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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 C 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 C lesson introduces six vocabulary words, representing a range of complexity. For example, Week 3, Lesson 2 introduces the nouns mold, process, and property, the verb emit, and the adjectives intense and protective; Week 16, Lesson 3 introduces the nouns cityscape and panorama, the verbs illuminate and intersect, and the adjectives broad and nocturnal. (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, Egypt, The Netherlands, Japan, France, Spain, Ancient Persia, Mexico, China, Israel, Italy, and Great Britain.
Real-world photographs include contemporary scenes from the United States, Japan, Zimbabwe, China, France, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Ecuador, Morocco, Singapore, Cambodia, South Africa, Spain, Iceland, Egypt, Hong Kong, and Bolivia. Students see and discuss such activities as playing cricket, making steel, minting coins, measuring lumber, installing computer chips, building pianos, making canoes, shoeing a horse, exercising, making wind turbines, and constructing a pipeline.
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