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Anacostia Community Museum
Main website of Anacostia Community Museum Center for African American History and Culture, a national center for exhibitions, research, historical documentation, collecting, and educational programs relating to African American history and culture and the African Diaspora in the Americas.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert
Retrospective exhibition of Tlingit artist Jim Schoppert (1947-1992), one of the most prodigious and influential Alaskan artists. He is known for repurposing Native images to go beyond their original design and purpose. Includes large woodcarvings, masks and poetry.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp Homepage
Parent's guide to help teach their children about the lives of Japanese American children who were forced to leave their homes and move to internment camps during World War II. Includes hands-on activities, pertinent websites, and a list of recommended readings.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Native Village of Alutiiq Education Guide
Education guide on the modern Native Alaska community (the Sugpiat people). Includes four lesson plans exploring petroglyphs (rock art), creating a poem from “found” words, seeing how geographic factors influence the culture, economy, and politics of the Alutiiq people, and investigating the impact the Exxon Valdez oil spill had on the Alutiiq. Targets grades 9-12.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Women Breaking Musical Barriers: She Isn’t Supposed to Play That
Website traces the history and diversity of women in music through text, video recordings, and audio recordings.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Women of Our Time
Interactive gallery displaying photographs of some of twentieth-century America’s most famous and influential women. Includes audio commentary by the exhibit’s curator and documentary video about the evolution of photographic portraiture.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Lesson plan has students study portraits of famous African Americans in history, explain the social and political impact of each portrait sitter, and discuss what it means to take a stand. Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Edge of Enchantment
Exhibit presenting the pictures and stories of the people of Huatulco and Huamelula as they talk about their families, the beliefs and practices that sustain their sense of who they are, the ceremonial landscapes to which they remain rooted, and the development and migration now changing their world. Shows and describes many of the places in Mexico known as encantos or enchanted places.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources
A catalog of web links to Smithsonian educational sites related to Native Americans.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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American Women
A selection of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the lives and careers of 65 noteworthy American women, ranging from Jane Addams to Pat Nixon to Margaret Sanger.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Native Words, Native Warriors
Online exhibit examines how Native code talkers used their languages to serve their country and to continue the warrior tradition during World Wars I and II. Contains a large collection of pictures, stories, and audio interviews/tours that follow the story of the Native American code talkers from before the war to coping with life afterwards.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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African Americans in Air and Space History
Guided tour exploring the achievements of pioneering African American pilots and astronauts.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Introduction to Cultural Diversity
Encourages students to think about different perspectives. Encourages discussion on how we relate to others, similarities between cultures, and commonalities in worldviews. Flexible for varying state standards and curricula.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Art to Zoo: “Blacks in the Westward Movement,” “What Can You Do with a Portrait?” and “Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass” (1976)
Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Wolastoqewiyik Education Guide
Teacher's guide focusing on the First Nations community of New Brunswick, Canada. Contains two lessons aligned to national standards exploring the interdependency of all living things from the Wolastoqewiyik perspective and the importance of rivers to communities like First Nations.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian Source: Resources for Teaching American History
Teacher-selected primary sources are arranged by six topics: Civil Rights, Colonial America, Invention, Native American History, Transportation, and Westward Expansion. Includes videos, lesson plans, and Advanced Placement DBQs.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Main website for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage includes information on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, educator resources, cultural policy, publications, and exhibitions.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Unmasking the Maya: The Story of Sna Jtz’ibajom
The work of a Maya cooperative named Sna Jtz’ibaijom, which celebrates ancient Maya traditions and fights for awareness about modern Mayan life. Includes images of artifacts and people.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Document Detective
Lesson has students practice using primary sources to learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad by analyzing newspaper advertisements regarding runaway slaves. Part of the resource “Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Frontier Photographer: Edward Curtis
Online exhibition on the photos of frontier photographer Edward Curtis. His work was an attempt to capture images of American Indians as they lived before contact with Anglo cultures. Includes biographic details, images, and accompanying primary document quotes.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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The Amistad Case
Webpage presenting the story of the slave uprising on the ship Amistad and points readers toward portraits related to the event.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Language of Native American Baskets from the Weavers’ View
Website explores the idea that we can understand baskets through the details of their making. Includes examples, techniques, tools, and descriptions of the values embedded in basket design and creation.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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To March or Not to March
Activity guide has students pretend to be an American living in 1963 who decides whether or not to join the March on Washington. Children base their choice on information gathered through guided observation of a handbill from the march. Part of the resource “Martin's Big Words.” Targets grades 3-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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A Century of Challenge and Change: The Filipino American Story Curriculum
Curriculum guide exploring topics in Philippine history including colonization, immigration to the United States, and influence on modern America. Includes lesson plans, downloadable guide, resources, and link to interactive website for students.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Corridos sin Fronteras
Website where you can learn about, listen to, and write corridos, narrative songs. Includes videos and information on the history of corridos, timeline with important historical events and the corridos written about them, music samples, biographies of modern corridor artists, glossary, articles and publications, and lesson plans.. Bilingual English-Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Earl’s Canoe: A Traditional Ojibwe Craft
Documentary preview illustrating the process of canoe-making within Native American traditional culture. Includes discussion of respect for nature in the Ojibwe Nation. Purchase required.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth (PDF)
Information sheet for use in lessons on the first Thanksgiving. Includes which Native peoples met the Europeans in 1621, the harvest celebration, the Wampanoag today, the importance of corn, and a Johnny cake activity.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Art to Zoo: Life in the “Promised Land”: African-American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916-1940 (1990)
Lesson plan introducing students to the experience of African Americans who migrated from the rural South to the urban North between the world wars. Students write an article or essay based on an interview with a friend or family member with a migration experience.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Across Borders: Beadwork in Iroquois Life
Online exhibit focusing on the Kahnawake, near Montreal, and the Tuscarora, near Niagara Falls. Explores links between beadwork and the spiritual, the economic, and the political worlds of the Iroquois. Includes narrated creation story, highlighted objects, and downloadable images.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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African Americans in Aviation: The 1940’s – A Decade of Change
Teaching poster challenging students to analyze primary documents related to the struggles of African Americans to gain equal opportunity in the field of aviation.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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