Elementary

Student Stop Motion Animations | Media Arts Toolkit

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This collection includes simple stop motion animations created by Middle School and Elementary students.

Creating Vodcasts | Media Arts Toolkit

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Music educator Michelle Lewis teaches her students how to create vodcast music lessons. Lewis hopes that their vodcast YouTube channel will help students in schools without a music program learn music concepts.

Thomas Dambo: Forest Giants | Muse Moments

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Thomas Dambo of Denmark created Forest Giants in a Giant Forest using “trash”—wood from old whiskey barrels, old pallets, and trees downed in ice storms. “I try to be a trash superstar,” he says.  

Creating Podcasts | Media Arts Toolkit

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As an English/digital media teacher at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, Jason Behler has found that his students become deeply engaged when creating their own podcasts, especially because he allows them great freedom in selecting their own genre and content. His students develop skills in collaboration and time management as well as technical and communication skills. Podcasting does not need to be confined to a class in digital media, and it does not require expensive equipment. Podcasting can be integrated into any content area to add spark to your lessons.

Gabby's Perfect Pizza Pie Palace | Take the Stage

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Compare fractions (halves, quarters, eighths) that make up a whole by drawing toppings on pizzas and cutting the pizzas into slices!

Visit Gabby's pizza shop to help Adi take pizza orders from customers.  Viewers learn fractions that make up a whole by drawing pizza toppings in halves and quarters and cutting the pizzas into one eighth slices.

Learning Objective:
To partition objects into equal parts and name the parts, including halves, fourths, and eighths, using words.

The Dancing Scientist | Take the Stage

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Learn about the properties of solid, liquid, and gas while dancing with the famous music group, The Gregory Brothers!

To help understand how water changes states of matter, Scientist Sam brings in the musical group The Gregory Brothers to help teach about the states of matter through an interactive dance. The viewer dances like a solid, liquid and gas and learns that water can change states of matter when temperatures are below 0 degrees Celsius or above 100 degrees Celsius.

Learning Objective:
Classify matter by physical properties, including shape, relative mass, relative temperature, texture, flexibility, and whether material is a solid or liquid.

View the Spanish version of The Dancing Scientist by clicking here.

KidVision | Glass Art

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Miss Penny and the KidVision Kids go to Hollywood Hot Glass to learn about the art of glassblowing. They learn about glass, the tools of the trade, and how to blow glass art. Then watch and appreciate as a beautiful glass artwork is created by a master artist. Inspiring!

Dance Series: How to Sauté | Take the Stage

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Come visit the Houston Ballet with the Take the Stage Kids and learn how to sauté with professional dancer, Andrew Murphy! 

NFL's Chester Pitts and NBA's Patrick Beverley join in on the fun and show that it takes the same dedication and practice to excel whether you're on the field, on the court, or doing a sauté on stage.

Songwriting and Recording | Media Arts Toolkit

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Jonathan Stovall, now an assistant principal at Adairville School in Logan County, Kentucky, started using songwriting with his fourth-grade math students at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary in Bowling Green and found that student engagement and scores improved so much that he now uses it across grades and subjects. Students learn key concepts in math, science, and other subjects while learning music, creating songs and lyrics, working together, and learning about recording and engineering.

Stop Motion Animation | Media Arts Toolkit

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At Bowling Green Junior High in Kentucky, technology teacher Dianna Wolf and reading teacher Brent VanMeter use stop motion animation to give students opportunities to experiment with technology, work together, and communicate things they’ve learned in a fun and creative way.

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