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The levels can be used as early as grades K–3. The vocabulary and images, however, are sophisticated enough to use the levels at the intermediate or middle school levels depending on the vocabulary level of your students.
Level B Themes
Each theme includes six weeks of lessons. Each week includes four 20-minute lessons.
- Theme 1: Things We See and Use
- Theme 2: Our Living World
- Theme 3: Places and Spaces
- Theme 4: Our Changing World
Each Level B lesson introduces six vocabulary words, representing a range of complexity. For example, Week 2, Lesson 3 introduces the nouns posture, procession, and sculpture, the verbs bear and offer, and the adjective formal; Week 23, Lesson 2 introduces the nouns copper and coppersmith, the verbs pound, strike, and tool, and the adjective painstaking. (Note: Children are not expected to know or discuss the parts of speech.)
The vibrant vocabulary choices are given context by a diverse selection of fine art and real-world photography, including fine art—painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, architecture, fiber art, and more—from the United States, Ancient Egypt, Spain, Japan, Ancient Greece, Mexico, France, Switzerland, Thailand, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Brazil, South Korea, Italy, Melanesia, Panama, and India.
Real-world photographs include contemporary scenes from Sweden, the United States, Mexico, India, China, Germany, Kenya, Botswana, Indonesia, Cambodia, Canada, Italy, Croatia, Japan, Taiwan, and Iraq. Students see and discuss such activities as glassblowing, broom-making, carving, basketry, recycling, guitar-making, weaving, pottery, rollerskating, gardening, farming, fishing, taking care of pets, skiing, kite-flying, sculpting, voting, upholstering, seeing a doctor, bicycling, installing solar panels, and making dolls.
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