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Classroom Resources in the Arts

  • Chuck Vanderchuck's "Something Something" Explosion: A web-only series designed to help children ages 6 to 9 understand music and music composition by teaching basic musical concepts and performance skills through the study of popular song styles from around the world.
     
  • Homework Hotline: Students statewide can call in live with their homework questions to be answered by the Rochester Teacher Association's Dial-A-Teacher volunteers. Homework Hotline airs on public television at 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday when school is in session.
     
  • Lomax the Hound of Music: A good-natured, melody-obsessed puppet pooch named Lomax, his fluffy feline sidekick Delta, and their human companion, Amy, take a tune-filled train ride crisscrossing the musical landscape of America.The series website features games, songs and videos related to American folk music. For children aged 3 to 7.
     
  • NYS Museum Exhibit Teacher's Guide: New York Metropolis: A teacher's guide to the State Museum's New York Metropolis exhibit, including pre- and post-visit activities. Many of the activities can be effective with or without a visit to the Museum. 
     
  • PBS LearningMedia New York: This website provides free access to public television program clips, teachers guides, interactive learning objects, instructional strategies, and much more, searchable by curriculum area and grade level.
     
  • PBS Programs A-Z: Access to all the websites for PBS programs and their related educational resources.
     
  • Summer Reading at New York Libraries: Materials and links to library resources to support a summer reading program in your community.
     
  • Throughout the Ages: A visual educational resource that focuses on using historical records as learning tools in pre-K–grade 6 education. The site offers more than 500 digital images of historical photographs, letters, broadsides, maps, and paintings.
     
  • Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core: This website contains a searchable map showing cultural institutions in every county of the state, lesson plans, open educational resources, listings of upcoming events, and more.
     
  • Using Historical Records in the Classroom: Historical Records: what, why, where and how. A brief course on using historical records in the classroom.
     
  • The Weitsman Stoneware Collection: Stoneware was the basic utilitarian ware of the nineteenth century. Stoneware containers served many useful functions. They were primarily used in the preparation and storage of food, and in serving food at the table. Photographs of selected items are accessible at this website. Of particular interest are the decorations on the pieces.