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The True Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
Downloadable activity page that tests students' knowledge of both the flag and the anthem.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The United States Military Academy at West Point
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America focused on the founding of the United States Military Academy and the influence of two of its early faculty members. Learn how the military academy that was first proposed by George Washington became the premier school of engineering and military science in the United States. Also discussed is the influence of the academy's graduates on other institutions and important architectural and engineering projects.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The United We Stand Campaign
Online exhibit examining the history and purpose of the July 1942 “United We Stand” magazine cover campaign. Authentic magazine covers, objects from the museum's collections, a timeline, and brief video news clips illustrate the collaboration between the Magazine Publishers of America and the US Treasury Department to help generate support for the war effort during World War II, the awards given by the United States flag association, and the history of the motto "United We Stand."
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Voices of Voting: How Do We Judge Design? (4-8)
This lesson examines the parameters of the voting process in the annual People’s Design Award. Students use a discerning eye to compare and critique artworks.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The Voices of Voting: How Do We Judge Design? (9-12)
This lesson examines the parameters of the voting process in the annual People’s Design Award. Students use a discerning eye to compare and critique artworks.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Voting Machine
Lesson examining an 1898 Standard Voting Machine to learn about the fight against voting fraud, and the extension of voting rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Includes curator commentaries, related objects, videos, and other resources. 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 Water Nearby
Lesson using Google Maps to first find the class’ school, then locate and learn about the closest body of water to the school. By working with maps, students build visual literacy and begin to develop geographical awareness. Part of the resource “Life on the Water.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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The Way of Water in the World
Lesson plan looking at global issues of water shortage and contamination. Students conduct Internet research and work in small groups to find solutions to these problems.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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The Ways of Living, Ways of Giving Teaching Poster
Teaching poster featuring the Kwakwaka´wakw people of British Columbia, Canada. Includes lessons and activities about different value systems. Examines Kwakwaka’wakw traditions, such as the potlatch, which express concepts of wealth, values of giving, and the importance of cultural continuity.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The White House Collection of American Crafts
Exhibition featuring seventy-two works by seventy-seven of America’s leading craft artists today. Includes video clips by SAAM Director Elizabeth Broun, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Michael Monroe, SAAM Curator-in-Charge.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The World of Edith Wharton
Website presenting the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937), punctuated with pictures from the National Portrait Gallery.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age
Online exhibition celebrating the Wright brothers' invention of the Wright Flyer, the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention Learning Lab
Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center celebrating a century of flight and invention through hands-on history activities and laboratory investigations by students.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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The Wright Brothers: Classroom Activities
Website featuring activities focused on the Wright Brothers and the 1903 Wright Flyer, the first plane to succeed at controlled and sustained powered flight.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Theodore Roosevelt: Icon of the American Century
Online exhibit presenting the life of Theodore Roosevelt, organized chronologically. Pictures from the National Portrait gallery provide a visual context.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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They’re Ghana Love It! Experiences with Ghanaian Music for Middle School General Music Students
 Lessons in which students try their hands at the music of this West African nation. Includes interpretive movement and percussion performance.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Think Tank
Webpage looking at the Think Tank exhibit where behavioral scientists study “what is thinking” through the study of animals. Includes links to sections on language, society, measuring intelligence, evidence of thinking, the brain, tools, and current research projects.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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This Day in Smithsonian History
Online exhibit lets you look up important events in Smithsonian history by day. Entries were compiled from primary sources in the Smithsonian Institution Archives and secondary sources documenting the history of the Institution.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): General audience
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This Dynamic Planet
Interactive world map of volcanoes, earthquakes, impact craters, and plate tectonics. Allows the user to display different features of the earth’s surface and its history. Printable and available to order.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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This House
Online exhibition presenting the history of the house that stood at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts, for over 200 years, how it was saved by community members, and how it came to live in the National Museum of American History. Includes a timeline of all of the inhabitants from 1757 to 1961.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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This One Is for the Birds
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a model for a bird feeder and then build it.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Three Mile Island: The Inside Story
Online exhibit about the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, where America's worst accident at a civil nuclear power plant occurred on March 28, 1979. Includes information on the nuclear power plant, the cause of the accident, and the nature and extent of the damage.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Throat Singing
Webpage focuses on one of the oldest forms of music--a gutteral singing or chanting in Central Asia, Canada, and South Africa. Includes music samples, videos, and throat singing lesson.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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TICHKEMATSE: A Cheyenne at the Smithsonian
Images and written information on a Cheyenne American Indian who worked for the Smithsonian Institution between 1879 and 1881.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Tigers
All about tigers and why they are in danger of extinction. Includes video map showing population change and how people are making efforts to coexist with tigers in Asia.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Tiles, Blocks, Sapphires & Gold: Designing a Treasure Map
Students engage in problem solving as they create a design for a map leading to hidden treasure. Asks students to work in groups, explore numerical problems, and explain their strategies.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Time and Navigation
Online exhibition covering the history of navigation at sea, in the air, and in space, from Viking voyages to GPS. Includes an educators area, interviews with professional navigators, personal stories, historical timeline, and a multimedia gallery containing newsreels and film, artifacts, maps, photographs, documents, and illustrations.   
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Timeline Interactive
Timeline explores the evidence for human evolution including climate change, species, and milestones in becoming human. 
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Timeline of American Garden History
Timeline covers the development of public gardens, private estates, national preservations, botanical institutes, and the American wilderness. Investigate the history of the American garden and its transformation from the mid 1500s to the present.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): General audience
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Timeline of American History
Interactive timeline composed of items from the National Museum of American History's online collections, exhibits, and programs. Browse by historical era or select one of eight themes. Each entry contains an image, a brief description, and a link to find more information about that object or topic.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Timeline: The Civil War and American Art
Illustrated dual timeline. National events before, during, and after the war are set alongside works that anticipate or depict the war.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions (PDF)
Guide and lessons on Native American quilters, their communities, and quilt stories. Follows quilting traditions, designs and imagery across many indigenous peoples. For middle school students, but adaptable for all ages. For museum visits or independent use.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Togu Na and Cheko: Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali
Video examining traditional art forms as they exist in contemporary Mali, focusing on Dogon men sculptures and performances at Bamana festivals. Available for 3-week loan at no charge.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Tooting the Horn of Africa: A "Cornucopia" of Music from Somalia
Lessons in which students sing and play traditional music of Somalia and try to recognize and transcribe the pentatonic scale.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Top Reasons to Attend My School
Teacher-created lesson in which teens "market" their school to prospective students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Tour + Workshop = DESIGN: Line
Lesson in which middle-school students gain an understanding of line as a design element and expressive artistic application.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Tour + Workshop = DESIGN: Line
Lesson in which elementary students gain an understanding of line as a design element and expressive artistic application.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Tour + Workshop = DESIGN: Shape
Lesson in which students gain an understanding of the types of shapes through a series of art activities.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Tour + Workshop = DESIGN: Space
Lesson in which students gain an understanding of space through a series of art activities using shapes.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Tour + Workshop = DESIGN: Texture
Lesson in which students observe the textures of various objects in order to create the illusion of texture in 2-D.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Tour + Workshop = DESIGN: Value
Lesson in which students gain an understanding of value by discussing examples and by creating a value scale.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Tour the Universe
A virtual tour of heavenly bodies.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Tracking the Buffalo: You Be The Historian
Online interactive about the stories told on buffalo hides by the Native Americans of the Great Plains. Focused on a particular painting, this interactive leads viewers to their own conclusions through subtle hints and clues and lets them compare their conclusions to those of Smithsonian historians.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Transforming the Waterfront
Online exhibit on the impact of using containers on the commercial shipping industry. Their use streamlined freight handling, slashed the cost of transporting cargo of all kinds, and made imported goods cheaper. This is the seventeenth section of the online exhibit America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Transportation History Videos
Three short videos provide an overview of American transportation history in three different eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000. These videos are included in the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Transportation in America Before 1876
Online exhibit showing the ways in which the nation’s growing number of steamships, roads, canals, and railroads – including the first transcontinental railroad in 1869 – created coast-to-coast networks of connection during the 1800s. This is the first section of the online exhibit America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Transportation Infrastructure Videos
Three short videos provide an overview of the history of America's transportation infrastructure in three eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000. These videos are included in the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Transportation Technology Videos
Three short videos provide an overview of transportation technology in three eras: 1800-1900, 1900-1950, and 1950-2000. These videos are included in the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Traveling Lightly: What’s My Footprint?
Teacher-created lesson in which students use measurement and basic math as they learn about the role of transportation in climate change. They consider ways of minimizing impact on the environment.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Traveling Through Time and the Consideration of Design
This lesson plan traces the history of design. Students research the environmental and societal influences on design, and then create styles for the future.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Treasure Hunters
Lesson enhancing students' non-verbal communication skills, while introducing them to mapping. Students participate in map designing and map reading to embark on a "design" treasure hunt on school campus.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Treasures
Online exhibition presenting the aesthetic value of traditional African sculptures.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: American Impressionism
Online exhibition presenting canvases full of light and color by such artists as Childe Hassam, James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, John Twatchman, and Thomas Wilmer Dewing.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Arte Latino
Online exhibition celebrating the vitality of Latino art traditions and innovations, from the 18th through the 20th centuries, represented by Carlos Alfonzo, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Jesus Bautista Moroles.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Contemporary Folk Art
Online exhibition showcasing self-taught artists of the past 40 years whose styles were often developed in isolation or in small communities across the country.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Lure of the West
Online exhibition including portraits of Native Americans by George Catlin, western subjects by Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt, and works from the Taos School.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Modernism & Abstraction
Online exhibition showing radical transformations of American art in the 20th century by Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, and Franz Kline.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Scenes of American Life
Online exhibition exploring the 20th century – from the Roaring Twenties to the Depression to the postwar period – through the works of Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, and Paul Cadmus.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: The Gilded Age
Online exhibition highlighting John Singer Sargent, Abbott Thayer, and others who brought a new sophistication and elegance to American art in the decades before World War I.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Young America
Online exhibition tracing our nation’s transformation from colonies to nationhood through great portraits, landscapes, and scenes of early America.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Treasures of American History: American Identity
Online exhibit highlighting objects from the Smithsonian collection that give insight into what it has meant to be an American. Explore the diverse roots of American culture as well as common experiences shared across lines of race, ethnicity, and region. These objects show the many ways in which Americans have defined themselves, through artistic expression, ethnic traditions, work, play, home, and community life. Includes a Spanish translation.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Treasures of American History: National Challenges
Online exhibit presenting objects from the Smithsonian collection that document the struggles, conflicts, and controversies that have shaped our nation. Topics discussed: American Revolution, slavery, westward expansion, Civil War, women’s suffrage, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights movement, and AIDS. Includes a Spanish translation.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Trees of the Smithsonian
Lesson plans. Students use critical thinking to practice using dichotamous keys, think about famous trees as symbols, and engage with the scientific method.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Trip Planning
Information for teachers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC on how to schedule field trips to SERC.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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T-Shirt Design for Real
Teacher-created lesson in which students design T-shirt graphics. They then produce actual T-shirts and sweatshirts to be sold for fundraising.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Two Perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn and Greasy Grass
Lesson plan has students analyze historical perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass, also known as “Custer's Last Stand.” Students will interpret primary sources, develop critical thinking questions about the perspectives represented in the sources, and synthesize the data into a single version of the battle's history. Targets grades 6-9.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Two Views of the Universe
Lesson about differing assumptions on the workings of the universe. Students compare the earth-centric and helio-centric models of the universe by Aristotle and Copernicus. The consequences of each view are examined and physical models created.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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TxtStyles/Fashioning Identity
This online exhibition presents a selection of rarely exhibited textiles and apparel. The collections contextualized by informational essays demonstrate how clothing and African textiles in particular have long served as messages and expressions of identity.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Unauthorized Portraits: The Drawings of Edward Sorel
Online exhibit showing a collection of Edward Sorel's satirical illustrations along with a biography of his life and career.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Undercover Detectives in Search of the Good Citizen
Teacher-created elementary lesson in citizenship that begins with the story "Buster’s Dino Dilemma" by Marc Brown.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Understanding and Using Primary and Secondary Sources in History
Lesson on the correct use of primary and secondary sources. A discussion and writing assignment will explain how primary sources are used and what they can and cannot offer in comparison to secondary sources. This activity is 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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Understanding Historical Photos
Using historical photographs about polio, this resource is designed to illustrate the intricacies of interpreting historical photographs. Both truthful and deceptive, photographs need to be analyzed not only for what is shown, but also what the photographer intended. Part of the online exhibit, Whatever Happened to Polio.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Understanding Zoning: It’s Use on the High Line in West Chelsea
Lesson in which students come to understand what zoning is and how it shapes a neighborhood.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Uneasy Partners: Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, LBJ and Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Video
Panel discussion in which experts compare, contrast, and contextualize the relationships between President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Unexpected Legends
Online exhibit about legendary American currency, famous either through printing accidents, errors, or unscrupulous Mint employees producing unauthorized currency. This highly interactive resource allows visitors to rotate and zoom in on objects. A glossary helps visitors understand challenging vocabulary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Uniform Design
Teacher-created lesson that introduces the cultural aspects of clothing design with a question: Why did the British Redcoats wear red coats?
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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United We Stand Bibliography
Bibliography included in the July 1942: United We Stand online exhibit. Has books on the “United We Stand” magazine cover campaign, World War II and the home front, the American flag, and magazine history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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United We Stand Collection Search
Searchable collection of magazine covers that were created for the July 1942 “United We Stand” campaign coordinated by the Magazine Publishers of America and the US. Treasury Department to help generate support for the war effort during World War II.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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United We Stand Homepage
Homepage for the July 1942: United We Stand online exhibit. This exhibit explores a campaign during World War II by the nation's magazines to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day. Analyze authentic magazine covers from July 1942 and view a timeline and brief video news clips that explain the importance of the home front during World War II.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Urhobo: Where Gods and Mortals Meet Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art
Online exhibition presenting the art and culture of the Urhobo peoples of Nigeria.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Using Rice Plantation Tools
Lesson in which students analyze images of tools that were used on rice plantations to determine each tool’s purpose. These objects can tell us a great deal about slavery and the lives of the slaves who worked on rice plantations. Part of the resource “Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Using What’s Local: Native Materials, Local Sources
Teacher-created lesson in which students consider design strategies for harnessing local materials. They look at historical examples from around the world.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Van Valen’s Gold Rush Journey
Teacher's guide, student worksheets, and interactive website. Investigate the authentic journal of Alex Van Valen, a man who set sail in 1849 to stake his claim in the California gold fields, to discover what life was like during the gold rush. Includes student questions to help guide research, rich primary sources, images of artifacts and background information. The student materials can be completed on paper or using the interactive PDF format that allows students to create beautiful publications from their research. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Versatile Furniture
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a piece of furniture that has more more than one use (e.g., a chair that can also be used as a bookshelf).
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Vibrant Visions: Pochoir Prints in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum
Online exhibition providing a brief history and description of the pochoir process along with select examples of pochoir images from the library's collection that illustrate costume, interior, and pattern designs produced in France from 1900 through the 1930s. The pochoir process, characterized by its crisp lines and brilliant colors, produces images that have a freshly printed or wet appearance.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Victory Mail
Student activities showing students how nothing in WWII went unchanged by the war, even writing a letter. Students practice writing skills while learning about WWII through Victory Mail activities. Victory Mail restricted letters to a certain length/format so they could be microfilmed, leaving more room to transport military supplies.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Video Ethnographies
Video clips from Smithsonian Folklife Festivals show performances by musicians and dancers from around the globe. The artists discuss their techniques and the cultural significance of their craft. Clips are organized by country.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Vietnamese American Curriculum
Curriculum guide facilitates integrating Vietnamese American history and culture into the classroom. Unit topics include: “Introduction to Vietnamese Americans,” “Exit Saigon: from Refugees to Resettlement,” “Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese American Contributions,” and “Culture and Community.” Targets grades 6-9.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Vietnamese American Heritage Project
Curriciulum guide for middle school aids teachers in incorporating Vietnamese American history and culture into their classes.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
The history and travels of the Vikings. Includes an interactive map, video, board game, vocabulary, teacher guide, and family guide.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Virtual Spectroscope
Software displaying a visual representation of a spectrum and a graphical (intensity vs. wavelength) representation. Users redraw the graph, and the corresponding spectroscope view changes immediately.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Vision Disorder
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a condominium unit for a client with poor vision due to diabetes mellitus. The students learn about the disease in order to best fill the client's needs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Visit Your Government
Activity guide asking students to find out about their local government by planning a short field trip, then thinking about how to make a difference in their community. Includes tips for reviewing the experience back at home or in the classroom. Part of the resource “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Visually United
Teacher-created lesson in which students learn about the meaning of the symbols on the Great Seal of the United States.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Voices of Discovery
Program sharing the human resources of the Smithsonian Institution with communities outside of the nation’s capital by enabling Smithsonian scholars of art, history, and science to serve local communities. Smithsonian experts visit your town to lead events—lectures, performances, and hands-on activities—that are tailor-made for learners of all ages.
Provider: The Smithsonian Associates
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Grade(s): General audience
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Voices of Struggle: The Civil Rights Movement, 1945 to 1965
Webpage honoring African-American history and music with a look at the profound cultural contribution of the Civil Rights Movement. Features recordings of songs and leaders of the Movement.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Volcanoes of Central America
Extensive compilation of data and images for the volcanoes of Central America. Map-driven interface for the regional Holocene and Pleistocene volcanoes. For Windows. Includes printable order form.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Volcanoes of Indonesia
Extensive compilation of data and images for the volcanoes of Indonesia. Map-driven interface for the regional Holocene and Pleistocene volcanoes. For Windows. Includes printable order form.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Volcanoes of Mexico
Extensive compilation of data and images for the volcanoes of Mexico. Map-driven interface for the regional Holocene and Pleistocene volcanoes. For Windows. Includes printable order form.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Vote: The Machinery of Democracy Homepage
Online exhibit exploring the history of voting methods in the United States. Looks at how ballots and voting systems have evolved over the years as a response to political, social, and technological change.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Vote: The Machinery of Democracy Resources
List of resources included in the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, includes books on voting technology mentioned in the exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Voting: Design for Democracy
Section of the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy on recent efforts to ensure that each vote counts. Explores how precincts have made efforts to improve communication, voting processes, and how votes are counted.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Voting: Florida 2000
Section of the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy focused on the recount of ballots during the 2000 presidential election that called into question the precision of punch card ballots and led to a crisis of confidence in the voting system in general.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Voting: Punch Card Democracy
Section of the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy on the social and technological advancements that have affected voting in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Voting: The Acme of Reform
Section of the online exhibit Vote: The Machine of Democracy examining the reform of voting methods. As the electorate of the United States increased due to immigration and as women claimed their right to vote, the need for better and more secure ballots became necessary. Objects, images, and historical media illustrate the movement away from paper ballots.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Voting: The Present and Future Ballot
Section of the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy examining efforts to ensure the funding of modern, accurate, and secure voting machines. Learn about current computerized systems and the movement towards touch screen ballots that include redundant security and verification features.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Voyages
Online exhibit recording journeys to new places, mental explorations, and new creative thoughts. Background information and items from the Smithsonian collection document physical journeys as seen by early explorers, journeys of the mind where scientists expand our conception of the universe, and journeys of imagination led by artists, writers, and artisans.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Wanted: First Lady of the United States
Downloadable activity page. Students list the pros and cons of living in the White House. They meet First Ladies of the past.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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War Letters Lost and Found
Online exhibit with war letters, lost by original owners, providing an irreplaceable perspective on war history. These letters and photographs from the Civil War through the Vietnam War reveal the priorities of life through vivid, heartfelt words and sentiments.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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War of Independence Activity: Who’s in Camp?
Lesson plan with accompanying “Who’s in camp?” card game gives elementary students a deeper understanding of the many civilian and military roles that supported the American War of Independence. Artifacts and historical literature bring the Revolutionary War to life, helping students complete a role-playing writing assignment. Includes background information and printable artifact cards. Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Watch, Listen, and Learn: Video and Audio from Smithsonian Gardens
Videos feature scientists from Smithsonian Gardens discussing topics from architecture, to taxonomy, to horticulture career paths.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): General audience
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Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Maritime Communities
Website containing exploration of the communities and individuals who make their living off the rivers, bays and oceans of the area. Includes sound and video clips, teacher and student guides, and games.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Water, Water Everywhere
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a watering system for a school garden.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Waterways: Kid’s Coast
Student and educator guide to accompany Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Maritime Communities online exhibit. Exploration of the communities and individuals who make their living off the rivers, bays and oceans of the area. Includes games, lesson plans, and resources.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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We Are Colony! Settlement Design
Teacher-created lesson in community planning, which can complement a study of the colonial period in America history. Students design a settlement that will be self-sufficient and return revenue to England.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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We Can Fly!
Reserve online for visits to the Learning Lab at Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, D.C. In this program, students experience the steps involved in taking a commercial flight and learn the basics of how an airplane flies. Includes stories and hands-on activities. For grades K-3.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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We Sing a Song: Global Sound for Children
This webpage presents a sampling of children’s music on Smithsonian Global Sound. Includes artists such as Ella Jenkins, Suni Paz, and Woody Gurthie, as well children from around the world.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Welcome to Our Classroom
Teacher-created lesson in which students design and write a class brochure.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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West African Song and Chants: Children’s Music from Ghana
"Lessons designed to give students experience with basic polyrhythmic ensembles. Includes singing, chanting, dancing, and playing instruments."
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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West Point Graduates
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America highlighting 51 selected West Point graduates, their achievements, and their families. Through the use of an interactive timeline, brief biographical sketches, objects, and quotes, become familiar with how these men contributed to the development of the United States, both in peace and in war.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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West Point Graduates During the Civil War and Reconstruction
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America describing the difficult choices regarding family and friends, and regional and national loyalties made by West Point Graduates during the Civil War. Whether they fought for the North or the South, West Pointers played major roles during the era of Civil War and Reconstruction.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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West Point Graduates Quiz
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America featuring interactive multiple choice quizzes on West Point graduates. West Point graduates had diverse careers and interests, being not only military officers, but also inventors, builders, managers, and businessmen. The quiz topics: Inventions and Innovations, Private and Public Works and War & Diplomacy.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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West Point in the Making of America Homepage
Online exhibit about the lives of selected West Point graduates who attended the school between 1802 and 1918. West point recently celebrated 200 years of producing leaders for the U. S. Army, but also for American science, education, engineering, exploration, public works, business, manufacturing, communications, and transportation. Learn about the U.S. army's major functions in the 19th and early 20th centuries: building the nation's infrastructure of roads, bridges, canals, and railroads; exploring its territories from the Mississippi to the Pacific; and fighting its wars.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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West Point in the Making of America Interactive Activities
Four interactive activities about the graduates of West Point. These activities are part of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America. Visitors will learn more about the roles the U.S. Army played in the development of the United States and the World in times of peace and war. Included are an exploration map, a panorama painted to memorialize the Civil War, an interactive map-based activity and a quiz on the many ways that West Point graduates have influenced the world.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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West Point in the Making of America Resources
Collection of resources included in the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America relating to military history and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Includes an extensive bibliography, teacher and student resources, and web links.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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West Point in the Twentieth Century
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America looking at how, in the twentieth century, West Point changed to meet the demands of a new century while its graduates continued to lead the nation's armed forces in war and peace. Topics include the reformation of the curriculum at West Point, the achievements of the class of 1915, and the admission of the first female cadets in 1976.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Wetland Ecology
Information on SERC's Wetland Ecology field trip program. The field trip includes exploration of Muddy Creek by canoe and an on-land investigation of marshes and wetlands.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Whaling Bibliography
Current references and classic works on cetology. Divided into sections with technical information, popular literature, and bibliographies. Includes references for young children and reading list on whaling.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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What Can You Make from a Buffalo?
Game in which players match objects made by Native Americans from the body of buffalo to the appropriate part of the buffalo’s anatomy. Part of an online exhibit on the Northern Plains Indians.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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What Is a Primary Source?
Lesson in which students learn the difference between first- and second-hand accounts.They examine documents related to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.Includes student worksheet with guiding questions.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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What Is a Primary Source?
Lesson in which students learn the difference between first- and second-hand accounts.They examine documents related to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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What Is Art?
Lesson in which students become familiar with contemporary art forms and artists.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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What Should a Playground Look Like?
Teacher-created lesson in which young students design a playground that would "allow for opportunities to share, take turns, listen, and talk."
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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What Was on Lady Bird’s Plate?
Parent's guide with discussion and observation questions asking children to think about the special dinnerware that first lady “Lady Bird” Johnson created for the White House, the dinnerware found in your own home, and how these plates and serving pieces connected to Johnson’s work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. Part of the resource “First Lady for the Environment”. Targets grades 2-4.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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What Would Make Our School More
Teacher-created lesson in which students survey their school to see what they can do to make it more environmentally friendly. The lesson addresses data collection and analysis standards.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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What's in a Name? Designing Personal Identity
Teacher-created lesson in which teens research the etymologies of their names and then make those names "look more like them" by designing personal logos.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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What's the Best Design to Float Your Boat?
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a cargo vessel and then construct a model of it. They consider matters of mass, displacement, and buoyancy.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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What’s for Lunch? Outreach Program, Grade 3
Classroom program where students learn how scientists study omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores. Students collect data on teeth from skulls of endangered species studied by National Zoo scientists, develop a hypothesis about what each animal might eat and why, and then check their conclusions. For Grade 3. Advanced booking and fee required.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Whatever Happened to Polio? Homepage
Online exhibit using images, artifacts, oral histories, and interactive resources to tell the story of the polio epidemics in the United States and the struggle to find a vaccination to prevent them. The exhibition is divided into four parts covering the effects of polio on communities, families and medicine; the social, scientific and medical legacies of the disease; how the virus works and how a vaccine was developed; and the state of the global campaign to eradicate polio today.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Whatever Happened to Polio?: Activities
Three activities: an interactive game, Got Ramps?; an animation illustrating the lifecycle of the polio virus; and a downloable coloring sheet from the online exhibit Whatever Happened to Polio?. Got Ramps? illustrates changes in architectural barriers between 1955 and 2005 before and after the Architectural Barriers Act (1968) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) which made doing everyday activities, like mailing a letter at the post office, more accessible.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Wheelies!
Teacher-created lesson in which students design wheels for a coaster car. They investigate characteristics of motion and friction in order to create a specialized wheel for a given terrain (e.g., linoleum, corrugated cardboard, smooth stones).
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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When Getting There Is More Than Half the Battle
Lesson plan in which students explore transportation problems and design solutions around the globe. They work in small groups and conduct surveys to create a final presentation.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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When the Rain Sings
Lesson plan suggesting ways to incorporate the book When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans in language arts studies. The poems (in the form of dialogues between objects, photographs, and the written word) demonstrate the importance of imagery in storytelling. Students may examine thematic connections or respond with creative writing exercises.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Where Have You Been, Where Are You Going?
Downloadable activity page. Students list the states they’ve visited and the modes of transportation that brought them there.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Where Is the Science?: Design as an Introduction to the Scientific Method
Activity in which students learn the steps of the scientific method through the process of design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Where's Everyone Going?
Interactive game asking players to match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods. This game is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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Whistler's Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London
Online exhibit that features a Victorian street map of Chelsea, an area said to be "owned" by James McNeill Whistler because of his many paintings and etchings of its steet scenes. Those scenes can be viewed by clicking on the map.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 9–12, General audience
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Who Represents You?
Lesson has students gather data from three websites about the people that live in your home state and those who represent you in Congress. An online tool makes comparing this information easy. Part of the resource “Winning the Vote for Women.” Targets grades 1-4.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Who Stole the Teepee?
Image gallery shows ways in which Native culture has been transformed by tourism, the realities of reservation life, and the missionary schools that attempted to “civilize” Native children. Also discussed are the realities of contemporary Native life, far removed from the popular conceptions. Tension between maintaining traditions and the demands of an ever changing world are explored.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Who Was James Smithson? —From Smithson to Smithsonian Classroom Activities
Lesson plan. Learn of the circumstances surrounding James Smithson's generous gift to the United States and examine primary source materials from Smithson's life. Includes printable resources for student activities.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Whose Shoes?
Activity exploring the meaning of objects. Students conduct research on the history of shoes and write an imaginary story about a pair of shoes.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Wild Animal Science
In this lesson plan, students investigate the relationships between animal characteristics and environment. They go on to “invent” a new animal.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Wildlife Pictures Bibliography
List of resources for pictures of wildlife. Identifies groups that sell or loan wildlife images, short description of services, and contact information.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Wine, Worship, and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani, Treasures from Georgia
Online exhibit presenting a collection of ancient artifacts from Colchis, which reveals an intermingling of Greek and Persian motifs with local styles and traditions. Looking at these objects gives us a glimpse into the ancient land of Colchis (modern-day Georgia) and its principal city of Vani. Includes images of Georgia, a slideshow of objects in the Wine, Worship, and Sacrifice exhibit, and an interactive look at the dig site where these objects were found.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Winning the Vote for Women
Parent's guide with activities and suggested readings to teach children about women's suffrage. Children are asked to take a trip or conduct a phone interview with a member of the League of Women Voters, a group created in 1920 to help organize women’s votes and encourage their active participation in civic life.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Within These Walls Homepage
Online exhibit telling more than a dozen family stories from a 200-year-old house in Massachusetts acquired by the Smithsonian. Reveals the methods historians and curators used to learn about this house’s past, the ways that it changed over time, and the people who lived in it.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Wolastoqewiyik Education Guide (9-12)
Education guide focusing on the First Nations community of New Brunswick, Canada. Includes four lessons on journalism through creating a newspaper on the Wolastoqewiyik, oral traditions, relationships between humans and the natural world, and history as seen through seasons.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Wolves Bibliography
Selected references on wolves. Developed in response to frequently asked questions.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Women and Science at Science Service
Exhibit highlighting the careers of five women pioneers in the field of science journalism. Features noteworthy female staff members and writers at the nonprofit news organization Science Service during the 1920s who helped changed the view of women in science.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Women in Aviation and Space History
This online exhibition serves as a “gallery guide” to the history of flying women, from the pioneering days to the space age.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Women's Role in the Civil War
Lesson plan on the ways in which women served in the Civil War, often as nurses, spies, or vivandieres. Students will explore these stories through a video clip and close examination of two dresses and a woman's uniform. Includes background information, guided analysis questions, and full-color primary sources. Accompanies the exhibit The Price of Freedom: Americans at War. Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Women's Roles in Post World War II
Teacher-created lesson in which students follow the design process as they imagine a more equitable labor market in the years following the war.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Wonder Bound: Rare Books on Early Museums
Exhibit of books discussing the collection, exhibition, and preservation habits of early museums, galleries, and their libraries. Includes enlarged images of many resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey
Penguin bookmarks featuring award-winning photographer, Joan Myers’s, photographs of Antarctica. Place mail order. No charge.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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Word Art with King's Words
Lesson in which students examine one or more of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s letters or speeches and turn powerful words and phrases into word art using the online tool, Wordle. Part of the resource “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Word Play: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing
Interactives based on the artwork of contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing, who focuses on mixing language with fine art. Includes images and animations highlighting stand-out installations and interviews with the artist.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Word Wake
Teacher-created lesson in which students hold a spooky Halloween funeral to lay to rest spelling and grammatical errors in their own writing.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Word, Shout, Song
Printable 28-page brochure published to accompany an exhibition. It tells the life story of the academically adventurous Lorenzo Dow Turner, an African American linguist who studied African languages and Arabic to "crack the Gullah code." He went on to study traces of African culture in Latin America.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Work Hard and Work Smart: Designing for Athletes (4-8)
Activity in which students design a sports bag for athletes, investigate varied sports, interview people involved in varied sports, and engage in problem solving as they create a new design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Work Hard and Work Smart: Designing for Athletes (PreK-3)
Activity in which students design a sports bag for athletes, investigate varied sports, interview people involved in varied sports, and engage in problem solving as they create a new design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Working Together: Cooperative Design
Teacher-created lesson in which students take nature as a model for a class design project.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Working with the Short-Handled Hoe: Organizing Farmworkers after World War II
Lesson plans examining the short-handled hoe and its connection to agriculture and the organizing of Latino farm workers after World War II. Includes an introduction to doing history with objects, three lesson plans focused on Cesar Chavez and the struggle of Latino farm workers for social justice, and annotated links related to farm workers, Cesar Chavez and the Bracero program.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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World Habitat Classroom Activities
Teacher-created lesson in which students consider whether everyone in their community has access to adequate shelter. They write a persuasive paper on the subject.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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World War I Overview
Short video overview of the First World War, taken from newsreel footage. Includes the declaration of war and invasion of Belgium by Germany, U Boats and naval warfare, trench warfare, United States entrance and the end of the war. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the “The Soldiers Experience” lesson plan. Targets grade 2 - 12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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World War II Cartoons
Video showing a sample of cartoons from World War II that helped explain the war to children and encouraged families to do their part in the war effort. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War meant for use with the “Mobilizing Children WWII” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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World War II Overview: North Atlantic and North Africa
This video, an overview of the Allied efforts in the North Atlantic and North Africa, was compiled from original video footage to accompany The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with “The Soldiers Experience” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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World War II: National Air and Space Museum Gallery Guide
Short outline of the Museum’s most memorable displays and artifacts related to World War II and military aviation, designed to be printed by a visitor prior to an on-site visit.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Woven Together
Meet the Nuu-chah-nulth people of British Columbia. Discover what Nuu-chah-nulth weaving and whale hunting have to do with one another. Learn to speak Nuu-chah-nulth words. Try an easy weaving activity at home using the same styles as the Nuu-chah-nulth.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity
The history and use of kente in Africa, and contemporary kente and its manifestations in the United States.
Grade(s): General audience
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Write a Letter
Online activity for creating personal stationery using images from the National Postal Museum.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Writing the Kindergarten Constitution
Teacher-created lesson in which kindergarteners vote on the best solution to a class problem.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake
This online exhibition presents history through “bone biographies” of the colonists who teetered on the edge of survival at Jamestown, Virginia, and wealthy and well-established colonists of St. Mary's City, Maryland. Based on the work of Smithsonian forensic anthropologists working in the Chesapeake Bay area.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake Educator's Manual
This teacher's guide to the Smithsonian's Written in Bone exhibition offers four activities for students in grades 5-12. Students learn about forensic anthropology as they analyze primary sources and build vocabulary and comprehension. Includes information on “bone biographies,” anatomy, and colonial American history.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Written in Stone: Inscriptions from the National Museum of Saudi Arabia
Examines 54 museum objects that bear ancient inscriptions. Discusses reason and content for carved writing. Includes images in color, black/white, and line drawings, as well as background essay and interpretations.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Written in Stone: Inscriptions from the National Museum of Saudi Arabia
Examines 54 museum objects that bear ancient inscriptions.
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www.me.com
Activity in which students create an autobiographical comic book or graphic novel to go on a blog Web site.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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X-Ray Images 101
Introduction to the uses of x-ray astronomy and the science behind it.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Yes! I Wanna! Learn Music From Botswana!
Set of three lessons. Students listen critically to traditional music from Botswana and then sing and compose in the style.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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You Can, Too
Lesson asks students to discuss an episode from Freedom on the Menu, a work of children's literature about the Greensboro sit-ins; identify a problem in their local community, and then volunteer to help with a service project. This project is intended to show how community service is an important part of being a good citizen. Targets grades K-4.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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You're a Grand Old Group
Teacher-created lesson that introduces young students to the idea of symbols through a study of the U.S. flag--a symbol made up of symbols.The children get into groups to create their own symbolic flags.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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You’ve Got Chocolate on My Peanut Bar
This lesson plan asks students to design, innovate, invent. and work cooperatively in groups. They build bridges made of toothpicks and Dot candies, testing each structure’s strength.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Your School, Your Future
Unit of teacher-created design lessons in which students look at their role as "users" of the school environment.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Youth Town Hall with the Greensboro Civil Rights Pioneers: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Student Sit-In (Lecture Video)
Archived webcast where three members of the Greensboro Four reflect on their experiences as nonviolent protesters during the civil rights movement and answer audience questions. The three surviving members of the Greensboro Four, Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair, Jr.), Franklin McCain, and Joseph McNeil were part of a bold action which ignited student involvement in the civil rights movement when they staged a sit-in at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, on February 1, 1960. Targets grades 7-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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