American Indian Art History Detectives
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American Indian Art History Detectives

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Parfleche boxes were an essential storage container for the nomadic American Indians of the Great Plains that followed the herds of bison that once occupied large sections of the United States.

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I Hear What You’re Saying
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I Hear What You’re Saying

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will practice sharing a personal thought or idea by listening and speaking to each other.

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My Supersized Pet
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My Supersized Pet

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25 minute lesson

Students will look at Ostermiller’s sculpture and discuss how large it is compared to real life. They will use their imaginations to identify an animal they would like to meet in gigantic form and explain why.

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Family Stories
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Family Stories

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25 minute lesson

This lesson focuses on Roxanne Swentzell’s sculpture Mud Woman Rolls On to evoke thoughts about families and their stories. Students create their own picture story about family.

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Pack your Parfleche!
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Pack your Parfleche!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

If you lived a nomadic lifestyle like many of the American Indians of the Great Plains, what items would you be sure to pack? Invite students to imagine themselves out following herds of buffalo as they “pack” their virtual parfleche boxes!

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Create Your Own Parfleche!
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Create Your Own Parfleche!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 30 minute lesson

For nomadic American Indians of the Great Plains, a parfleche box was essential for transporting food and household supplies. Give students a taste of what it took to make a parfleche with this easy and fun classroom activity!

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Out of the Box
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Out of the Box

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 45 minute lessons

Throughout the lesson students will delve into their imaginations using activities and tools designed to explore the Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum.

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What Do You See When You Bend Your Knee?
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What Do You See When You Bend Your Knee?

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 25—30 minute lesson

Students will explore shapes and angles through body movement and hands-on manipulations within the context of the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building.

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Arbitrary Arrangements
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Arbitrary Arrangements

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 55 minute lesson

Students will observe Daniel Sprick’s painting Release Your Plans and explore the importance of artistic decisions. They will then work as a team to create their own arrangement of objects in unconventional compositions.

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Find the Details
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Find the Details

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

This lesson encourages students to focus on details and use their observations to answer hypothetical questions. They will do this by grouping objects in Sprick’s painting Release Your Plans into similar categories.

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Before and After
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Before and After

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will use Robert Benjamin’s photograph Nellie and Her Italian Soda, Boulder to create a narrative about the moments that occurred before, during, and after the photograph was taken.

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