Fine Arts

ELA (X) - Fine Arts (X)

The Coffins of Pa-debehu-Aset

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Lesson plans and activities from the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester designed for young children to learn about Ancient Egypt in Art, Math, Music, ELA, Science, and Social Studies. Incorporates museum collection into learning.

About Face: Copley's Portrait of a Colonial Silversmith

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Curriculum ideas centered around the Portrait of a Colonial Silversmith by John Singleton Copley, housed at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. Teachers will have to wade through some repetitive info and the occasional broken link to find useful ideas, but the concept fits perfectly within the 4th grade Interdependent Roles in Colonial Times Module.

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

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Copies: 7

Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical. It's everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals—full of intimidating child stars, cutthroat understudies, and a director who can't even remember Nate's name—are nothing like Nate expects.

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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

How the Beatles Changed the World

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Copies: 7

Fifty years after the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, it remains the most-watched television event in history. When the Beatles burst onto the scene, they charmed the public with their mop-top haircuts, their playful wit, and their sweetly romantic rock songs—igniting Beatlemania, an intense fandom unlike any before.

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1160L
How the Beatles Changed the World

Half a Chance

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Copies: 7

Lucy's family has just moved to an old house on a New Hampshire lake, and her dad, a famous photographer, is already leaving on another business trip.

Maybe it's because she misses him. Maybe it's because she wants to show him that she's talented too. So when Lucy discovers that her dad is judging a photography contest, she decides to enter. Is her eye for photography really something special? Now, at last, she might find out.

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Lexile: 
690L
Half a Chance

The Story of Buildings

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Copies: 7

We spend most of our lives in buildings. We make our homes in them, go to school in them, and work in them. We're surrounded by buildings practically every moment of our lives! But why and how did people start making buildings? How did they learn to make them stronger, bigger, and more comfortable? And why did they start to decorate them in different ways?

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1060L
The Story of Buildings

Throne of Blood

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The greatest screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth is arguably Akira Kurosawa's visceral Throne of Blood (Kumonosu jô), starring Toshiro Mifune and Isuzu Yamada as the ambitious warrior and ruthless wife who try to murder their way to power and glory. Featuring some of the Japanese master's most unforgettable, hallucinatory imagery, and inspired by Noh theater as much as the classical source, this is Kurosawa at his atmospheric best.

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High
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01:49
Throne of Blood

In Search of Shakespeare

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PBS resource for teaching Shakespeare in the Classroom.

The Folger Shakespeare Library

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Web site for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Erin Brockovich

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A real woman. A real story. A real triumph. Julia Roberts stars as Erin Brockovich, a feisty young mother who fought for justice any way she knew how. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, she convinces attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her, and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation. Now, Erin's determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. And while Ed doesn't want anything to do with the case, Erin won't take "no" for an answer.

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High
Length: 
02:12
Erin Brockovich

Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

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The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Hamlet to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.

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03:33
Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

Timeline: Music & Cinema

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Timeline: Music & Cinema is a card game played using 110 cards. Each card depicts a historical event on both sides, with the year in which that event occurred on only one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in a row on the table.

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Middle
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ELA
Social Studies
Fine Arts
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15 min.
Timeline: Music & Cinema

Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics

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Copies: 7

From single-panel jokes to long graphic novels, comics come in endless shapes, sized, and styles. But when you think of it, they all do one thing: tell stories.

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800L
Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics

I Got Two Dogs

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Though not always well-behaved, beloved poochie pets Fanny and Blue, are “loyal and true . . . ooooo . . .”, and are at the heart of this amusing, affectionate paean that uses Lithgow's children's song lyrics as text.

I Got Two Dogs

Art&

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Curriculum resource for teachers includes:

  • 20 Reproductions
  • Teachers guide to lessons and activities for fifth and sixth graders (book)
  • Teachers guide to lessons and activities for fifth and sixth graders (cd)

The teachers guide includes four lessons designed to teach a subject through works of art. The four subjects are:

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