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How Artists See Animals: Activity Sheet 1

Animalia: Classifying the Animal World

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Learn that the animal kingdom is divided into categories called classifications; identify particular animals by classification; create a class mural which represents the five classifications of the animal kingdom: amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles. 

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

Reading:  Informational Text

Grade 3

 

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.5
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

 

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

VA:Cr2.3.3

Individually or collaboratively construct representations, diagrams, or maps of places that are part of everyday life.

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How Artists See Animals: Activity Sheet 2

Drawing a Line from Prehistory to Pop

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To understand that line has been used to depict subjects since human beings began making art; to compare the similarities and differences between a prehistoric work of art and a modern work of art; to create two paintings of animals, focusing on the use of line to depict important aspects of the subject.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7

Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

 

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

Grade 3

VA:Cr2.1.3

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

 

Grade 4

VA:Cr2.1.4

Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches

 

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How Artists See Animals: Activity Sheet 3

Looking Closely: The Art and Science of Maria Sybilla Merian

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Observe an animal’s appearance, movements, and behaviors; record observations in a journal; make a detailed pencil and watercolor sketch of an animal; understand that scientists make close observations of animals to understand their behaviors.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

VA.Cr2.1.3

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

 

VA.Cr.3.1.3

Elaborate visual information by adding details in an artwork to enhance emerging meaning.

 

VA.Re.7.1.4

Compare responses to a work of art before and after working in similar media.

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How Artists See Animals: Activity Sheet 4

Selfie to Self-Portrait

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Understand the definition of self-portrait: a portrait of oneself done by oneself (merriam-webster.com); view examples of self-portraits from a variety of artists; create a self-portrait with a pet or stuffed animal inspired by Self-Portrait with Monkeys, by Frida Kahlo.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Informational Text » Grade 3

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

VA.Cr2.1.3

Create artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

VA.Re7.1.3

Speculate about the artistic processes that an artist used to create a work of art.

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How Artists See Families

Second Edition

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One of the first two volumes in a relaunch of the best-selling series that encourages children to learn about the world by looking at art, and about art by looking at the world

 
How Artists See is a series of interactive, inquiry-based books designed to teach children the art of observation and increase their visual literacy. Each volume presents eighteen diverse works of art, all devoted to a subject that children know from personal experience. Author Colleen Carroll’s friendly, conversational text is filled with thought-provoking questions that promote exploration, self-expression, and fun.
 
In this revised and redesigned edition of the classic How Artists See Families, more than half the artworks are newly selected—and they range from a storytelling quilt to a giant cardboard sculpture. Children will discover how Barbara Hepworth evoked a mother’s love with simple stone shapes, how Kehinde Wiley depicted the strength of sisterhood in a portrait, and how Van Gogh captured the joyous moment of a baby’s first steps.

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How Artists See Families: Activity Sheet 1

Family Ties

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Understand that families build memories and connection through shared experiences; realize that artists depict families in different ways, including genre scenes of everyday shared experiences.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Text Types and Purposes:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.8

Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

VA:Cr2.1.3

Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

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How Artists See Families: Activity Sheet 2

Memories in Pictures and Words: Making Narrative Imagery Inspired by Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

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To create a work of art that depicts a family memory using both visual and written elements; to look at examples of memory quilts by the American artist Faith Ringgold to examine how she incorporates writing into her story quilts.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Informational Text » Grade 3

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

English Language Arts Standards » Writing » Grade 3

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Range of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening » Grade 3

Comprehension and Collaboration:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.4

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

Grade 3

VA:Cr1.2.3

Apply knowledge of available resources, tools, and technologies to investigate personal ideas through the art-making process.

 

Grade 5

VA:Cr1.2.5

Identify and demonstrate diverse methods of artistic investigation to choose an approach for beginning a work of art.

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How Artists See Families: Activity Sheet 3

Portrait Gallery

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To learn about portraiture as a genre in art; to create a family portrait inspired by the work of Alice Neel and Jordan Casteel.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

 

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

VA:Cr1.1.3

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

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How Artists See Families: Activity Sheet 4

The Past is Present: Mixed Media Family Photo Collages

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To select a photograph from an archive of family pictures; consider how a photograph can be altered to create new meaning; explore mixed media to create a collage.

 

Common Core Standards in Language Arts

    

Key Ideas and Details:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Craft and Structure:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

 

National Visual Arts Standards (2014)

 

VA:Cr1.1.3a

Elaborate on an imaginative idea.

 

 

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Zen in Japanese Culture

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A visual journey through Zen’s influence on Japanese life, from calligraphy to the martial arts
 
Formed by a convergence of the Buddha’s teachings with Taoism and local tradition, Zen has had a profound impact on the art and culture of Japan. As a philosophy, Zen promotes a recognition of emptiness and impermanence. As an aesthetic, it is marked by striking simplicity and a reverence for space. It operates on the principle of wabi-sabi, the harmony found in all things transient and imperfect. Countless Japanese artists, artisans, and designers have engaged with the Zen tradition, their work the fruit of its wisdom.
 
Author Gavin Blair has spent nearly two decades as a writer and journalist in Japan. In these pages, he shows how Zen has found expression in all aspects of Japanese culture, be it the tea ceremony, origami, or bonsai. Gorgeous full-color photographs highlight the simple beauty of the Zen aesthetic, from the hanging noren curtains that adorn entrances and doorways, to the intricate craftwork of a wagasaumbrella. Together these images speak to the quiet power of Zen.
 
Above all, Zen is an invitation to contemplate the mind, to cultivate harmony with nature and ease through understanding. This book is for any reader who is curious about Japanese culture and the Zen tradition.

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The Last Monk of the Strofades

Memories from an Unknown Greek Island

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The story, in photographs, of the last caretaker of the ancient monastery on the remote, windswept Strofades islands—an architectural and historical treasure now in danger of destruction
 
The Strofades: two small, flat, windswept islands rising out of the Ionian Sea, known to the ancient Greeks as the home of the terrible Harpies, and to most modern Greeks simply unknown. On the larger of the two islets, Stamfani, stands a massive fortified monastery, founded as early as the thirteenth century, for centuries a refuge for honest seafarers and a target for pirates and Turkish raiders. In its heyday, this imposing compound was home to some forty farmer-monks, who kept the entire island under cultivation; by 1976, it was home to just one, Father Gregory Kladis (1937–2017), who alone tended the monastery until 2014. Today the monastery―badly damaged by an earthquake in 1997―lies empty and in danger of ruin.
 
This book is intended to tell the world about the Holy Monastery at Strofades, and encourage its preservation. At its core are the words of the last monk himself, Father Gregory, who guides the reader through his historic monastery―its chapels, refectory, mills, bakehouse, and living quarters―and the natural beauties of its island setting, as depicted in Robert McCabe’s superb photographs. The testimonies of the boatman who brought Father Gregory his supplies, as well as the lighthouse keeper who was once his only companion on the island, lend texture and context―as do essays on the history, geology, and architecture of the Strofades, and architectural drawings that reconstruct the monastery’s phases of construction.
 
Nobody who peruses this volume―the result of a yearslong collaboration between more than a dozen researchers and friends of the Strofades―will be able to forget the islands’ last monk, or be unmoved by the plight of his monastery.

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My Adventures as an Illustrator

The Definitive Edition

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The life of America’s most beloved artist, in his own words—back in print with restored text and drawings, new illustrations, and more
 
The wit, humanity, and many-sided talent of Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) are on full display in his classic autobiography. Rockwell’s New York City boyhood, his apprentice days at the Art Students League, his first fateful visit to the Saturday Evening Post, his adventures abroad, his move to rural Vermont—all are recounted with a mix of sharp observation and self-deprecating humor. Throughout Rockwell invites the reader into his artistic process: he introduces his favorite models, candidly reveals his biggest flops, and documents the creation of a Post cover step by step.
 
This Definitive Edition restores the original 1960 text of My Adventures as an Illustrator, as well as the playful vignettes that Rockwell drew to head each chapter. Thanks to a massive image digitization effort undertaken by the Norman Rockwell Museum, it is also illustrated with more than 150 of Rockwell’s paintings and drawings, many of which highlight lesser-known aspects of his work. A new introduction by the artist’s granddaughter Abigail Rockwell adds reference value, as do an illustrated chronology and an annotated bibliography prepared by the staff of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
 
This attractive volume will be the essential source on the life of Norman Rockwell, and delightful reading for anyone who enjoys his art. Plus, its publication coincides with a major new exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum concerning the autobiographical elements in the artist’s work (Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses, June 8 through October 27, 2019).

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The New Father

A Dad’s Guide to The Toddler Years, 12-36 Months

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The essential guide for fathers of one- and two-year-olds, completely revised and updated
 
Learn how to make a positive impact in these milestone years of your child's development, when he or she goes from crawling to walking, and from knowing just a few words to speaking in complete sentences. Armin Brott guides you through this crucial phase of fatherhood three months at a time, in the third volume of the New Father series trusted by millions of dads nationwide. Each chapter covers:

    • Your child’s physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional/social development
    • What you’re experiencing as a father
    • Age-appropriate activities you and your child can enjoy together
    • Family matters, including your relationship with your partner, sibling relationships, and more

This new edition of The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the Toddler Years has been thoroughly updated to cover the issues dads face today, from balancing work and family to managing kids’ screen time. Dads will rely on this friendly yet authoritative book—and moms will find it helpful, too.

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Auschwitz

Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.

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A story to shake the conscience of the world: the catalogue of the first-ever traveling exhibition on the Auschwitz concentration camp
 
The exhibition Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. uses 600 original objects, 400 images, and 100 stories to provide a comprehensive history of the Auschwitz concentration camp and the role it played in the Holocaust. The objects range from the intimate (such as shoes and eyeglasses confiscated from victims) to the immense (an actual barrack from the Auschwitz III–Monowitz satellite camp); all are eloquent in their testimony. Many are on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and have never traveled before. Other objects and images are drawn from collections around the world, public and private, including Yad Vashem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
 
The catalog of Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. is not only a valuable document of this unprecedented exhibition, but one of the best books for general readers on the history of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million people—mostly Jews, but also non-Jewish Poles, Roma, and others—lost their lives.

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The Seventies

A Photographic Journey

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Unseen images of the personalities who defined a decade
 
The seventies in America were a time of social and cultural ferment, and Ira Resnick was there with his camera to capture it all. Now he is opening his archives to reveal hundreds of rare celebrity photos—many never seen since their original publication in magazines like Rolling Stone, People, and Us.
 
Musicians like the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, and James Taylor.
 
Actors and directors like Sissy Spacek, Warren Beatty, and Martin Scorsese.
 
Comedians like Steve Martin, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray.
 
Athletes like Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
 
Politicians like Jimmy Carter, Jerry Brown, and Bella Abzug.
 
Resnick’s dynamic shots are accompanied by personal anecdotes about his legendary subjects.
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Before They Were Stars

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What were the world’s greatest players like when they were your age?
 
Learn how the top soccer stars of all time grew up and conquered the sport. This exciting book follows twenty-eight of the best men’s and women’s players from their first childhood encounter with association football—whether at the school gym or a pickup game in a vacant lot—to their first appearance in a top-division match or their first international cap. For every one of them, it was a journey with its share of both tragedy and triumph.
 
Did you know that . . .
 
. . . as a boy, Pelé practiced with a newspaper-stuffed sock or a grapefruit, because he couldn’t afford a proper football?
 
. . . Mia Hamm discovered the sport of soccer as a toddler in Florence, Italy, where her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was stationed?
 
. . . at age ten, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that threatened to end his soccer career—until Barça offered to pay for his treatment?
 
Illustrated with rare photos of stars-to-be on and off the field, Before They Were Stars is sure to entertain and inspire any budding soccer legend.

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Women's World Cup 2019

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Learn all about the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France!
 
The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup begins on June 7, 2019—and it promises to be the most exciting one yet.
 
This book will tell you all you need to know about the

twenty-four national teams competing for the top spot, from established powerhouses like Team USA (the defending champions) and Germany (gold medalists at the 2016 Olympics) to newcomers like Chile.
 
It will give you the inside scoop on the top players in the tournament—like Megan Rapinoe of the USA and Marta of Brazil—and their strengths and weaknesses.
 
It will take you on a whirlwind tour of host country France and the World Cup venues—like the 59,000-seat Parc Olympique Lyonnais, where the semifinals and finals will be played.
 
And it will catch you up on the history of the Women’s World Cup, from the first eight-team showdown in China in 1991 to the clash of twenty-four seasoned squads in Canada in 2015.
 
Women’s World Cup 2019 even includes handy fill-in brackets so you can track the progress of your favorite teams in the tournament.

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