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Find an Educator Resource


Found in: arts, science, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Metropolitan Museum of Arts' Find an Educator Resource supplies images, lesson plans, and other cross-curricular resources for K-12 students and teachers. Resources can be located using a timeline or world map and narrowed by subject, grade, collection area, and theme. Or teachers can go directly to lessons and curriculum materials clicking links in the sidebar.

Lesson Plans can be browsed or searched by subject, grade, collection area, or theme. National learning and Common Core State Standards are listed:

  • In The Story in Art, elementary students analyze narrative elements in a painting and tell an original story with visual art. Questions for viewing are provided as well as links to resources and related museum objects.
  • In Engaging the Elements, middle school students analyze the relationship of human and natural world in masks from different cultures and create their own masks to represent an aspect of climate.
  • In Composing a Landscape, high school students view a painting by Frederic Edwin Church and write a blog entry about their "trip" to the Andes. An alternative activity is for students to observe and sketch outdoors and then make a drawing, painting, or diorama of the scene.

Under Curriculum Resources, teachers will find fourteen comprehensive and illustrated guides for downloading, like Islamic Art and Geometric Design: Activities for Learning  (  PDF, 2.1 MB, 25 pg.) with eleven activities, glossary, and an annotated bibliography of cross-curricular print resources.

Another museum resource, The Collection Online can provide additional images and can be browsed by artist/maker/culture, object type/material, geographic location, date/era, and department.

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