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How to Use this Resource in Your Classroom: Collect Stars Activity
Teacher's guide for using the Collect Stars activity from the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that inspired the National Anthem in the classroom. Helps students cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and be able to place the creation and preservation of the Star Spangled Banner in a chronological framework.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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How to Use this Resource in Your Classroom: Interactive Flag
Teacher's guide on how to examine objects for historical information, ask historical questions, research answers to historical questions, and present findings. Uses the interactive Star Spangled Banner in the Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem online exhibit. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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How to Use this Resource in Your Classroom: Share Your Story
Lesson related to a contributor-based “Share Your Story” photo collage where visitors explore what the American flag means to them and create their own content to share with others. Step-by-step instructions for using the Flickr site, handouts for students to use during discussion and brainstorming, and a template to help submit photographs and captions are included. This lesson is part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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How Was Your Day? Creating Mixed Media Designs
Students learn about the daily life, history, and beliefs of different countries and express their understanding by designing a mixed-media composition.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Hubble Space Telescope: Amazing Space
Website with vital statistics about the planets, about Hubble itself, and about the universe. Includes interactive elements, pictures, and movies. Includes information gleaned from Hubble images about planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe in general.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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Human Origins Video Collection 
Behind-the-scenes videos of scientists and Smithsonian collections exploring human origins. Focus includes climate change, observation skills, research careers, and more.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Hypothetical Heights
Teacher-created lesson in city planning that begins with a question: “What would it take for you to come back and live in your neighborhood after graduation?”
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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I Like It! Discovering Your Personal Style (4-8)
Activity designed to help students become aware of the wide range of design styles and choices in everyday living. Students explore their personal preferences as they investigate interior design styles.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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I Like It! Discovering Your Personal Style (9-12)
Activity designed to help students become aware of the wide range of design styles and choices in everyday living. Students explore their personal preferences as they investigate interior design styles.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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I Spy in the Sky
This downloadable activity sheet for preschoolers visiting the National Air and Space Museum invites the children to “spy” different elements of planes and asks why planes are different from boats or trains.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Idealabs: Digging for Answers
Description: Online quiz game in which students test their research skills as well as their knowledge. Includes nearly a hundred questions in categories such as “Myths and Monsters,” “Food for Thought,” “Girl Power,” and “Stars and Other Things That Shine.” If an answer is incorrect, the player can try one more time or can try to find the answer on a Smithsonian website.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): General audience
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Idealabs: U.S. Rationing During World War II
Online interactive in which students roll their cursor over elements of a painting to learn about home-front efforts during the war. Includes primary source images and a video from the Office of War Information.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Identity by Design
Online exhibition celebrating tradition and change in Native women’s dresses. Describes the technical and cultural dress making traditions interspersed with many historical and contemporary pictures, quotes, videos, interactives.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Identity of the Sacred: Two Nigerian Shrine Figures
Online exhibition displaying wooden figures carved by the Igbo and Urhobo peoples of Nigeria.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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If these walls could speak…
Activity in which students research the uses of various local buildings in order to design models of the buildings’ past, present, and future.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Illustrations of the Nest and Eggs of Birds of Ohio
Online exhibit featuring the illustrations of and story behind the book, Illustrations of the Nest and Eggs of Birds of Ohio, published in 1886 in the small town of Circleville, Ohio. This rare book was praised as a great accomplishment in ornithology. This website presents the book illustrations as well as the story of the Jones family whose dedication created the book.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Images of Power and Identity
Online exhibition displaying the visual arts of Africa south of the Sahara.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Imaginary Spaces: Designing a Play Space
In this lesson, students get an introduction to architecture and space design by creating an imaginary play space.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Imagining Abraham Lincoln
Lesson has children read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers then use what they have learned about Abraham Lincoln to add a scene to the story in the form of a comic strip. Included in the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Immigration, Migration, and How We Got There - Electronic Field Trip Part 1
Video taking students on an electronic field trip to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Curators take students through the America on the Move exhibit on transportation in U.S. history. Examine the impact of immigration and migration and the influence of various forms of transportation on American history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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Impacto, Influencia, Cambio: Science, Technology, and Invention in Latin America and the Southwestern United States
An exploration of the lives and work of inventors, aviators, astronauts, and the everyday people who have left a mark on science and invention.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Improve the Lives of the Homeless in New Orleans
This lesson plan encourages students to discuss issues of poverty and homelessness. In groups, they consider the challenges facing New Orleans and propose solutions. They research the viability of those solutions and create a business plan to make them possible.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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In and Out of Focus: Images from Central Africa, 1885-1960
Online exhibition presenting a portrayal of Central Africa under colonial rule in photographs taken by Euro-American and African photographers.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 9–12
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In Defense of Liberty: The Magna Carta in the American Revolution
Lesson examining an authentic Massachusetts thirty-shilling note (1775) from the Museum's collection and hypothesizing about the meaning of its visual elements. Primary and secondary sources are used to refine student hypothesis. Provides insight into the causes of the American Revolution and builds students' ability to read and interpret objects as primary sources.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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In Our Own Voice: Songs of American Indian Women
Webpage traces the history of music performed by American Indian women. Selections represent traditional music and music resulting from contemporary and Christian influences. Includes film clips of live performances.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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In the Round-Architecture Form and Function
Lesson in which students learn about the relationship between form and function in architecture by creating polygonal structures that serve a particular function. Addresses the ways that architecture affects everyday life.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Indian Humor
Online exhibit showing a humorous side to Native art, featuring thirty-eight contemporary artists who infuse their art with a sense of the comic.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Indian Music and the Sitar
Lessons in which students “internalize” traditional Indian music by taking part in it. They listen to it, dance to it, and even play sitar music and ragas.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Indigenous Geography
Website exploring universal themes (origins, economy, language, ritual, etc.) from the perspectives of Native communities throughout the Western Hemisphere. Includes lesson plans, essays, and videos organized by theme or community. Intended to teach students about different perspectives. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Indigenous Geography and Native Science
Webinar in which Doug Herman of the National Museum of the American Indian leads a discussion of “Native science,” how it differs from western science, and how it might be applied to climate change studies.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Indigenous Motivations
Art show that reveals how Native artists continue to be influenced by tradition, innovation, and art – translating traditional themes into modern terms through many artistic mediums. Focuses on recent acquisitions to the collection. Includes quotes by artists and an extensive image collection.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas
Website telling the invisible story of those who share African American and Native American ancestry. Over centuries, African Americans and Native Americans created shared histories, communities, families, and ways of life. Prejudice, laws, and twists of history have often divided them from others, yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Infinity of Nations
Online exhibit explores cultural traditions from 10 regions throughout the Americas
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Infinity of Nations: Culture Quest
Players earn virtual badges as they learn about Native cultures throughout the Americas, from Alaska to the tip of Argentina. Ten badges correspond to ten regions: Arctic, Northwest Coast, Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, California, Mesoamerica, Amazon, Andes, and Patagonia.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Inland Waterways 1820-1940
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, focused on how the vast U.S. system of rivers and lakes has helped people settle the land and create communities. Learn how commerce on the Great Lakes, canals, and rivers played an important role in the development of the country and about the professions and technologies that developed to safely navigate the perils of these vital waterways.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Innovations That Stand the Test of Time (4-8)
Lesson in which students examine a socially conscious piece from the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition Design for the Other 90% and then give a presentation about it.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Innovations That Stand the Test of Time (9-12)
Lesson in which students examine a socially conscious piece from the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition Design for the Other 90% and then give a presentation about it.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art
This online exhibition addresses the overlap of African art and the communicative power of graphic systems, language, and the written word. Students see how artists have incorporated graphic forms of communication into their work.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Insect Safari
Teacher section includes lesson plans, classroom activities, and background information. Student section includes interactive computer games and printable activities.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Insects: Friends and Foes
Website presenting information and high-resolution specimen images on a wide variety of insects. Sections include: large and small insects, male or female, beetles, butterflies, moths, mimicry and cripsis, friends and foes, what is it, and weird insects.
Provider: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Grade(s): All grades
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Inside/Out: Growing Old in the United States
Virtual exhibition exploring stories of the lives of elderly Latinos, focusing on aging and perceptions in the Latino community. Information divided between research data and case studies. Includes interviews and classroom activities.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Interactive Gettysburg Address
Interactive version of the Gettysburg address features zooming in on the document, clicking on highlighted passages for contextual information, and listening to actor Liam Neeson read it. Transcripts available in English and Spanish. Part of the online exhibit The Gettysburg Address.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Interactive Star-Spangled Banner
Interactive flag from the online exhibit The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Allows exploration of the features of the flag, clicking on hotspots, and zooming in to see details.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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International Space Station Learning Lab
Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center investigating the cutting-edge technology and innovations of the International Space Station and celebrating the spirit of international cooperation that makes it possible.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Introduction to Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
Brief summary of the changes in voting technology as a response to political, social, and technological change. Discusses a range of voting technologies from paper and machine ballots to the electronic voting systems in widespread use today.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Invention at Play Educator's Manual
Teacher's guide for the online exhibit Invention at Play providing an array of activities, resources, and approaches that underscores the role of play in fostering the inventive spirit. Through play we develop certain "habits of mind" - curiosity, persistence, imagination, communication, problem solving - as well as skills in manipulating and understanding the properties of the material world. This guide provides biographies, activities, articles, and resources which should help you bring the playful nature of invention into your classroom.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Invention at Play Family Activities Guide
PDF connected to the Invention at Play online exhibit highlighting the connections between play and the process of invention. When children pretend, build with blocks and boxes, solve puzzles, take things apart, or rig a new way to do something, they are practicing flexible habits of mind and making important new connections. This downloadable booklet highlights inventors who started out as great players and who recall a strong link between their play and inventing. It encourages the creation of an enriching play/inventing environment at home with hands-on, minds on activities for adults and children to do together. Targets grades K-4.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Invention at Play Homepage
Online exhibit exploring the playful side of invention and the inventive side of play. Interactive games, inventors' stories, video commentaries, and toy displays show how play connects to the creative impulse that is fundamental to the work of invention.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Invention Playhouse
Section of the online exhibit Invention Playhouse where interactive games show how play connects to the creative impulse of both historic and contemporary inventors.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Invertebrate News
Webpage giving the most recent research and discoveries related to invertebrate animals. Includes links to archives and related resources.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Invertebrate What's In a Name?
Discusses the unusual names of invertebrate animals. Includes several specific species names.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Invertebrates Facts
Webpage with images and descriptions of the major phyla of invertebrates. Links to more information on some specific groups of spineless animals.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Investigating Longitude and Latitude
Lesson plan using longitude and latitude to determine locations of expedition sites and viewing sites for the 2004 Transit of Venus. Extension activity includes investigating Global Positioning System (GPS).
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Iraq and China: Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation
Online exhibit about the influence of Chinese ceramics on Iraqi ceramics and the spread of techniques and aesthetics to the world through trade with Iraq. Includes downloadable brochure from exhibition.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Is It Only a Shadow? The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
As a complement to the online exhibition Presidents in Waiting, this lesson plan presents an 1898 political cartoon in which New York gubernatorial candidate Theodore Roosevelt casts a long shadow across the White House Students analyze the cartoon and then create speech bubbles for it.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Is There Life in a Decomposing Log?
Lesson plan has students examine images of decomposing logs to learn about physical changes, lifecycles, and relationships among species. Online slideshows and videos accompany outside exploration activities where students collect, organize, and analyze data from a log in their area. Includes printable worksheets.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics
Online exhibit describing the work, life, and influence of innovative ceramic artist, Isamu Noguchi. An interactive gallery highlights certain works, providing more information. An interactive timeline chronicles Noguchi’s life and the works he produced at certain points in his life.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Islands of Song: Music of the Bahamas
Audio and visual recordings explore the history and cultural significance of Bahamian music
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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It's a Wrap (PreK-3)
Activity in which students explore the impact that wrapping paper has on our landfills, brainstorm ideas to address the problem, and write an article to educate others about the issue.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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It's Pop Culture, Kid
Downloadable activity page that introduces the Smithsonian's collection of popular-culture artifacts. Students can design their own TV- or movie-related lunchbox.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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It’s a Wrap (4-8)
Activity in which students explore the impact that wrapping paper has on our landfills, brainstorm ideas to address the problem, and write an article to educate others about the issue.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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It’s All in the Watershed
Website offers students a foundation for exploring their local watershed to learn about “the web of life” and what they can do about “watershed worries.”Though written about the Chesapeake Bay watershed, non-Marylanders can apply this information to their local environments. Includes information on “the web of life,” geology, history of the Chesapeake, current scientific research, and what you can do to make a difference.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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It’s Not Easy Being Amphibian
Climb into trees with frogs and delve into the underground world of salamanders with Ed Smith and Jennifer Sevin from the National Zoo. They tell what the zoo is doing to conserve amphibians in captivity and the wild, and what you can do to help.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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James McNeil Whistler Interactive
Online exhibit about the life of American artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler (1834-1903). Includes images of the artist, biographical notes, selections of his artwork from all mediums/locations/and subjects he worked with, a description of his exhibits at the Freer and Sackler galleries, additional resources and letters from Whistler to Charles Lang Freer.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings
Online exhibit exploring the international origins of the societies of Canada and the United States and commemorates the 400th anniversary of three lasting settlements in Jamestown, Virginia, Quebec, and Sante Fe, New Mexico. Using a multicultural approach, visitors learn about the virtually simultaneous introduction of English, French, and Spanish culture to this vast area and the stories of Native and European societies through 1700. Downloadable PDFs relate the themes of the exhibit to standards of learning.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Japanese American Exclusion Orders During World War II
Lesson designed to help students identify with the experiences of Japanese American internment camp residents during World War II. Students will be divided into four-member "family" groups that are to be relocated to an internment camp. They will then read two sections of the online exhibition, A More Perfect Union, and based on what they have read, make decisions about what they will take with them. After discussing their decisions, students will visit the "Reflections" section of A More Perfect Union and write a response to at least one of the topics. Targets grades 7-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 1 - Immigration
Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focusing on the experience of Issei, the first generation of Japanese immigrants to the United States, through the use of artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs, and oral histories. Most Japanese immigrants to Hawaii and the mainland United States faced severe racial prejudice and restrictive laws specifically aimed to limit the rights of Asian immigrants to own property and become citizens. Also discussed are the challenges later immigrants to both Hawaii and California faced as racist attitudes and policies were legalized.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 2 - Removal
Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focused on how the attack on Pearl Harbor led to Executive Order 9066, which was the first step in a program that uprooted Japanese Americans from their West Coast communities and placed them under armed guard for up to four years. This section uses artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to discuss the early stages of this traumatic period, from the initial reactions and policies brought about by the attack on Pearl Harbor to the temporary assembly centers that were the first stop for Japanese American internees.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 3 - Internment
Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focused on everyday life in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Living in geographically isolated camps under harsh conditions and laboring for unfair wages, internees recreated a community structure that enabled them to live as normal a life as possible as well as thrive culturally. Artifacts from the Museum's collections, fine art, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories provide a sense of the daily life of internees as well as an appreciation for the unique art and culture that emerged from the rigors of life in the camps.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 4 – Loyalty
Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focused on how the loyalty of Japanese Americans was tested during World War II. Based on answers to mandatory loyalty questionnaires, many Japanese Americans were sent to separate camps, repatriated, expatriated or given the opportunity to be drafted into the military. This section includes artifacts from the Museum' collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 5 – Service
Section the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focused on the 25,000 Japanese Americans who served in U.S. military units during World War II. This section uses artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to tell the stories of the military service and sacrifice of these brave men as well as the irony that they were fighting to preserve the world's freedom while their families were imprisoned. Their combat record aided the post-war acceptance of Japanese Americans in American society and helped many people to recognize the injustice of wartime internment.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 6 – Justice
Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focused on the efforts of Japanese Americans to receive justice after their internment during World War II. This section uses artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs and oral histories to discuss the court cases brought against the government, the formal apologies and efforts of redress by the government and the successes of members of the Japanese American community in post-war United States.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Jazz It Up!
Teacher-created lesson that seeks to instill an appreciation of jazz and its history and to inspire students to pass along that appreciation to others. The emphasis is on the work of Louis Armstrong.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Jellyfish Romance
Everything you always wanted to know about jellyfish reproduction is presented in an engaging, humorous way on this webpage.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Jigsaw Puzzles
Game encourages children to piece together postal history by putting puzzle photographs together.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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John Lennon The Lost Album
Online exhibit with the childhood stamp album of The Beatles’ John Lennon, who was inspired to collect by his older cousin, Stanley Parkes. Includes slideshow of related images and high-quality images of the album’s pages.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology
Homepage for the John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology, one of 20 branches in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ system. Supports the research, publication, exhibitions, and public programming of the Department.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Join the Student Sit-Ins Classroom Videos
Five short videos of a museum theater presentation in which a fictional composite character from 1960 is conducting a training session for people interested in joining student sit-ins to protest racial segregation. The student speaks about the recent protests in Greensboro, North Carolina, and coaches members of the audience in the philosophy and tactics of non-violent direct action.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Join the Student Sit-Ins Teacher Guide for the Classroom Videos
Teacher's guide for a 22-minute video of a theatrical presentation created by the National Museum of American History. During the presentation, a fictional composite character from 1960 is conducting a training session for people interested in joining sit-ins to protest racial segregation. The character speaks about the recent protests in Greensboro, North Carolina, and coaches members of the audience in the philosophy and tactics of non-violent direct action. Guide includes instruction for an in-class simulation, extension activities, and lyrics for a sing-along performance of a freedom song.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History
Use this website to find the Smithsonian's collection of rare books in the fields of anthropology and natural science. Volumes published before 1840 comprise physical and cultural anthropology, ethnology, Native American linguistics, archeology, botany, zoological fields, paleontology, geology, and mineralogy. Includes links to searching Smithsonian Collections and Internet Resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Joseph Henry: American Physicist
Website presenting the history and papers of Joseph Henry (1797-1878), revered scientist of his time and first secretary (director) of the Smithsonian. Includes biographical information, Henry's papers, articles on Henry, and Henry namesakes.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Journeys of Flight: Story Time
Reserve online for visits to the Learning Lab at the Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, D.C. The program includes stories of the Wright brothers’ invention, the life of pilot Bessie Coleman, and the first trip to the moon. There is also a hands-on activity. For preK-K.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Judging a Book by Its Cover
Through this lesson plan, students explore the relationship between the form of books and the content inside. They “author and publish” a book using binding techniques that relate to the content of their writing. The techniques are both ancient and modern.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Just for Kids
Webpage just for children. Includes jigsaw puzzles, how animals are named, a virtual world tour, and links to the Zoo's other kid-friendly websites.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Just Go!
Teacher-created lesson that introduces young children to a physical law: pushing or pulling puts a body in motion.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Kawésqar Community Education Guide (9-12)
Teacher's guide on the Kawesgar of South America. Includes four lessons where students compare their community to the Kawesqar, explore the importance of oral traditions in maintaining disappearing cultures, look at how environmental change affects the Kaqesqar, and imagine they are time travelers from 2000 years in the future observing an “indigenous” culture.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings Homepage
Online exhibit sharing a Native American perspective on westward expansion through primary sources know as “ledger drawings.” These drawings record history through a mixture of symbolic and representational illustration styles. They include first-person records of military conflicts, cultural life, and “Americanization.” Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Kenneth E. Behring Hall of Mammals
This interactive online exhibition addresses the questions of what makes a mammal, how mammals evolve, and where mammals live and why. Includes photographs, timelines, and interactive maps. Teacher&s guides and lesson plans also available.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Key Ingredients: America by Food
Website exploring the history of American food from Native American traditions to modern regional cooking. Incorporates complete teacher resources, "cookbook project" that permits visitors to search for recipes, a timeline allowing visitors to look up foods by date or region, and food recommendations across the country.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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Kids' Castle
Includes message boards and features on a wide range of topics related to Smithsonian collections.
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Kids: National Air and Space Museum Gallery Guide
Short outline of the Museum’s most memorable kid-friendly displays and artifacts, designed to be printed by a visitor prior to an on-site visit. Places special emphasis on hands-on exhibits.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Kids’ Farm
Virtual exhibition based on its National Zoo counterpart. Children can take a virtual tour of the “Kid’s farm” exhibit at the National Zoo to learn about cows, donkeys, hogs, and goats and visit the pizza garden to find out how the ingredients for pizza are grown.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Kinder-Pictionary
Teacher-created lesson in which young children design a visual dictionary. They draw the pictures to accompany the words.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Kiowa Drawings
Drawings offer a unique source of information on tribal social and artistic traditions. Includes sections on Fort Marion, anthropological illustrations, Silver Horn images , 20th century art, and suggested resources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Korean-American Resources
List of links and news articles on Korean Americans on these topics: Journalism/Media, Theater, Film and Television, Tae Kwon Do, Adoptees, Religion/Churches, Children’s Books, Literature, Dance, and general.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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La Nueva Canción: The New Song Movement in South America
Webpage introduces the movement of political song called nueva canción. Recordings of works addressing poverty, imperialism, democracy, human rights, and religious freedom are included. Clips of live performances are also offered for further exploration.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Labor’s Troubador: Joe Glazer and Collector Records
Video and audio clips introduce the music of the American labor movement. Glazer and others perform songs of protest.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Lakota Winter Counts
Records of time passage by events critical to the Lakota people. Includes interactive images, documentary on the Lakota, interviews with modern Lakota, audio glossary, teacher’s guide, references, and lesson plans.
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Land and Native American Cultures
Introduces students to the use of land in Native American communities through several case studies. Addresses subsistence, crafts, mythology, and ritual. Includes teacher/student guide, photographs, resources, slides, and activity questions.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Las briofitas
Spanish-language book of activities focusing on bryophytes, small tropical plants including mosses, liverworts, and hornworts.
Provider: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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LASER Programs and Services
Provided by the LASER Center, these programs and services for dedicated individuals are isolated into four categories regarding education reform in science – Building Awareness for Reform, Initiating Reform, Implementing and Institutionalizing Reform, and Developing Leadership Capacity for Reform. Includes brochures, descriptions, FAQs and more.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Latin Rhythms and Cultural Heritage
Two lesson plans encourage students to explore the concept of heritage and their own cultural heritage through music. Students look at Roberto Clemente, who has very proud of his Puerto Rican heritage and at Puerto Rican music.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Latino Art and Culture
Education kit drawing upon the Smithsonian’s collections to provide insight into the Latino experience in the United States. Includes background information, lesson plans, activities, video, slides, and more. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Latino Chicago: Music and the Community
This webpage features recordings of the music of Latin American communities in Chicago. Contextual information accompanies the selections. Includes movie clips of live performances.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Latino Family Stories
Students examine the work of American painter Carmen Lomas Garza in this set of four lessons, divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The youngest students write a story based on a scene from Garza’s childhood. Older students consider the role that culture plays in our lives.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Latino Patriots in American Military History
Curriculum tracing the history of Latino military heroes from the American War of Independence to the Vietnam War. Includes lesson plans, handouts, and activities. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Latino Virtual Gallery
Exhibits Latino/a contributions to the history, arts, and culture of America from a Latino/a perspective. Includes current and archived exhibitions on Argentina, Panamanian passages, Mexican treasures of the Smithsonian, the Division of Community Education of Puerto Rico, LEGACY: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence 1763-1848, and the Day of the Dead. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Le Garde-Meuble
Collection of images from “Le Garde-Meuble,” a bimonthly periodical published in Paris, exerted an enormous influence throughout the world by promoting French styles in furniture, fabrics, and interior decoration for a nearly a century, beginning in 1839 during the reign of Louis Philippe and ceasing in the waning years of the Third Republic around 1935. Includes images from 1841 – 1851 depicting a wide variety of furniture types and styles.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Le School Sac
In this lesson plan, students sketch their back packs, list the contents, and evaluate their use of this space. They then design a new bag, considering the best material to use and the compartments it will have.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Le Tumulte Noir: Paul Colinós Jazz Age Portfolio
Online exhibition showcasing Paul Colin’s, Le Tumulte Noir (The Black Craze), a series of vivid color lithographs depicting the 1920’s Parisian craze for jazz music and African American culture.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Learning About Folklife: The U.S. Virgin Islands and Senegal
Kit on the folklife of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Senegal. Focuses on foodways, music and storytelling, and celebrations. Contains videos, audio-cassettes, and teacher´s guide.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Learning About Museums
Lesson about museums uses discussion questions and activities in which students relate stories from prior museum visits or share ideas for a museum that they would like to create. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades k-2.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Learning in Comfort (4-8)
Activity in which students research school rooms from the past and create a design for a school desk that is tailored to the specific needs of today's students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Learning in Comfort (9-12)
Activity in which students research school rooms from the past and create a design for a school desk that is tailored to the specific needs of today':s students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Learning Paragraph Structure Through Design
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a graphic representation of a good paragraph.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Learning to Look
In this activity, students hone their observational skills by studying works of American art, learning the difference between observation and interpretation.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Leaves, Diamonds, Satin and Roses: Design Patterns in Everyday Life
This lesson plan asks students to collect data on their everyday observations. The class creates a graphic organizer to assemble their data.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Leaving Things Behind
Lesson has students respond to a quote by a woman who was forced to move to a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Questions, period photographs, quotes, and artifacts reveal the emotions of internment. Students consider what they would bring with them if they were being taken to an internment camp.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Legendary Beauties
Online exhibit telling the story of how Theodore Roosevelt and the famous artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens worked together to redesign America’s money. Reveals how this collaboration transformed traditional coinage into unprecedented works of art symbolizing Roosevelt’s progressive ideals and led to the design of what many regard as the most beautiful American coin every produced. Visitors can rotate and zoom in on objects for detailed examination and a glossary helps visitors understand challenging vocabulary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Legendary Coins and Currency Homepage
Online exhibit showing how major events in U.S. history have played a role in the evolution of it's money and how a select few pieces of currency have become important symbols of the American experience. This highly interactive exhibit includes a game, timeline, and the ability to rotate and zoom in on objects from the National Numismatic Collection. A glossary helps visitors understand challenging vocabulary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Legendary Coins and Currency Timeline
Interactive timeline introduces a unique and interesting perspective on American history as one navigates chronologically through objects included in the Legendary Coins and Currency online exhibit. Spans the years 1652 to 1974 and includes artifacts from every era of American history. Clicking on images in the timeline will allow visitors to rotate and zoom in on objects for detailed examination.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Legendary Firsts
Online exhibit displays some of the famous “firsts” in the history of American money. This highly interactive resource allows students to rotate and zoom in on objects and includes a glossary to help visitors understand challenging vocabulary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Legends of Our Time
Webpage presenting the history of the Northern Plains and Plateau Indians through text, documents, and photographs, as a part of the ranching and rodeo culture in the West.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Legends of the Human Spirit
Online exhibit showing how crises in American history have challenged Americans to adapt their conceptions about money and find creative solutions to economic problems. Discusses the use of paper money during the American Revolution, Confederate currency, and emergency currency used during the Great Depression. This highly interactive resource allows visitors to rotate and zoom in on objects for detailed examination. A glossary helps visitors understand challenging vocabulary.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Lenses and Lighthouses
Lesson in which students examine a Fresnel lens to develop an understanding of how some lighthouse lenses work. They then apply their knowledge of the lighthouse lens technology to imagine a new invention using a lighthouse lens to complete a different task. Part of the resource, “Life on the Water.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Let the Games Begin
Teacher-created lesson in which students work collaboratively to design a game with clearly written instructions. The game requires players to round three- and four-digit numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Lesson examines portraits of famous African American human rights advocates and public figures. Students practice comparing and contrasting photographs, analyzing images, and making personal connections.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
Students look at both African American history and the history of portraiture in this set of four lessons, divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The youngest students make their own photographic “calling cards.” Older students research portrait subjects.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Grade(s): All grades
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Let’s Dance Like an Eagle: Zeybek Dance in Turkey
Lesson plan examines the geography of Turkey with a focus on Anatolia and Zeyback. Includes activities to identify rhythmic patterns in Turkish music and sample Zeybeck dance.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Let’s Do the Life Cycle!
Teacher-created lesson in which students look at the “life cycle of products.” They conduct an analysis of one sample product that they use every day, then design a new product that is more “sustainable and earth-friendly.”
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Letter Mania
Game tests children's knowledge of postal vocabulary.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Letter Writing in America
Online exhibit exploring the place of letter writing in American history, revealing the nature of American life and documenting the country’s search for a uniquely American identity. Organized chronologically by major historical events and movements.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Letters from the Heart
In this lesson plan, students consider ways to create positive social change, then write letters to share their thoughts with a larger community.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Leveraging for a Better Lunch Line Experience
In this lesson plan, students consider how to solve the problem of delays in the school cafeteria line. They work in groups to test, evaluate, and refine ideas for an improved flow.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Lewis and Clark as Naturalists
Follow the Lewis and Clark trail. Use the interactive map or browse by category. Contains images, drawings, journal excerpts, and historical notes. Includes teaching guides, suggested resources, and lesson plans.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Lia Cook: Material Allusions and Mark Lindquist: Revolutions in Wood
Online exhibition vividly showcasing two artists who bring new tools and ideas to the age-old crafts of wood-turning and weaving, encompassing both ancient themes and modern issues.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Life and Death in the White House
Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden examining the realities of life for the president of the United States. Learn about the public, private, and official uses of the White House; the death of presidents; and life after office. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Life in a Sod House Homepage
Parent's guide with recommended readings and hands-on activities designed to teach children about life on the prairie and in sod houses. This type of life became prevalent after the 1862 Homestead Act, which offered free land to those willing to settle on the frontier.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Life of a Vertebrate Fossil
Follow paleontologists studies of each stage of the life of a vertebrate fossil. Sections on finding fossil bones, determining scientific value, ethics of collection, preparing fossils, and researching.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Life on the Water
Parent's guide designed to teach children about lighthouses and the maritime history of the United States. Focused on the book, Keep the Lighthouse Burning, Abbie, a work of children’s literature about a teenage girl who becomes a hero by running her father’s lighthouse during a storm. The module includes reading questions, hands-on activities, and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Lights, Sounds, Fabrics & Daisies: Careers in the World of Design
Activity in which students investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Explores sound design, landscape architecture, structural design, lighting design, and more.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Limits of Presidential Power
Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden addressing the limits of presidential power. Explore the importance of the system of checks and balances, Congress, the Supreme Court, impeachment, public opinion and the press in restricting the powers of the president. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Lincoln, Race and the American Presidency Lecture Video
Panel discussion about Abraham Lincoln's views on race issues in the context of his mid-19th century contemporaries. Beyond discussing slavery and emancipation, the video explores historical and modern perspectives on colonization, voting, interracial marriage, and other political and social rights.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Lincoln, the Smithsonian, and Science Lecture Video
Panel discussion in which experts compare and contrast the impact of science and technology on the role of the presidency for presidents Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. Explores the interactions between Lincoln and the Smithsonian Institution, how the Civil War was influenced by technology, and the innovations that could change modern America.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Lincoln: A Sharing of Lesson Ideas
Webinar in which Maryland Teacher of the Year (2007) Michelle Hammond facilitates a discussion of Lincoln lesson plans and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Lincoln’s Deathbed: Images of a Martyred President
Webinar in which Smithsonian historian Pam Henson tells how the public first heard of President Abraham Lincoln’s death and how Lincoln’s death was portrayed in popular images.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Linguistic Interpretation of North American Indian Words
Explanation of the difficulties encountered in translating Native American words and place names. Includes suggested reading list.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Listening to our Ancestors
In this exhibition, representatives from 11 Native communities along the North Pacific Coast share their perspectives on more than 400 ceremonial and everyday objects found in the National Museum of the American Indian that connect them to their lands, customs, and ancestors. Image galleries are organized by community, with each community discussing specific themes found in the objects presented.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Listening to the Prairie
This webpage shares four sets of classroom activities based on the exhibition Listening to the Prairie. Students learn about agriculture, food chains, soil, and agriculture.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Listening to the Water Nations
Cultural geographer Doug Herman discusses perceptions of water in traditional indigenous cultures. He also considers contemporary water issues that most immediately and severely affect indigenous people
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Lives on the Railroad
Online exhibit examining the central role railroads played in American life during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Trains carried people, agricultural products, manufactured goods, and the daily mail to all parts of the country. Although railroad travel made long-distance travel possible for anyone who could afford a ticket or catch a “free ride,” Jim Crow laws forced African Americans to ride in segregated train cars while traveling through the South. This is the ninth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Living and Working in Space
Teaching poster that provides information on the environmental conditions and challenges of a career in space. Includes instructions for a number of classroom activities and projects.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Living in the Atlantic World 1450-1800
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the web of maritime connections between Western Europe, Western and Central Africa, and the Americas that made up the Atlantic world. Learn how Atlantic-based trade shaped modern world history and life in America. Topics covered are the tobacco and sugar trades, the Middle Passage and the transatlantic slave trade, and the piracy that plagued the Caribbean Sea and North American coast during this period.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Living Maya Time
Bilingual website devoted to the Mayan calendar, which includes middle-school lesson plans on Mayan astronomy and mathematics. The Maya themselves weigh in on the end-of-the world scares associated with the calendar.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Living Voices/Voces Vivas
Audio series featuring profiles of Native Americans and Native Hawaiians today. People of many ages, traditions, and perspectives tell their own stories, reflecting a wide range of contemporary Native experience in Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the US. Available in Flash and non-Flash versions. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Loch Ness Monster Bibliography
Bibliography to the subject of the Loch Ness Monster. Books available at most large public libraries or through interlibrary loan.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Logo Design Basics: School ID
In this lesson, students translate verbal ideas into visual images. They create a logo that meets the objectives and needs of a client. Along the way, the learn to differentiate between fine arts and graphic design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Logo Design Basics: Your Name Here
In this lesson plan, students learn how font, color, and images can have specific meanings. They create logos with their names to reflect their personalities. They present their final products in order to understand the merits of one’s own design and the designs of others.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Logo Design Basics: School ID
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a new school logo and then apply a theme to the logo.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Logo Design Basics: Your Name Here
Teacher-created lesson in which students use font, color, and image choices to design two logos: one that represents an aspect of their personality and another that represents their interests.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Lone Dog's Winter Count Teaching Poster
Teaching poster for 4th–8th grades is 2' x 3' with a lesson plan and reproducible student activity sheets on back. Students learn about the oral culture and history-keeping of the Nakota people, who made the Lone Dog winter count.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Lone Dog’s Winter Count
Teaching poster with a lesson plan and reproducible student activity sheets on the back. Learn about the oral culture and history-keeping of the Nakota people, who made this winter count.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Looking at Airplanes
Self-guided tour of the National Air and Space Museum during which students will learn about the science of flight by observing aircraft on display.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Looking at Art with Toddlers
Article for parents describes ways to engage toddlers in art, at home or on visits to a museum. Learn how to help stimulate a toddler’s aesthetic development and build literacy skills.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Looking at Learning...Again, Part 2
Eight-part video workshop engaging teachers in a discussion of existing theories about how children learn, their own beliefs, and how these different theories might influence their classroom practice.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): All grades
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Looking Both Ways Tools for Teachers
Supports the online exhibition Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiq People. Options for the materials in booklet, video, or CD form. Ordering information provided.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of the Alutiiq People of Southern Alaska
Interactive exhibit on the heritage and identity of the Alutiiq people of Southern Alaska. Learn about the people, see where they live, and view the objects that express their culture.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Looking Forward by Looking Back: What Does the Fossil Record Say About Climate Change?
What does the fossil record tell us about past changes in climate and the effects on plants and animals? In this webinar, paleo-botanist Scott Wing shares the exciting story of his findings about a period of global warming 55 million years ago.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Looking Upwards: Greenroofing & Rooftop Gardening (4-8)
Activity exploring the role of greenroofing and rooftop gardening in contemporary architectural design. Students conduct collaborative research to learn about the history, process, science, and environmental impact of greenroofing.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Looking Upwards: Greenroofing & Rooftop Gardening (9-12)
Activity exploring the role of greenroofing and rooftop gardening in contemporary architectural design. Students conduct collaborative research to learn about the history, process, science, and environmental impact of greenroofing.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Looking with “Fresh Eyes”: What Makes a Successful School Design?
Teacher-created lesson that challenges students to examine a familiar surrounding: their school. By using “objectivity of all senses," they determine if the school's design complies with the concept of “form follows function.”
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Lost in the Coin Vault
Interactive game has players enhance their analytical skills as they decipher clues and closely examine objects from the National Numismatics Collection in order to solve mysteries and escape from the coin vault. A fun way to learn about currency and explore American history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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Louis Armstrong: A Cultural Legacy
Online exhibit presenting portraits and a biography of jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Lowriding: An American Cultural Tradition
Multidimensional presentation shows how Latinos transformed cars into popular art by employing humor, history and identity, and mechanical prowess. Includes related language arts, social studies, physics, and math activities.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Lu’au: A Hawaiian Feast
Virtual exhibition on the music, food, dancing and other traditions of the Hawaiian lu’au. Includes audio and video, as well as recipes.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Luce Center Media Archive
Visitors to the site can watch artist interviews and create a personal collection from the museums’ online catalogue.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Lunar New Year Stamps
In this set of four lessons, students examine postage stamps commemorating the Asian Lunar New Year and learn some of the back story. The lessons are divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The youngest students build their vocabulary by describing what they see on the stamps. Older students read the book My Chinatown: One Year in Poems to deepen their understanding.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Lyndon Johnson's Legacy
Lesson plan has students analyze phases of Lyndon Johnson's career and assess his legacy. They create a collage that reflects their assessment and provides supporting arguments.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Made You Look
Lesson in which students look at how design affects their everyday lives by analyzing marketing and advertising media.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Magazine Cover Gallery
Virtual gallery of World War II magazine covers in the “United We Stand Campaign” online exhibit. Themes include the war effort, the ideals that were fought for, the diverse audiences that were targeted, and the varying uses of cover design by different companies. Explore these subjects through the use of authentic magazine covers, objects from Smithsonian collections, a timeline, and brief video news clips.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Mail by Missile
Slideshow presentation where a curator describes an experimental mail service from 1959 using missiles to carry the mail. This was intended to show the Russians that our military capabilities were so advanced they could be used for peacetime operations.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Mail Call
Online version of an exhibition that traces the history of U.S. military postal systems since the Revolutionary War. Includes audio from a phonograph recording sent home during World War II and a reel-to-reel tape sent home from Vietnam.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Mail Call!
Postal history booklist for young readers. Browsable by age: preschool, 5-9 years, 10-12 years, and young adult.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): All grades
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Mail to the Chief
Online exhibition. Showcases the postage stamps bearing President Franklin Roosevelt's designs along with other items from his personal philatelic collection. Includes photographs of the president and the stamps he designed.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Make A Quilt Square
Hands-on activity reveals women’s history through studying quilts. Quilts do more than just keep us warm; they preserve history by telling us stories about the people who made them. Students will make a quilt square in honor of a person who is important to them, making a physical representation of their personal history. Part of the resource, “Great Women of Our Pasts.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Make Your Own Buffalo Hide Painting
Lesson on the culture of the Native American people of the Great Plains has students create their own buffalo hide paintings using a printable outline. Inspired by the Great Plains Indians, they will draw pictures representing important events in their lives and their family history, or draw a hide with a geometric design. Images of actual buffalo hide paintings provide inspiration.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Make Your Own Carnival Mask
Lesson has students create their own paper mache Carnival masks as a way to learn about Puerto Rican culture. Part of the resource, “A Puerto Rican Carnival.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Make your Own Fish Kite
Lesson has students make their own fish kites called koinobori. Koinobori are an important expression of Japanese culture that became an important part of life for children in Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Part of the resource “Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Making a New Life in the United States
Portion of the Latino Art and Culture module taking a close look at the art and culture of Puerto Rican Americans, Mexican Americans, and Cuban Americans. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Making a Treasure Your Own (Part II of “A Treasure at Our Doorstep”)
This lesson plan is a continuation of “A Treasure at Your Doorstep.” In this lesson, students use the knowledge gained in Lesson One in a well-organized essay about the architecture and art at the Curtis Center. They learn to “paint sensory pictures” with words and to critique their own work.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Making and Breaking the GRID
This graphic design lesson explores the importance of grid patterns in everyday life. Students organize information and draw conclusions about the importance of patterns in society.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Making Pretzels
Provides students with a first-hand experience about a familiar food (pretzels) that is made from wheat grains. Includes a recipe for making pretzels and printable activity sheets.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Making School a Better Place
Unit of teacher-created writing and speaking lessons in which students identify problems at school and choose one problem that they might solve.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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