night. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use this activity during the first week of school. Have students share their books with the rest of the class. Be sure to save these books for back-to-school night or even create a bulletin board highlighting the books.
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Clay Studio - Mint Museums / Public Library of Charlotte

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Before turning your students loose in the art room, give them some virtual hands-on experience with this outstanding online art studio. The most impressive feature on the site is the...more
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Before turning your students loose in the art room, give them some virtual hands-on experience with this outstanding online art studio. The most impressive feature on the site is the "pot throw," which actively involves students in each step of the artistic process. Mistakes and misjudgments are allowed, and help is always one mouse click away. After forming the pot, students can glaze it, place it in the kiln, set the temperature, and await their finished creation. Instructions for creating a coil pot and slab self-portrait are also included. Just for fun, students can try out the interactive "Build a Face Jug" activity.

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Seeing Geometry in Art - NCTM

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4 to 6
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Reinforce knowledge and awareness of geometric shapes with this art-based math lesson. Using works by Kandinsky, students must analyze and list all of the shapes they can find in a...more
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Reinforce knowledge and awareness of geometric shapes with this art-based math lesson. Using works by Kandinsky, students must analyze and list all of the shapes they can find in a series of paintings, compare their findings, and discuss the reasons why an artist might choose to consistently repeat certain shapes. Great interdisciplinary review activity. Aligned to National Standards.

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Adjective Monster - Kennedy Center

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Make a connection between art and literature with this clever lesson plan that helps students understand how both are used to relate experiences and express emotions. After reading...more
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Make a connection between art and literature with this clever lesson plan that helps students understand how both are used to relate experiences and express emotions. After reading Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley, students will learn about descriptive words and choose an adjective to describe an original monster they have created. After creating their monster's face using paper sculpting techniques, they will learn to identify basic geometric shapes. An assessment rubric and extension activities are provided. Aligned to national Standards.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan hosted by the Kennedy Center. Be sure to save the site as a favorite on your classroom desktop, allowing for easy reference later on.
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Etch - Learning Box

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1 to 5
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It's not exactly the Etch-a-Sketch you remember as a kid, but this virtual version of a childhood favorite offers all of creative challenge, plus a few new features. Get your ...more
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It's not exactly the Etch-a-Sketch you remember as a kid, but this virtual version of a childhood favorite offers all of creative challenge, plus a few new features. Get your creative juices flowing and incorporate this site into a review of basic geometric shapes, add it to a literature unit as an illustrating tool, or use it with art students to produce virtual "pen and ink" sketches. If nothing else, the activity provides great mouse practice for early elementary students.

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NYPL Digital Gallery - New York Public Library

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This searchable collection of images from the New York Public Library contains thousands of items scanned from dust jackets, documents, posters, maps, illustrated books, and more. There...more
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This searchable collection of images from the New York Public Library contains thousands of items scanned from dust jackets, documents, posters, maps, illustrated books, and more. There is no fee for classroom or research uses, but the images may not be disseminated in any form (books, articles, brochures, Web pages, etc.). Please include the citations used in the "gallery" when incorporating these resources into your teaching materials. Encourage your students to do the same and introduce them to the concept of Fair Use!

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J. K. Rowling's Web Site - J. K. Rowling

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3 to 8
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J.K. Rowling's site is a welcome change from the standard publisher's fare, offering an assortment of Harry Potter trivia and many interesting facts about how the stories came to be...more
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J.K. Rowling's site is a welcome change from the standard publisher's fare, offering an assortment of Harry Potter trivia and many interesting facts about how the stories came to be and have evolved. While it's not strictly instructional, this one would be a great source of facts for a Harry Potter webquest.

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Cat-in-the-Hat - abcteach

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K to 2
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Use this blank, printable "Cat in the Hat" template for a drawing or writing activity to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2. ...more
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Use this blank, printable "Cat in the Hat" template for a drawing or writing activity to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2.

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Have students write "Seuss" poems on the Hats. Create a class book of "Seuss" poetry. Have students draw a Seuss picture illustrating a scene from one of their favorite Seuss books.

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Art Interactive - Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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4 to 8
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This site contains two great activities for introducing students to styles, methods, and materials used by sculptors. First, tour the sculpture garden at the Hirshorn Museum to view...more
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This site contains two great activities for introducing students to styles, methods, and materials used by sculptors. First, tour the sculpture garden at the Hirshorn Museum to view works by contemporary artists, then enter the interactive realm to create an original piece of sculpture. Finally, take a look at how your masterpiece actually looks in the museum!

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Imaginary City - Tate Museum

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2 to 6
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Challenge your students to use their creativity with this virtual art project that guides them through the construction of an imaginary scene. Need a bit of inspiration? Investigate...more
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Challenge your students to use their creativity with this virtual art project that guides them through the construction of an imaginary scene. Need a bit of inspiration? Investigate the origin of each of the objects used to create the student-designed picture. Each is part of a larger piece of artwork in the Tate Gallery collection. But don't stop there. Use your students' newly created works as prompts for a writing activity.

tag(s): design (94), writing (367), writing prompts (93)

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