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Gingerbread Man Glyph from Mailbox Magazine

For Students 1st - 5th
Follow crafty glyphs to create a one-of-a kind gingerbread man based on personal information such as the color of eyes, number of siblings, and more! 
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Collage Christmas Tree

For Students K - 6th
Get in the holiday spirit with a Christmas art project! Individuals create a colorful collage out of newsprint in the shape of a Christmas tree. 
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Things to Make and Do

For Teachers K - 6th
Get in the holiday spirit with a collection of Christmas art projects. Here, scholars have the opportunity to create their own holiday card, decorations, design a party poster, build a model castle, make an advent calendar, and bake...
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Why Should You Listen to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons"?

For Students 7th - 12th
While many of your class members may find the opening strands of "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi familiar, few may know of the rich history of this program music. Viewers not only listen to portions of the music from each season,...
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Bookmark Weaving Loom

For Students K - 12th
Combine class members' love of crafts and reading with one innovative lesson. Scholars create a one-of-a-kind woven bookmark using cardstock paper, yarn, and a needle. 
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Homemade Christmas Gifts

For Teachers K - 12th
Running low on money? Out of ideas for gifts? Feeling crafty? Whatever the reason may be, homemade gifts are perfect for the creative person or the person trying to save a dollar here and there. Packed with hands-on crafts for kids, the...
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Exploring the Creative Process

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Launch a discussion of the creative process with a short video that features the daily ritual of Slobodan Dan Paich, a San Francisco artist. Slobodan models his approach to tea painting and shares his reflections on the creativity.
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Why Is Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring" Considered a Masterpiece?

For Students 7th - 12th
Johannes Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring is the subject of a short video that asks viewers to consider why the enigmatic painting has captured the attention of so many. Using other Vermeer works to provide a contrast, the narrator...
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Cinematography and Film/Video Production #3

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
And that's a wrap! This final activity in a series about cinematography and film/video puts class members in full production mode. With over 20 activities, young cinematographers can film, edit, create movies, and organize news clips.
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After the Quake: Preserving the Artifacts of Kathmandu

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
On April 28, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake ruptured the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Seven UNESCO World Heritage sites are located in this valley. The efforts of experts and archeologists to restore three of them—Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan...
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Dia de Los Muertos

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
To honor El Dia de los Muertos, scholars work together to create Day of the Dead displays—paper sugar skulls and banners—that bring a festive and memorable flare to the classroom.  
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The History of African-American Social Dance

For Students 7th - 12th
Just exactly what is social dancing? What does social dancing have to do with the African American community and African American history? The narrator of this short video explains how social dancing can support the culture of a...
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Mark The Bard!

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a packet of cross-curricular literacy lessons and activities centered around two of the Bard's most popular plays, Macbeth and The Tempest. Class members look for evidence of...
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Sound and Music

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
What causes sound? Groups of sound detectives use a variety of tools including ping pong balls, pasta noodles, raisins, rubber mallets, and a tuning fork to investigate what causes sound. The young Sherlocks conduct a series of...
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Sixth Grade General Music

For Teachers 6th
"How boring the sounds of the forest would be if the music came only from the Top Ten birds." Sixth graders explore the concept of popular music through several activities that encourage them to share their own musical preferences and to...
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A Brief History of Graffiti

For Students 7th - 12th
Vandalism or self expression? Watch this short video that walks viewers through the history of and debate about graffiti, and then decide for yourself.