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Monthly Activities for Grades 9-12

April 2024

Poetry has been around since the dawn of written and spoken languages. We’ve curated resources to use in your classroom related to this observance and more. Check out our new monthly activities in the buttons below!

Arts: Music Arts Toolkit

Videos in the Music Arts Toolkit collection explore the history and elements of music. Through live performances and interviews, the collection represents a wide variety of cultures, periods, and styles of music.

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Arts: The Art of Logo Design

Off Book takes us inside the art and culture of logo design. Logos surround us in digital and physical spaces, but we rarely examine the artistic thinking that goes into the design of these symbols. Utilizing a silent vocabulary of colors, shapes, and typography, logo designers give a visual identity to companies and organizations of […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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English Language Arts: Othello

Use this collection to explore who Othello is and learn about the historical figure who possibly inspired William Shakespeare to create the character. Look at the how racism is portrayed in Shakespeare’s play.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Amy Tan

English Language Arts: The Joy Luck Club

Learn about the background and continued relevance of the novel The Joy Luck Club in this video from the American Masters film Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir. Published in 1986, The Joy Luck Club was a break-out hit for its author, Amy Tan. For years, Tan had been working intensely as a freelance business writer. But […]

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Health & PE: Relish

Relish shares stories of cultural heritage in Twin Cities communities through the universal language of food. In each episode, host Yia Vang of Union Hmong Kitchen takes viewers inside the kitchen with local chefs as they serve up an ingredient or dish that has personal and cultural meaning to them. Viewers learn about and celebrate […]

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Health & PE: The Lone Wolf

Addiction impacts people across all ages and groups, and does not discriminate. And mental health and addiction are intertwined. “The Lone Wolf” explores substance abuse, tracing the journey of several people who overcome their addiction.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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A picture of original Hindu-Arabic numbers in an old book.

Math: Hindu-Arabic Numerals and Algebra

Learn where today’s widely used number system and basic math functions came from in this video from NOVA: Zero to Infinity. Use this resource to illustrate an example of the contributions of diverse cultures to the mathematics systems we use today.

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Two men stand in a basketball court where one shoots a ball at a hoop.

Math: Math in Basketball

Following a profile of Elton Brand, an accomplished basketball player who uses math in his work, students are presented with a mathematical basketball challenge. In the challenge, students focus on understanding the Big Ideas of Algebra: patterns, relationships, equivalence, and linearity; learn to use a variety of representations, including modeling with variables; build connections between […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Science: Particulate Nature of Matter

In this interactive activity from ChemThink, learn about solids, liquids, and gases at an atomic level. Investigate how the behavior and interaction of atoms and molecules account for the states of matter. Important terms such as elements, molecules, compounds, and mixtures are also reviewed.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Science: The Nitrogen Cycle

This interactive activity adapted from the University of Alberta illustrates how, through a process called fixation, nitrogen flows from the atmosphere, into the soil, through various organisms, and back to the atmosphere in a continuous cycle.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Social Studies: French Conquest of Indochina

France colonized the Indochina region—including the area now known as Vietnam—beginning in the mid-19th century. Learn how the French installed local puppet governments and spread French culture, and see how many Vietnamese resisted.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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Social Studies: World Religions Map

Explore religious beliefs around the world through an interactive map that displays the religions that are the most prevalent in each country around the world. You may click on one of eight religious groupings listed in the menu to examine its relative prevalence in each country. The map features brief descriptions of each religious grouping […]

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Two cartoon people standing next to the word "irasshai"

World Language: Irasshai

Irasshai teaches Japanese language and culture skills to high school and college students and adult learners and professionals.

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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A man with a guitar sits in front of a fireplace.

World Languages: Folk Music of Hispanic New Mexico

John Donald Robb carefully recorded and transcribed over 3000 Hispano folk songs all over New Mexico and the Southwest between 1945 and 1972, the largest collection of its time. Like romantic and modernist composers before him, he looked to the songs of everyday folk to inspire and inform his own compositions. He also wanted to […]

Suggested for Grades 9 to 12

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