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"Kind of Like an Octopus" (World Language Version)

Designing YouTube Content Using World Languages

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Students discuss their favorite content creators on YouTube. They explore different content creators on a Wakelet and consider what it is about the video that makes it intriguing. Students learn from a YouTube content creator that creating YouTube videos is "kind of like an octopus"—you need a lot of... Read more »

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"Kind of Like an Octopus" (World Language Version)

Designing YouTube Content Using World Languages

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Course Course

  • World Language

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 1, 1.3
More 4-5 class periods
Time Frame 240 minutes
Make Some Waves

Exploring Wave Interference With Synthesizers

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

In this lesson, students examine the physics behind synthesizers and apply that knowledge to create unique sounds on a virtual synthesizer. As this lesson explores both scientific and musical concepts, it could be used in both science and music classrooms. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Make Some Waves

Exploring Wave Interference With Synthesizers

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Performing Arts, Science, music

Course Course

  • Music, Physics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • M.PR.3 , N.M.PR.3 , M.PR.5 , N.M.PR.5 , PH.PS4.3 , PH.PS4.3.DCI.1
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The Right Tool for the Job

Media Production: 3D Printing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

Students will discover one of the primary purposes of 3D printing is the ability to create something you need, when you need it. They will use the free online platform Tinkercad to develop their understanding of 3D modeling and design. Based on that understanding, they will work in groups to complete... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Right Tool for the Job

Media Production: 3D Printing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

Course Course

  • Any Secondary Course

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • ISTE4, ISTE4a, ISTE4c
More 3 class periods
Time Frame 120-180 minutes
Lights! Camera! Action!

Media Production, Lesson 1

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this first lesson of a media production unit, students interact with five types of cameras used for filming and create a 60-second or less short film. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Lights! Camera! Action!

Media Production, Lesson 1

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Performing Arts

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • ISTE6, ISTE6b, ISTE7, ISTE7c
More 3 class periods
Time Frame 135 minutes

Adobe Premiere Rush is a flexible video editing tool that allows students to easily create short, publication-ready videos. Students can edit videos with a large library of tools, including transitions, effects, and music. Read more »

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Triangles and Circles and Squares, Oh My!

Shapes in Character Design

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students will design characters from shapes. After starting their designs, they will view videos from two professional artists on completing this exercise and iteration in character design. Once students have refined their characters, they will trade with other students who will offer... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Triangles and Circles and Squares, Oh My!

Shapes in Character Design

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Course Course

  • Any Secondary Course, Visual Arts

Subject Subject

  • Visual Arts

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • VA.CP.1 , I.VA.CP.1.1 , VA.P.1 , I.VA.P.1.1
More 1-2 Periods
Time Frame 90-120 Minutes

Clipchamp is a video editing suite that can operate in a web browser or in the iOS app. Read more »

Tech Tool

Blooket is a free educational tool that enables teachers to gamify quizzes, homework, and other activities using a variety of game modes. Read more »

Tech Tool
Keep Your Eye on the Ball... or Jump Rope, or Traffic Cone

Inventing a Sport

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students will invent a new sport. Students will begin by playing a short round of ultimate Frisbee® or other sport and discussing what makes it a sport. Students will then read about the four components that make a sports game. Finally, students will use gym equipment to invent a new... Read more »

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Physical Education

Course Course

  • Physical Education

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • S4.H2.L1, S5.H3.L1
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Loop Me In

Creating Songs with Loops

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th - 12th

In this lesson, students will participate in a “Tip of the Iceberg” activity to track what they know about using loops throughout the lesson. First, students will create a loop using Chrome Music Lab’s Melody Maker. Then, they will discuss what a loop is and watch a professional musician build a full... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Loop Me In

Creating Songs with Loops

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th - 12th

Course Course

  • Music

Subject Subject

  • Performing Arts

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • M.CR.1 , P.M.CR.1 , M.CR.2 , P.M.CR.2 , M.CR.3 , P.M.CR.3 , M.CR.4 , P.M.CR.4 , ISTE6, ISTE6b
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