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Making the Connection—From Smithson to Smithsonian Classroom Activities
Lesson plan exploring the national debate surrounding the acceptance of Smithson's gift, identifying the divergent views of members of Congress, and examining the role of compromise in the American legislative process. Students learn to assess primary sources as they learn about the tumultuous birth of the Smithsonian.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Making the Star-Spangled Banner Homepage
Parent's guide designed to teach children the story of the flag that inspired the national anthem. Includes hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings. Targets grades K-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Mali Empire and Djene Figures
Curriculum resource, developed for use in the classroom, that examines the history, art, and culture of the ancient Mali Empire. Provides suggestions for integrated classroom activities to accompany the material.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): All grades
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Maloof on Maloof
Online exhibition celebrating the life and work of Sam Maloof, America’s most widely admired contemporary furniture craftsman. Relates his story through images and his own words.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diaspora
This online exhibit shows representations of the water spirit Mami Wata (Mother Water). It considers how art both reflects and actively contributes to beliefs and religious practices, and to such current trends as globalization.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Mammal Species of the World
Created under the auspices of the American Society of Mammalogists. Database searchable by common name, scientific name, or placement on the phylogenic tree.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Manahatta to Manhattan (PDF)
Brief history of Native Americans in Manhattan, both in history and including their contributions today. Detailed map, historical and contemporary illustrations, and descriptions of beaver-fur trade and the “sale” of the island to Peter Minuit.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Mangal Cay Virtual Mangrove Trail
Website features an interactive map of a Caribbean mangrove island. Students follow a winding path to learn what mangroves are, where they are found, and why people work to protect them. Bilingual English/ Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Mangroves and Seagrass Communities: Biological Studies at Galeta Island, Panama
Webinar in which Stanley Heckadon of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute discusses an intense study of the biological effects of a major oil spill.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Marilyn Monroe, Korea, 1954
Website presents a series of newly discovered color photographs of Marilyn Monroe by amateur photographer David Geary that suggest how Monroe was viewed by everyday people.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Marine Invasions Citizen Science
Information on volunteering for the Marine Invasions Research Lab and participating in invasive species watch projects as citizen scientists along the East and West coasts. These projects help capture and identify the distribution of  invasive species. Includes a link to the national database of marine invasions.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Maritime Munchies
Lesson has students cook one or more historical maritime recipes and compare the foods we eat to what was served on ships in the past. Part of the resource “Life on the Water.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Marsh Explorations
Field trip program at SERC’s Maryland location. Two-mile hike through forest and marsh. Discusses nutrient pollution, field research, watershed topography, and marsh ages. Activities along the hike provide additional hands-on learning opportunities.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection
Website showing a number of Japanese prints known as ukiyo-e or pictures from the floating world. Kabuki actors play a starring role in the collection, whose costumes and art are captured on woodblock prints which sold very well in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Mastermind (4-8)
Activity teaching students the differences and similarities between "masterpieces" and mass-produced objects. Students analyze the value of items and persuade panel members to accept recommended items into their museum collection.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Mastermind (PreK-3)
Activity teaching students the differences and similarities between "masterpieces" and mass-produced objects. Students analyze the value of items and persuade panel members to accept recommended items into their museum collection.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Masters of Brass: Lost-Wax Casting in Ghana
This video showcases two Ghanaian artists who create figurative sculpture and jewelry using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Masters of the Building Arts—Activity Guide
Activity guide explores the artistry and skill of master craft workers in the building trades and their important contributions to our architectural heritage. Features hands-on activities. User-friendly, student-oriented materials. Downloadable.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Material and Symbol: The Lincoln-Keckley Dress
Lessons examining the Lincoln-Keckley dress as an object with multiple symbolic meanings. Three lesson plans focus on the multiple meanings of the dress, the evolving role of the first lady, and the advent of mass media. Includes annotated links to other online resources related to slavery, abolition, gender, and consumption in the mid-nineteenth century.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Math and Measuring the Star-Spangled Banner
Lesson has students visualize the area of the Star Spangled Banner by measuring pieces of string and attaching them to create an outline of the famous flag. 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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Mathematical Explorations of the People's Design Award
Lesson plan in which students conduct surveys about nominees for the annual People's Design Award. They mathematically determine the winner of their own contest and present results using a pictorial representation.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Mbiras, Marimbas, and You: Zimbabwean Music for the General Music Classroom
Lesson in which students learn to play and compose music for the African mbira. They also look at the historical uses of the instrument. Includes notations and historical background.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Mbiras, Marimbas, and You: Zimbabwean Music for the General Music Classroom
Lesson has students play and compose music with the mbira. They explore the use of the instrument in Zimbabwe as it connects with and influences history, culture, and social change. Lesson includes notations, historical background, and recordings and images.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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McDonnell Space Hangar Highlights
Guided tour at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center exploring the new home of the Space Shuttle Enterprise and other space artifacts.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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MEanderthal mobile app
Try morphing yourself backward in time with MEanderthal. You might be surprised when you see your face transformed into the face of an early human with the Smithsonian Institution's first-ever mobile app.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
Grade(s): General audience
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Measurement Conversion
Lesson plan identifying common and uncommon measurements and building conversion tables. Includes links to related websites.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Measuring Rainfall
In this lesson plan, students learn how rainfall is measured. They design their own rain gauge, using limited resources.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Measuring the Flag
Lesson applying historical information to math problems (understanding the size of the Star Spangled Banner). Part of the online exhibit, The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem, Targets grades 3-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Medieval Marshmallows
Teacher-created lesson in which students learn of Newton's laws of motion by designing and constructing a catapult. The catpult launches marshmallows.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Meet Me at Midnight
Online game magically takes players to the Smithsonian American Art Museum after hours. Artworks are mixed up—all because of the troublesome Root Monster! To get back home, the players have to solve mysteries—and help their new friends find their artworks.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Meet Me at Midnight: An Art Game for Kids
Interactive online children�s adventure that takes place in an animated Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes a parent and educators guide and a lesson plan based on the activity
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Meet Our Museum Podcast: Exploring the Electric Guitar
Podcast discussing the history and invention of the electric guitar. The teacher's guide includes links to the podcast in two formats and related images.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Meet Our Museum Podcast: The Man With the Fish On His Back
Podcast discussing the use of cod liver oil and its ties to the history of brand marketing. Includes accompanying resources for classroom use.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Meet Our Museum Podcast: The Sioux City Ghosts
Podcast discussing the Sioux City Ghosts, an African American travelling baseball team and swing band from the 1930s. The Teacher's Guide includes links to the podcast in two formats and related images.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Meet the Mariachi: Explore Mexico’s Musical Gift to the World
An introduction to the mariachi: its instruments and how they are played, its rhythms, and its cultural importance. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Melodic Rhythms of India
Lesson that introduces students to the rhythms of Indian classical drumming. They learn to improvise a system of vocal rhythms.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Memory and Imagination
Website with artwork by Frank Day of the Maidu tribe in California, who focuses on the preservation of his people’s cultural traditions. Includes scenes of tribal history, ceremonies, and customs.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Micro Observatory On Line Telescopes
Encourages students to explore the universe with telescopes they control over the internet. Enables students and teachers nationwide to investigate the wonders of the deep sky from their classrooms.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Microbiology Design Challenge
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a product that would help make clean drinking water available in the developing world.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Milestones of Flight
Online timeline exploring the major firsts in aviation and space history, from the Wright Brothers 1903 Wright Flyer, to the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Minds of Our Own
Video documentary based on recent research, as well as the pioneering work of Piaget and others. Shows that many things we assume about how children learn are simply not true.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Mission to Mars
Teacher-created lesson in which students use what they've learned about body systems (circulatory, digestive, skeletal/muscular, cardiovascular, and nervous) to design a product that will help astronauts travel to Mars.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Mission to Mars Learning Lab
Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center exploring the latest discoveries from the surface of Mars with the twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, as well as Mars’ geology.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Mobile Ecology Lab
Website describes SERC's Mobile Ecology Lab programs, which bring Smithsonian researchers into the classroom where they address current issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Students are encouraged to make observations and collect data whenever possible. Programs align with state standards, and all can be tailored to meet the needs of teachers, students, and specific groups.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): All grades
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Mobilizing Minds: Teaching Science and Math in the Age of Sputnik
Online exhibition showing how fear of Soviet domination galvanized reform in science and math education during the 1950s and 60s. On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth. In order win the "Space Race," the United States urgently needed both a select group of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers; and a general population of mathematically and scientifically informed citizens. This need led to a surge in efforts to better science and math curricula across the nation.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Modern Maritime America 1950-Present
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the importance of shipping in today’s global economy and the types of ships that transport goods throughout the world. Visitors will learn of their personal connections to maritime enterprise and the role global shipping plays in their everyday lives.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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More Than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
Online exhibit of 180 illustrated letters by American artists of all kinds, from Samuel Morris to Andy Warhol, who can't help illustrating what they write, whether business correspondence, thank-you notes, or love letters. Students might find inspiration, whether for an art or a writing lesson.
Provider: Archives of American Art
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Most Serene Republics
Acclaimed conceptual artist Edgar Heap of Birds uses the framework of multilingual signage in Italian, English, and Cheyenne to engender a dialogue about place, history, and the creation of nation-states through acts of aggression, displacement, or replacement of populations and cultures.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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MouseLab
Software with an unusual approach to the study of kinematics. Explores the relationship between displacement, acceleration, and velocity.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Movement and Migration: The Gold Nugget That Launched the Gold Rush
Lessons examining the gold nugget that started the Gold Rush as a valuable source of information about westward expansion and manifest destiny. Includes an introduction to doing history with objects, three lesson plans focused on the Gold Rush experience, and annotated related to western history and the California Gold Rush.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Mr. Lincoln'n Hat
Lesson has children create top hats out of paper by reading or listening to directions that use simple terms from geometry. After making the hat, they measure their height with and without the hat, and then take a picture wearing the hat. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Multicultural Childrens Songs
Compilation of 23 tracks by Ella Jenkins. Focuses on multicultural themes. Booklet includes lyrics, a discography, and notes written by the performer.
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Multicultural Make-a-Book
Downloadable PDF activity sheet containing images of diverse Smithsonian objects. Includes instructions for folding the sheet into a little book.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Museum on Main Street Teacher’s Materials
Listing of educational material accompanying each Museum on Main Street exhibition. Features a variety of lesson plans, teacher’s guides, suggested reading lists, and more.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): All grades
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Museums and Learning: A Guide for Family Visits
Publication offering activities designed to make a museum visit an enjoyable learning experience for the whole family.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Mushrooms Can Save the World
Teacher-created lessons in which students consider solutions to environmental problems based on the role of fungi in ecosystems.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Music of the Seventh Continent
Lesson in which students learn about the culture and music of Madagascar ""experientially,"" by performing a traditional song. Includes a map of Madagascar.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Music, Poetry and History: The National Anthem
Classroom activity asking students to memorize, paraphrase, and practice singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades 3-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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My Building, My Community
In this lesson plan, students explore the community outside their classroom walls. They take photos of buildings in the neighborhood and re-create a building using geometric shapes.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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My Community
Teacher-created lesson in which young students delve into the history of their community by interviewing someone who attended their school in the past. They then design maps showing how the school might have been arranged in the past.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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My Favorite Things (PreK-1)
Activity teaching students to identify "masterpieces" and mass-produced objects, explain why they value a given object, and determine what physical materials were used to create the objects.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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My Favorite Things (PreK-3)
Activity teaching students to identify "masterpieces" and mass-produced objects, explain why they value a given object, and determine what physical materials were used to create the objects.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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My Owl Babies Miss Momma
Teacher-created lesson in which young children listen to "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell and then design a home for owl babies.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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My People, Our People
Teacher resource combining activity and discussion exercises with sculpture, painting, poetry, and music of African American artists.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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My Rube Goldberg
Lesson looking at the work of cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who drew outlandishly complex machines that carried out very simple tasks. Students create their own Goldberg-like invention while exploring elementary concepts in physics.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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My Space (PreK-3)
Activity examining how animals create a unique space in which they can live. Students read a poem about animals' habitats and then discuss the habitats.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Mystery Invention
Downloadable PDF activity sheet about the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. Includes word and number games.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Mystery Skull Interactive
Interactive activity. Students compare unknown fossils with previously identified ones in order to place them in the timeline of human evolution. 
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Myth, Mortals, and Immortality: Works from Museo Soumaya de Mexico
Downloadable exhibition guide (PDF) for Myths, Mortals, and Immortality, an exhibition featuring 100 works by some of Mexico's most renowned artists, including Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): General audience
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Nagayati: Arts and Architecture among the Gabra Nomads of Kenya
This video presents the arts and architecture of the Gabra nomads in northern Kenya, focusing on the roles of women as designers, builders, owners, and users. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Naming Shapes
Teacher-created introductory geometry lesson. Students memorize the names of shapes by teaching them to younger students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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National Air and Space Museum Calendar of Events
Calendar providing updated information on public programs, concerts, lectures, and more.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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National Air and Space Museum Educational Publications
Educational publications created by the National Air and Space Museum, some available for downloading.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12, All grades
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National Heritage Awards: Honoring Traditional Artists in the USA
Video and audio clips on this webpage honor the “national living treasures” of American Folklife. Learn about the National Heritage Award and how the music of folk artists represents the diverse cultural and heritage traditions that make up our national character.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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National Museum of Natural History
Educational resources available at the National Museum of Natural History.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12, All grades
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National Museum of Natural History Department of Botany
Variety of resources – from publications to botanical art and images to references and tools – provided by the Department of Botany.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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National Museum of Natural History Research and Collections
This webpage provides information on the field work of researchers who are delving deep into the history of our planet: anthropologists, botanists, entomologists, invertebrate zoologists, paleontologists, and geologists.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour
Explore the exhibits currently available at the Museum. Includes brief floor plan of each floor, description of each exhibit, and select objects from exhibits.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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National Museum of the American Indian Bookshop
Bookshop for the National Museum of the American Indian. Includes children's books (many based on exhibits past or present), NMAI editions, CDs, and DVDs.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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National Museum of the American Indian Family Guide
Family guide identifying seven stops in the museum of particular interest to families, organized by floor. The guide includes ideas for looking, thinking, and discussing while in the museum, as well as a few activities to do at home.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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National Museum of the American Indian Teacher Self-Guide: Community
Teacher self-guide: Community is designed for use by teachers and adult chaperons during school group visits to the museum. Provides layered questions that help focus students' looking and learning. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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National Museum of the American Indian Teacher Self-Guide: Stories
Teacher self-guide: Stories is designed for use by teachers and adult chaperons during school group visits to the museum. Provides layered questions that help focus students' looking and learning in the museum. Targets grades 4-6.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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National Museum of the American Indian: Education Publications Order Form
PDF order form to obtain the School Program Guide, Pre-Visit Guide for Teachers, Teaching Posters, A Native Place Teaching Guide, Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Native Dolls, and the Family Guide. Can be faxed or e-mailed.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery homepage.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collections Search
Search the National Portrait Gallery's collections from this webpage, which includes more than 12,000 records of portraits, grouped by specific themes.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Portrait Search
Webpage offering searching of the Catalog of American Portraits, which covers collections across the United States and abroad. You may also perform a biographical search for portrait sitters and artists to find names, dates, and works of art.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Publications: Books and Catalogs
This webpage lists catalogs for past and current exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery. These items may be purchased online directly from the site.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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National Zoological Park - Field Trip Resources
Resources for planning a field trip to the Zoo. Includes schedules, events, downloadable activities, and information for planning field trip activities.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): All grades
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National Zoological Park—Home Page
The Smithsonian National Zoological Park main website is your place to find information on the National Zoo's animals, research, exhibits, events, and much more.
Provider: National Zoological Park
Grade(s): General audience
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Native Americans
Online presentation examining the lives of important Native Americans, captured in portraits. Brief biographies accompany the paintings.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Native Networks
Online information about film, video, and radio produced by indigenous peoples of the Americas and Hawaii. Includes updated information on movies, festivals, awards, etc. happening in the Native media world and links, background, and contact information for Native media organizations. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Native People and the Land: A:shiwi (Zuni) People Teaching Poster
Lesson plan on reciprocal relationships with the land and how the A:shiwi people, also known as the Zuni, adapt to the semi-arid climate of New Mexico through science-based agricultural techniques.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Teaching Guide
Teaching guide provides information and primary resource materials related to key periods and events in the history of the Native Peoples of the Chesapeake, a story often told, but rarely from the Native perspective. It also guides students through an in-depth examination of contemporary issues. Targets grades 9-12.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Native Words, Native Warriors Lesson Plan
Online exhibit examines how Native code talkers used their languages to serve their country and to continue the warrior tradition during World Wars I and II. Contains a large collection of pictures, stories, and audio interviews/tours that follow the story of the Native American code talkers from before the war to coping with life afterwards.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Nature: Architecture of the Future
Teacher-created lesson in which students look at relationships between nature and design. They compare examples of Native American architecture and then create architectural models of their own, taking into consideration local climate and local materials.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Navy Sail Design
Lesson plan investigating sailboat design and the ways that the shape of a sail affect movement. The lesson introduces triangle trigonometry as students design and decorate their own sailboats.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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New Learning Worksheet
Worksheet helps students organize what they learned during an activity. It can be widely applied to many classroom experiences.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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New Tribe New York
New Tribe New York is an exhibition featuring Native artists who work in New York City, home to the largest concentration of Native Americans in the US. These artists provide an essay, statement, and gallery of their work.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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New Visions: Emerging Trends in African American Art
Printable exhibition guide highlighting the work of eight contemporary artists. Includes bios and samples of the work.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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New York City Delights: The Taxi Cab (4-8)
Activity in which students learn about the role of taxis in New York City life by conducting collaborative research to learn about the history of taxis, investigating New York City destinations, and more.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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New York City Delights: The Taxi Cab (9-12)
Activity in which students learn about the role of taxis in New York City life by conducting collaborative research to learn about the history of taxis, investigating New York City destinations, and more.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Nile Notes of a Howadji: American Travelers in Egypt
Online exhibition that brings together selected travel accounts by Americans who visited Egypt in the nineteenth century. Many of the volumes, or their authors, have special associations with the Smithsonian. Additionally, a sampling of guidebooks and handbooks to Egyptian antiquities are presented. Includes traveler accounts, timeline of explorations, and guidebook samples.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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NMAI Teaching Materials
Pdfs of the museum’s education guides and teacher posters.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): All grades
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North American Indian Traditional Stories and Mythology Bibliography
List of references on North American Indian traditional stories.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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North American Indians Teacher Packet
Includes bibliographies, leaflets, photographs, information, and classroom activities.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Ntan Drum
Curriculum resource providing an in-depth glance at Ntan bands, popular among the Asante peoples of Ghana between 1920s and 1950s. Provides suggestions for integrated classroom activities to accompany the material.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Nuestra casa en el universo
Spanish-language introduction to environmentalism and "our home in the universe" in comic-book form.
Provider: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Number Operations
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a game to help other students with math. Their work includes graphic design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Nursery Days
Playful songs by Woody Guthrie for children aged 2-5. Includes Guthrie’s own suggestions of how parents and children can use these songs. $10.00 for audiocassette, $15.00 for CD.
Grade(s): PreK–3
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O. Orkin Insect Zoo Teacher’s Guide
Guide for teachers to the Insect Zoo at the Museum. Includes additional information, exhibit layout, connections to the rest of the National Museum of Natural History, curriculum connections, and suggested activities for the classroom.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Objection and Answer
Activity examining some of the Smithsonian’s collection of “objection and answer” banners that displayed arguments for and against women’s suffrage. Discussion questions explore the banners and what they reveal about women’s suffrage. Students rewrite pairs of banners then create their own banner. Part of the resource “Winning the Vote for Women.” Targets grades 3-6.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Objects and Elders: Recovering Knowledge from 19th Century Yup’ik Eskimo Collections
In the 1870s, Smithsonian scientist Edward Nelson collected nearly 10,000 Yup’ik Eskimo artifacts from Alaska. Recently, as a result of Smithsonian exhibitions of the collections, the Yup’ik people have been creating their own exhibitions on their nearly vanished traditional life. In this webinar, Bill Fitzhugh, director of the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center, discusses these events as a recovery of knowledge, which is helping to ensure that a culture and a language remain relevant and viable. He also demonstrates ways to look at Yup’ik artifacts to learn how their culture solved real-world problems in some unexpected ways.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Ocean Conservation: Strategies
This website is devoted to strategies for improving ocean fitness and health. Learn about ongoing efforts involving marine sanctuaries, bioacoustics, and algae blooms. Learn, too, about what you can do to help.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Ocean Conservation: Threats
On this webpage, find links to essays and pictures documenting the threats to ocean ecosystems. Learn how trash, industrial development, acid seas, polar warming, overfishing, and invasive species affect habitats and reflect climate change.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Ocean Crossings 1870-1969
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the role ocean liners played during the massive immigration of people to the United States from Europe and Asia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors will also learn how ocean liners such as the Mauretania, Titanic, and the S.S. United States became a popular, and sometimes dangerous, mode of leisure travel for those who could afford it
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Ocean Planet: Interdisciplinary Marine Science Activities
Students dip into the subjects of ocean geography, ocean creatures, and our uses and misuses of this largely unexplored world. Includes a section on the ocean in language and literature.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Ocean Portal
Website inspires awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the world’s oceans. Here you can find comprehensive information and resources, including ocean news, photo essays, videos, ocean blog, research updates, articles, species entries in the encyclopedia of life, connected stories and websites by category, podcasts, articles and interactives on marine evolution throughout time, articles on current conservation issues and initiatives, and an educators section.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Oddly Interesting
This online exhibition highlights out of the ordinary items from Postal history. Includes things that carried, marked and went through the mail, as well as things worn by mail carriers.
Grade(s): General audience
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Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination
Online exhibition featuring Native art work in which landscape is an “imaginary construct.” Students consider the relationships between American Indians and the land.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Office of Fellowships and Grants
Find out about research, fellowships, and other scholarly appointments at the Smithsonian Institution.
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Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian
Interactive website that offers fresh ways of teaching about the Civil Rights Movement by making connections between history and art. It includes nearly 40 artworks, from a 1908 portrait of Booker T. Washington to the “Hope” portrait of President Obama. Web 2.0 tools bring teachers together to discuss the materials and to share lesson plans and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings
Online exhibition presenting the life and work of African sculptor Olowe of Ise. Includes cultural information on the Yoruba people.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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On Gold Mountain
Online exhibition documenting the history of Chinese immigration to the United States from the early 19th century to today. Topics include “Chinese Laborers in the West,” “Los Angeles’s Chinatown,” and “Traditions, Citizenship, and Contributions.”
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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On the Go! Forces and Motion
Unit of teacher-created lessons in which students investigate types of motion--and the motions of various geometric shapes--as they design a car that goes far and fast.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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On the School Bus
Online exhibit examining the ways that the use of school buses changed education in America, especially in rural areas where large consolidated schools replaced small local schools. This is the thirteenth section of the online exhibit America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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On the Shoulders of Giants
Lesson in which students research important astronomers and scientists and make presentations on their achievements. Develops the theme that advances in science are built on the past achievements of many individuals. Includes resource links for important scientific figures.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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On the Water Collection Search
Search engine for objects from the Smithsonian collection featured in the exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America. Representing a broad sweep of American maritime history, these objects were collected over more than a century and reflect broad patterns of technological, economic, social, and cultural change.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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On the Water: Stories from Maritime America
Online exhibit highlighting the importance of martime activity throughout US history. Focused on ships and the lives of the men and women who lived, worked, traveled, and died on them. Includes objects from the Museum’s collections, audio and video clips, oral histories and narrative accounts, an interactive collections search, learning resources, and an extensive list of web links.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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On Time: How America Has Learned to Live by the Clock
Online exhibit exploring the changing ways we have measured, used, and thought about time over the past three hundred years. Learn how improvements in time-keeping technology have led to the increased importance of efficiency, punctuality, and regimentation in American life. Exhibit has five chronological sections demarcating shifts in America’s relationship to time and related advancements in technology.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: Amelia Earhart
Online exhibition includes rare film footage of the first woman to fly solo across the Atantic.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: Ronald Reagan
Online exhibition in which photographs and artwork illustrate steps on a long life's journey: from sportscaster to movie star to governor to president; from union leader to corporate spokesman; from FDR liberal to Goldwater conservative; from fierce cold warrior to disarmament proponent.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
Webinar in which Smithsonian curator David C. Ward shows how Abraham Lincoln used the new art of photography to convey his image to Americans, letting them see in him what they most desired. Ward’s session draws on the Portrait Gallery’s extensive collection of Lincoln portraits, a collection that charts Lincoln’s passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to a grizzled, somewhat isolated figure during the presidency.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Online Coloring Book
Activity encourages children to color in postal-themed works of art.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Opportunities for Volunteer Service
This booklet describes Smithsonian volunteer opportunities in the Washington, D.C., area and New York City.
Grade(s): 9–12
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Oral and Videohistory Collections
Catalogue of interviews of important Smithsonian staff on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Archives. Available on audiotape or videotape, many with transcripts. Copies of transcripts or tapes are available free of charge.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Orchids Around Us
Lesson plans. Young students practice colors, symmetry and seasons. Older learners explore geography, plant classification and botanical history.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Our Geometric World
Activity in which students come to understand architectural applications of geometry by observing geometry in their community and by designing a building using geometric patterns, shapes, and lines.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Our Journey/Our Stories
Online exhibition featuring prominent Latin American artists, writers, physicians, scientists, and athletes. Provides biographical information, personal stories about their heritage, and audio quotes.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Out of the Mails
Webpage exploring the journey of Hugh Finlay who in examining Britain’s North American colonial postal system, explicates how Ben Franklin sent his mail for free, showing the mentality of the mail service on the loyalist and revolutionary sides of the war, and exploring the challenges of the postwar system.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Out of This World
Online exhibition of works from the museum's collection of space-related paintings and artful photographs. It is divided into four parts: the beginning of spaceflight in 1957, the moon landing in 1969, the first images of the “whole Earth” from space in 1972, and the photographing of our home galaxy in 1992.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Paint By Number: Accounting for Taste in the 1950's
Online exhibit revisiting the hobby of “Paint by Number” kits from the vantage point of artists and entrepreneurs who created the popular paint kits, the cultural critics who reviled them, and the hobbyists who happily completed them and hung them in their homes. Looking at the rise of paint-by-number kits as a popular hobby in the 1950s will provide insight into the debate over increased consumerism in post World War II America and a window into the history of creativity, leisure, and domesticity in America.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Panoramas: The North American Landscape in Art
Online exhibition celebrating the diverse landscapes of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and comparing the historical outlooks of the three countries through a variety of visuals and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Paper Airplane Contest Science Demonstration
Science demonstration at the National Air and Space Museum exploring the concept of “stability” through a hands-on activity in which students construct paper airplanes and compete for a prize.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Paper Airplane Design I and II Learning Lab
Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center exploring the concept of stability through hands-on student participation in experimental design, data collection, and graphing to create and test paper airplanes.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Paper Ballots
Section of the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy discussing nineteenth-century paper ballots, known as party tickets. Party tickets were controlled by the issuing political parties, leading to some cases of voting restrictions and outright fraud. Through museum objects, advertisements, and images, explore paper balloting and the effects of the 15th Amendment on the practice of democracy.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn
Online exhibition of the libraries' collection of pop-up and other moveable books. Includes short videos of the books in action.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Paper Plate Observation
Lesson has students simulate the documentation of the Transit of Venus using paper plates and marking the path of the transit. Gives practice with scientific inquiry and recording. Includes related web resources, printable images, and alternative lessons.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Paper Recycling Program
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a campaign to get a recycling message out to the whole school.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Parades: Freer Ceramics Installed by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott
Online exhibit detailing celebrated Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott's installation of Freer ceramics from ceramic storage , creating ceramic still lifes focused on color, form, pattern, and relationship rather than historical or cultural significance Although working with the art of others, her groupings show a unique sensibility and new connections amongst the objects.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Parcel Post: Delivery of Dreams
Exhibit that reflects on the beginning of the parcel post and its effect on the national economy. Features items from across the Smithsonian.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Paul Revere's Ride and the American Revolution
Teacher-created lesson in which students come up with alternative strategies for Lexington and Concord. In reports that include maps and other graphics, they explain how those strategies might have altered history.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen
Website presents background information on Paul Robeson, a controversial entertainer and political activist who, though shunned in his time, became a world-wide symbol for resistance against oppression.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Perfumania
Activity in which students find the volume of various perfume/cologne bottle designs and create their own bottle design for a new fragrance.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Personal Ads…and Not for Dating (Look Great for a College)
Teacher-created lesson in which college-bound eleventh-graders research schools and "market" themselves online as prospective students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective
Online exhibit presenting the first historical survey of the work of photographer Philippe Halsman's sparkling portraits of celebrities, intellectuals, and politicians. Recounts his career with a chronology and selected works.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974
Online exhibit featuring the photographs of photojournalist Fred Maroon, who was granted unusual access to the Nixon White House to document the 1970 reelection campaign as well as the major events of the Watergate controversy. Includes a timeline of events, 1968-1974.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Pick a Pet (PreK-1)
Students design informational materials to educate people on the importance of matching a new pet to the family's lifestyle and living arrangements.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Pick a Pet (PreK-3)
Students design informational materials to educate people on the importance of matching a new pet to the family's lifestyle and living arrangements.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Pick It Up!
Teacher-created lesson in which young students look at the problem of littering around the school. They consider ideas for receptacle designs, as well as graphic designs to discourage potential litterbugs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Picturing Business in America: Hedcuts in The Wall Street Journal
Online exhibition exploring The Wall Street Journal’s distinctive portrait heads, known as "hedcuts" or "dot-drawings,” that have attained the status of an American icon, readily identifiable with the business publication.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Times
Lesson plans exposing students to both the public and private Hemingway through his pictures and biography.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Times
Online exhibition extensively retelling the narrative of Ernest Hemingway’s life, with pictures and branching links throughout.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Picturing the 1930s Educational Website
Students increase visual literacy as they learn about the Great Depression in this online exhibition, which includes such primary-source materials as photographs, newsreels, and artists’ memorabilia. Students can create their own documentary movie.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration
Online exhibit exploring book and manuscript artwork that inspires, informs, or influences. Includes section on the process of illustration, detailed images, and examples organized by theme.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Pilgrims Pride
Lesson in which students use the book Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen to learn about modern-day immigrants as pilgrims.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Planet n
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a new object for the solar system (e.g., a planet, a comet, an asteroid). They show evidence of their knowledge of the actual solar system.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Planet Water
Our species has had an enormous impact on the watery world. The big fish are disappearing, coastal waters are home to “dead zones,” and carbon dioxide is taking a toll on water as well as air. Yet there is still time to act. Nancy Knowlton of the National Museum of Natural History discusses some of our positive actions.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Plant Image Collection
Library of over 15,000 photographic images of plant species and plant habitats provided by the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Botany. Intended for public and professional use.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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PLAY: It's Not Just for Kids
Lesson asking students to design a space where teenagers can play. Includes listening to a National Public Radio audio transcript that features the Strong National Museum of Play.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Playtime!
"Play area" of online activities produced for various exhibitions at the National Museum of African Art. Includes drawing and design activities, artist interviews, music, and much more.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets
Website with works from the National Portrait Gallery (mostly photographs) that illustrate the story of modernism in American poetry. The story begins with an unlikely pair of seminal figures: Walt Whitman, who heard "America singing" in the nineteenth century, and Ezra Pound, who left his "half savage country" early in the twentieth century and returned as a prisoner, charged with treason during World War II. The site includes recordings of Pound, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others, each reading a poem.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group
This video features seven contemporary Nigerian artists discussing their work and philosophies. Available for a three-week loan at no charge.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Poetry and Our National Anthem
Lesson analyzes the “The Star Spangled Banner” for use of poetic devices. Students will express the meaning of the national anthem in their own words and write their own poetry relating to the flag or other historical event. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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Polar Pairs
Game in which children match up animals while learning all about their habits and habitat. Each correct answer uncovers information about the animals and their ecosystem.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Polio: The Virus and Vaccine
Section of the online exhibit Whatever Happened to Polio? focusing on the story of the polio vaccine. Learn the chemistry of the poliovirus, the history of its discovery and study, and the history of vaccines, including the difference between inoculation, immunization and vaccination. Understand how two different polio vaccines were developed, tested, and used to end the spread of polio, and the people and organizations that worked to guarantee the vaccine’s success.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Pollution Solution!
This lesson plan investigates pollution and its effects on individuals. Students listen to the story “Clean Air, Dirty” by Lynne Patchett and draw pictures of air pollution. The lesson concludes with students inventing machines to clean up the environment.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs
Online exhibition with a gallery of images, as well as artist and sitter indices, from the publication ARTnews. Features a background essay on the significance of ARTnews in the art world.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Portraits of Mali from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Photographs from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives portraying the diversity of contemporary Mali over the past half-century. Includes photographs and information related to architecture, clothing and jewelry, and more.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Portraits of Mathew Brady
Online exhibit shows the life and works of the Civil-War-era photographer Mathew Brady. Includes virtual photo galleries, a biography, how to make a photograph in mid-1800s, a technical glossary, and an index of sitters.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Portraits of the Presidents
Website presents portraits of every American president with brief histories of their years in the White House.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Portrature Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter
Exhibition displays the diversity of contemporary Asian American identity. Portraits offer representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have long obscured the complexity of being Asian in America.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Postal Inspectors: The Silent Service
Online exhibit exploring one of the country's oldest federal law enforcement agencies--postal inspectors. Biohazards, financial, identity, and security frauds are among the crimes today's postal inspectors investigate. Read about past and present mail crimes and how inspectors bring the criminals to justice.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Posters American Style
Website surveying the process of making posters, their historical function, and some of the great graphic images made in the United States over the past century.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Power to the People
Teacher-created lesson in which students research local energy issues and design a policy to address them.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Preservation and the Power of Light
Activity about the power of light based on a comparison of what happens to paper that has been placed in sunlight with paper that has been placed in the dark. Includes making a prediction and comparing it to the results of an experiment. Concludes with consideration of how light has affected the Star-Spangled Banner and how the flag can be preserved. Part of the resource “Making the Star-Spangled Banner.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Presidents in Waiting
This online exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery takes a multimedia look at the fourteen vice presidents who went on to become president, whether by happenstance or by election in their own right. The site includes an interactive timeline and video interviews with former veeps Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush, Dan Quayle, and Dick Cheney.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Primary Source Search
Searchable database of primary sources from the Smithsonian. Organized by artifacts, documents, and photographs, and by major topics in American history.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Principles for Principals
Eight-part video workshop for principals who are working to improve student achievement in K-12 mathematics and science courses. Includes programs describing the impact of state and national standards and more.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Problem Solved! Design Solutions (4-8)
In this lesson, students look at problem solving in design. In an exercise, small groups create a safe method for transporting an egg.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Problem Solved! Design Solutions (9-12)
In this lesson, students look problem solving in design. In an exercise, small groups create a safe method for transporting an egg.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Produce For Victory: Posters on the American Home Front (1941-45)
Online exhibit exploring famous World War II propaganda posters, as well as the debate over their design. Posters were inexpensive, accessible, and ever-present, making them the ideal agent for galvanizing American citizens. Learn how posters connected the home front with the military front by advertising war aims and promoting American ideals of the time. Targets grades 7-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers of Science
Webpage providing information on the professional development opportunities available to teachers from the National Science Resources Center (NSRC). Sessions are held in Washington D.C. and include topics such as Earth’s history and global change, biodiversity, and energy. Graduate credits available.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): General audience
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Program Guide for Teachers- New York City
Webpage describes educational programs available at New York City’s George Gustav Heye Center and details the museum’s guidelines regarding your visit.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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