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“Early Autumn,” late 1200s–1300s, signed Qian Xuan, Ink and watercolor on paper. Detroit Institute of Arts

The Seasons in Bloom

Through classroom and museum experiences, elementary students will be able to accurately identify and describe various plants related to the four seasons as represented in a variety of East Asian art. 
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"On Anchor bay, Lake St. Clair, Michigan," 2010, Jeff Gaydash, American. Collection of the artist.

Looking at Michigan’s Great Lakes

Students build map-reading skills and explore themes of geography and the environment by using a special collection of Great Lakes photographs by Jeff Gaydash.
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Terra cotta busts of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, made in the 18th century by Jean-Antoine Houdon

The Impact of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington

Using Jean-Antoine Houdon’s portraits of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, students will explore the life stories of these figures to deepen their understanding of the importance of individual political and social contributions during the American Revolutionary period.
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The Apotheosis of Franklin and Washington

Perceptions of the Founding Generation

Students will use the Houdon exhibit to analyze different ways Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were perceived in the face of many challenges and conflicts during the American Revolutionary period.
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Dr. Franklin Crowned by Liberty

Core Democratic Values, Past and Present

Through the use of Core Democratic Values (CDV) and the Houdon exhibition materials, students will explore the ways in which ideals promoted by the founding generation connect to the present.
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