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Yesterday, we presented the Ultimate Guide to Non-Fiction Book Series for Students. (Remember to enter the giveaway!) Today, I’d like to round out your resources with a list of websites and magazines that also present great non-fiction information for students.
1. Destination Modern Art
Best for grades K-3
The Destination Modern Art Website is put together by the Museum of Modern Art and aims to help young students foster a love of art. The About Page details the four main goals of the site as giving students the opportunity to, “learn about works in MoMA’s collection and site-specific works at MoMA PS1, look carefully at works of art, learn about artists, their techniques, and their inspirations, and engage in online and at-home activities.” Sounds pretty great, right? A fun alien guides students through their journey as they explore. This site would work best in a computer lab setting where students have access to headphones, as sound plays an important role in exploring.
2. Meet Me at Midnight
Best for grades 3-6
Meet Me at Midnight is a fun website put together by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Students are challenged to help return missing artwork to its rightful place in the museum. To do so, they must complete different challenges centered on aspects of the elements and principles of art. Students are exposed to vocabulary words such as “additive and subtractive sculpture” and “symmetrical and asymmetrical.” They are also challenged to think about the purpose of different art objects throughout the museum. It would be a fun activity for students that finish a project early, or as a whole group activity in the computer lab.
As a bonus, the Meet Me at Midnight Website has an Educator’s Guide to help prepare you to use the site with your students. Older students may enjoy searching the Museum’s Collection by clicking here.
3. The Met’s Kids’ Zone
Best for grades K-8
The Metropolitan Museum of Art also has some great online resources for students. It’s broken down into two different sections. The first is Start With Art, which is aimed at younger elementary students and has activities dealing with shape and color using Cezanne’s artwork as a reference. It also includes a fun story called Aaron’s Awesome Adventurethat details a young boy’s trip to the Met. The second is Art Trek, which is for older elementary and middle school students. This section of the website allows students to really delve into some of the works in the Met’s collection. This would be a great way to introduce a specific artwork, have students think about certain elements and principles, or as a fun exploratory activity.
4. The Met’s Teen Blog
Best for grades 9-12
This section of the Met’s Website is a place for teens to learn about and discuss work at the museum. Written by real teens, it has many short, thought-provoking articles about art at the Met.
5. Fact Monster
Best for grades 6-12
Fact Monster is a resource site for students with information on thousands of topics. It has a great list of short biographies about different artists. This would be a great spot to start for any student writing an artist report, or to have students do a bit of research before a project. Other cool things on the site include a Famous Artists and Their Works Quiz,a link to a Glossary of Art Movements, and links to sections on different art techniques including painting, sculpture and photography.
1. ChildArt Magazine
Best for grades 5-8
ChildArt Magazine is a publication in which each issue focuses on a theme. It’s written especially for 10-12 year olds, but would be a great resource for upper elementary through middle school. From their website, “ChildArt promotes STEAMS education where A for the arts and S for sports (and play) are integrated into STEM disciplines for children’s holistic education.” If you’re interested, you can check out a sample issue by clicking here. A year’s subscription is $30.00.
2. Scholastic Art
Best for grades 7-12
Scholastic Art has been used in art rooms for many years now, and with good reason. The information is relevant and interesting for students. Written for grades 7-12, this would make a great addition to your middle school or high school classroom. Elementary teachers could also adapt the information for their students. To see what themes Scholastic has lined up for the 2013-2014 school year, click here for a handy guide. As a bonus, with the teacher guides (see a sample here) you can use Scholastic Art Magazine to help you meet common core standards in the art room. Awesome! Use the side arrows to navigate a sample issue here.
With all of these wonderful resources, your students can become excited about non-fiction in the art room!
Tell us, what other resources would you add to the list? Are there any we forgot?
If you subscribe to one of the magazines listed, what do you think? Are they worth the money?