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The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Lesson Plans

These lesson plans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art will take educators and their students into the heart of the collection of this world-renowned cultural institution. Here educators working with students between kindergarten and 12th grade will find lesson plans on such topics as Ancient Mesopotamia, Animal-Inspired Masks and Masquerades, Architecture and the Natural World, and many others. Each lesson plan outlines specified Goals, reference both National Learning Standards and Common Core Standards, offers Questions for Viewing, highlights Objects in the Museum's Collection Related to the Lesson, and much more. For instance, the lesson plan focused on Buddhist and Hindu Art from India seeks to teach students how to identify similarities and differences between Hindu and Buddhist sculpture. The lesson meets a number of National Learning and Common Core standards related to Visual Arts, World History, and English Language Arts, its questions focus on a particular sculpture, and it includes an activity in which students sketch a Buddha figure and a Shiva figure and then compare them.
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