Check out this exhibit from the National Museum of Australia providing a look into the history, geography, culture, and the importance of astronomy to Port Macquarie in New South Wales. There are three sections of the exhibit that are filled with individual pictures, primary sources, and information about the resources. One section explores the Hastings River that flows into the ocean at Port Macquarie. See photographs from the early 20th century that document the culture of the indigenous people living in the area, the Birpai. Don't forget the mini videos!
December is a month filled with holiday celebrations around the world. Light is a common theme due to the dark days brought on by the winter solstice. Try this lesson plan to check out the holidays and festivals celebrated throughout the different cultures. Holidays include: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Le Re’veillon, Los Posados, and St. Lucia Day. There is a hands-on activity that shows students how to make a lantern for carrying a candle. For a science lesson, have your students observe candles and what happens when they are lit. Included are assessment questions, and pictures associated with the various holidays
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offers quite a bit of experiments to make your last few classes before the holidays merrier. Try making a string of brightly colored bulbs using colored ink and water. If you are tired of waiting for snow, make your own snowflakes using borax. There are instructions for the construction of a variegated disaccharide “J” tube. Try to solve the mystery of the Mrs. Claus' Christmas cookies. You can learn about crystal development by making a crystal frost window pane. So ditch the lesson plans or online extra work, and try something fun that is hands-on!
Here’s an amazing cove of lesson plans and photographs that show how to teach color theory. Yes, and there is the edible color wheel which uses vanilla wafers, frosting, and food coloring. What lesson plan wouldn't be a hit with the students? Another lesson teaches students how to make tint and shade strips to help them see gradations in color. Find color wheel vocabulary, examples of complex color wheels, and a lesson for making motif color wheels. Get out of the hum-drum lesson plan life and try one of these!
Here's a great mini clip of how each orchestrate member was seated during the Baroque Period, through the Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Watch how the orchestra expands with the number of orchestral members and the addition of new of instruments. In the beginning sparse seating was utilized in the time of Johann Sebastian Bach. Soon the addition of brass instruments joined the orchestra under Classical composers such as Johannes Brahms. During the Romantic period Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Richard Wagner added depth to the sound of their compositions with tubas, trombones, and more percussion. You can print out each seating chart for more class discussion.
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There are so many ways the earth changes, both quickly and over time. Sometimes these concepts can be a a bit difficult to grasp when reading only from a textbook source. But if you do an experiment with frosted pastry to see how upward pressure from plant roots can break down the earth’s surface then all of a sudden everything makes sense. Try understanding uplift by experimenting with a Snickers bar. You can even simulate your own earthquake. Do an activity that clearly illustrates geologic time by unrolling a roll of toilet tissue. The photographs are stunning, the graphics illustrative, and the information is excellent. Take a trip through the Grand Canyon, identifying the layers as you go based on the mnemonic provided.
How well do you understand the voting requirements? Here’s a game that asks you to answer questions about the history of voting rights. If you answer correctly, you earn a card that awards you characters to play the game. Be sure to pay attention to the year the character is attempting to vote. You'll need to look at the character’s age, gender, criminal history, status of citizenship, and ability to read. This game can be played solo or with the imaginary figures offered.
On Thanksgiving take time to explore all the massive information available on this incredible site from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Begin by playing Culture Quest's map that depicts ten regions in the Western Hemisphere for you to examine native cultures who once lived there. Each region contains activities that offer knowledge for the environment and culture of indigenous native groups. In addition to the activity, you’ll find a picture of the environment where you can find out about the animals and plants that live there. Click on the topics at the top of the inset to find a small map, an artifact, related resources such as photographs, and even videos, and a look at the people of that particular culture today.
Share this study guide with friends, family, and students to explore the myth about Thanksgiving and the gathering of the Pilgrims and Native Americans near what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. There's a great description of the Wampanoags who lived close to where the Pilgrims landed. This study guide depicts the area's economy, society, and religious practices. The years just before the Pilgrims moved in were hard and destructive to the Wampanoag way of life. The Pilgrims found a weakened people, who, despite their own problems, taught the neophyte Englishmen enough to get them through the year. See how the myth of Thanksgiving diverges from the truth when you read about the harvest ceremony the English held.