Fine Arts

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Backseat Drawing

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The Hysterical Game of Sketchy Directions! Two teams race to identify drawings done by their own team members. But the artists don’t know what they are drawing—they can only follow the instructions given by another team member.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Content Area: 
Math
ELA
Fine Arts
Play Time: 
20 min.
Backseat Drawing

Masters Gallery

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In Masters Gallery, the players are art critics and gallery owners. All have their own favorite artist in this pantheon of greats—or at least they do until the game begins. Tastes and opinions about each artist’s value change constantly in the world of Old Masters art.

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Middle
High
Content Area: 
Math
Fine Arts
Play Time: 
30 min.
Masters Gallery

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.

Pythagoras and the Ratios

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Pythagoras and his cousins want to win a music contest, but first they must figure out how to play their instruments in tune, something that's never been done before.



While trying to fix the problem, Pythagoras makes an important discovery--notes that sound pleasant together have a certain mathematical relationship. When Pythagoras applies this ratio to his cousins' pipes and lyres, the result is music to the ears.

Pythagoras and the Ratios

Breakout Edu Kit

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The Breakout EDU kit includes everything you need to play over 350 games created for the classroom environment. The kit includes access to the new BreakoutEdu Platform to be used while using the kit.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Middle
High
Professional
Content Area: 
ELA
Math
Social Studies
Science
Fine Arts
Health/Phys. Ed.
LOTE
Computer Science
Special Education
Family/Consumer Science
Business/Technology
ELL
Library
Other
Play Time: 
30 min.
Breakout Edu Kit

Raising the Bar | Cyberchase

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Harry and Bianca have new jobs at a movie theater concession stand. They compete with each other to see who can sell the most snacks, and they report their sales using bar graphs. When their graphs are compared, it appears that Harry has sold more, but Bianca is not so sure, so she takes a closer look at the scale of each graph.

Scale City: Greetings from Sky-Vue Drive-In

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Greetings from Sky-Vue Drive-In takes students on a tour through the history of drive-in theaters and a visit to one that's still open and thriving in Winchester, Kentucky. Looking at shadows through the drive-in movie projector introduces the relationship of a shadow's size to its distance from the light source.

Making a Math Mess

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Making a mess is easy, but making a Math Mess requires a bit more coordination. Each Math Mess video requires teamwork, creativity, and a bit of math skill. Come behind the scenes to find out how the Math Mess video series was created!

Career Connections | Tire Designer

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A tire designer uses art, math, and engineering to create safe, cost-effective tires.

MN Original | MacPhail Center for Music

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Watch how MacPhail Center for Music’s partnership with Ascension Catholic School in North Minneapolis brings classical musical education to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

This program, which began in 1989, serves as a model for more than 90 other community partnerships that bring musical education to many diverse communities throughout the state.

For more MN Original resources, click here.

Analyzing its Geometry and Energy Efficiency | Treasures of New York: "Hearst Tower"

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Students solve a real-world mathematical problem involving the area of a triangle and learn about how energy conservation is applied to architectural design using video from Treasures of New York: Hearst Tower. Utilizing text-dependent discussion questions and classroom activities called “teaching tips,” students have an opportunity to take a deep dive into mathematics, STEM content and the arts.

Scale City | Proportions and Music in the Real World

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In this video—through footage of the calliope aboard the Belle of Louisville, a church pipe organ, and various instruments at a recording studio—students are introduced to the mathematical concept that the length of a musical pipe or a string has a proportional relationship with the sound it produces.  In the accompanying activity, stringed instruments are used to demonstrate the concept presented in the video. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

Scale City | Scaling Up Rectangles in the Real World

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In this video, students explore Depression-era post office murals and modern outdoor murals to learn how artists use proportional reasoning and measurement to create large-scale paintings. The video ends with the question, "How do artists use math to create large-scale paintings?" In the accompanying classroom activity, students create a group mural by using a predetermined scale factor to increase the size of a rectangular print or drawing.

Career Connections | Animator

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Explore the field of animation with an artist who creates graphics using computer software. Animators work in a variety of media, including movies, television, commercials, and video games.

Using Math in Production | Video Production: Behind the Scenes with the Pros

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KET animators Sara O'Keefe and Allison NeCamp Day talk about how they approach the production of their animations.

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