This interactive, kid-friendly approach to American sports will motivate teachers and students of all ages to explore the development of sports in American History. Teachers and students will explore American sports through hands-on activities, websites, biographies, documentaries, films, and artifacts to provide a more complete understanding of its historical role. This course is open to all K-12 teachers. and all literature, video, websites and classroom resource ideas will meet state standards.
History of American Sports: Film, Literature, and Classroom Resources gives teachers and students a compelling grasp of the historical evolution of American sports from 1845 to the present. This course provides students with insights that will allow them to develop new perspectives on American History by examining sport as a social and cultural phenomenon, generating a better understanding of current sports, and considering future developments in sport in American life.
Teachers will examine and learn how women, minorities, ethnic and religious groups, and historical events have influenced the U.S. sporting culture. We will look at some of the greatest athletes (including Babe Ruth, Jack Johnson, Babe Didrikson, Jim Thorpe, Seabiscuit, Jackie Robinson, Mohammed Ali, Michael Jordan, etc,) and many of the legendary teams (such as Knute Rockne's Notre Dame championship teams, The New York Yankees of the 1930s and 1950s, the 1980 Olympic Men's Hockey Team, the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era, etc ), as well as lesser known examples.
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This course incorporates Observational Drawing Skills (ODS) based on drawing and design principles that guide participants through the process of creating successful, realistic looking, still life drawings.
Teacher-artists who want to develop, support or advance their ODS will purchase the “Introduction To Advanced Observational Drawing” video course to access thirty (30) online teaching videos constituting approximately 5 hours of step-by step ODS content.
The lessons are open to all ability levels, from emerging to advance drawing skills. Lessons are broken down into a series of small concepts that build upon each other so that participants can practice each concept before incorporating it into their overarching still life project.
From hands on practice projects, exemplars and skill building, lesson plans will be developed for implementation for any studio and/or classroom setting.
Climate change poses the single largest, global threat to life on Earth, and yet the United States and our schools lag far behind the international community in educating and acting responsibly to mitigate the causes and effects of a warming planet. This online course for grades 3-7 teachers uses excellent platforms developed by NASA and the EPA to educate about the science of climate change in kid-friendly, interdisciplinary ways. Youthful graphics, games, lesson samples that cut across science, social studies and math, virtual expeditions to places where climate change is visible, CO2 footprint calculators and more make this a rich learning environment from which grades 3-7 teachers will develop their own units and themes—whether that’s oceans, birds, butterflies, fish, trees, fresh water supplies. Many of your common science units can be modified with a climate change perspective (ie ocean life, plants and animals).