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  • Lesson Plan: Animal-Inspired Masks and Masquerades

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    Help students understand the connections between art and the environment of Guinea, animal anatomy, and the cultural context of the Banda mask with the help of viewing questions and a dance activity in the Museum's African Art galleries.

  • Lesson Plan: Engaging the Elements

    Engage students' interest in the relationships between the human and natural worlds, and art and the environment through a mask-making activity and viewing questions for the classroom about a mask from Alaska in the Museum's Native North American collection.

  • Lesson Plan: Take It to the Afterlife

    Delve into daily life and the afterlife in ancient Egypt, as well as strategies for visual analysis and interpretation of art, through viewing questions and a sketching activity in the Museum's Egyptian galleries.

  • Lesson Plan: The Astor Chinese Garden Court

    Explore the Museum's Astor Chinese Garden Court and enhance students' understanding of how traditional Chinese gardens reflect the concept of yin and yang and how material selection and design can convey ideas about the human and natural worlds. Use viewing questions and a storytelling or drawing activity in the Museum's Chinese galleries.

  • Lesson Plan: The Nomads of Central Asia—Turkmen Traditions

    Students will be able to identify ways art of the Turkmen people of Central Asia reflects nomadic life and understand the functional and symbolic role objects play in their lives.

  • Lesson Plan: Urban Life and the Natural World

    Engage students regarding the strengths and limitations of artistic mediums and 1920s rural and urban life in the United States with viewing questions about a stained-glass window and a compare-and-contrast activity in the Museum's American Wing.

  • Lesson Plan: Voices of the Past

    Focus on a slit gong in the Museum's Oceanic collection to illustrate the impact of scale in works of art, and consider objects' functions in their original contexts and ways different communities engage with their elders and ancestors. Classroom viewing questions and an oral history activity enhance the lesson.