Cross-Curricular Lessons Exploring Cultural Heritage
CyArk is building an online library of 3D models of the world’s cultural heritage sites, accompanied by a collection of free cross-curricular lesson plans. For example, Lesson 1 in the CyArk collection engages students in using 3D archaeological data to build scale models of a Mayan pyramid with sugar cubes. Students then conduct an experiment on erosion to learn about its effect on archaeological sites. Lessons 17–26 connect mathematics to Mount Rushmore with activities that relate to measurement, geometry, and algebra. Some of the activities are as simple as identifying shapes, while others are as complex as predicting when two cracks on the surface of Mount Rushmore might intersect over time. Some CyArk lessons are offered in both English and Spanish.
One of the most powerful moments in my 22 years of teaching occurred on the last day of the school year.
During the first week of school, my students in rural Pennsylvania played a game via Skype with a group of students in a rural Kenyan village. During that call, they learned of a bridge in the village so dangerous that many children were not able to go to school because of it. Over the course of the school year, the children in Kenya taught my students how to garden. In exchange, my students designed and fundraised to replace that bridge.
In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, Global Awareness Project has created a collection of Native American educational resources available on the organization’s website. These include films, lesson plans, photo essays, and articles.
To help teachers and their students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), ¡Colorín Colorado! features free research-based information, resources, and tools for teaching English language learners (ELLs).