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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12)
Title: Andy Warhol: Artist to the Masses
Description: This lesson is intended to be a technology-based visual arts project. Parts of the lesson involving technology may be left out in the event certain programs are not available for use. It is a stand-alone lesson that can be extended on when discussing other Pop Artists, or as an introduction to new media types within the art classroom.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or English Language Arts (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Literary Graffiti with poetry
Description: Students will read and analyze a poem by creating Literary Graffiti in cooperative learning groups.


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: Altering Reality
Description: Students will take digital photos. Photos will be printed on a toner-based basic black and white laser printer. Students will take images and alter them to create a new and exciting visual experience.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication (9 - 12)
Title: STOP Motion Animation is a GO
Description: STOP Motion Animation is a GO is a hands-on technology-based project that can be interdisciplinary connecting to science, math, history, literature, or another arts area depending on the theme selected by the instructor. Students create a moving visual story that can be a work of art, a teaching tool, or an entertaining analysis of material learned.


Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (7)
Title: Cartoons and Scale Drawings
Description: This lesson will lead students to understand the concept of scale drawings.  The students will artistically and mathematically enlarge a cartoon.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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 Science (9 - 12)
Title: Protein Synthesis Drama
Description: In this lesson the student will illustrate the creation and copying of the molecular structure of DNA and RNA. They will accomplish this by creating a comic strip and/or storyboard that graphically describes transcription and translation. 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 Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Ecology Collage
Description: Students will use magazines and other pictures to create a food web collage topics (teacher should assign food web topics). Students should be divided into groups. Each group should research and prepare a Power Point presentation about their assigned food web topic. This activity would be a good follow up for an ecology unit. 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 Science (9 - 12)
Title: Inside the Cell
Description: This lesson is intended to familiarize students with different categories of cells. Emphasis will be placed on the comparison and contrast of plant and animals cells and the structures within them.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 (6 - 12), or Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Roaring Twenties
Description: This activity involves comparing turn of the century music with the music from the Jazz Age. Students will listen to musical selections and analyze how the change in the music reflects the change in cultural attitudes. They will also work in groups to create their own radio shows.


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: The Making of an Art Scavenger Hunt: Artists and their Styles
Description: In this lesson students will become familiar with the Internet, artists, and a major art movement by creating an online art scavenger hunt for classmates to explore.


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Commercial ice cream is first sold in the U.S. in 1786.      Add Bookmark
Description: After finding advertisements from the past, students evaluate them and discuss how ads have changed over the years. Students then create an advertisement for a new flavor of ice cream.
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Grade Span: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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