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African Vision + Highlights: The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection
This online exhibition features a timeline, an at-home activity guide, and a video introduction to the exhibition
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Agayuliyararput: Our Way of Making Prayer
A web exhibition about the Alaskan Yup'ik people. View native masks, lessons learned by the exhibit curator, audio and video of interviews and performances, and general information on the Yup'ik..
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Agriculture in Your Life
Lesson plan practicing word manipulation while categorizing sources of basic agricultural products. Includes printable activity sheets and extensions that encourage students to make real life connections to agriculture.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People
This online tour explores the Ainu: Spirit of a Northern people exhibit. This exhibit explores the ancient origins of the Ainu of Northern Japan and their evolving relations with the Japanese. Each room has an audio tour and highlighted objects.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Air Transportation—Past, Present, and Future
Guided tour at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center exploring the evolution of aircraft that contributed to the growth of the air transportation industry.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Airplane Anatomy
Online activity in which students help Wilbur and Orville Wright design the 1903 Flyer. They learn that this first airplane had most of the same essential parts as a modern plane.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge
Virtual exhibit allowing visitors to explore Smithsonian collections from these Northern Natives. Digital reproductions of artifacts can be browsed by culture, community, ceremony, or environment. An interactive map tells you about the different Natives of Alaska and where they can be found.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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All Roads Are Good
Virtual tour of the Creation's Journey and All Roads are Good exhibits at the National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center in New York City.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
Grade(s): General audience
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All the President's Children
Online activity matching clues with the images of children who lived in the White House in order to learn about their lives in the presidential mansion. Part of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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All the World Is a Stage Design
Teacher-created lesson in which high-schoolers work as a class to design a stage setting and props. Intended for a Tet celebration, it can be adapted to occasion or any production.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Amazonia
Website exploring the Amazon rainforest. Includes animal cams, an audio tour of the Amazonia exhibit, and animal fact sheets.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): General audience
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America by Air
This online exhibition looks at the many ways in which the flying experience has changed through the years, from the government’s role in the airline industry to the roles of women. Includes interactive games.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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America in the Great War
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America focused on the involvement of West Point graduates in the U.S. war effort during World War I. Although the United States remained neutral for most of the war, American involvement eventually proved decisive in ending the conflict. Through the use of brief biographies and objects from the museum's collections,l learn how West Point graduates helped to mobilize the country for war and supply and lead the army in the field.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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America on the Move - Creating Stories Activity Kit
Activity kit has students use primary and secondary sources and conduct oral history interviews to construct a family immigration or migration story. The kit contains step-by-step instructions, sample interview questions, and research guidance. Can be used with the “Transportation in US history: Creating Stories – America on the Move Electronic Field Trip Part 2” included in the America on the Move online exhibit.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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America on the Move Classroom Activity Guide
Activity guide accompanying the America on the Move exhibit on transportation in U.S. history. It delivers a variety of historical primary-source materials from the exhibition directly to your classroom. Through these documents and activities, students can build a deeper understanding of how transportation shaped American commerce, communities, landscapes, and population migrations.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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America on the Move Collection Search
Search engine enabling visitors to browse the museum’s transportation collection, which includes more than a thousand artifacts and photographs. Searchable by multiple categories, eras, and regions. Included in the online exhibit America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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America on the Move Homepage
Online exhibit exploring how American life has changed with advances in transportation technology and infrastructure. Includes an interactive collection search, thematic essays by museum staff and guest curators, interactive games, and learning resources for the classroom and home.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Online exhibit featuring a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and 10 letters expressing Lincoln's views on emancipation and the conclusion of the Civil War. Downloadable images of the original documents and four brief videos using Lincoln's words to answer questions about the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation show how Abraham Lincoln struggled with the same questions that many Americans had about the causes and costs of the bloodiest struggle in American history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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America's Voting Patchwork
Section of the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy addressing the variety of voting methods over the course of American history. This variety is due to the fact that the constitution gives the states the job of running elections, creating a patchwork of manual, mechanical and electronic balloting. Also discussed are the purposes and functions of the Electoral College and the US Electoral Commission.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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America’s Favorite Landmarks
Lesson explores America's most famous buildings. Students research architectural styles and their buildings of choice, and write a position paper defending or arguing their building's inclusion or absence from the 150 structures in America's Favorite Architecture website. (www.favoritearchitecture.org).
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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American Art: A Journal of the Nation´s Visual Heritage
Website offering instructions for subscribing to American Art, an indispensable resource for scholars, collectors, and museum-goers who want to enrich their understanding of the nation´s art and culture.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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American Indian Languages
Short article surveys the origins, history, relationships, and contributions of Native American languages. Includes suggested reading list.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art
Exhibition presenting images and biographical information on contemporary American artists. Divided into the themes of Spiritual Expressions, Shared Concerns, and Historical Perspectives.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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American Landscapes
Tour of twelve great American landscapes highlighting paintings and vistas from the rocky shores of Maine to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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American Origins
This online exhibition presents portraits from the early colonial period to the Gilded Age. Includes short biographies of Pocahontas, Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Samuel Clemens, and many more famous Americans.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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American Photographs: The First Century
Online exhibition presenting a wide-ranging selection of both familiar and lesser-known early American photographers’ work. Includes images from such photographers as Mathew Brady and Timothy O’Sullivan.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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American Racing “A Diversity of Innovation”
Webpage presenting the century-long history of grassroots invention in American automobile racing. Part of the online exhibit, America on the Move, this page uses Smithsonian artifacts and period photographs to illustrate the birth of American automobile racing.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Americans Adopt the Auto
Online exhibit examining how cars became a significant part of American life. In response to the changes that “auto mobility” brought, the nation developed an elaborate system of laws, commerce, and customs as well as a slew of businesses including gas stations, tire shops and garages. This is the eighth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Amphibians and Reptiles as Pets
Explanation of why amphibians and reptiles should not be kept as pets.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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An Alutiiq Dance
Webpage focuses on the purposes, forms, and objects related to the winter dances of the Alutiiq Alaskan native culture. Includes an anthropologist’s journals on the dances of the winter festival, photographs of objects from the Fisher collection, and video of an Alutiiq dance.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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An Army for the Nation
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America showing how West Point graduates influenced development of the United States both domestically and abroad between the Civil War and the beginning of the twentieth century. After the Civil War, the U.S. Army was kept small in size while its main responsibilities were fighting Indians in the West, maintaining order in labor disputes, and performing ceremonial functions. In the late 1800's, West Point graduates played important roles in the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars and were vital to the success of engineering projects such as the building of the Panama Canal and the reshaping of Washington, D.C.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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An Edward Hopper Scrapbook
Virtual scrapbook offering a glimpse into artist Edward Hopper’s life, his friends, and the paintings that have fascinated art lovers worldwide ever since Hopper first came to prominence during the 1920s.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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An Odyssey in Print
Exhibition of art, artifacts, rare books, and manuscripts of explorers, artists, writers, and scientists whose stories, songs, maps, drawings, manuscripts, and books have brought far-away lands closer to home. Includes works from six centuries with descriptions and enlarged detail images. Categories include journeys over land and sea, journeys of the mind, and journeys of the imagination.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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An Organized Legal Campaign
Online exhibit shows how leaders of the Howard University law school and the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP prepared to fight segregation in the nation’s public schools. An Organized Legal Campaign is the third 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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Anacostia Museum: On-Line Academy
Virtual learning environment on the discovery, interpretation, and preservation of African American history and material culture, featuring video presentations by leading scholars, collectors, and experts.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Ancient Mesopotamian Problems: Modern-Day Solutions
Teacher-created lesson in which high-schoolers lend a hand to the seminal civilization by applying modern technology and engineering.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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And a Star to Steer Her By Field Trip Guide
Pre-field-trip teaching guide introducing students to the tools and techniques used to navigate by the stars. Provides classroom activities and background information.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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And One and Two
Recording of songs and rhythm exercises by Ella Jenkins, including "I’m Going to School Today," "Rhythms around the Chair," and "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel." $10.00 for audiocassette or LP, $15.00 for CD.
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Animal Photo Gallery
Take a virtual visit to the National Zoo by exploring the photo galleries. Includes photos, information, and related links.
Provider: National Zoological Park
Grade(s): General audience
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Animals Up!
Lesson plan builds on “Pencils Up!” activity. Young students tackle a design challenge: they must build a platform or structure to hold up a plastic toy animal. A good activity to teach young students about gravity and a few new design related vocabulary words.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Annotating Change in Satellite Images
Lesson plan where students observe and analyze land use change over time, using before and after satellite images to create an animated view. Identifying, outlining, and marking areas of change in the images results in a color-coded map that shows the location and geographical extent of change. This technique can be used with deforestation, urbanization, changes in the shoreline, and flooding.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Another Side of Paradise
Teacher-created lesson in which students use the design process to create a sequel to the novel "This Side of Paradise" by Stephen Layne.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Antarctic Invertebrates
This interactive site is devoted to the United States Antarctic Program, which has a collection of nearly 19 million specimens of marine invertebrates. Students can find specimen maps maps and high-resolution images of species and perform a bibliography-and-taxonomy search.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthro Notes
Book for educators covering topics in physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. Contains articles on recent anthropological research, suggestions for practical teaching activities, and reviews of new teacher resources. Includes a teacher's guide.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Anthropology Explored: Teacher's Guide
This teacher's guide accompanies Anthropology Explored, a collection of 36 essays written in an easy-to-read style by some of the world's leading anthropologists. The chapters trace the emergence of humans, discuss early settlements, and explore the diversity of past and present cultures. Includes chapter summaries, discussion questions, essay questions, and a glossary.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Anthropology on the Internet for K-12
List of web sites with a brief annotation that are valuable to teachers and students interested in the field of anthropology. Sections include – general sources, career information, archaeology, social/cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistics, area studies, museums, virtual exhibits, and electronic publications.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): All grades
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Anthropology on the Internet for K-12
Select list of annotated resources online for students and educators interested in the field of anthropology. Organized by sub-field ie: cultural anthropology, archaeology, area studies, etc.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Anthropology Teacher Resources
A list of free teacher resources put out by the NMNH Department of Anthropology. Includes issues of Anthronotes (publication for educators), leaflets, bibliographies, and teacher packets on a variety of topics within anthropology.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Mother-Infant Observation
Teacher activities show the importance and intensity of observation for anthropologists. Offers background for studying human and nonhuman primate behavior. Students observe a mother and child and use an experimental framework.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Random Strategies in Archeology
Several activities designed to introduce the principles of archeology, the importance of material culture, and techniques and questions of archeology. Also includes suggested speakers in the Washington, DC area.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Relative Dating in Archeology
Classroom activities focus on stratigraphy and seriation, dating techniques used by archaeologists to establish a relative chronology. Includes several suggested activities and recommendations for further reading.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Studying Community Festivals
Classroom activity explains the anthropological importance of studying festivals. Includes guiding questions to help students observe and report on a community festival.. Example observation and further reading also included.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Teaching Ethnicity through Expressive Style
Two-part activity. Introduces the anthropological concept of enculturation. Students understand expressive style and how it can reflect culture and ethnicity.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Zoo Labs
Five suggested activities for students to do at any zoo while observing primates. Includes a taxonomy of common primates. Observation activities include: Locomotion, Communication, Mother-Infant Interaction, General Behavior, and Dominance/Submission Behavior.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Beanbag Population Genetics
Two teaching activities which use beans to experimentally show concepts of genetic drift and natural selection. Includes a glossary of terms.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Church Ethnographies
Activity encourages students to examine religious institutions as the total integration of culture that is valuable to anthropologists. Students do participant observation and write an ethnography.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Exploring Historic Cemeteries
Student activity shows how anthropologists use gravestones as cultural artifacts which show variations in time and place that reflect changes in culture. Students will visit a cemetery and explore the gravestones.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Fieldwork in the Classroom
Interview project matching anthropology students with ESL students to conduct field interviews. Could be used as an investigative tool for any facet of cultural anthropology.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology: Summer Fieldwork Opportunities
Leaflet suggesting ways in which teachers, students, and the general public can become personally involved in the field of anthropology through field schools and research organizations.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Antonio: 25 Years of Creative Collaboration
Virtual exhibition highlighting works of two influential fashion illustrators of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s: Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Any Nook or Cranny
Teacher-created lesson in which young students design a "reading nook" for the classroom. Measurement is introduced through the design process.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Apples and Onions
Teacher-created lesson that introduces young students to symmetry and asymmetry, and to patterns and design in nature.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Aquaria and Goldfish Culture Bibliography
List of suggested publications for those interested in aquarium fish. Includes citations for books and publications.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Archaeological Study
Teacher-created lesson that uses the design process to introduce the difference between archaeology and anthropology.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Archive of African Artists
Online exhibit featuring a sampling of exhibition announcements and gallery brochures for 21 African artists from eleven countries. The National Museum of African Art Library maintains a fast-growing collection of more than 3,300 files on contemporary African artists. No other library in the United States is developing or maintaining this type of collection.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Archives Alive!: Learning from Landscapes Past, Cultivating Garden Memories for the Future
Interpretive and educational package of resources. Students learn about the importance of nature, landscapes, and environment in their everyday lives, and use an expanded notion of “literacy” that encourages collaborative and critical thinking, writing, reading and observation.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Archives Alive!: Learning from Landscapes Past, Cultivating Garden Memories for the Future Glossary
Interpretive and educational package of resources. Students learn about the importance of nature, landscapes, and environment in their everyday lives, and use an expanded notion of “literacy” that encourages collaborative and critical thinking, writing, reading and observation.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Archives of American Art
Collection of roughly 16 million letters, photographs, diaries, sketches, scrapbooks, business records, and other documentation that supports the study of the history of the visual arts in America.
Provider: Archives of American Art
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Archives of American Art
The Archives of American Art (AAA) provides researchers with access to the largest collection of documents on the history of the visual arts in the United States. The site includes an online catalog and the AAA’s journal.
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Arctic Social Sciences
Webpage provides information about representative projects in Arctic social sciences that have been funded by the National Science Foundation. Includes current research projects/news and a section on ethics specific to working with Arctic peoples.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Arctic Studies Center
Main website for the Arctic Studies Center provides research, exhibits, collections and resources based on the study of northern peoples, their history and their environment. Includes Tools for Teachers section with classroom materials for sale.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Arctic Wildlife Portfolio
Website about Alaska and its animal inhabitants. Divided into birds, mammals, and sea mammals. Includes primary accounts of the arctic by a 19th-century naturalist, animal fact sheets, matching animal game, and glossary.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely
Online exhibition considering the Arctic's changing climate and what the changes mean for its wildlife, its people, and the rest of the planet. Includes articles, classroom activities, eyewitness accounts, and an account of the history and effect of global warming.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely Classroom Activities
This companion to the exhibition Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely includes seven activities for classroom use. Students look at changes in the Arctic's climate, which have been observed by both polar scientists and polar residents—changes that impact the Arctic's wildlife and its peoples.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Are there other worlds out there?
The first discovery of an “exoplanet”—a planet outside of our solar system—came as recently as 1995. In this webinar, astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger discusses her work on the next step: examining these planets, and any Avatar-like moons, for signs of life. The work is bringing us ever closer to a new view of the starry skies—from a universe of distant fires to a universe of other lands.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art and Life of William H. Johnson: A Guide for Teachers
Online teachers’ guide taking students from the rural South to the training camps of World War II as they explore the artistic development of American artist William H. Johnson.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Art and Literature
A guide that pairs American artworks with the lives and poems of the nation´s most revered poets, including William Cullen Bryant, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Carlos Williams, and Charles Olson.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art and Philosophy Books, Catalogs, and Posters from SITES
Choose from a selection of books and posters for purchase from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. All materials are companions to SITES exhibitions, which range from National Geographic's Greatest Portraits to American Glass and Designs for the Twentieth-Century Future.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World
This online exhibition examines the historic and evolving culture and arts of the Tuareg peoples of Mali, Niger, and Algeria. Students can explore artistic genres and media from the nineteenth century to the present to learn about this Saharan nomadic culture.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Art of the Stamp
Online exhibit showing how stamps are works of art that serve, in the words of W. B. Yeats, as the silent ambassadors on national taste. Includes original artwork organized by category, information about the artists, story of certain stamps, and a printable “make your own stamp” activity sheet.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Art of the Stamp: Trailblazers and Trendsetters
Exhibit presents 75 original works of art commissioned by the United States Postal Service over the last 40 years. These stamps show icons of our nation that have shaped American history and culture. Paintings and drawings represent the work of 42 different artists and showcase an array of techniques and styles.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Art to Zoo: Celebrating the Smithsonian's Birthday (1996)
Lesson plan commemorating the Smithsonian Institution's 150th birthday. Students exercise writing skills as they discuss what they personally collect and as they observe and describe selected objects from the Smithsonian museums.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Art to Zoo: “Hello, America!” Radio Broadcasting in the Years Before Television (1986)
Lesson plan that introduces the Golden Age of Radio. Students write and produce their own radio shows and perform them for the class.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Art to Zoo: 200 Years and Counting: How the U.S. Census Tracks Social Trends (1990)
Lesson plan in which students learn how census data is collected and how it is used. Students fill out census forms and interpret information from graphs, tables, and other information displays.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Art to Zoo: Building Bridges: Living in a Diverse Society (1993)
Online issue containing lessons and activities that explore prejudice, racism, and related issues.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Art to Zoo: Wolves Never Gossip, but They’re Always Talking, How Communication Helps Packs Survive
Lesson plan on animal communication focuses on wolves, social animals who live in a group, depending on each other for survival.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Grade(s): 4–8
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Artful Animals
This online exhibition presents an array of African artistic representations of domestic and untamed animals. Discover how animals are employed to tell the history and moral values of their makers.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Artful Cooking
Teaching kit using Maurice Sendak's Chicken Soup with Rice as a starting point in a conversation about the diversity of food. Connects art reproductions (e.g., Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol) to simple objects like chopsticks and a soup spoon. Lesson plans feature language, science, music, and motor activities, as well as art enrichment. Based on the philosophy and approach of the Smithsonian's museum lab school. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Artificial Anatomy: Body Parts
Online interactive where students learn anatomy by matching images of body parts to their location on Jerome, a papier-mâché anatomical model. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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Artist and Society
Teacher-created lesson in which each student designs a "system" that shows the impact that society had on a given artist and the impact that this artist might have had on others in an artistic movement. The system might be a flow chart, a diagram, or a timeline.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Artists At Work: Creativity at the Smithsonian
Online exhibit on artists who have played a role in Smithsonian history.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Arts and Crafts of the Northwest Coast Indians and the Eskimos
Bibliography lists references on Eskimo and Northwest Coast Indian arts and crafts.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Arts and Crafts of the Plains Indians
Bibliography list of references on the arts and crafts of the Plains Indians.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Arts in Conservation Education
Online exhibition that presents ten "case studies" of collaborations between artists and conservation educators across the U.S. The Center for Folklife invites educators--and artists--to share their own ideas.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Asian Elephants
Website about Asian elephants at the National Zoo, how they are cared for, and how zoos are working to save Asian elephant populations from becoming an endangered species.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Asian Games: The Art of Contest
Interactive website on Asian games, their histories, and cultural contexts. Also notes connections between Asian games and American games today.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): General audience
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Asian Pacific American Program Collections
Webpage featuring the Smithsonian’s newest acquisitions such as posters, quilts, and costumes related to the story of Asian Pacific Americans. Viewers are invited to donate objects and submit comments.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Ask an Astrophysicist!
Website at which students can submit questions about the universe to scientists at the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Ask Joan of Art
Pose questions to “art information specialists” on this website from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The experts send you a brief, factual answer or direct you to sources that will aid your research.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Assessment in Math & Science: What's the Point?
Video workshop series in which participants examine current assessment issues and strategies for reform. Graduate course credit is available.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Audible Artworks: Selected African Musical Instruments
Online exhibition of African musical instruments that are also works of art.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Autobiography Through Objects
Lesson plan has students analyze images and objects related to musician Celia Cruz, then create an autobiographical exhibit using personal objects. This lesson is a resource included in the online exhibition entitled ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Baga Drum, A Figurative Drum from Cote d�Ivoire
Curriculum resource exploring the relationship among form, iconography, and function in African society, as well as the role of women and music in Baga society. Integrated classroom activities are provided.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Baird's Dream: History of the Arts and Industries Building
Website presenting the history of the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries building from 1881 to the present.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): General audience
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Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon: La vida latina en los Estados Unidos
Two-sided teaching guide/fold-out poster. Features a panoramic photo of a barn on the front and details of the cultural and architectural history of barns in America on the reverse. Available for purchase.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Bats Bibliography
List of selected references divided into 3 categories: general, technical, and popular. Notes references suitable for elementary age students. Sources of information about bats also included.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Baule: African Art/Western Eyes
The 150 works in this online exhibition show the full range of Baule artistry, and contrasts the Baule experience of these objects with the ways that Western museums have presented them.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Be a Food Detective (9-12)
Answer specific questions about prepared food products, including what a food is made from, the source of its ingredients, and how the ingredients were grown. Includes options for homework.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Beautiful Bodies: Form and Decoration of African Pottery
Online exhibition featuring nineteenth- and twentieth-century pottery from Africa.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Beauty All Around You
Activity guide related to First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson and her work to protect the environment and bring beauty to every community. Includes tips for finding local botanical gardens, suggestions for activities to do while exploring a botanical garden or your neighborhood, and background information on Lady Bird’s environmental activism. This is part of the resource, “First Lady for the Environment.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Beauty Surrounds Us
Online exhibition presenting an array of breathtaking and culturally significant objects made by Native peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere as well as activities that correspond to each theme. Objects are organized by theme with cultural context presented.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Become a Collector
Guide showing children how to become a collector. They read about Teodor Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico, and use his story to jump start their own collections.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Becoming Aware of the Japanese American Internment Camp Experience
Lesson to help students become aware of, and sensitive to, the Japanese American internment camp experience. By creating a list of things that are important and familiar to them and then choosing what they would take and leave behind, students will develop a sense of empathy by simulating situations that Japanese American children faced. This lesson is included in the online exhibition entitled A More Perfect Union, which focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. Targets grades 2-6.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Beginning Botany with Camas
Interdisciplinary extension to lessons describing the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Examines the fundamental principles of botany by studying the history and characteristics of the camas plant.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Behind the Designs
Online exhibit considers what makes a good magazine cover design. The cover designs behind popular magazines published during World War II invite comparison of the artistic and design philosophies behind the magazines and how they were the “United We Stand” campaign to generate support for the war effort.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Being Creative with Hindustani Vocal Music
Lessons that introduce the traditional music of northern India. By the end, the students should be able to sing scales and improvise over a drone.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music
Online exhibit featuring the colorful illustrations found on sheet music featuring aeronautical themes. Since early developments in aeronautics have been accompanied by popular interest and media coverage, you can find many forgotten songs about aeronautics and the colorful illustrations that adorn the sheet music for these songs.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Benedicte Wrensted: Idaho Photographer in Focus
Website discussing how historical photographs can be used both as subjects and supplements to research. Focuses on Benedicte Wrensted, who photographed many Native Americans. Includes biography of the photographer, glossary, print order form, and extensive collection of photographs of Native Americans.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Between Fences Teaching Guide
Lesson plan exploring how the fence is entwined with American history, politics, industry, and daily life. Four lesson plans look at differing concepts of property between Native Americans and English colonists, the “Texas Fence Cutting War” to explore how industrialization generated tensions between participants in old and new economic systems, how barbed wire solved the Great Plains “fence crisis,”and Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall.”
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Between Home and Heaven
Photo gallery capturing the compelling complexity of contemporary landscape photography through 90 works by 39 artists.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente
Website tracing Roberto Clemente's extraordinary life and career through interactive games, lesson plans, and film clips. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente
Virtual exhibit tracing Roberto Clemente's extraordinary life and career through interactive games, teacher's lesson plans, and movie clips. Bilingual English-Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Beyond the Solar System: Professional Development Project
Project offers opportunities for deepening content knowledge and exploring strategies for teaching and learning about current scientific models and evidence for the origin and evolution of our universe of galaxies. Register for a free DVD for teachers of grades 8-12 that uses scientific and educational research to deepen students’ understanding of the universe and the nature of science.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Bibliography - A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution
Annotated bibliography for the online exhibit A More Perfect Union. Includes works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and children’s literature about the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Bike Rack Remix
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a public bicycle rack for their community or school. The project gives a real-world application to basic math and geometry.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Biodiversity Heritage Library
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, is a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions organized to digitize, serve, and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity. Use this website to find onsite resources from the Biodiversity Heritage Library on subjects ranging from agriculture to zoology.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Bird Facts
Webpage providing links to Frequently Asked Bird Questions, recent bird articles by Zoo staff and in-depth fact sheets about birds.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Birds over Troubled Forests
Book introducing students to the amazing world of migratory birds through lively descriptions of their natural history, behavior, and conservation. Purchase required.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964
Online exhibit telling the little-known chapter of American history in which labor shortages caused by World War II, led to an estimated two million Mexican men being recruited on short-term labor contracts to work on U.S. farms and railroads. This agreement became known as the bracero program. Presented in English and Spanish, the experiences of these men are brought to life through photographs and quotes from oral history interviews.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Black Holes – Space Warps and Time Twists
Companion website to the Black Holes traveling exhibit. Includes exhibit walkthrough, educational resources, multimedia, black hole primer, live Gamma-Ray burst map, printable activities, interactive games, and much more.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
Online exhibition focusing on the analysis of primary documents related to the struggles of African Americans to gain equal opportunity in the field of aviation. Complements the teacher's guide and teaching poster with the same focus.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Blast from the Past (PreK-3)
Activity analyzing historic artifacts to help gain an understanding of how the past has impacted our lives.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Body of Evidence (Selections from the Contemporary African Art Collection)
This online exhibition highlights objects from the National Museum of African Art’s permanent contemporary collection.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Bon Appétit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian
Online exhibit about Julia Child and her profound effect on American popular culture, cooking, and broadcast television. Use an interactive collection search to view selected objects from Julia's kitchen, browse an interactive storyline to discover more about Julia Child, her kitchen, and her long love affair with cooking, and look around the entire kitchen as it exists on exhibit at the Smithsonian.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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BookDragon
Blog featuring reviews of books that reflect the Asian Pacific American experience.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Borders and Identity
Explores identity along the United States/Mexico border through history, belief, arts, and occupational traditions. Focuses on stories of residents. Includes video, cultural map, teacher/student guide, and classroom exercises. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Botanical Type Specimen Register
Searchable database contains images and data for more than 90,000 type specimens of algae, lichens, bryophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Provided by the United States National Herbarium.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Bottlecaps to Brushes: Art Activities for Kids
Eight children’s art activities related to and illustrated with works from the museum’s collections. Based on the book Bottlecaps to Brushes by Lynn-Steven Engelke.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): All grades
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Bracero History Archive
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. Browse more than 600 oral histories and numerous objects, use social bookmarking tools to share resources, add notes, make a poster using items from the archive, and contribute to the archive by adding personal stories about the Bracero program. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Bracero History Archive-Spanish Version
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 amd1964 on short-term labor contracts. Browse more than 600 oral histories and numerous objects, use social bookmarking tools to share resources, add notes, make a poster using items from the archive, and contribute to the archive by adding personal stories about the Bracero program. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Breaking Racial Barriers: African Americans in the Harmon Foundation Collection
Online exhibit shows portraits of outstanding African Americans including George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, and Thurgood Marshall along with a brief biography.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort
Online exhibit featuring the work of contemporary Native artist Brian Jungen, who transforms mass-produced goods into sculptures that are simultaneously fake and authentic, playful and political, common and extraordinary. Using golf bags to make a totem or plastic chairs to create a whale skeleton, he infuses the objects with meaning, riffing on Indian imagery, pop culture, and consumerism.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Bright Stars and Broad Stripes Teacher Guide for the Classroom Videos
Teacher's guide for a 12-minute video about the Star Spangled Banner featuring Mary Pickersgill (a historical figure with a fictional monologue), who speaks about the War of 1812, the process of creating the garrison flag over Fort McHenry, and thoughts about the meaning of the flag. Includes suggested extension activities and lyrics to the complete “Star Spangled Banner” song. Targets grades K-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Brown v. Board of Education Timeline
This downloadable timeline provides an overview of events from 1849-2003 related to the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Brown v. Board of Education: The Decision
Online exhibit highlighting the lawyers who argued for and against segregation in the Supreme Court, the arguments they used, and the importance of Chief Justice Earl Warren and the final decision in the Brown .v Board of Education case. The Decision: A Landmark in American Justice is the fifth 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
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Brown v. Board of Education: Annotated Bibliography
Annotated bibliography from the exhibit Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Includes links to online teacher materials and age-appropriate works of fiction and nonfiction for students and adults.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Brown v. Board of Education: The Legacy
Online exhibit examining the equal rights movements inspired by the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision as well as the continuing struggles to bring equal opportunities to all Americans. Legacy: Achieving Equality is the sixth and final 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
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Build-A-Bird
Teacher-created lesson on the anatomy and evolutionary adaptations of birds. Students look at depictions in art to get a deeper understanding of anatomy, then consider connections between physical traits and habitat. Finally they create an imaginary bird in its environment.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian
Online exhibit celebrating a century and a half of print collecting at the Smithsonian. Focuses on how private collectors and public attitudes have influenced the collection’s development and direction. Includes sections on the history of printing, the history of print collecting in America, and artists and curators as collectors. It also includes a wealth of prints that can be enlarged and copied as well as a collection of related weblinks. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian
Online exhibit celebrating a century and a half of print collecting at the Smithsonian. Focuses on how private collectors and public attitudes have influenced the collection’s development and direction. Includes sections on the history of printing, the history of print collecting in America, and artists and curators as collectors. It also includes a wealth of prints that can be enlarged and copied as well as a collection of related weblinks. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Building a Sod House
Online activity asking players to attempt to build a sod house by making choices regarding the construction of their house. Too many wrong answers and the house will collapse! This activity will help players understand the challenges settlers faced while trying to survive on the open prairie.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Business Wings
Online exhibition on the history of business aviation and the types of aircraft that have been used to accommodate business travel.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Butterfly Gardening Fact Sheet
Handout dicusses the life cycle of the butterfly and the importance of conservation in protecting these important insects. Students strengthen their biology vocabulary and learn what plants attract butterflies.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea
Online exhibition presenting interpretive essays, expedition diaries by two American participants, photos and films, source material, and project information about the scientifically important 1926 Dutch and American expedition to New Guinea.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Calendar of Events (African Art)
Calendar provides updated information on exhibitions and public programs.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Caliphs & Kings: Art and Influence of Islamic Spain
Online exhibit displaying the culture and artwork of Spain during the 8th to 15th centuries, when it was under Islamic control. Includes close-up views and detailed descriptions of selected objects .
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Camping with the Sioux: Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher
Website presenting the fieldwork of ethnologist Alice Fletcher, who lived with the Sioux Indians. Includes photo gallery, journal excerpts, folktales, and bibliography.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Campus Architectural Survey or “I Never Really Noticed That Before”
Teacher-created lesson in which students examine their school buildings, looking for often-overlooked physical detail. They begin by computing the area of the campus, the average area of the classrooms, and the volume of each room.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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CAN You Do It?
Teacher-created lesson in which students examine the physics of can openers to see if they can improve the design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade
Online exhibit about the little known cultural traditions of “caravan kingdoms” whose fortune rose and fell with demand for their goods. The focus is on ancient Yemen, whose incense trade led to vast wealth. Objects of religion and culture are shown with relevant background.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Cardboard Structure: Pyramids
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a chair based on pyramid shapes.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Cardboard Tube Telescope
Lesson plan. Build pinhole projector telescopes from cardboard tubes that can be used to safely watch the Transit of Venus. Encourages safe view of the properties of light. Includes related web resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Career Possibilities
Sampling of jobs that involve animals or their conservation.
Provider: National Zoological Park
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Careers in Biology, Conservation, and Oceanography Bibliography
Website listing career guidance leaflets for biology, conservation, and oceanography published by the professional scientific societies, the U.S. government, and other sources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Carnival Celebrations: Masks
Students are introduced to the culture of Puerto Rico in this look at the annual Carnival and the masks worn by the revelers. This set of four lessons is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The youngest students build their vocabulary by describing the masks. Older students do research on similar carnival celebrations around the U.S.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Carousels, Carnivals, and Cotton Candy: Design for Fun
Lesson activity in which students design a carousel for an amusement park, work in groups, conduct research, develop a presentation, write a paragraph, evaluate design features, and draw an artistic rendering.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Celebrate Cambodia: Khmer Festival and Wedding Music
Lessons that introduce two contrasting examples of the music of the Khmer people. Students particpate in active listening, discussions of cultural context, and performance of ostinati and pentatonic melodies.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Celebrate the Arts of the Silk Road
Collection of links related to the Silk Road. Includes exhibitions connected to the Silk Road, additional links for more information, and events/talks about the Silk Road.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Celebrating People with Disabilities Through Stamps
Lesson plan that uses postage stamps to introduce notable Americans with disabilities. Students design a stamp of ther own.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Celebrity Caricature in America
Online exhibit presents the history and many examples of American celebrity caricatures.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Celebrity Caricatures
Online exhibit featuring portraits of famous Americans exaggerated for humor or criticism. Features artists Al Hirschfeld, Miguel Covarrubias, and some of their contemporaries as well as works from Vanity Fair.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage – Explore Culture
The education page of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Access education kits, curriculum materials, videos, and recordings for classroom and other educational uses.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed
Online bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition illuminates Central America's diverse and dynamic ancestral heritage with a selection of more than 160 objects.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Chaim Gross: A Celebration
Virtual tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Chaim Gross: A Celebration. Presents 19 wood, stone, and bronze sculptures and works on paper.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Chairs, Chairs, Everywhere (4-8)
Activity designed to help students become aware of the multitude of design variations in everyday objects by conducting surveys, collecting information, and creating a catalog of chairs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Chairs, Corduroys, Cottages, & Cars: Exploring the Diversity of Design
Lesson has students examine submissions to the People's Design Award and create theme-based exhibitions highlighting examples from the award’s website.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Chairs, Corduroys, Cottages, & Cars: Exploring the Diversity of Design (4-8)
In this lesson, students examine the annual submissions to the People's Design Award and create theme-based exhibitions highlighting examples from the award’s website.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Chandra Coloring and Activity Book
Online coloring and activity book featuring images, games, and word puzzles based on observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory mission.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Chandra Presentations and PowerPoint
Chandra X-Ray Observatory photographs of stars, galaxies, launches, and space crews on PowerPoint or PDF files to help illustrate objects in space and space exploration.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): General audience
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Chandra Top Ten
Quick overview, in "fun fact" form, of the Chandra space-based telescope.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Animations and Videos
Animations and videos that show objects and phenomena throughout the universe. Playable with Quick Time, Real Player, MPEG movies, or Java applets. Each video is accompanied by information about what is being shown.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): General audience
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Chandra X-ray Observatory Field Guide
Short articles and illustrations explain the science behind x-ray astronomy and the cosmic sources of x-ray light such as black holes and galaxy clusters.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Image Handouts
Collection of images taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, formatted to be printed as a one page handout. Captions explain what is shown.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Podcasts
Sixty-second video podcasts exploring the universe, including stars, galaxies, black holes, and other objects. Audio commentaries explain the significance of each image to astronomical research. .
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): General audience
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Chandra: Interactive Games, Activities, and Quizzes
Online children´s games, puzzles, images, and quizzes based on the Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA´s flagship mission for X-ray astronomy.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Chandra: Printable Materials
A variety of printable materials – including children’s activities, games, handouts, and lithographs – relating to the Chandra X-ray Observatory, NASA´s flagship mission for X-ray astronomy.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Changing Cultures and Environment in the Arctic: Prehistory to Modern Times
Description: How have peoples in the past dealt with changing climate and environment? Is the Arctic a “bell-weather” for climate impacts on the wider world? In this webinar, anthropologist William Fitzhugh leads an exploration of the impact of climate change on northern peoples, both ancient and modern. Using case studies of groups like the Vikings, the ancient Mongolians, Eskimos, and modern residents of arctic regions, he discusses a range of human interactions with the environment.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Changing the World: Social Entrepreneurs Part One
Lesson addresses the role of social entrepreneurs in affecting positive social change around the world. Introduces students to the concept of social entrepreneurship through research and a graphic organizing activity to visually present what they have learned.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Changing the World: Social Entrepreneurs Part Two (4-8)
Lesson addresses the role of social entrepreneurs in affecting positive social change around the world. Students work in small groups to create seminar presentations on different social entrepreneurs who are changing the world.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Changing the World: Social Entrepreneurs Part Two (9-12)
This lesson addresses the role of social entrepreneurs in affecting positive social change around the world. Students work in small groups to create seminar presentations on methods of affecting change.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Chant Advedissian: A Contemporary Artist of Egypt
Online exhibition presenting the life and works of Chant Advedissian, and the ways in which he incorporates Egyptian identity and experience into his art.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Character Composite Portrait
Lesson plan serving as an introduction to Roberto Clemente. Use symbols to construct a character composite portrait. Aligned to national language arts standards. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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Chasing Venus
Online exhibit traces astronomers’ studies of when Venus passes directly between Earth and the Sun. Discusses how scientists have learned about Venus’ transits and used it to measure the distance between the Earth and the sun. . Includes animated models and lesson plans.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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