The Time of Your Life: Creating a Personal Timeline

Subject Areas:

Social Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Student Materials:

Timeline of Martin House Complex below.

Darwin D. Martin and his family were in the news in the early 1900’s because of the unique home they were having built by Frank Lloyd Wright. This house was the “talk of the town”. And now, in 2006, news of that house is again appearing in newspapers and on television. What happened in the last 100+ years to make this house the “talk of the town” once again?

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will generate a timeline to transfer information.
  2. Students will gain an understanding of the use of timelines to transfer information on historical events.
  3. Students will gain an understanding of how other events in the world can shape local or personal events.

Teaching Ideas:

Using the timeline of the Darwin martin House as an example, have students create their own timeline. They can create one for their own life, or, using the dates on the Darwin martin House Timeline, they can replace the information with international, national or other events that occurred during those years.

 

TIMELINE OF COMPLEX

1902

FLW first comes to Buffalo

1903

Construction of George and Delta Barton House started

1904

Construction of main house started

1905

Martin family moved into main house (November)

1907

Last worker leaves house

1909

Martin family makes changes to house (Also in 1920) (?)

1928

George Barton dies; Delta moves

1935

Darwin Martin dies

1937

Isabelle Martin moves out of the Martin House; house is vacant

1946

City assumes ownership house for taxes; Barton House sold to Gelzer family

1954

Sebastian Tauriello buys house for $22,000, the amount of the back taxes

1962-1963

Pergola, conservatory, and carriage house demolished; three apartment buildings constructed on land between Martin and Barton houses

1966

House sold to University at Buffalo

1967

Barton House sold to Eric and Eleanor Larabee

1994

The Barton House is purchased by the Buffalo News, M&T Bank and Rich Family Foundation and donated to the restoration effort. The Martin House Restoration Corporation purchases the apartment buildings constructed on the historic site.

1996-97

Phase I of restoration: roof

2001

Title of house transferred to Martin House Restoration Corporation

2003-04

Phase II of restoration: foundation / drainage / veranda

2004-06

Phase III of restoration: reconstruction of pergola, conservatory and carriage house

2006

Martin House Restoration Corporation acquires Gardener’s Cottage through a generous gift of Stanford and Judith Lipsey

2007-08

Phase IV of restoration (restoration of masonry on the exterior of the Martin House, including relocation of walls to their 1907 position) conducted.

2009

The Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion opens. (Martin House visitor center designed by Toshiko Mori.)

2010-14

Phase V of the Martin House interior restoration is under way.

Create a timeline of the important things that have happened in your life! You could include:

  • your birth
  • birth of siblings
  • first tooth
  • when you walked for the first time
  • preschool
  • kindergarten
  • a new house
  • milestones at church

 

 

 

Word Cube

Subject Areas:

English, Math, Social Studies, Art

Grades:

3, 4, 5

Teacher Materials:

Word Cube (pdf)

Procedures:

Throughout WNED’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo there are words that might be unfamiliar to your students. Architecture, music, sociology, economics and technology, all have language unique to their discipline. Often these words mean something very different in everyday language or another word is used to convey the same meaning in everyday language.

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will recognize and be able to define the words from the activity wordlist
  2. Students will be able to use the word in context
  3. Students will be able to identify synonyms
  4. Students will recognize and identify homonyms
  5. Students will recognize ambiguity and the utility of words in real-life situations and problems

Teaching Ideas:

  • Cut out patterns for 2 word cubes, choose 12 words from the article “Meet the Martins!” and write them in the squares. 
  • Fold and tape the cubes with the words on the outside to make word dice. 
  • Roll the dice and give a definition for one of the words on top. Use it in a sentence. Can you name another word(s) that means the same thing as the word you rolled or another meaning for the word you rolled? 
  • If you are successful, give yourself a point for defining the word, a point for using the word in a sentence and a point for naming a word(s) with a similar meaning or giving a different definition for the word you rolled. 
  • If not, roll them again. Try to get three points every time you play, changing words regularly. Take turns with a friend, or each of you roll one die at a time and see who can get the most points and learns the most new words.

architect

conservatory

deterioration

patron

wealthy

economic depression

demolish

campaign

restoration

family

atrium

bookkeeping

legacy

headquarters

opus

landscape

funds

community

frugality

executive

recommend

modification

client

stock

property

subsequent

preservation

geometric

design

invest

Monday, 22 September 2014 17:36

Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo for Educators

 

 

 

Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo For Educators

More than a biography of America’s greatest architect, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BUFFALO

is a story of family, friendship, and the meaning of home in American life.

 

The program explores how a friendship spanning decades affected the structural aesthetic of a major American city and made a significant impact on architectural history. Buffalo, New York has the unique privilege of having more Frank Lloyd Wright structures than any other city in America outside of Chicago. 

This collection of architecture is due to one man: Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin. The centerpiece of Wright’s work in Buffalo is one of Wright's earliest designs, the Darwin Martin House. Built in 1904, it precedes such masterpieces as the Robie House and Fallingwater and is considered by many as the finest example of his prairie house design. The current restoration of the Martin estate is the springboard into FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BUFFALO. 

Contained within the walls of the estate is the extraordinary story of the thirty year friendship that developed between Wright and Martin—a friendship that has been largely overlooked by Wright historians. Through the prism of this friendship, the film explores the importance of Buffalo during Wright’s early career, the architectural significance of the Martin estate, and the development of Wright’s first large-scale commercial commission, the Larkin Building. 

Over the course of thirty years, Martin became Wright’s closest friend and confidant. He looked to Martin for support both financially and emotionally. Insightful letters between the two men dramatically tell of the architect’s motivations, his human frailties and foibles. More than a story of architecture, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BUFFALO is a revealing and surprising look into the world of the greatest architect that America has ever produced.

Why Study Frank Lloyd Wright and Darwin D. Martin?

The creation of that which is uniquely American was a long time coming. From the American Revolutionary War to Britain’s second defeat at the hands of the Americans during the War of 1812, many Europeans believed that the upstart young nation would never survive.

Following the War of 1812, which some historians refer to as, “America’s Second War for Independence,” the new nation began to receive more respect around the world. Yet, it would take the better part of the next century before truly American business, religion, art, music, literature and architecture emerged.

Americans of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century flexed their creative muscles and were delighted to burst upon the world stage as not only artists and entrepreneurs, but as creators of an entirely new national consciousness.

The story of the Wright – Martin friendship is a microcosm of what was occurring across America at that time. It is a story of a businessman who came from nothing and an architect with a belief in his vision. It is the story of flourishing industrial cities and the expansive American landscape.

Join us, with your students, as we look at a story of family, friendship and the meaning of home in American life. Answer the question for yourself and your students, “How did the friendship between Frank Lloyd Wright and his wealthy Buffalo client, Darwin D. martin, affect the structural aesthetic of a major American city and make a significant impact on architectural history?

Elementary Lesson Plans:

Intermediate Lesson Plans:

Commencement Lesson Plans:

 

Additional Resources:

 

 
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:42

Adult Education

 

 

 

Adult Education

 

 

 

 

Watch programs now at FastForwardNY.org

 

 

Available programs:

  • Pre-GED Connections
  • Workplace Essential Skills
  • TV 411
  • Lifelines
  • Madison Heights
  • Crossroads Cafe
  • On Common Ground

 

For more information locally please contact someone at:

Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division

The Adult Education Division (The Division) of the Buffalo Public School District is the premier education and workforce skills training provider in the Western New York region.   With a comprehensive service offering TASC test preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Computer courses/classes, the Division offers FREE educational services either at one of its 35 sites, or via its home-based TASC distance-learning program.   Registration is ongoing throughout the year for anyone aged 17 or older.  

The Division also offers waived or reduced tuition for vocational training programs in the areas of Health Careers, Customer Service/Retail Sales, Building and Construction Skills training, etc.  A comprehensive community education/leisure learning program is also offered in the evenings.  

Using an extensive partnership system with area colleges and community-service agencies such as the Father Belle Center, Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC), CAO Harvard, Response to Love Center, Fruitbelt Leadership, Edward Saunders Community Center,  Gloria Parks Community Center, the YMCA, and the International Institute, the Division services over 6500 students per year. 

Call 716.888.7088 ext 100 

 

ACCES/West RAEN

ACCES/West RAEN serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Orleans and Niagara counties.  It is one of seven (7) Regional Adult Education Networks established by the NY State Department of Education's ACCES Adult Education and Workforce Development Team.

Call 716.651.0560 

 

 

Monday, 22 September 2014 14:15

PBS KIDS Writers Contest

 

 

JOIN THE FUN!

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Partnering with PBS stations nationwide, the Contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original work.

HOW THE CONTEST WORKS

The Contest is structured the same as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest of past years. Children in grades kindergarten through third are encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to their local stations, which will select winners and award prizes. These winners will then be entered into the national level of the Contest where a panel of judges will select the national winners. National winners will be announced and prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players will be awarded during summer 2015.

 

Click below to download the entry form and rules!

ENTRY FORM                                 RULES

 

The deadline for all entries for the 2015 Contest is:  Monday March 30, 2015

 

Send all entries to:

PBS KIDS Writers Contest

WNED TV

140 Lower Terrace

Buffalo, New York 14202

 

Good Luck!

 

Teacher, Facilitator, & Parent Resources

 

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a perfect fit for exercising Core Curriculum guidelines in ELA. The contest naturally provides teachers several of the criteria in the ELA Core Curriculum Standards. Not only will teachers be meeting Core Curriculum Standards, but students will have fun in creating something special of their own with a possibility of winning a national writing and illustrating competition. What is needed in order to enter the contest is nothing outside of ordinary ELA lessons.

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Even short stories are complex, and require students to work on a number of elements: characters, plot/story structure, climax/resolution, and setting. This worksheet is intended to help your students expand upon their story idea(s) to develop a strong story.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students start to form ideas for potential stories. The activity provides your students with a blank page to freely develop story ideas through text and illustration. Serving as a precursor to the Brainstorming sheet, this is a place for the child to draw or write topic ideas for their story.

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This supplementary worksheet is designed to help children think about the relationship of images and illustrations to text, or captions. The worksheet provides a few examples of pictures and captions. You can leave the rest of the worksheet blank for your students to draw pictures and write captions for each picture, or you can pre-populate some of the spaces with images to help your student relate current lessons to the story writing project.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students practice making thoughtful, engaging illustrations for their stories. Students can practice making an illustration in the box labeled “School.” Then, they can choose seven additional words to illustrate in each of the remaining boxes. We’ve provided a few examples of words, if they need ideas. Once they’ve completed the illustrations have them review and explain their words and illustrations to a classmate.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students develop self-criticism skills so that they can refine and improve their stories.

There are two versions of this worksheet, this one has blank questions and answers for you to fill out based on the reading and writing skills of your students.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students develop self-criticism skills so that they can refine and improve their stories.

There are two versions of this worksheet, this one has the questions and answers filled out.

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