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Smithsonian Source: Transportation
Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on the importance of travel and transportation in American life. Includes a video in which Smithsonian curators discuss the legacy of Amelia Earhart, a DBQ on the impact of developing a Federal Interstate Highway System, and primary source documents from Smithsonian collections.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Source: Westward Expansion
Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on the expansion of the United States. Includes a video in which a Smithsonian art curator examines Emanuel Leutze’s epic painting Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, lesson plans and DBQs organized by grade level, and primary source documents from Smithsonian collections.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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SmithsonianSource.org
Website with teacher-selected resources and primary sources that allow you to peer over the historian’s shoulder and share in the excitement of discovery. Includes videos, lesson plans, Document Based Questions (DBQs), and primary resources on many different topics in American history. Includes a searchable database of all SmithsonianSource.org resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Snapshots in Time
Teacher's guide exploring how maritime activity impacts students’ community and daily life. In this photo sharing activity, students investigate this central question by locating, exploring, and photographing evidence of maritime activities affecting them or their community. They then write a detailed description about the effects of these activities and share the photographs and descriptions online.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Sneakers, Telephones, Cups and Curls: The Power of Invention in Everyday Life (4-8)
Activity teaching students how to identify and solve problems as they modify the design of an everyday household item. Students learn about innovation, analyze information, and work in collaborative teams.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Sneakers, Telephones, Cups and Curls: The Power of Invention in Everyday Life (9-12)
Activity in which students use problem-solving skills as they modify the design of an everyday household item. Students learn about innovation, analyze information, and work in collaborative teams.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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So, You Want to Be President
Downloadable activity page that tests students’ knowledge of the many jobs of the U.S. president. Includes the quiz “Who Was President When?”
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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SOIL, A Design You'll Dig: Designing A Habitat for Worms
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a habitat for worms. The worms serve as composters for home or school. Nutrient cycles and the importance of decomposition are discussed.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Solos: New Design from Israel
First museum exhibition of contemporary Israeli design in the United States. Works by eighteen Israel-based designers who are exploring the sculptural, material, functional, and conceptual possibilities of useful things.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Solving Math Problems in the Real World
In this lesson plan, students create real-world math problems and consider how math applies to the design world.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Songs of the Waterways: Maritime Music
Webpage discusses the many roles of Maritime music. Includes music samples and audio slideshow.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Songs to Make Winter Bright: Traditions of Singing at Christmas and Other Winter Holidays
Webpage discusses the role of music in winter traditions around the world and in the United States. Focuses on Christmas and Chanukah. Includes music samples and audio slideshow.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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SOS Handbook
Document previewing a larger body of curriculum-friendly resources that explore public sculpture through the lenses of history, visual arts, conservation science, and literature.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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South Africa, Free At Last: The Freedom Songs of South Africa and the Civil Rights
Lessons in which students take part in musical activities while learning the history of South African "freedom songs." They look at correlations, both musical and historical, to the African American civil rights movement.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Space Math @ NASA
Set of articles for young people that tell of discoveries by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Each article ends with a related math problem. Answers are included.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Space Race: An Exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum
Online exhibition describing the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union and its importance in the Cold War.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Space: National Air and Space Museum Gallery Guide
Short outline of the Museum’s most memorable space-related displays and artifacts, designed to be printed by a visitor prior to an on-site visit.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Spark!Lab Homepage
Online component of Spark!Lab, a hands-on space for families and other visitors to the National Museum of American History to play, explore, experiment and invent. On the website, you’ll find fun activities and experiments, kid-friendly inventor biographies, and resources to help bring the playful side of invention into the home or classroom.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Spark!Lab Inventor Profiles
Spark!Lab webpage with kid-friendly biographies of three inventors – Charles Brannock, Joseph Friedman, and Charlotte Cramer Sachs – documenting the history and process of invention.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Spark!Lab Inventor's Notebook
Lab notebook to help write down ideas, record observations, and document the results of tests and experiments done at Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History. This notebook also includes tips for inventing at home and is useful for organizing and analyzing experiments done outside the museum as well.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Spark!Lab Podcast Listening Guide
Listening guide for the “Inventive Voices” podcast series from the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center that reveal the stories behind inventions – the motivations, successes and disappointments which highlight the persevering spirit shared by all who call themselves an “inventor”. These podcasts can help students gain a broader understanding of invention and inventors, and can lead to a greater understanding of invention’s important role in American history and culture. For more information about the podcast series please visit invention.smithsonian.org/video.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Speaking of Pictures: Charles Burchfield’s Orion in December
Using your mouse, discover details about the watercolor Orion in December. Includes background information on the artist.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Speaking of Pictures: John Singer Sargent’s Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler (Mrs. John Jay Chapman)
Roll over parts of this painted portrait to reveal interesting facts and background information about the artist and the artwork.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Speaking of Pictures: My Children by Abbot Handerson Thayer
Roll over this heroic painting to reveal meaning and insight. Provides information on the life and work of Abbot Handerson Thayer.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Speaking of Pictures: Thomas LeClear´s Interior with Portraits
Find this image´s "hot spots" to gain insight and background on the artist and the artwork.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Spencer F. Baird's Vision for a National Museum
Online exhibition about the early years of the Smithsonian. The creation of the United States National Museum was due in large part to naturalist and second secretary (director) of the Smithsonian, Spencer F. Baird (1823-1877).
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
Book accompanying the exhibition Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers. Portrays athletes, focusing on their participation in significant events and the social contexts that influenced them. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
Online exhibit introducing visitors to the pioneering men and women who dominated their sports; championed their country, race, or sex; and helped others to achieve. Both on and off the field, these undaunted individuals broke records for themselves and broke barriers for us all.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Spotlight Biography
Website with brief biographies of many famous and not-so-famous Americans: artists and athletes, soldiers and scientists, inventors and social reformers, and other interesting people. Highlighted words in the text of each biography link to relevant pages within the Smithsonian's websites.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): General audience
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Spreading the News
Lesson in which students follow a guided Internet hunt as they play the role of a newspaper reporter trying to research, write, and publish an article about the history of the Star Spangled Banner. Intended to teach how to better synthesize ideas and facts in written and artistic products. Part of the resource, “Making the Star Spangled Banner.” Targets grades 3-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Squint Eyes: Artist and Indian Scout
Drawings by a Plains Indian held prisoner in the late 19th century, which depict life on the plains and Indian Army interactions. Includes images along with descriptions of their historical context and content.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Squirrelly Behavior
Lesson in which students do the work of zoologists. As they study the behavior of neighborhood squirrels, they learn to identify a research question, develop a testable hypothesis, design a study, follow a scientific protocol, and analyze data. Printable worksheets and online videos are included.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Stamp Mural Mosaics
Lesson plan showing students how to use cancelled stamps in a variety of creative projects. Includes lessons for different class subjects, printable worksheets, suggestions, and a photo gallery.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Stamp Stories of Abraham Lincoln
Assessment activity that emphasizes visual learning through postage stamps—little pictorial windows into American history. Students build their own stamp collections to show what they’ve learned and debate why their stamps reflect the history of Abraham Lincoln.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Stamp Stories of Westward Expansion
Assessment activity that emphasizes visual learning through U.S. postage stamps—little pictorial windows into American history. Students build their own stamp collections to show what they’ve learned and debate why their stamps reflect the history of America’s expansion during the early nineteenth century.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Stamp Stories: Philatelic Images of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
Webinar in which Smithsonian educator Jeff Meade uses images on stamps to create a collection based on the theme of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War history.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Stamps Take Flight
Online exhibit of selected materials from the Postmaster General's collections covering 1847 to today. Includes sections on creating stamps, air and space stamps, and rarities, as well as links to the kid’s page and bibliography.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Stamps Take Flight Kids Page
Supplement to main exhibit on Postmaster General’s collections. Includes kid-friendly description of the tools engravers use to create stamps and activity instructions on how to create an engraving.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Stant Ocean Hall Educators’ Page
This webpage provides links to a teacher's guide on the Ocean Hall, classroom activities, and resources for further reference on ocean life and ecosystems.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Stant Ocean Hall for Kids and Families
This webpage provides links to a family guide of the Ocean Hall, online activities, and events at the National Museum of Natural History.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Stant Ocean Hall Sights and Sounds
This webpage shares video clips, podcasts, and slideshows telling the stories of ocean diversity, ecosystems, scientific research, and conservation. Hear from research scientists and museum exhibition designers.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Star Station One Science Demonstration
Science demonstration at the National Air and Space Museum providing information on the International Space Station.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Star Wars: The Magic of Myth
Online exhibition and virtual gallery tour of Star Wars history and artifacts. Includes further information regarding the power of science fiction to encourage children to pursue careers in the sciences.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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STAR: Student Training in Aquatic Research
Website provides information on the Student Training in Aquatic Research program for grade 9–12 students in the Chesapeake Bay area. Students develop their own research projects, do the field sampling and data analysis, then publish their results.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Still Cookin’ by the Fireside: African Americans in Food Service
Website describes food history and culture as a part of the political economy of African Americans from the Colonial era to the present. Includes historical photos, extensive bibliography.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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STOP for Science!
Online introduction to a NASA teaching program.The program is based on a set of posters that address such questions as "What is light?" and "Is the Earth really round?" The posters are availabe for ordering.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Stop Signs, Musical Notes, Letters & Logos: Designing Symbols
Activity in which students engage in active problem solving as they create a design for a symbol that tells something about their identity.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Stopping Deforestation in the Amazon: A Publicity Campaign
Teacher-created lesson that complements a unit on South America. Students design an environmental public-service campaign.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Stories from the Gold Rush
Online exhibit presenting the Gold Rush through twelve different stories accompanied by photographs and other primary sources. Tells of the disappointments the “stampeders” felt when they realized the myth of gold was greater than the reality, the difficulties of getting the mail to remote parts of Alaska, specific disasters, women of the Gold Rush, and more.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Stories of Freedom & Justice: Learning Resources
Webpage of resources – lesson plans, videos, family activities, and instructional media related to the nonviolent civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Featured resources include videos and a teacher’s guide for the Museum's Join the Student Sit-Ins program, literacy-based family activities on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the student sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, and an archived webcast of an oral history of the three surviving members of the Greensboro Four.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Story of the Beautiful
Online exhibit on James McNeill Whistler's Asian-inspired “Peacock Room,” a permanent display at the Freer. The site includes panoramic virtual tours of the room as it looked in a London townhouse in 1876 and in its reassembled form in the Detroit home of industrial Charles Lang Freer. A timeline puts the room into the context of nineteenth-century British and American history.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 9–12, General audience
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Strings of the North: National Instruments of Sweden, Norway, and Finland
Webpage introduces the ways that musical instruments serve as symbols of national identity and pride. Listen to audio clips and discover the unique characteristics of the Swedish nyckelharpa, the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, and the Finnish kantele.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Grade(s): General audience
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Students Sit for Civil Rights Homepage
Parent's guide with activities based on reading Freedom on the Menu, a work of children’s literature about the Greensboro sit-ins that played an important role in the civil rights movement.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Students' Response to 9/11: A Documentary Report
Lesson plan has students document the national response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, using polls, comment cards from teenagers, and their own recollections. They write a script for a documentary illustrating how the feelings of Americans have changed or remained the same after September 11th and how the reactions of teens may differ from those of adults. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Study Tours, Resident Associates Program
Program offering study tours to local areas of interest, including Civil War sites, parks and nature preserves, and other cultural and artistic organizations. Also at the Resident Associates Program you can find all-day seminars, eight-week courses, evening seminars, and study tours on topics such as art, archaeology, cooking, history, philosophy, science, and world cultures.
Provider: The Smithsonian Associates
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Style and Status Teacher' Guide
“Asian Art Connections” teacher's guide related to the online exhibit, Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. Includes an introduction, classroom activity, and featured objects looking at the social contexts of clothing in Ottoman Turkey.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey
Online exhibit explaining the cultural significance of fabric and clothing for the Ottoman rulers (1281-1924). Includes pictures of the robes, information on Ottoman style, the social significance of the robes and contexts where they would be worn, and many links to sites about the Ottoman Empire.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): General audience
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Suburban Strip
Online exhibit presenting the origins and impact of the suburban strip mall. By moving commercial life out of the central business districts, suburban strips contributed to the economic decline of downtowns. As more people moved into the suburbs these shopping centers also became centers of social life. This is the fourteenth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Suggested Reading
Smithsonian books selected for their relevance to various themes and their accessibility to children and teenagers. Includes great books on art, science, history, and the adventures therein.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Summer Veggies All Year
Teacher-created lesson in which students design "growing systems" to provide warmth and nutrients to summer vegetables all through the school year.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Sun Today, Sun Tomorrow; Sun Yesterday?
Teacher-created design lesson in which students consider the uses of solar energy.They learn how to track and measure the sun's radiance and study ways that past civilizations have harnessed the sun's energy.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Superhighway Scholars
In this activity, students examine the multimedia video installation piece Electronic Superhighway by Nam June Paik and create original collages representing their home states. The artwork can be uploaded and displayed on the site.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Superhighway Scholars Teacher Guide
Teachers’ guide for Nam June Paik’s multimedia installation work Electronic Superhighway designed for elementary-school students studying state history. Lesson includes collaborative learning and peer review.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Survey Savvy
Lesson plan in which students conduct a survey to gather information about the viewpoints of the exhibition Design for the Other 90%. They present their findings to the class.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Symbols in a Story: What's What?
Interactive in which players go deep inside the painting "Achelous and Hercules" by American regionalist Thomas Hart Benton. The artist set the Greek myth in rural Missouri, giving it a new figurative meaning. The activity introduces the literary devices of symbol, simile, and metaphor.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Symbols in Art: Who's Who?
Interactive in which players try to match three figures from classical mythology with the visual symbols of their stories.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Systems at Work
Online version of an exhibition that traces the development of postal-delivery systems from the early nineteenth century to today. Each new system--from prepaid postage to ZIP codes to barcodes--is illustrated with a story in which we follow a letter or package from sender to recipient.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Taking to the Skies: The Wright Brothers and the Birth of Aviation
Online exhibition with a brief biography of the Wright brothers and the invention of the airplane. Includes images of related objects in the Smithsonian collections and further readings.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Tales of Lienzos
Virtual exhibition describes the Charreria tradition in Mexico and the United States, through personal narratives of Charras and Charros (cowboys). Includes contemporary and historical photographs and museum collections. Some parts bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8
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TalkBack Classroom
Website of an international program that engages students in electronic-forum discussions of world events.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Tea for Two (4-8)
Activity examining how certain items can link family and friends together in unique and interesting ways. Analyzes how historic artifacts have helped people connect in the past.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Tea for Two (9-12)
Activity examining how certain items can link family and friends together in unique and interesting ways. Analyzes how historic artifacts have helped people connect in the past.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Teaching and Learning Anthropology
Resources for teachers from the Department of Anthropology. For general anthropology, specific areas, and Native American anthropology. Includes online bibliographies, contact information, teaching activities, and publications and products for purchase.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Teaching with Primary Sources
Webpage that presents five techniques for using primary-source documents in the classroom. Each technique is illustrated with videos, DBQs, and lesson plans.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Teen Smoking: Designing a School Anti-Smoking Publicity Campaign
Teacher-created lesson in which students create the visuals for the campaign, based on their research into the effects of smoking.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Telescopes and Observatories
Video and activity guide taking students on a special trip to the United States Naval Observatory to learn about one of the observatory’s telescopes, the history of telescopes, and the work done at the observatory. Part of the resource, “Exploring the Sky.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Tell Me About It: What Is Design? Creating a Design Workshop, Part 2 (4-8)
Lesson plan in which students learn about the various fields of design. They research topics on design and then create a design workshop for their younger peers.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Tell Me About It: What Is Design? Part 1 (4-8)
Students participate in a jig-saw learning activity to learn about specific fields of design. They work in groups and present their findings to their classmates.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Tenochtitlan Needs a Drink
Teacher-created lesson in which students consider what Aztec engineering--more specifically, the aqueduct--can teach us today.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Tête à Tête: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Cartier-Bresson´s most memorable photographs.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Textiles of the North American Southwest
Students see how the weaving traditions of the southwestern states and northern Mexico reflect the sharing of ideas across boundaries. This set of four lessons is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The youngest students make “finger-puppet ponchos.” Older students write an essay on what the traditions tell us about community and cultural identity.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Textiles of the North American Southwest
Explores the weaving traditions of the American Indian and Hispanic residents of the North American Southwest. Descriptions and images of woven objects. Includes maps, glossary, timeline. Bilingual English- Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Textiles of the North American Southwest
Bilingual site that explores the region�s weaving traditions and what they tell us of the interactions of Native, Hispanic, and Anglo culture. Includes maps and a timeline.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): General audience
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Thaddeus Lowe and Civil War Ballooning
Lesson plans based on the story of balloonist Lowe and his aerial reconnaissance work for the Union. The lessons can be used to introduce historical documents and other primary sources, and to address the question "How do we know what we know about history?"
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Gettysburg Address
Online exhibit telling the story of the Gettysburg Address by focusing on the last handwritten copy of the speech, a manuscript that usually resides in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. Includes background information, printable version of the manuscript, transcripts in English and Spanish, and an interactive document that features actor Liam Neeson reading the address.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The 1896 Washington Salon & Art Photographic Exhibition
Online exhibit telling the story of how the 1896 Washington Salon and Art Photographic Exhibition led to the creation of the Smithsonian’s “Section of Photography,” the role three prestigious Washington, D.C., organizations played in its creation, and how amateur photography came to be viewed as art. Designed to make viewers feel as if they were visiting the Salon, by browsing through photographs and text panels, the exhibit provides a unique view into the history of photography in America and the Smithsonian.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Adam Francis Plummer Diary: A Living History
Website presents the diary of Adam Francis Plummer, born into slavery in 1819 in Maryland, in a digital format with a transcription of the diary, images and descriptions of the other materials in the Plummer-Arnold Family Collection, essays, and a glossary. Includes teachers’ guide for middle and secondary students.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Adventures of Hamza
Website introducing the story of Hamza, uncle of the Prophet Muhammed, told through the illustrated book created between 1556 and 1572 under Mughal Indian emperor Akbar. Includes the historical context of the book, pictures from the book organized by character, and excerpts to go along with the pictures.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): All grades
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The Albatross Philippines Expedition
Information on the biggest fish-collection expedition, which took place between 1907 and 1910. Includes pages on the boat, the expedition, and the collection that resulted.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Alutiiq Education Guide
Education guide with two lesson plans about the Alutiiq (also know as the Sugpiat people) people of Alaska. The first lesson brings together storytelling telling and archaeology to examine the Alutiiq from oral traditions and the scholarly perspective. The second lesson looks at the Alaskan ecosystem and the ways the Alutiiq people have learned to survive. Targets grades 4-8.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden Homepage
Online exhibit examining the history of the American presidency. Using objects from the museum's extensive collection, an interactive timeline, and online activities, learn about the realities of the presidency, from its origins to the present, as well as the lives of the men who have held the office. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden Resources
Resource list included with the online exhibit, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden. Includes a list of the presidents, a timeline of presidential candidates, a summary of the military service of presidents as well as a bibliography and websites related to the presidency.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The Antebellum Army
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America describing how West Point graduates helped lay the groundwork for America’s economic development, intellectual growth, and territorial expansion in the years before the Civil War. Using objects, images, and short biographical sketches, shows how West Point graduates played a major role in westward expansion, the development of the nation’s transportation network, and advances in technology between 1802 and 1860.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The Art and Life of William H. Johnson
Set of four lessons (grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12) in which students examine works by African American painter William H. Johnson. Younger students list elements of the pictures, identifying colors and shapes and such objects as farm equipment, crops, and animals. Older students compare Johnson’s work with that of painter Allan Rohan Crite.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Art of African Exploration
Online exhibition includes compelling images from the European imperialist period. In primary-source documents, photographs, maps, and drawings, see Africa’s animals, peoples, and landscapes through the eyes of the explorers.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Art of Being Kuna
Online exhibit on the indigenous Kuna of Panama uses images and descriptions of clothing. Includes bibliography and an interactive “how to make a mola”.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Art of Being Kuna: Layers of Meaning Among the Kuna of Panama
32 Kuna artifacts from the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Grade(s): General audience
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The Art of Daily Life
Program illustrating how African peoples use personal objects, such as headrests, stools, baskets, and containers, through first-hand interaction with the objects.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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The Art of Tattooing
Online exhibition that takes an anthropological look at a tattoo studio in Washington, D.C. Considers tattooing as both art and ritual.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Art of the Personal Object
This online exhibition celebrates personal objects that were meant to be both used and seen. These works of art encourage students to consider how art intersects with the everyday and reflects a culture and society.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Art of West African Strip-Woven Cloth
This video shows the production of West African cloths woven on narrow-strip horizontal looms. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Artful Presidency: Selections from the Archives of American Art
Online exhibition on the intersecting lives of American artists and American presidents. Primary source materials include letters to artists from Andrew Jackson, Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, and a handwritten poem by in praise of sculptor Hiram Powers by John Quincy Adams.
Provider: Archives of American Art
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Artistry of African Currency
Objects used to facilitate trade for goods and to measure wealth in African cultures.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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The Artistry of African Currency
Objects used to facilitate trade for goods and to measure wealth in African cultures.
Grade(s): General audience
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The Battleground-Separate and Unequal Education
Online exhibit showing how laws and customs led to separate and unequal education for people of color in the United States and the efforts made by citizens to guarantee equal education in the century before the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The Battleground: Separate and Unequal Education is the second section of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Black-Footed Ferret Ambassador Program
Program introducing students to conservation genetics and population bottlenecks. A teacher's guide, slideshow, and a visit from the National Zoo's Ambassador ferret is included. For Grade 7. Advanced booking and fee required.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The Blues and Langston Hughes
Set of four lessons (grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12) that introduce the blues stanza, both in music and in the blues-based poems of Langston Hughes. Younger students compose their own three-line blues poems, Older students listen for details of the Great Migration in recordings of rural and urban blues.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Blues and Langston Hughes
Students learn the structure of the blues stanza, both in music and in the blues-based poems of Langston Hughes. This set of four lessons is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Younger students compose their own three-line blues poems. Older students listen for details of the Great Migration in recordings of rural and urban blues from Smithsonian Folkways.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Bracero Archive - Tracing the Route of a Bracero
Lesson has students examine an oral history related to the Bracero worker program and present their research on a map. Students will use the Bracero archive, a collection of oral histories, photos, and objects documenting the history of the Bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942 and 1964 on short-term labor contracts. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Bracero Archive-Learning From Documents
Lesson has students use the Bracero archive to examine two public laws and other primary resources related to the Bracero worker program and apply their knowledge to evaluate whether the program was carried out as intended. The Bracero archive is a collection of oral histories, photos, and objects documenting the history of the Bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942 and 1964 on short-term labor contracts. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Bracero Archive-Learning From Photos
Lesson has students discuss their thoughts on immigration, learn about the Bracero labor program, and use photographs to deepen their understanding of the program. Students will utilize the Bracero archive, a collection of oral histories, photos, and objects documenting the history of the Bracero program, a little-known chapter of American history in which an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States between 1942 and 1964 on short-term labor contracts. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Brass Letters of Citizenship: Lincoln, African Americans and Military Service
Panel discussion about the issue of military segregation, specifically the African American military experience in the Civil War and the mid-19th century. The issue is brought into a modern context by comparing arguments surrounding the racial makeup of the military during the Civil War with arguments surrounding the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Canela Indians of Northeastern Brazil
Describes ways of life of this aboriginal people and the influence other cultures have had on them. Includes maps, daily life, rituals, literature, artifacts, festivals, environment, photography, and Smithsonian research.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Central American Ceramics Research Project
Website with 3D images of ancient Central American ceramics. Rotate objects 360 degrees and zoom into high resolution images to view details.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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The Chemical Universe
Webpage that presents the standard periodic table and the "periodic table of the universe." A PDF version can be downloaded.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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The Country Blues: Rural Soul Music of the Southern USA
Webpage asks, “What’s the blues?” Through audio and video clips of the Mississippi Delta country blues, listeners learn how the country blues evolved as a representative expression of African American life.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Death of Harrison
In this lesson plan, students analyze portraits to learn of events surrounding the death of William Henry Harrison and John Tyler's succession to the presidency. They apply their historical knowledge and analysis by writing newspaper articles that reflect their understanding of these events.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Design Process: Paper-Cutting
Activity in which students come to understand the design process by working as a group to produce themed paper-cut designs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Enduring Emancipation: From President Lincoln to President Obama
Webinar. Webinar in which the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie Bunch, discusses the Emancipation Proclamation and its legacy.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Energy-Efficient Chemical House
"Teacher-created lesson in which students design a house with efficient heating and cooling. They use their knowledge of conduction, convection, and radiation in the design."
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The Evolving Universe
Online exhibition explores the birth, life, and death of stars and galaxies. Features high-resolution images of the universe and explains the science behind capturing the photographs.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Fall Garden
Teacher-created lesson in which young children plan and plant a late-year garden to beautify their play space.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement
Online exhibit on how the popularity of birds and their feathers as fashion accessories threatened many bird species with extinction and led to the creation of conservation societies, such as the National Audubon Society, as well as the passage of tough new laws to preserve the nation’s wildlife.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Filipino American Story
Curriculum guide for middle school. Through the integration of curriculum, culture, and technology, this project aims to educate teachers and students on Filipino American history and culture.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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The Flag in World War II
Online exhibit using a selection of objects from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to illustrate the use and meaning of the flag during World War II. Shows how the flag, represented in a variety of forms, expressed ideas about what it meant to be American during a time of war.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Gear & Lever Voting Machine
Section of the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy focused on gear and lever voting, which was meant to ensure the confidentiality and efficiency of the election process. Shows the connection between the 19th Amendment, the suffrage movement, and improved voting technology.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The Gold Nugget
Lesson examining the gold nugget that began the Gold Rush. Curator commentaries, related museum objects, videos, and related resources teach about the gold rush and its importance in America's westward expansion. Students will use what they have learned to create their own virtual exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Grand Generation: Interviewing Guide and Questionnaire
Webpage explaining the techniques of and guidelines for conducting oral history. Shows how to conduct an interview with an elderly relation or friend, gather the proper equipment, brainstorm questions, and preserve the final product.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Great Depression
Portion of the "Scenes of American Life" module looking at artwork and the American experience during the Great Depression.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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The Great History Mystery
Interactive quiz game based on historical figures such as artists, authors, entertainers, military leaders, reformers, and statesmen.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Great One: Roberto Clemente Walker
Online exhibit presenting the life of baseball player Roberto Clemente, who has been honored twice on stamps. Includes images of artifacts and stamps with descriptive captions. Bilingual English-Spanish.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Great Spoon Challenge: Form and Function
In this game, students learn about the form and function of everyday objects. They classify spoons while exploring the ways that form relates to each object’s distinct function.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The Greensboro Lunch Counter
Lesson examining the Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter that was the site of a sit-in strike by four African-American students in 1960. Includes curator commentaries, interviews with the Greensboro four, related objects, videos, and related resources show how the Greensboro sit-in sparked widespread student activism that was at the heart of the civil rights movement. Students will use what they have learned to create their own virtual exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Hands of the Potter
Video featuring a demonstration by a Sundi potter in the Republic of Congo, who produces perfect vessels from moist clay. Available for a 3-week loan at no charge.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): All grades
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The History and Experience of African Americans in America’s Postal Service
Online exhibit presenting the life of baseball player Roberto Clemente, who has been honored twice on stamps. Includes images of artifacts and stamps with descriptive captions. Bilingual English-Spanish.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture
Digital Version of the book The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture by John C. Ewers. Ewers chose the horse as the starting point for his verbal picture of Blackfoot culture and works from the hoof up, taking readers from the fundamentals of hobbling and shoeing through the intricacies of social status, political organization, religion, and economic relations.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Japanese American Internment: How Young People Saw It
Set of four lessons (grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12) that address the Japanese American internment camps through primary and secondary sources. Younger students read or listen to Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki. Older students compare and contrast letters from teenage internees. By examining this historical event from multiple perspectives, students gain a more complete understanding of the nuances and human elements of history.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Japanese American Internment: How Young People Saw It
Through primary and secondary sources, students learn of the experiences of children and teens in World War II internment camps. This set of four lessons is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Younger students read (or listen to) the book Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki. Older students read the letters of teenage internees.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Jefferson Desk
Lesson examining the desk on which Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Students will examine the artifact on their own, hear the views of curators and historians, then complete a virtual exhibit activity. Part of the resource, “The Object of History.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Korean Americans: A Century of Experience Curriculum Guide
Curriculum guide exploring topics in Korean history and literature, and the experiences of Korean adoptees. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The Kristen Ollies Collection
Collection of stamps of Queen Elizabeth II. Started by third grader Kristen Ollies in 1999. Follows Queen Elizabeth's life through Ollies' collection. Intended to inspire others to begin stamp collecting.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Life Album Project: Who I Am Through Music and Visual Art
Teacher-created lesson in which students examine CDs to see how words, images, and sound fit together in a marketing piece.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: A Bibliography
Bibliography related to the online exhibit ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Includes books about the music and culture of Cuba, salsa, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Latin and Caribbean music, and lesson plans that are part of the online exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Lincoln-Keckley Dress
Lesson examining the Lincoln-Keckley dress as an object with multiple symbolic meanings. Includes curator commentaries, related museum objects, videos, and other resources about slavery, the evolving role of the first lady, and the advent of mass media. Students will use what they have learned to create their own virtual exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Living Yamal
Researchers visit Siberia’s Yamal Penninsula to meet the Nenet people and to learn how the resource-rich area could be used for gas without disrupting this Native culture.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Mask of Lincoln Portfolio Set
Downloadable portfolio version of a National Portrait Gallery exhibition, "One Life: The Mask of Lincoln." Commentary accompanies ten iconic photographs.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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The Mind Behind Design (4-8)
In this lesson plan, students analyze submissions to the annual People’s Design Award. They discuss the reasons why designs are created and who is impacted by design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The Mind Behind Design (9-12)
In this lesson, students analyze submissions to the annual People’s Design Award. They discuss reasons that new designs are created, the value of design in society, and who is impacted by design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Museum Environment and Preservation
Lesson plan using discussion and brainstorming to discover the destructive impact of environmental factors on manmade artifacts and structures. Offers a concrete understanding of the complex science of preservation. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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The New Old World: Antilles Living Beyond the Myth
Photographic exhibit of the Native people and communities of the Antilles (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Trinidad, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico) challenges the myth of indigenous extinction. Includes image gallery, video introduction, and exhibit brochure. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Night Chanter Project
Lesson in which students use the design process to create sketches of scenes based on a Native American chant. The sketches become elements in a mural.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Nitrogen Problem: Causes and Remedies
Thomas Jordan of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center discusses ways that human activities have overloaded the supply of nitrogen to plants and algae in rivers, streams, and coastal waters. How big is the nitrogen problem? How can we fix it?
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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The Object of History
Online resource designed to improve students’ knowledge of standard topics in U.S. History and to improve their ability to understand material culture objects as types of historical evidence. Includes an introductory essay entitled Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History; 6 sections that each focus on an object from the museum; an archive of curator commentary; an online tool to create virtual exhibits; and lesson plans and teacher resources.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Outsiders - Game Play
Teacher-created lesson in which students show comprehension of the plot and themes of S. E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" by creating a game based on the novel. They write instructions and a brief script for a commercial to advertise their game.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Past Half Century: Achieving Equality
Lesson plan has students analyze political cartoons and letters to the editor in order to identify and examine the range of reactions to the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision and the ways in which the Court’s mandates were enacted or blocked. Students will also be asked to connect a more recent civil rights or education issue to the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Peacock Room
Website telling the story of the Peacock Room designed by James McNeil Whistler, on view at the Freer Gallery. Includes suggested reading and printable version.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Pichs Collection: Exploring the History of Cuba through Postal Stamps
Webpage with an overview of Cuban postal history from the pre-philatelic period to 1939 with folded letters, stamped envelopes, and historic postcards from the Pichs Collection. A second section describes Cuban aviation and airmail history.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, Nigeria
Online exhibition presenting the works of seven artists who have either taught or studied at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. All incorporate traditional Igbo designs in their works.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The President's Job
Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden focused on the many duties and roles of the president and how they have evolved over time. Objects, images, and documents show the influence these different roles have on a president’s actions and policies. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Presidential Campaign Trail
Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden focused on presidential campaigns, inaugurations, and the expansion of voting rights. Campaign items and posters demonstrate the methods and strategies candidates have used to win elections. Portrays how inaugurations have become public holidays and how minorities, women, the poor, and young adults fought to obtain the right to vote. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The Price of Freedom Collection Search
Online collection search with hundreds of artifacts related to America’s military history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Homepage
Online exhibit examining how wars have shaped the nation’s history and transformed American society. An interactive timeline, brief movies, and objects from the museum's vast collections present U.S. military history. Includes a collection search, interactive game, and learning resources.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Price of Freedom: Learning Resources
resources developed in conjunction with the Price of Freedom: Americans at War Teacher's Manual. Includes video footage, first-person reenactments, oral history interviews, a teacher’s manual/lesson plan, and a Civil War game.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Process of Making Posters
Section of the “Posters American Style” exhibit that includes a “how-to” as well as three activities that demonstrate how poster artists make important conceptual and design choices that directly affect their audience.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Queen's Own
Comprehensive collection of British stamps from Queen Elizabeth II's personal holdings. Includes information on postal reforms, selections from King George V's collection, and stamps for coronations.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Renwick at Twenty-five
Exhibition presenting just over one hundred works of art by ninety-two craft artists in celebration of the silver anniversary of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Renwick Gallery
Visit the Renwick Gallery’s online site to learn more about one of the finest collections of American craft in the United States. Explore collections, tours, and exhibitions.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Roots and Branches of Virginia Music: The Past Is Present
Webpage celebrates the four hundredth anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia, with an essay and audio and video recordings of old-time string music, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and country.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Sant Ocean Hall Family Guide
This printable guide provides a map showing the Sant Ocean Hall and activities available there. This brochure is perfect for planning a family trip to the National Museum of Natural History.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Science of Color
Students use the scientific method to explore how to make different colors with paint and to problem solve ways to darken and lighten colors without using black and white paint
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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The Science of Teaching Science
Eight-part video workshop that provides motivation, encouragement, a variety of models, and support for K-12 teachers who want to explore ways of changing how they teach science. Audiences see how other teachers approach science and are encouraged to reflect on their own practices.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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The Search for a Past: The Prehistory of the Indigenous Saami in Northern Coastal Sweden
Prehistory of the Nordic Saami. Uses a scientific model to show how a research team used archeological remains to investigate the early culture of the Saami.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Seneca Falls Convention
Website presenting the story of the landmark Seneca Falls Convention accompanied by portraits of several of the women involved.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India
Online exhibit featuring bronze sculptures from the South Indian Chola dynasty, which ruled from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries. Includes video narration on bronze casting process, description of the religious figures often turned into bronze statues, background on the religious ceremonies and festivals which use bronze statues, and history of the Chola dynasty.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Shape of Cities: Exploring Geometry in the Real World
Activity providing students with real-world examples of a variety of geometric shapes and asking them to conduct research, record observations, write descriptions and eventually construct a classroom cityscape.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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The Short-Handled Hoe
Lesson examining a short-handled hoe to begin a discussion of the bracero program, Cesar Chavez, and the organizing of Latino farm workers in the American Southwest after World War II. Curator commentaries, related objects, videos, songs, and other resources reveal the role of Mexican guest workers in American agricultural history. Students will use what they have learned to create their own virtual exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Sirenia: Dugong, Manatee, Steller’s Sea Cow, and Relatives Bibliography
Serves as an introductory guide to publications on the sirenia. Divided into three categories: technical, general, and periodicals. Includes several references for young school children.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide
Online version of booklet provides guidelines for collecting folklife and oral history. Offers interview advice, sample questions, ways to preserve and present one’s findings, further readings, glossary, sample information and release forms.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Smithsonian Institution at the Turn of the Century
Historical photographs and information documenting what the Smithsonian institution was like in 1900. Includes information on specific buildings, unique events, exhibitions, and figures on historical budgets and salaries.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Spirit of Ancient Colombian Gold
Downloadable exhibition guide (PDF) for The Spirit of Ancient Colombian Gold, an exhibit highlighting the power and beauty of Colombian gold and its historical significance in the country. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem Homepage
Online exhibit exploring the story of the Star-Spangled Banner. Topics include the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore; Mary Pickersgill and the making of the flag; Francis Scott Key and the song that became the national anthem; the legacy of the flag and its use as a patriotic symbol; and the efforts undertaken to preserve the flag as a national treasure. Includes interactive activities and educational resources.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Story of the Armory Show
Online exhibition marking the centennial of a pivotal event in the history of art: the International Exhibition of Modern Art (known as the Armory Show), where Americans got their first look at works by Picasso, Braque, Gris, Matisse, and Duchamp. The materials are arranged on a timeline.
Provider: Archives of American Art
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Struggle for Justice
Online exhibit documenting the struggle for rights including civil rights, labor rights, women’s rights, American Indian rights, disabled rights, and gay/lesbian rights. Important figures in these movements are highlighted through their portraits. Includes lesson plans aimed at grades 7-12 and video clips by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien guiding visitors through the exhibition.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Sun Does What?
Teacher-created lesson in which young students design a device that will prove that the sun’s position in the sky changes through the day.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Bibliography
Bibliography related to the Teodoro Vidal Collection of cultural objects from Puerto Rico. Includes books for adults and children.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Glossary
Glossary for the online exhibit A Vision of Puerto Rico: The Teodoro Vidal Collection. Includes terms associated with Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture as well as the Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map
Interactive map for exploring the island and culture of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Map
Interactive map for exploring the island and culture of Puerto Rico through historical objects and images.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Timeline
Interactive timeline of the history and culture of Puerto Rico illustrated by drawings, artifacts, and pictures.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Related Links
Links to web sites relating to Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican history and culture, and the Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: View the Objects
Search engine for viewing the Teodoro Vidal collection of more than 50 objects and photographs relating to everyday life, religion, celebrations, and art in Puerto Rico from the 17th through the 20th centuries.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Teodoro Vidal Collection: View the Objects
Search engine for viewing the Teodoro Vidal collection of more than 50 objects and photographs relating to everyday life, religion, celebrations, and art in Puerto Rico from the 17th through the 20th centuries.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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The Total Package (4-8)
Activity in which students use the design process to solve a packaging problem. Students gather information about a specific product, create a new design for it, and generate a report.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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