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.
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry.
The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) mission is to end discrimination and fight for equity for all people. As part of this mission, ADL offers resources for teachers to address wide-ranging issues that touch on the topics of diversity and bias, such as bigotry, net neutrality, DACA and immigration, and conversations about race in a mostly white classroom.
A project of the Brooklyn Historical Society, Voices of Mixed Heritage: Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is a free interdisciplinary curriculum designed for grades 6–12. Students and educators are invited to engage with the topic of mixed heritage and identity in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.