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Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of an American Future Teaching Guide
Six lessons on the “history of the future” (how we have envisioned the future). Imagine and plan a future city, explore aspects of heritage to pass on to the future, and analyze how the design of the built environment will shape life in the future.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Doghouses, Doors & Design (PreK-1)
Lesson engaging students in active problem solving as they create a design for a doghouse. Involves work in collaborative groups, exploring numerical problems, and explaining strategy. Targets grades preK-1.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Save Outdoor Sculpture! Children’s Page
Online children’s program on outdoor sculpture featuring five interactive activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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The Humanitarian Side of Architecture
Lesson exploring the role that architects have in rebuilding communities after natural disasters. Teaches about the aftermath of the 1906 California earthquake and current efforts to rebuild after natural disasters. Students research current rebuilding efforts and present their findings.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Turn it Upside Down: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
Activity exploring roller coaster design, computer graphics, and architecture. Students focus on understanding the connections between mathematics, science, technology and innovation.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Chairs, Chairs Everywhere… (PreK-3)
Activity designed to help students become aware of the multitude of design variations in everyday objects by conducting surveys, collecting information, and creating a catalog of chairs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Building Up, Breaking Down (2000)
This issue explores the weathering of buildings, which begins the minute they are assembled. Physical breakdown (such as rock fracture), chemical weathering and pollution are all key ingredients in this discussion of the geology of the built environment.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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A Tale of Two Schools
Lesson plan has students evaluate the architectural styles and designs in their community as they compare two different schools and their surroundings. They learn about Sanborn Maps and archives as they collaborate to research the schools’ histories and designs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African Forms in the Furniture of Pierre Legrain
Online exhibition exploring the influence of African chairs and stools on the work of artist Pierre Legrain.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 9–12
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America’s Favorite Landmarks
Lesson explores America's most famous buildings. Students research architectural styles and their buildings of choice, and write a position paper defending or arguing their building's inclusion or absence from the 150 structures in America's Favorite Architecture website. (www.favoritearchitecture.org).
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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