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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Social Studies (3 - 5)
Title: Alabama's Pine Barren
Description: Students will read a description of the pine barrens by Basil Hall and analyze the text by using the 3-2-1 strategy. Students will discuss the life and work of Basil Hall, including his travels and journaling in North America. They will observe how a camera lucida functions and debate whether using a camera lucida is "cheating" in art. Next, students will venture outside to create a sketch of their environment while appropriately utilizing materials. They will compare and contrast their products to the sketches of Basil Hall and critique each other's work.  This lesson was created in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.


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Subject: Arts Education (5), or English Language Arts (5), or Mathematics (3 - 4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Angles in the Mix
Description: In this lesson, students will observe art paintings for angles - straight, right, obtuse, and acute. Using digital cameras, students will find "art" in their environment, which displays those same types of angles. They will use their photos to create a Photo Story describing the angles in their environmental art and share it with the class. Lastly, students will choose one of their photos to paint and label the angles found in their art.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (5), or Mathematics (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Congruent and Similar Figures
Description: This lesson provides a variety of hands-on activities for the students to understand the difference between congruent and similar figures. Students will use geoboards, pattern blocks, and the Internet to explore the difference. The activities can be used to reach all learning types.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Roman Arches
Description: Students will watch a slideshow presentation on Roman arches with followup discussions and activities focusing on the arch as it is used in architecture and art images. They will then create a collograph using an arch.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Ambiguous Pictures/Abstract Art
Description: In this lesson students learn how perspective can change the meaning of art. The students will use a digital camera to take extreme close-ups of objects, thus causing the pictures to become resemble abstract art. This project incorporates art, writing and technology.


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Subject: Arts Education (3 - 5), or English Language Arts (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Critiquing Art
Description: Students will begin to understand that being an critiquing art is not about what one likes or dislikes, but rather if the art makes sense or makes a statement. Students will learn how to use the vocabulary of the Elements and Principles of Design when discussing art.


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Subject: Arts Education (5 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Back in Time: Hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt
Description: There are over 500 ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Students will use the Internet to translate their names into hieroglyphs. They will use the translation to design a clay cartouche.


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Subject: Arts Education (4 - 8), or Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: The "T" in Art is for Thinking
Description: This lesson provides fourth through eighth grade gifted and talented students with a research-based project, and can also be used with art and language arts students from sixth through ninth grade. Students will design and create a slideshow presentation as a vehicle for analyzing a painting. Using the art criticism process, students will describe and analyze the art elements and principles of design and provide an interpretation of a painting of their choice. Biographical information about the artist and contextual knowledge concerning the art period/movement and the associated historical times may be included.