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Online Extras / February 2016


Additional Links for February 2016

Yearlong High School Curriculum: Building a Strong Foundation / Lesson 6 of 10
“Midterm Triptychs” (page 12)
View/download these related materials:
• Lesson Plan
• Visual Art Project Evaluation Form

Stepping Stones: Children’s Books Inspire Art Projects (page 8)
Books mentioned in article:

Lichtenheld, Tom, “Bridget.” Henry Holt and Co.; 2010.

Reynolds, Peter H., Creatrilogy series: “The Dot” (2003); “Ish” (2004); “Sky Color” (2012). Candlewick.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll, “Mouse Paint.” HMH Books for Young Readers; 1995.

Warhola, James, “Cats.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; 2009.

Whitman, Candace, “Lines That Wiggle.” Blue Apple Books; 2009.

Art is at the Core: Jesus Moroles (page 10)
(1) Artsonia (http://www.artsonia.com/). You will need parent permission to use Artsonia, but it gives parents the option to purchase merchandise with the artwork on it and give written feedback right on the site.

(2) Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) . Blogger would work best as a whole class blog. You could post as the teacher about what students are learning and have students guest blog for you as well.

(3) Kidblog (http://kidblog.org/home/). Kidblog would work best for each individual student to maintain their own blog. Some students may be ready to post once a week. Some might be eager to post from home. Some might need to only post once per grading period. This online tool is easy to differentiate by readiness for students.

(4) Jesus Moroles (http://www.moroles.com/). Moroles passed away in June 2015. This is his professional website. You can find a written memorial here. Depending on your students’ ages and readiness levels, this could be incorporated into the lesson on designing a memorial.

(5) Learn about the Police Officer Memorial in Houston: http://www.houstontx.gov/civicart/police.html

(6) Harvard Project Zero. The headlines activity was drawn from “Visible Thinking” by Harvard Project Zero:http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/VisibleThinking_html_files/03_ThinkingRoutines/03d_UnderstandingRoutines/Headlines/Headlines_Routine.html

(7) Learn360 (http://www.learn360.com/index.aspx) hosts thousands of educational videos. It is not free, so consider asking your school district to pay for a subscription to this resource.

“Amazing Art Adventures” (http://shopgpn.com/amazingartadventures.aspx) is a series of videos on the elements and principles of art. Jesus Moroles is featured for texture. While the videos are a bit older, students will enjoy hearing Morales talk and watching him work: http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspxlid=6817631&SearchText=amazing+art+adventures&ID=324586 (must have a subscription to Learn 360 and log in).

(8) Science Kids (http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/rocksandminerals.html)

There are many digital resources available on rocks, but the author found Science Kids particularly useful because it has photographs of different kinds of rocks.

You will probably want to develop (or have students develop) a classification chart for identifying rocks that suits your classroom. However, the “Classifying” map found at http://thinkingmaps.com/why-thinking-maps-2/ can be used to help students group and sort the observed characteristics of the rocks.

(9) Two resources on metacognition to explore:
• Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/metacognition-gift-that-keeps-giving-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers

• Metacognition: http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/metacognition/

Alive and Kicking: Looking At and Within Ourselves (page 14)
Video biography of Horace Pippin, narrated by a child:

Discussion guide for the book, “A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippin”:

Meet Mr. Grandville! Anthropomorphic Portraits in Clay  (page 16)
Learn more about J. J. Grandville and view some of his work:



A&A Art Print: Women Artists, Malvina Hoffman, “Anna Pavlova” (page 19-22)
Anna Pavlova dancing her signature ballet, “The Dying Swan” (1905):

Artist Amelia Rowcroft creating portrait bust in clay:

Step-by-step process of creating a miniature bust:

See more of Malvina Hoffman’s work and read more about her:


Piggy Pockets  (page 23)
Learn the history of piggy banks:

Metacognition and Clay: Visual Reminders of Advanced Thinking (page 26)
Watch “grit” researcher, Angela Lee Duckworth’s Ted Talk:

Two resources on metacognition to explore:




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