Tuesday, February 1, 2011

American Art: Meet Me At Midnight

MMAMMeet Me at Midnight is a virtual field trip through the Smithsonian American Art Museum, set up as an interactive mystery exploration.  The site piques student interest by setting up an intriguing scenario in graphic novel style and allows the user to search through the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum’s collection to find clues to solve a mystery.  Kids can also collect codes that will allow them to return to certain spots throughout the simulation in order to accommodate shorter class periods or continue the exploration at home.

The site is geared toward children in grades 3-5.  It moves a bit slowly and also has a “Replay” button to help early readers keep up and follow along.  There are activity guides for kids and Parents/Educators (including lesson plans) as well.  It would be fun at lab stations with headphones, or perhaps as a whole class exploration using a SMART FreeTech4TeachersBoard.

Many thanks to Free Tech for Teachers for guidance to this site.

American Art: Meet Me At Midnight

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