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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 D 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 D lesson introduces six vocabulary words, representing a range of complexity. For example, Week 2, Lesson 4 introduces the noun residence, the verbs conserve, provide, and reside, and the adjectives humble and solar; Week 22, Lesson 4 introduces the noun mirth, the verbs excel and migrate, and the adjectives adequate, annually, and inhospitable. (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, France, Italy, Korea, Switzerland, Spain, Colombia, Ancient Egypt, India, Nigeria, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Ancient Persia, Mesopotamia, and South Africa.
Real-world photographs include contemporary scenes from the United States, Bolivia, China, Mexico, Iraq, Myanmar, Peru, India, Indonesia, France, Namibia, Madagascar, Russia, Niger, Cambodia, Australia, Italy, Estonia, Japan, Turkmenistan, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Germany. Students see and discuss such activities as printing a newspaper, making tea with a solar panel, delivering bread, crossing a river, baking, repairing jewelry, growing mushrooms, building a shelter, drying fish, and printing fabric designs.
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