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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Biodiversity survey: Local ecosystem and food web investigation
Description: This is a hands on lesson in which students will explore their local community to identify living things. It can be used as part of a unit on biodiversity and energy transfer within a biology, zoology, or environmental science course, or as an enrichment assignment for AP biology or AP environmental science. This interdisciplinary high school lesson provides students with real life experience towards mastering objectives in art, English, science, technology, social studies, and math.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Closer Look at Value: Self-Portraits
Description: This lesson will introduce students to the basic editing tools of Photoshop, which will be used in preparation for a large graphite self-portrait drawing. The students will learn about value and proportion and will employ the grid drawing technique in order to enlarge and reproduce an image of themselves.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12)
Title: My City, My Perspective
Description: Students will create a drawing of a local architectural structure. Students will use a photo and add grid and perspective lines. Students will then execute a drawing that clearly demonstrates the illusion of 3D space on the 2D surface.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12)
Title: Dancing Colors
Description: Dancing Colors teaches students gesturing, drawing the illusion of motion, and color schemes. Students look at photos or life models and create a drawing of a dancer in motion. Students then add color to the the drawing based on a choosen color scheme.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12)
Title: Suminagashi Self Portrait
Description: Suminagashi is the perfect backdrop for a self portrait. Using contour, color, and the dynamics of movement students can uniquely represent themselves both through realistic and abstract imagery. The word “Suminagashi” translates literally as “spilled ink.” Centuries before the art of marbleizing papers was practiced in Western cultures, Japanese craftsmen created patterns by floating ink on the surface of water and transferring it to a sheet of paper. Because the nature of water is ever-changing and constantly moving, Suminagashi printers are viewed as great masters of control. Each mono-print is like a fingerprint — unique and unreproducible.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Science (7)
Title: Cells! Cells! Cells!
Description: Students will learn about both POP Art and science in this pattern project. Working in conjunction with a science teacher in your school, students will view cells through a microscope and use visual diaries to create pattern templates. Templates are then used in simple and bold coloration to implement a POP inspired work of art.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (7)
Title: Enlarge my "Ride" (Scale & Proportion)
Description: Students will take the measurements of model cars. The students will use these measurements and scale factors to set up proportions and find the actual size of the the vehicle. As a final activity, students will use sidewalk chalk to sketch the vehicle in the parking lot. Alternate indoor activity provided under Modifications Section.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Symmetry: Theory, Reality and Art!
Description: Students will explore symmetry as defined in geometry, as seen in their community and through the art of Escher-Escher Art Website. Technology and art are incorporated in this lesson. The incorporation of art is an important element in developing the ‘whole child’ if a school system has been forced to eliminate a formal arts program. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Color this Polynomial Simplified
Description: This lesson helps students of all levels visualize the process of polynomial simplification and replicate it with ease. Three alternate forms of assessment are given to accomodate any school's level of technology (Podcasting. Powerpoints or Poster Presentations). This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (9), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Rock Steady
Description: Students use the knowledge of the rock cycle to write a story about a pet rock. The story must include the rock changing from magma, to each type of rock igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. The story should end with the pet rock being identified and in the hands of the student.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Digital Alphabet
Description: In this technology-based visual arts lesson, students find letters of the alphabet in objects made from nature. For example: veins of a leaf to make the "v," a fallen tree in front of another to make the letter "x," ground erosion to make the letter "y". Through digital photography and basic computer skills students create their own digital "natural" alphabet.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Expressionism: What’s the deal with these strange colors?
Description: The students will gain a good understanding of the history of Expressionism painting and its use of color and paint application to establish an “emotional feel”. They will use this knowledge to create their own expressionistic oil painting.


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