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Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Inspired by Okamura and the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, students will learn about California’s water distribution and drought through the integration of science, math, and art.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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China: An Introduction to the Song Dynasty (960–1279)

Scholars often refer to the Tang (618–907) and Song (960–1279) dynasties as the “medieval” period of China. The civilizations of the Tang (618–907) and Song (960–1279) dynasties of China were among the most advanced civilizations in the world at the time. Discoveries in the realms of science, art, philosophy, and technology—combined with a curiosity about the world around them—provided the men and women of this period with a worldview and level of sophistication that in many ways were unrivaled until much later times, even in China itself.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Science in the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) Dynasties

As with art, literature, and philosophy, the Tang dynasty (618-906) nurtured a Golden Age of development and innovation in science and technology that culminated in the Song dynasty (960-1279). The expansive exchange of foreign goods and information during the Tang, together with the high value placed upon close observation and analysis that characterized the Song, set the stage for vigorous scientific innovations. Important advances were made in astronomy, agriculture, industry, medicine, and military technologies.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Making Rangoli: A Celebration of Color

Students will: 1.) examine the Hindu tradition of threshold art; 2.) discuss how Indian values are expressed in the ephemeral art of threshold painting; 3.) draw traditional connect-the-dots threshold art designs; 4.) make colored rice flour and create an auspicious floor painting

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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Why the Moon Wanes: Moon Journals

In this activity, observe the different moon phases, learn about the lunar calendar, and research some Hindu traditions and celebrations.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5)

Lesson

The Art and Science of Jade Snow Wong’s Work

Lesson: Students will 1) learn some of the hallmarks of Wong’s ceramics and enamels; 2) gain a general understanding of the ceramics- and enamel-making processes; and 3) understand some of the scientific processes involved in art.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond