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Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects

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In this lesson, students write theme poems using their content knowledge and sensory awareness of a familiar object. Students first learn about the characteristics and format of a theme poem. They then engage in an online interactive activity in which they select a graphic of a familiar object (e.g., the sun, a heart, a balloon), build a word bank of content area and sensory words related to the object, and write poems within the shape of the object. Finished poems are printed and displayed in class.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Janet Beyersdorfer

Shopping For Groceries

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Students will use grocery ads to take the role of a shopper/cashier and will purchase several items. Students will be able to add and subtract decimals to hundredths, using strategies based on models, illustrations, and place value.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Weather Scope

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In this hands-on science unit, students conduct investigations on local and world weather and climate. There are five core lessons and additional supplemental and enrichment activities. The included Teacher Guide consists of detailed, printable lesson plans and curriculum standards covered. Included is a Student Gallery where teachers and students can view student work and upload their own student work. An Ask the Expert section is also included for any questions students may have.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

Colliding Cars

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Students predict the outcome of bumper car collisions using what they know about the law of acceleration and the law of interaction (Newton's 2nd and 3rd Laws.) Detailed explanations of the collisions and the scientific laws in effect are given.

Material Type: Interactive

Author: Annenberg Learner

Musical Theater in America

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Through examples of the best that Broadway musicals have to offer, explore the history of musical theater in America; its structure and elements of a musical; musical theater's role in making social commentary, and its legacy.

Material Type: Lecture, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Book 1, Birth of Rock. Chapter 8, Lesson 1: Gospel Music: The Birth of Soul

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In this lesson, students will trace the influence of Gospel music on early Rock and Roll, particularly in R&B's embrace of such key musical features as the call-and-response and in the uses of complex rhythms. The class will make side-by-side comparisons of Gospel and early Rock and Roll songs, as well as work in groups to chart the overall influence of Gospel on a range of different popular music genres.

Material Type: Full Course

Book 2, Teenage Rebellion. Chapter 10, Lesson 1: Latin Music in Postwar New York City

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This lesson focuses on Latin American immigration to New York City during the late 1940s and 50s and the effect it had on popular culture. Students investigate a 1940 U.S. Department of Agriculture film about Puerto Rico, a graph containing immigration data, an interview with bandleader Tito Puente, an array of clips featuring Latin dance music, and both mainstream Pop songs and Broadway showtunes revealing the "Latin tinge." As students examine these resources, they will consider and discuss the roles Latino artists played in bringing a Latin feel to American popular culture.

Material Type: Full Course

Brass Music: TremŽ Brass Band

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Follow behind a parade in New Orleans and you'll still be a part of the show. Whether a parade was organized for a celebration or funeral, honorees and others in the main procession would be followed by a "second line" of participants hoping to get closer to the rhythms of the brass bands.

Material Type: Lecture

Careers for Music Lovers

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This resource provides an overview of different types of careers for music lovers. The first section profiles several occupations that involve music. The second section describes how you can prepare for a music-related career. The third section details some of the highs and lows of working in music. Employment, wages, and outlook are also reviewed.

Material Type: Reading

Author: U. S. Department of Labor

Plena, the People's Newspaper: Puerto Rican Music for the Classroom

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Maps, music, and video-recordings can be effectively used to discuss the present and historical incidence of the " plena" . In the way that rap music is referred to as "the people's" CNN, plena, an Afro-Puerto Rican musical form that has much in common with other Caribbean musical expressions, is sometimes referred to as "the newspaper of the people" as it expresses what is going on in the lives of working class people.

Author: Paulette Thompson