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Odyssey Online - Emory University

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4 to 8
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This extensive source, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, provides excellent information about the ancient cultures of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and...more
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This extensive source, designed especially for elementary and middle school students, provides excellent information about the ancient cultures of the Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. An additional section explores 19th - 20th century sub-Saharan Africa. Images of museum artifacts from each region are liberally distributed throughout the site, along with some interactive maps, occasional videos, and games. The Teacher Resource section provides lesson plans (aligned to national standards), suggestions for integrating art into the social studies curriculum, and helpful tips on using the site.

tag(s): egypt (67), greece (26), greek (41), greeks (30), romans (35), rome (27)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! This site could also be used as a learning center or station during a unit on Ancient Civilizations. Because there is a lot of content, we recommend creating a guide or follow along for students to accompany the site. For help creating graphic organizers, try Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Gilbert Stuart - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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5 to 12
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This online exhibit of paintings by 18th century American artist Gilbert Stuart offers a virtual gallery, a narrated and illustrated story about his life as (appropriate for upper elementary...more
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This online exhibit of paintings by 18th century American artist Gilbert Stuart offers a virtual gallery, a narrated and illustrated story about his life as (appropriate for upper elementary students), a timeline, and a collection of interactive activities.

tag(s): artists (75)

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Earth as Art - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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Enter this virtual exhibit to view satellite photos of some of the world's most amazing geographic and geologic treasure. Basic maps are provided to show visitors the approximate location...more
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Enter this virtual exhibit to view satellite photos of some of the world's most amazing geographic and geologic treasure. Basic maps are provided to show visitors the approximate location of each strange and awe-inspiring art form. Dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin, the West Fjords of Iceland, and the Lambert Glacier in Antarctica are among the breathtaking images included in the collection. Use this site to inspire your art students, illustrate a geographic concept, or enrich an environmental science lesson.

tag(s): ecology (135), landforms (45), photography (160)

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Use this site as an Earth Day activity! Use the maps on deforestation to lead to a conversation on conservationism.

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Classroom Clipart

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1 to 12
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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you ...more
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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you read the site's copyright information. This site is SLOW to open, so be patient.

tag(s): air (163)

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Playing With Time - Minnesota Science Museum

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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it ...more
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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it up or slow it down - and view the coming of spring, the evolution of the continents, or the incredible functions of the human eye. Follow the Activities link to find some visually challenging interactive activities. This site would be an engaging addition to a life science or art lesson. Use the activities to encourage creative problem solving, or select one of the video images to use as a creative writing prompt.

tag(s): time (144)

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Time and Life Pictures - Getty Images

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7 to 12
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Art, Literature, U.S. History - Works by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century are represented in this massive collection of powerful images documenting memorable events...more
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Art, Literature, U.S. History - Works by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century are represented in this massive collection of powerful images documenting memorable events in American politics and culture. Project selected photos in class to introduce an event in history, inspire student photographers, or introduce a writing prompt. The sight is searchable and quite user-friendly. A fee is required to download images.

tag(s): photography (160)

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Use the photos found in this site for writing prompts. Search within the site or browse the subjects offered to find one that corresponds to a unit being studied. A good example would be the images taken of the Great Depression. Pull up a select few of the images and prompt students to tell the story of what is happening in the image, the emotions seen, and what kind of impact this is meant to have of the viewer. An activity like this does require some background knowledge so this might better suited towards the end of a unit as review. This site would benefit teachers of nearly any subject, especially history, language arts, civics and science.

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Art of Crime Detection - Sanford

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7 to 9
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Left and right brain functions come together in this interactive site that takes a look at the art behind investigative police work. A brief introduction, explaining the role of each...more
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Left and right brain functions come together in this interactive site that takes a look at the art behind investigative police work. A brief introduction, explaining the role of each side of the brain, is followed by a series of assignments that require students to use their visual vocabulary to help solve a case. As art and forensic science come together, students begin to realize that visual images can be more effective than words in describing something. Check out the Teacher's Guide for a list of learning outcomes and helpful tips.

tag(s): forensics (27)

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Use this website as a paired activity, or learning center during a lesson on the right and left brain. Have students complete the activity & along the way, chart the difference between right and left brain using a venn diagram. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).
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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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7 to 12
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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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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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Medici - Godfathers of the Renaissance - PBS

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6 to 12
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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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7 to 12
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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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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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Art History Time Line - Metropolitan Museum

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6 to 12
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While designed for art history, this time line will also appeal to anyone interested in concise summaries of the movements of prehistoric civilizations and peoples throughout the world....more
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While designed for art history, this time line will also appeal to anyone interested in concise summaries of the movements of prehistoric civilizations and peoples throughout the world. As it moved into ancient and modern history, the site offers nicely written summaries of the relationships between art, culture, and the political and social developments in each culture. World cultures faculties will love this one.

tag(s): art history (69), time (144)

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Select the timeline that reflects the unit being studied in class, opening it on the interactive whiteboard or projector. The write ups provide a substantial amount of information, and the images would be really useful for students who are visual learners. Use the time-lines to review and summarize major points of a unit to ensure students are able to grasp the essential points.
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Collage Machine - National Gallery of Art

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4 to 12
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Here's a super visual resource from the National Gallery of Art that lets users create their own full-color collages. Art teachers will snap this one up for its applications in ...more
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Here's a super visual resource from the National Gallery of Art that lets users create their own full-color collages. Art teachers will snap this one up for its applications in demonstrating uses of color, design, and pattern. In addition to its instructional value, this one is just plain fun as well.

tag(s): colors (79), design (84), patterns (85)

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Mr. Picassohead - Ruder Finn Interactive

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3 to 12
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Have a bit of fun for the sake of art -- as you learn about art elements and cubism. Create Picasso-like faces using assorted click-and-drag features, and a collection of ...more
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Have a bit of fun for the sake of art -- as you learn about art elements and cubism. Create Picasso-like faces using assorted click-and-drag features, and a collection of formatting tools. Be sure to sign the canvas after your masterpiece is completed, and check out the Picassohead gallery. A great interactive activity to use when introducing your students to Picasso's style! This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): drawing (78), picasso (6)

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Use this site on an interactive whiteboard, if you have one, and be sure to make it a Favorite on your teacher page for students to access outside of class. Or collaborate with a language arts teacher so the students use their newly-created character as a writing prompt for a story or poem.
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Harmony - John James Audubon - Quebec Museum of Culture

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6 to 12
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This unique site presents animated, multimedia views of several of Audubon's beloved paintings. Some of the paintings evolve visually from a simple single-color image to a full painting,...more
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This unique site presents animated, multimedia views of several of Audubon's beloved paintings. Some of the paintings evolve visually from a simple single-color image to a full painting, while others provide glimpses into the incredible detail of Audubon's work. Music and literary quotes round out this beautifully designed fine arts experience. This resource could be creatively incorporated into an art OR life science class. Created by Mus?e Virtuel Canada.

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