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Everything to Learn: Diving Into the Life and Art of Edmonia Lewis - TeachersFirst

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Everything to Learn: Diving Into the Life and Art of Edmonia Lewis is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here...more
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Everything to Learn: Diving Into the Life and Art of Edmonia Lewis is part of TeachersFirst Help! I Lost My Library/Media Specialist series reviewed here and provides book suggestions and activities that support the study of music through picture books and hands-on activities. Information in this article's Introduction and Background Knowledge sections provides readers with biographical information on this first female American sculptor of African American and Native American descent to rise to fame on the global art stage. Shared activities and books offer resources for learning more about Lewis and lessons for students to learn about and participate in creating sculptures. Additional extension activities include an option to compare and contrast the work of different artists and an idea for students to create a sculpture representing their personal history. Content in this article includes correlations to ISTE and AASL standards.

tag(s): african american (109), artists (77), book lists (158), native americans (89), sculpture (21)

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In addition to taking advantage of the lesson ideas and books shared on this page, find more ideas at the TeachersFirst Special Topics Page, Resources Related to the Visual Arts, reviewed here. If your students cannot visit a museum to view sculptures in person, take a virtual visit through Google Arts and Culture, reviewed here. Begin your exploration at Google Arts and Culture by searching for sculptures, Edmonia Lewis, or visit any museum collections to learn more about sculptures.
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STEM - STEAM - STREAM Resources - TeachersFirst

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If you are still getting familiar with STEM (STEAM or STREAM), learn all about them through the resources in this collection. What we once referred to as STEM (educational curriculum...more
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If you are still getting familiar with STEM (STEAM or STREAM), learn all about them through the resources in this collection. What we once referred to as STEM (educational curriculum that combines science, technology, engineering, and math) has evolved into STEAM and now STREAM. STEAM includes the original four areas and has integrated art into the mix. STREAM takes it further and adds a layer of reading and writing. You will find helpful information about STEM, STEAM, and STREAM in this collection. In addition, we have curated web resources for all grade levels to help as you plan your activities (lesson plans, interactives, and more).

tag(s): engineering (117), STEM (255)

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We have included resources for all grades. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions with each reviewed resource, give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.

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Mathematics Lessons - TedEd

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This mathematics page includes math activities for students of all ages and abilities based on problem-solving activities and riddles integrated into many different topics. Each lesson...more
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This mathematics page includes math activities for students of all ages and abilities based on problem-solving activities and riddles integrated into many different topics. Each lesson typically consists of a video that explains the concept or problem-solving strategy, as well as interactive quizzes and other resources to help reinforce the learning. Many tasks also come with additional resources such as lesson plans, discussion questions, and further reading. Use the filters to narrow down options by grade level, type of content, video length, and subtitles options. In addition, each activity includes categories such as Science and Technology or The Arts; use these links to find related activities. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to save your favorite activities and customize lessons.

tag(s): critical thinking (112), engineering (117), financial literacy (92), numbers (121), probability (97), problem solving (225), riddles (16), STEM (255)

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Use the activities on this site to introduce problem-solving to students through various topics and problem-solving tools. Begin by narrowing down the content to your chosen grade level to find appropriate activities. Next, consider differentiating activities by student interests and ability levels. Finally, use the option to customize lessons to create questions for different groups of students or add additional questions while still using the original video. Ask older students to use these activities as a model, then create their animated math riddles using Powtoon, reviewed here.

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Teaching Central America: Teaching Ideas for Elementary - Teaching for Change

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This resource, Teaching Central America, shares various lessons and guides to support educators in teaching about Central America. Topics include lessons based on Hispanic-themed fiction...more
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This resource, Teaching Central America, shares various lessons and guides to support educators in teaching about Central America. Topics include lessons based on Hispanic-themed fiction and non-fiction picture books, an interactive map, and short biographies of Central American leaders. Use the link below each description to access the included materials; most links lead to a PDF document; however, a couple of lessons require free registration by providing your email to access the materials.

tag(s): book lists (158), central america (15), ecosystems (70), hispanic (28), migration (44)

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Bookmark and save Teaching Central America as a resource for finding multicultural books and lessons to include in your classroom for Hispanic Heritage Month and throughout the year. Organize your saved bookmarks using Padlet, reviewed here. For example, create a column that includes your saved ideas for teaching about Central America, another for the Caribbean, and one for South America. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, either as a class or with groups of students, to create interactive maps of places students learn about in Central America. Add links to your website or a column to the Padlet for class-created activities, informational articles, and videos that extend learning beyond the resources shared on this site. Some of the teaching materials include correlation to standards.
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Random Art Prompt Generators for Kids - Magatsu.net

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As the title indicates, this site provides random prompts and suggestions for art projects. Two dropdown boxes provide options for participants. The first box offers a choice to generate...more
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As the title indicates, this site provides random prompts and suggestions for art projects. Two dropdown boxes provide options for participants. The first box offers a choice to generate one, five, or ten prompts. The other dropdown includes three prompt options: simple, elaborate, or a combination. After making choices, select the blue button to Get Prompts. Some prompts include a link to Wikipedia for further clarification, be sure to read the author's suggestion for those that lead to artistic depictions of the human body.

tag(s): creative writing (121), drawing (60), painting (55), writing (315)

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Use this generator to create and print ideas for projects to include in an art center. Use the generator for more than art project ideas, select statements that correspond to stories you are reading, science topics, or social studies events. Include ideas in your makerspace for students to create items based on the opinions provided by the generator. Include the ideas generated for students to use with creative writing projects. Ask them to share their writing project using tools found at Adobe Creative Cloud Express, reviewed here, to create videos, graphic designs, or presentations. Instead of relying on a generator, use this as an example, then ask students to develop a bank of story ideas for classroom use. Include ideas on a collaborative Google Document shared on classroom and student devices.

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OK2Ask: TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from January 2023. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Many technology tools are available for classroom use, but which are teachers' favorites? This session will share and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite resources. Help us decide which tool is this session's winner of our Smackdown! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn about and compare some of TeachersFirst contributors' favorite technology tools; 2. Evaluate uses for one or more tools for classroom use; and 3. Share ideas for using resources with other participants. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): classroom management (127), professional development (379)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Art Games - Crazy Games

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Explore your creative side with the many kinds of music and art-themed games offered on this site. Doodle, practice drawing, or create a bonsai tree using options for colors and ...more
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Explore your creative side with the many kinds of music and art-themed games offered on this site. Doodle, practice drawing, or create a bonsai tree using options for colors and size of your tree. Hover over any of the thumbnails to see the game title, then select to access and play. Some games take players offsite; previewing games before sharing them with students is always suggested.
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tag(s): artists (77), colors (65), drawing (60), game based learning (171), gamification (73), trivia (18)

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Before assigning games with students, use your whiteboard or a screen recording to demonstrate how to avoid ads found on the site. It is also helpful to add a short tutorial for some games to get students started, as most games do not include instructions. Select games on this site, and others, as part of an arts center that features music, art, and drama games and activities. Curate your resources into one place to make it easier for students to find and access them using Wakelet, reviewed here, or another curation tool. Instead of sharing several links onto computer devices, share a link to the Wakelet collection that includes all your resources.

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TEACHFLIX - Ditch That Textbook

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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate...more
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Teaching with videos engages and excites students, but finding the right video takes time. TEACHFLIX is a curated collection of videos shared by classroom teachers to put to immediate use in class. Begin by browsing by grade level or content area. If browsing by grade level, open up your choice to view all videos or narrow your selection by specific topics. No registration is required; however, sign up with your email to receive the Teaching with TEACHFLIX ebook to download, which includes suggestions and activities to use with videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): coding (87), computational thinking (41), computers (105), digital citizenship (83), engineering (117), problem solving (225), social and emotional learning (74), STEM (255), video (253), virtual field trips (79)

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Use this curated collection of videos to engage students in lessons in all subjects. Use EdPuzzle, reviewed here, to enhance the video content by adding comments, questions, and more within the video. Create interactive lessons with videos from this collection, formative assessments, and other interactive content using Pear Deck, reviewed here, to present material in a deeper, more robust manner. Upon completion of your lesson, extend learning by asking students to share their learning using a simple web page builder such as Straw.Page, reviewed here.

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Indigenous Peoples of the Americas - The Kennedy Center

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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources...more
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This diverse collection of resources provides many opportunities to experience the culture of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas through visual arts, dance, music, and more. Resources include lessons for grades K-8 that focus on learning about indigenous people through integrating the arts with science, social studies, and language arts. Other resources include videos that feature Native Americans discussing their crafts through interviews and storytelling. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. Lessons correlate to National Core Arts Standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (154), cultures (130), dance (26), holidays (159), native americans (89), north america (14), stories and storytelling (38)

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Print lesson plans during Native American Month, as a supplement to social studies lessons about cultures and states, or during geography lessons. Lesson plans are available in PDF format or as Google Documents; save any lesson to your Google Drive as a copy of the original document and edit it to fit your curriculum or adapt it as desired to fit current lessons. Use any or all materials found on this site as a personalized learning lesson for students to complete in person or remotely. For example, add a video, poem, and reflective activity, and additional materials to a SchoolStack, reviewed here, an activity that offers students a choice of learning materials and activities. Consider asking students to work in collaborative groups to research indigenous people based on their interests. For example, have a group explore dance, another their art and sculpture, and a group that researches geographic locations of the different tribes. Ask each group to share their learning by creating simple websites made with Telegra.ph, reviewed here. Telegra.ph provides simple website creation tools without all the distractions of backgrounds, templates, and other distractions. Easily add text, images, and links to any Telegra.ph site.
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Diwali Decoration Ideas - Teachwire

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Incorporate the arts into your lessons about Diwali with these eight decorating ideas and classroom activities. Suggestions include a song lesson plan, paper cup garlands, Diwali card...more
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Incorporate the arts into your lessons about Diwali with these eight decorating ideas and classroom activities. Suggestions include a song lesson plan, paper cup garlands, Diwali card ideas, and others. All activities are linked to directions and created with commonly-found materials such as clay and play dough. Although this site has many ads, it is worth a visit to find ideas for building student engagement through hands-on craft activities.
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tag(s): crafts (50), cultures (130), fall (10), fall festival (6), holidays (159), religions (75)

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Take advantage of the ideas shared on this site to find hands-on crafts and activities to enhance your lessons on Diwali and fall festivals. Use ClassWish, reviewed here, to create a wish list for supplies and Bloomz, reviewed here, to schedule volunteers to assist students when making crafts. As students learn about Diwali, use an online game resource such as Baamboozle, reviewed here, to practice and learn about the terms associated with this celebration. As a final project, create a class book using Imagine Forest, reviewed here, that includes text, videos, and images to tell the story about Diwali.

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Educational Podcasts for Students - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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In this collection, we share many educational podcasts for students of all ages in various subject areas. The act of listening to podcasts offers many benefits to our students. The...more
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In this collection, we share many educational podcasts for students of all ages in various subject areas. The act of listening to podcasts offers many benefits to our students. The podcasts are available anytime, making them ideal for in-person, remote, blended, and flipped instruction. Students can listen a second time to deepen their understanding.

tag(s): podcasts (69)

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Share these podcasts with your students to use when learning related material. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find podcasts to incorporate into your lessons.

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Experiment with Google: Arts & Culture Experiments - Google

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Uncover a city with over 200 pyramids, search across Europe for your penguin friend, or test your knowledge of ancient artworks and artifacts, and much more at Google's Arts & ...more
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Uncover a city with over 200 pyramids, search across Europe for your penguin friend, or test your knowledge of ancient artworks and artifacts, and much more at Google's Arts & Culture Experiments. This large selection of experiments allows you to interact with artificial intelligence and interactive experiences to explore the arts in new and exciting ways. Hover over the icon for any investigation to launch the activity or see an overview that summarizes the experiment and information on tools used to build the experience.

tag(s): animation (62), art history (85), artificial intelligence (79), artists (77), climate change (85), colors (65), crosswords (18), drawing (60), egypt (46), emotions (46), environment (237), europe (75), france (37), glaciers (17), insects (67), july 4th (13), museums (43), music theory (45), nasa (30), nutrition (133), painting (55), patterns (63), poetry (187), pollution (49), robotics (22), women (135)

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Save this exciting site to use in several ways to engage students in arts and culture worldwide. For example, as students learn about Europe, add "Where is Hopper" to classroom computers as an activity center for students to explore independently. As students search for Hopper, ask them to use Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to add clues and information learned throughout their exploration. As a final project, as a class or within groups, have students create interactive maps of their travels using Google My Maps, reviewed here. Add images, text explanations of the clues, and videos to share information about each location.

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Animated Drawing - Meta AI Research

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Animated Drawing is a nifty online tool that incorporates a four-step process to bring life to simple character drawings. Use the sample drawings to get an overview of the example ...more
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Animated Drawing is a nifty online tool that incorporates a four-step process to bring life to simple character drawings. Use the sample drawings to get an overview of the example images. Begin by following the initial checklist that provides guidelines for successful use, including giving a drawing of one character on a white, well-lit background. When ready, upload your photo and follow the prompts to resize, separate, and find the character joints. The final step offers choices to change the motions of your character to dancing, walking, jumping, or funny. Finally, use the share icon to download the image as an mp4 file, share it to social media sites, or copy a link to the page with your animated image.

tag(s): animation (62), drawing (60), editing (91), images (268), preK (254)

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This animated drawing tool engages students in learning using their creative expressions and artwork. Incorporating animated images on most sites is easier when using a GIF file instead of the provided MP4; use a file conversion tool such as EzGIF, reviewed here. Include animated drawings in student blogs created with Edublogs, reviewed here, or in multimedia presentations produced in Sway, reviewed here.

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Black Art and Artists in Our Collection - National Gallery of Art

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Explore an extensive collection of African-American art provided by the National Gallery of Art. This collection includes a variety of mediums, including photography, sculpture, and...more
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Explore an extensive collection of African-American art provided by the National Gallery of Art. This collection includes a variety of mediums, including photography, sculpture, and paintings. Click any thumbnail to find a summary of the artwork to learn more about the artist.

tag(s): african american (109), artists (77), black history (120)

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Include this collection with your other resources shared during Black History Week or as part of art lessons exploring types of media and art genres. Padlet, reviewed here is an excellent tool to curate and share resources with students. Use individual images for story starters or writing prompts. For example, share an image on Google Slides, reviewed here, then ask students to write a short story based on the image. As students explore artists and their work, have them share their learning by creating a website using Carrd, reviewed here. Carrd is a simple website creation tool that asks students to add images, information about artists, and their reflections on the artwork. Extend learning by turning the tables and allowing the students to become the teacher using Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here. Ask students to create a Learning Path about their favorite artist or media that includes links to biographies, art displays, videos, quizzes, and more. Share Learning Paths with peers to provide a personalized learning experience about art.

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Merlot - California State University Long Beach

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Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a curated collection of free learning and support materials for educators that includes almost 100,000 learning...more
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Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a curated collection of free learning and support materials for educators that includes almost 100,000 learning resources in all content areas and grade levels. Search information on the site in several ways, such as using a keyword or searching by ISBN, materials, or members. Use the dropdown box labeled "Browse" at the top of the page to conduct a more focused search by grade level, content, type of material, and mobile platform. All available content includes clickable peer reviews and user ratings with an overview of the material, recommended uses, and target student population. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to bookmark and save topics. In addition, registration offers access to Merlot's Content Builder (website maker) and a Course ePortfolio.

tag(s): OER (43), preK (254), professional development (379)

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Bookmark and save Merlot to use for professional development and planning purposes. Create an account to save and access bookmarks at any time throughout the year. Due to the size of this site, consider including it as part of your professional development activities with grade-level or department peers to explore by sections. For example, during one session, examine options of assessment tools, and explore the included collections about your course content at another meeting. Consider using a curation tool such as Netboard, reviewed here, or Milanote, reviewed here, to collect and share saved resources.
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100 STEAM Projects for Educators - The Oakland Toy Lab

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Are you looking for some great STEAM projects to do in your classroom? Instructables.com has a curated collection of STEAM projects complete with step-by-step directions, photos, and...more
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Are you looking for some great STEAM projects to do in your classroom? Instructables.com has a curated collection of STEAM projects complete with step-by-step directions, photos, and tips for completion. Some even have video clips to help with the directions. Projects range in age level from lower elementary to high school. The contributor, The Oakland Toy Lab, designed everything with accessibility in mind. Each project can be created with widely available and relatively low-cost materials. In addition, teachers can create a free account to download printable PDFs of step-by-step directions of each activity. Be aware that this collection is posted as a part of a larger website of community-contributed content, so some Instructables may not be appropriate for a school environment.

tag(s): crafts (50), engineering (117), makerspace (42), science fairs (19), STEM (255)

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Here, teachers can find one hundred unique, already tried and tested STEAM projects for their classrooms. Teachers can use them as written or as a starting point and modify them to fit their own needs. Perhaps creating a makerspace with several activities and supplies available to choose from would be an excellent station for early finishers in your room. This collection of 100 STEAM projects is a part of a larger website - instructibles.com, where you can learn to do just about anything in any subject area. Be sure to save this site and check back often as content is contributed by the community and is updated regularly, so you never know what you may find - you may even decide to contribute something of your own!

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Africa in the K-16 Classroom Online Resources - Boston University African Studies Center

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Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies shares many free resources for teaching about Africa in all grade-level classrooms. Follow the links to access featured resources,...more
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Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies shares many free resources for teaching about Africa in all grade-level classrooms. Follow the links to access featured resources, podcasts, teaching tips, and more. In addition, there is an extensive library for educators divided into grade-level categories. Each category includes resources for pedagogy, children's literature, lesson plans and activities, and additional classroom resources. Also, this website provides links to teaching about Africa divided into topics that include climate change, geography, literature and language, and others.

tag(s): africa (136), continents (31), countries (69)

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Add this excellent site to your other resources for teaching about the continent of Africa. Consider using a curation tool such as Milanote, reviewed here, to organize your ideas and projects into one location. Add links, notes, images, and more onto one Milanote vision board to make it easy to find and view your resources and ideas. As you implement and teach lessons found on the site, ask students to share their learning using multimedia presentation tools such as Sway, reviewed here, and Adobe Express for Education, reviewed here. Find culturally appropriate images for student use at Fresh Folk, reviewed here, and Unsplash, reviewed here.
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Swing Your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing - The Kennedy Center

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Square Dancing is considered a uniquely American dance form, although it has strong roots in 17th Century English and French dance forms. This lesson for grades 3-5 uses the inquiry...more
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Square Dancing is considered a uniquely American dance form, although it has strong roots in 17th Century English and French dance forms. This lesson for grades 3-5 uses the inquiry process to introduce students to square dancing and guide them through completing a "Kids Guide to Square Dancing." As a final project, groups of students create an instructional video and perform a square dance for their peers. The lesson includes links to videos, supporting lessons, and suggestions for making the instructional video presentation. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): dance (26), process writing (38)

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Use this lesson as an alternative to typical informational writing prompts. Engage students in learning about square dance as you introduce the first activity that asks students to share what they know about square dancing using an interactive whiteboard tool such as IdeaBoardz, reviewed here. For example, create a board with two sections - use one section for students to share what they know and the second section for sharing what they would like to learn. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize resources for students to use when researching the guide to square dancing. Include a column for videos, another for music, and another with tips on how to write an instructional guide. Enhance the video portion of lessons using playposit, reviewed here, to add comments that highlight specific portions of the video such as types of dance steps or choreography.

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The Kennedy Center Dance Collection - The Kennedy Center

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Discover the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music using this rich and varied collection of resources. This site contains...more
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Discover the culture and history of dance worldwide and its importance in telling stories through movement and music using this rich and varied collection of resources. This site contains groups, lessons, information from featured artists, and more, covering many dance genres. In addition, media resources feature videos that teach dance, provide information on dance companies worldwide, and visit featured artists.

tag(s): chinese new year (5), cross cultural understanding (154), cultures (130), dance (26), hispanic (28), jazz (17), native americans (89), poetry (187), stories and storytelling (38)

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Take advantage of the many free resources on this site to add dance to music lessons and cultural units and enrich topics featuring people and places worldwide. Each resource includes tags, and the lessons include suggested grade levels, use these links to find additional resources for classroom use. As you include information from this site, use an online whiteboard tool such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here, to engage students in learning. For example, add a link to a video from the site about a featured artist and ask students to share their learning or post questions to explore further. Ask students to share their understanding using one of the many tools found Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here. For example, ask students to create a website of a featured dance style, while other students create a video sharing dance and cultural information about their chosen group of people or country.

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Dramatic Arts and Dance Resources - TeachersFirst

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Discover resources in this collection to infuse drama and dance into your lessons. This curated list includes musicals, readers theater, dance instruction, and more. You may find it...more
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Discover resources in this collection to infuse drama and dance into your lessons. This curated list includes musicals, readers theater, dance instruction, and more. You may find it helpful to use ideas from this list to plan your physical education and language arts lessons. This list includes resources for all grades.

tag(s): acting (20), dance (26), fitness (51), plays (29), readers theater (11)

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Encourage your students' understanding of drama and dance using this curated collection. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your dance and drama lessons.

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