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The Stuff of Stories: Using Museums to Inspire Student Writing
8th - 10th
Middle schoolers write descriptions, narratives, and dialogues based on objects of art and time periods in a museum. They base several writing assignments on art objects and paintings, including a literal description and an emotional...
The Altes Museum in Berlin: An Institution of German Romanticism
11th - Higher Ed
Museums that house art also house history. Take a look inside the Altes Museum in Berlin with a great presentation that provides background on the construction and history of the museum. Image and text will help learners conceptualize...
Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath: A Multigenre Project
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Challenge readers of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath to create a museum exhibit that uses artifacts to focus on one issue raised by the award winning story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Joads.
Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet...
Looking and Learning in the Art Museum — Lesson 3
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Curator, artist, art handler, archivist, conservator-restorer, guide. Who would have thought there were so many different kinds of museum professionals? After a visit to an art museum, class members reflect on the role of the museum in...
Artifacts Tell Stories: Creating a First World War Museum in the Classroom
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Although designed for the Canadian War Museum, the concept here is a solid one. Class members select an artifact from the First World War, examine it, research it, and craft an explanative label that they attach to their picture and post...
Carl Akeley's Striped Hyenas
7 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Ever wonder how to create museum dioramas? Examine the newly created striped hyena exhibit through the eyes of a scientist using a video from a larger playlist on mammals. Content includes the origins of the hyenas in the display, why...
Building a Museum of Museums on the Web
6 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Imagine stepping into museums across the world right from the comfort of your own classroom, and analyzing artwork in greater detail than you ever thought possible. Google Art Project has made this possible! Amit Sood briefly introduces...
Looking and Learning in the Art Museum — Lesson 2
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Is there a difference between examining an original work of art and viewing a reproduction? Class members are asked to reflect on this question after researching a piece, study a reproduction of it, and the examining the original in an...