For this art/science lesson on the Japanese painter Hokusai, I created (recorded) a virtual tour around Mount Fuji on Google Earth. I told my students that we were going to go on a virtual field trip to Japan. With the classroom lights turned off and played full-screen on the SmartBoard, the "traveling" effect in Google Earth is just spectacular. 

We didn't just "fly" around and over the volcano, but "stood up" on top of it, "jumped" over the crater with our "delta wings" and came out on the other side, "gliding" over the huge valley that surrounds the elevation. At certain point, we took a break from "flying" and "landed" on a "road" to experience a ground-level view of the volcano; an attempt to get a glimpse of the perspective that Hokusai probably had in order to create his art work. 

When it was time to roll our sleeves back up and paint, the students were able to showcase plenty of new and very interesting angles of the elevation. They added lots of details about the terrain, the crater, the elevation and towns sorrounding the area...details that are not usually perceivable by observing Hokusai's work.

Science Connections/Vocabulary Words:  Elevation, temperature, Celsius/Fahrenheit, compare/contrast, depend, distance, energy, investigate, observation, scientist, atmosphere, analyze, rock, volcano.

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"South Wind and Clear Sky, 36 Views of Mount Fuji" Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

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