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.
K–8 teachers can expand their horizons this summer by taking the online course “Thinking Like a Historian: Immigration History Through Primary Sources.” The course, which is offered by the nonprofit Primary Source, will take place online from July 11 to August 7, 2018.
The Open Meadows Foundation offers grants of up to $2,000 for projects that promote gender, racial, and economic justice, and are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. The projects should reflect the diversity of the community in both its leadership and its organization, and promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and Brightly, an online resource to help educators grow lifelong readers, features 15 booksfor children about the Immigrant Experience in America. One of the books suggested for children in prekindergarten/kindergarten is The Name Jar, a familiar immigrant tale of having an unfamiliar name and feeling like an outsider—until someone kind or brave or both makes a gesture of inclusion.