Learning to Use Microsoft Word - Beginner Lessons & Activities

Learning to Use Microsoft Word - Beginner Lessons & Activities

The “Learning MS Word” Beginner Lessons start students with no previous knowledge of Microsoft Word on a path of learning the most important and frequently used commands to give them a quick start. Each lesson has a short, step-by-step tutorial that includes screenshots to walk students through the new tools they will use in the lesson. Then, they are given a creative task to solve, using those skills to create a document. There are five lessons, each taking no more than two (50 minute) class periods. Files Included with this Lesson • Teacher Notes and Resources • 5 Mini Lessons with Tutorial and Creative Project including rubrics (.pdf files - not editable) These lessons were created for middle school, but could easily be adapted to a slightly older or younger student by modeling the lesson and rewriting some of the instructions.
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Design & Build a City - Project Based Technology & Engineering

Design & Build a City - Project Based Technology & Engineering

In this project based learning unit, middle school/early high school students learn about city planning and architecture as they research and design their own city. In addition to using Internet search skills, they'll utilize CAD skills using Sketchup (free download) and finally build the city from chipboard and other recyclables and name their final creation. . Unit download includes: 1. Teacher Resources and Materials List 2. Expectations and Overview of the Unit 3. Introduction to City Planning (research and vocabulary) – includes key 4. “What’s in the City” – team worksheet 5. Project Proposal – group planning worksheet 6. Create the City in SketchUp (CAD) 7. Building the City Information (hands on construction) 8. Student Team Work Log 9. Student Daily Work Log 10. Building scale information and examples 11. Sketchup and Building Examples 12. Project Written Reflection I've used this lesson with an 8th grade Engineering class and every year students start work on this BEFORE the bell they enjoy it so much! I know your classes will enjoy it too!
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Newton's Laws: The Physics of Force & Motion Webquest (Internet Scavenger Hunt)

Newton's Laws: The Physics of Force & Motion Webquest (Internet Scavenger Hunt)

This webquest / Internet scavenger hunt is a perfect one day activity for middle schoolers to learn more about the Sir Isaac Newton's laws of physics and their application. In addition, they'll learn a little about some of the other things Newton was famous for! Lesson includes resources for the teacher and student, the student handout and an answer key. This is a great lesson to leave with a sub too!
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The Art of Paul Cezanne - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

The Art of Paul Cezanne - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

In this lesson, students learn fun facts about Paul Cezanne and his art as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. Then, they use that knowledge to create an art project of their own, using Cezanne's style, in Microsoft Paint, 3D Paint, or one of these free Web 2.0 tools: SketchPad (https://sketch.io/sketchpad/) or SumoPaint (https://www.sumopaint.com/home/#app) that do not require download. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. Also included are tutorial links to assist students with the software for the art project. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Paul Cezanne WebQuest Activity (print and Editable digital files included) • Fun Facts about Paul Cezanne WebQuest Answer Key • Creating Art in Paul Cezanne’s Style using a Choice of Software
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Dallas

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Dallas

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Dallas! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Dallas, Texas and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Detroit

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Detroit

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Detroit! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Detroit, Michigan and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of New Orleans

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of New Orleans

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in New Orleans! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in New Orleans, Louisiana and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Santa Fe

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Santa Fe

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Santa Fe! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Washington, DC

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Washington, DC

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Washington, DC! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Washington, DC and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of New York City

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of New York City

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in New York City! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in New York City and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of San Francisco

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of San Francisco

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in San Francisco! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in San Francisco, California and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Chicago

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Chicago

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Chicago! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Chicago, Illinois and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Boston

Google Tour Builder - Explore the Architectural Landmarks of Boston

Create your own tour of the architectural landmarks in Boston! Students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in Boston, Massachusetts and the individuals who created them as they research and then create a tour using Google Tour Builder to showcase their information along with pictures, videos and maps. Included with the lesson are student expectations, grading rubric and a tutorial for Google Tour Builder (a free, Web 2.0 tool that does not require download). For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Google Tour Builder Getting Started Tutorial
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Thanksgiving Dinner Math

Thanksgiving Dinner Math

This project has students using real-world math skills to learn to perform calculations to plan a Thanksgiving dinner. They will use formulas (included) to learn how to compute quantities in recipes, how to determine percentages and use fractions, and other basic math skills used in everyday activities. Are your students always asking "When will be ever USE this??" This short activity shows students a real world use for the math skills they learn every day. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Planning a Thanksgiving Dinner Math Activity/Handout (print and digital versions – editable) • Planning a Thanksgiving Dinner Math Activity Answer Key • Math Formula “Cheat Sheet”
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Design and Build a Hotel - STEM, Engineering and Math Group Project

Design and Build a Hotel - STEM, Engineering and Math Group Project

about the engineering and design of hotels as they research and design one with their team. After introducing the lesson with a short video (link included in resources), students complete a math project about hotel design that focuses on perimeter, area, square footage, measurement and scale skills (formulas are included). Next, they work with their team to research information about the design and engineering involved in hotel construction and plan the design, materials and budget for the hotel they will design. Then, they work individually to create their own hotel to scale in Sketchup (a free CAD software program, download available at: https://www.sketchup.com/download ) and after completion, determine which of the team’s designs they will actually construct. Finally, they build a model of their hotel using recycled materials, following the Engineering Design Process with their team. After completing their hotel, students present their project to the class and explain their design choices. Finally, students reflect on and summarize their learning with short answers to questions about the experience and what they learned. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Team Sign Up Sheet • Team Planning Sheet, Budget Sheet & Price List (editable) • Hotel Design Math Project – Student Questions and Answer Key (editable digital and print versions) • Math Formula “Cheat Sheet” • Engineering & Design Research Project – Student Questions and Answer Key (editable digital and print versions) • Hotel Design in Sketchup Project - Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Hotel Building & Construction Project – Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Engineering Design Process Planning Sheet (editable digital and print versions) • Reflection Questions (editable digital and print versions)
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Things I'm Thankful For - Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides Project

Things I'm Thankful For - Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides Project

In this lesson, students reflect on people and things they are thankful for and create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides to showcase that information. This lesson encourages students to think about the positive things in their lives and promotes being grateful for what they have. The lesson includes links to tutorials for Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides to assist students with the presentation. This is a great activity for any class during the Thanksgiving holidays. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric
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Design and Build a Cruise Ship - STEM and Engineering Group Project

Design and Build a Cruise Ship - STEM and Engineering Group Project

This project lets students learn about the engineering and design of ocean liners and cruise ships as they research and design one with their team. After introducing the lesson with a short video (link included in resources), students work with their team to research information about the design and engineering involved in ship building from early times, including the Titanic, through the modern cruise ships of today. Then, they brainstorm together to determine what features they would include in their own “ship of dreams”. Next, they plan their design and create their own modern cruise ship to scale in Sketchup (a free CAD software program, download available at: https://www.sketchup.com/download ). Finally, they build a model of their ship using recycled materials, following the Engineering Design Process with their team. After completing their ship, students present their project to the class and explain their design choices. Finally, students reflect on and summarize their learning with short answers to questions about the experience and what they learned. This lesson was created for 7th and 8th grade, but could also be used successfully in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Team Sign Up Sheet • Team Planning Sheet • Ship Engineering & Design Research Project – Student Questions and Answer Key (editable digital and print versions) • Ship Design in Sketchup Project - Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Ship Building Project – Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric • Engineering Design Process Planning Sheet (editable digital and print versions) • Reflection Questions (editable digital and print versions)
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Learning about Veterans Day - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

Learning about Veterans Day - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt

This webquest / Internet scavenger hunt is a perfect one day activity for middle schoolers to learn more about Veterans Day with these fun questions. It is appropriate for middle school social studies/history or technology classes. The lesson includes the student handout and an answer key, along with a short list of sites that teachers can provide to students to help with the quest if they choose. There are also some additional links to sites if teachers want to expand the lesson. Two versions of the WebQuest are included to let teachers print the questions or to provide them digitally as an interactive page in an editable Microsoft PowerPoint file. This is a great lesson to leave with a sub too! Files Included: • Teacher & Student Resources • WebQuest questions for students - print and digital versions (editable) • WebQuest Answer Key (non-editable, .pdf)
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The Art of Henri Matisse - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

The Art of Henri Matisse - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

In this lesson, students learn fun facts about Henri Matisse and his art as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. Then, they use that knowledge to create an art project of their own, using Matissse's style, in Microsoft Paint, 3D Paint, or one of these free Web 2.0 tools: SketchPad (https://sketch.io/sketchpad/) or SumoPaint (https://www.sumopaint.com/home/#app) that do not require download. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. Also included are tutorial links to assist students with the software for the art project. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Henri Matisse WebQuest Activity (print and Editable digital files included) • Fun Facts about Henri Matisse WebQuest Answer Key • Creating Art in Henri Matisse’s Style using a Choice of Software
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The Art of Claude Monet - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

The Art of Claude Monet - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

In this lesson, students learn fun facts about Claude Monet and his art as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. Then, they use that knowledge to create an art project of their own, using Monet's style, in Microsoft Paint, 3D Paint, or one of these free Web 2.0 tools: SketchPad (https://sketch.io/sketchpad/) or SumoPaint (https://www.sumopaint.com/home/#app) that do not require download. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. Also included are tutorial links to assist students with the software for the art project. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Claude Monet WebQuest Activity (print and Editable digital files included) • Fun Facts about Claude Monet WebQuest Answer Key • Creating Art in Claude Monet’s Style using a Choice of Software
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Architectural Landmarks in New Orleans - Research & Creative Technology Project

Architectural Landmarks in New Orleans - Research & Creative Technology Project

In this lesson, students learn more about famous structures and landmarks in New Orleans and the individuals who created them. Students choose the landmarks they will research and then choose the software they will use to showcase their research. Students can choose to create a presentation, a brochure, or a newspaper using Web 2.0 tools (free, no download needed) or by using Microsoft Office or Google Apps. For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, or for a technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary grades or high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric
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Famous Photographers - Research & Presentation Project

Famous Photographers - Research & Presentation Project

In this lesson, students learn about famous photographers and their work. Students choose a photographer of interest (on their own or from a provided list) and then research specific information about them, creating a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides. Teacher and student resources are provided for the lesson, along with full instructions and project expectation, including a grading rubric. A list of famous photographers is included separately for student choice (or students can choose a photographer of interest on their own). Two versions of the lesson are included to let teachers decide if they prefer to have students use the more traditional presentation tools of Microsoft Office or Google Slides or, if they prefer to give students a choice of those and various free Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, eMaze, or Canva. Links for tutorials are provided for all suggested software choices in the student resources. Perfect for business, art, history, social studies or career exploration classes. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in any secondary classroom. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student instructions, expectations and grading rubric – MS PowerPoint/Google Slides • Student instructions, expectations and grading rubric – Choice of Web 2.0 tools, Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides • Suggested list of famous photographers
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History of Video Games - Research & Presentation Project

History of Video Games - Research & Presentation Project

What student does love games – especially video games! In this lesson, students learn more about the origin and history of video games. Students choose a time period in history from a provided list, research that era, and then choose the software they will use to showcase their research. Students can choose to create a presentation, a brochure, or a video using Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Adobe Spark, eMaze, Canva, etc. (free, no download needed) or by using Microsoft Office or Google Apps. A full list of software/technology options is listed in the student lesson instructions and includes links to tutorials. For classrooms with limited technology, this lesson can be completed with students working in pairs or small groups. The completed presentations can be shared with the rest of the class if the teacher chooses. This is a great activity for a social studies or history class, career exploration class, Principles of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications class, or any technology class. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in high school as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for individual lesson • Student Instructions, Expectations and Grading Rubric for partner/team lesson
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The Art of Vincent van Gogh - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

The Art of Vincent van Gogh - WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project

In this lesson, students learn fun facts about Vincent van Gogh and his art as they complete a WebQuest (Internet Scavenger Hunt) to answer questions about the topic. Then, they use that knowledge to create an art project of their own, using van Gogh's style, in Microsoft Paint, 3D Paint, or one of these free Web 2.0 tools: SketchPad (https://sketch.io/sketchpad/) or SumoPaint (https://www.sumopaint.com/home/#app) that do not require download. A complete answer key is provided for the WebQuest for easy grading, along with resources for both teachers and students. The student questions are included in both a print version and a digital (editable) version to make it easy for students to complete the lesson digitally or on paper. Also included are tutorial links to assist students with the software for the art project. This lesson was designed for middle school (grades 6-8) but could be used in upper elementary as well. Files included: • Teacher & Student Resources • Fun Facts about Vincent van Gogh WebQuest Activity (print and Editable digital files included) • Fun Facts about Vincent van Gogh WebQuest Answer Key • Creating Art in Vincent van Gogh’s Style using a Choice of Software
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