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Insoluble Paintings

For Teachers K - 12th
Insolubility and density? Yup, it's art class, of course. To create insoluble paintings that continually move and change, kids mix water-based paint with mineral oil and seal the mixture in laminating pouches.
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Simple Suminagashi

For Teachers K - 12th
Go ahead. Spill the ink! Combine the study of art, social studies, and science with a Suminagashi (spilled ink) activity that produces "unique and unreproducible" works of art.
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Going Places Safely

For Teachers 1st - 4th Standards
How can places on the Internet be dangerous? Youngsters draw important connections between traveling online and staying safe in the real world. They also discover three key online safety rules to guide them throughout their online...
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Painted Story Quilt

For Teachers K - 12th
Creating story quilts is a great way to combine art, social studies and literature. Kids select a story, a published one or one of their own, to illustrate, paint on a canvas square, embellish, and mount on a felt backing.
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Artist’s Challenge Coins

For Teachers K - 12th
Make 'em, trade 'em, share 'em. Kids create artist's challenge coins to celebrate personal achievements, as mementos, or as encouragement. Originally designed for service personnel, these coins are a great way to recognize achievement.
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Start with a Circle...

For Students K - 12th
The Golden Ratio. The Divine Proportion. Yup. It's math and art blended into one colorful activity. Young artists combine colored tissue paper circles and parts of circles to create geometric patterns. As a bonus, kids get to figure out...
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“Decalcomania” Glue Paint Symmetry Prints

For Teachers K - 12th
Who knew you could paint with glue? After first adding liquid water color paints to bottles of white Elmer's glue and applying them to paper, students of all ages are then challenged to use their imagination and creativity to draw in...
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Spin-a-Story: Writing Prompts Chart

For Teachers 2nd - 9th
"But I don't know what to write about!" Now, there's a very familiar complaint. And here's a very creative solution. Young authors are given a writing prompt chart, spin three wheels that provide suggestions for the who, what, and where...
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Empathy

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
How would it make you feel if...youngsters learn a valuable life skill in considering how their actions affect other people. They evaluate different scenarios and draw pictures of things they could do to make someone feel better.
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Hickory, Dickory, Dock

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
What did the mouse run up? The clock! Practice consonant blends and rhyming with a lesson plan that combines a nursery rhyme with pronunciation practice and a hands-on craft activity. Kids will master the -ock word family with this set...
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Serving Up My Plate

For Teachers 1st - 2nd Standards
Offer your youngsters an extra helping of nutritional knowledge and healthy tips with this resource, which centers around the MyPlate nutritional guide and offers three "courses" of plans and worksheets on the food groups and the...
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Memorial Day Lesson

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
From where did Memorial Day originate, and how does it differ from Veterans Day? Offer pupils a great lesson on the history of this important national holiday in the United States, utilizing best teaching practices throughout, such as...
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Messy Bessey's Holidays

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Teach your class some fairly complex terms—factors of production, human resources, capital resources, natural resources, and intermediate goods—with a storybook (Messy Bessey's Holidays), plenty of visuals and handouts, and related...
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Literacy Survival Tips for New Teachers!

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Whether new to teaching or a seasoned pro, this 12-page phonics and phonemic awareness guide is a must for your curriculum library. Everything from a summary of research on the topic to exercises and activities is included.
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What Is Honesty?

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
This is an absolute must-have resource for exploring honesty with your learners! Youngsters role play four scenarios that involve honest and dishonest actions, and then engage in meaningful discussion and activities regarding those...
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Art Alive! - Genesee Oaks

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Asher Brown Durand's "Genesee Oaks" offers an opportunity for learners to develop their skill at reading paintings. Viewers respond to questions that focus their attention on different aspects of the landscape, and then create a...
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Let's Build a Worm Bin!

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Kids get the dirt on worms by building a vermicomposter and observing, over time, the changes red worms make in the soil in the bin.
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Space Travelers

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Groups of three scientists from the rocky planet Zog investigate the composition of soil so that they can take the information back to their home, create soil there, and begin to grow food.
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Have a Worm Party! & Worm Facts: Food, Home, Help

For Teachers K Standards
Here's an activity that will worm its way into the hearts of your class members. Young scientists investigate the habitat, diet, and value of the wonderfully, wiggly lumbricus terrestris.
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The Clever Monkey Rides Again

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
How very clever. No need to monkey around with this resource. Rob Cleveland's version of the West African tale, "The Clever Monkey Rides Again," is used as the basis for multiple of cross-curricular activities including exercises...
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How do Poets Use Language?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Why do writers choose the language they do? Here's a resource that has the poet himself answer that very question. Joseph Coelho explains why he chose the words and images he used in his poem, "If All the World Were Paper."
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A Conceit Poem

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Young writers needn't be self-involved to craft a conceit. Directions for how to craft this form of extended metaphor, models, and a worksheet are all included in the packet.
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Ceramic Tile Wall Murals

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th Standards
Science, social studies, language arts, and art classes work together with administrators to produce a permanent, ceramic tile wall mural to install at their school. 
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Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

For Teachers K - 1st Standards
A thorough lesson plan takes your first grade class through Jane Yolen's beautiful Owl Moon. It crafts the unit with clear objectives, high-level guiding questions, cloze activities and sentence frames, and extension activities at the...