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Program Guide for Teachers- Washington, DC
Program guide describing educational programs available at the museum and detailing guidelines for your visit. Includes teaching guide to prepare students for the visit.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Project STAR: The Universe in Your Hands
Astronomy curriculum with hands-on, real-world math and science activities that encourage students to prove their own theories through observation and measurement. Developed at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Protest & Patriotism: A History of Dissent and Reform
This teaching guide focuses on three movements—populism, civil rights, and environmentalism—as it traces the history of protest in America. The movements are seen here as exemplars of what all successful American movements have in common. All called for limited change (reform rather than revolution) and set concrete goals. The guide includes teaching suggestions, timelines, and “case studies” for student reading.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Protest Signs
Lesson asks children to compare two protest signs from the civil rights movement then create their own expressive chalk art or poster. Part of the resource “Sit for Civil Rights.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Protest Songs: A Musical Introduction
Lesson on the music, significance, and social/historical context of famous protest songs. Students will sing, listen, and discuss famous protest songs. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Prove Them Wrong!
Teacher-created lesson in which high-schoolers prove wrong the stereotype that teens are only interested in appearances. The students design an addition to the school that is practical as well as attractive.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Proving the Purpose of Punctuation
Teacher-created lesson in good grammar that is also an introduction to the design process.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Public and Private Photography During the Civil War
Webinar in which curator Shannon Thomas Perich presents Civil War-era photographs to show how photography was incorporated into everyday lives, and how we value those photographs today as historical objects. Objects include an 1860 Rutgers College yearbook, Alexander Gardner’s “Sketchbook of the War,” glass-plate negatives by Mathew Brady, and Lincoln portraits incorporated into cartes-de-visite albums.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Pueblo Pots Homepage
Parent's guide designed to help teach children about the roles that pottery and water played in the lives of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. Children will learn about Native American culture by reading the book, When Clay Sings, and discover the symbolism of two modern pots in a hands-on “explore pueblo pots” activity.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Puja: Expressions of Hindu Devotion
An introduction to the art and practice of Hindu worship.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Put Out to Dry . . . Not in My Back Yard
Teacher-created lesson in which students design an environment-friendly way of drying laundry. They consider a return to clotheslines and zoning laws against clotheslines.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Put Your Best Façade Forward—Lesson 1
Lesson in which students are introduced to the applied art of architecture and how it communicates messages about the people in the community who use that building.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Put Your Best Façade Forward—Lesson 2
Activity in which students analyze the design of their school's façade for hints of the building's purpose in order to redesign the façade to better reflect this purpose.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching
Book with lessons and articles on how to go beyond a heroes approach to teaching the civil rights movement. Includes interactive, interdisciplinary lessons, readings, writings, photographs, graphics and interviews. Requires purchase.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Putting the Transit in Context
Lesson has students research the important events that were taking place during the major expeditions to investigate the Transits of Venus and make presentations on how they may have influenced the expeditionary teams.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Q?rius
Companion website of a new center for teens at Natural History. Includes videos of museums scientists at work, a database of images of fossils and artifacts, and such online activities as "Decoding Mars," "Reefs Unleased," and "Create Your Own Field Book."
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Quizzes
Game quizzes children on postal and philatelic questions.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Race the Track! Design Challenge (Lesson Five)
Teacher-created lesson that introduces students to basic physics concepts and the idea of variables with Mattel Hot Wheels tracks and steel balls. The students use the design process to explore force and motion.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Race the Track! Design Challenge (Lesson Six)
Teacher-created lesson that introduces students to basic physics concepts and the idea of variables with Mattel Hot Wheels tracks and steel balls. The students use the design process to explore force and motion.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Race the Track! Jump the Gap (Lesson Four)
Teacher-created lesson that introduces students to basic physics concepts and the idea of variables, using Mattel Hot Wheels tracks and steel balls. The students explore force and motion.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Radio Latino
Audio site featuring traditional and contemporary Latino music.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): General audience
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Read Martin's Big Words
Reading guide with strategies to help adults and children actively read the illustrated biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Martin's Big Words, together. Part of the resource “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Reading Baseball Saved Us
Lesson has children read information about the book Baseball Saved Us, its author and its illustrator. Includes images of objects from the online exhibit A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution. Part of the “Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp” resource.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Reading Dakota Dugout
Lesson has students read Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner and answer questions about the book. They examine an artifact that would have been important to women living in a sod house on the frontier and try to determine what it is.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Reading Freedom on the Menu
Activity using four reading strategies to help adults and children actively read the book Freedom on the Menu together. This book tells the story of the Greensboro sit-ins from the perspective of a young girl. Part of the resource “Students Sit for Civil Rights.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Reading Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
Activity using four strategies to help adults and children actively read Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie together. The book tells the story of a young heroine who runs her family’s lighthouse during a fierce storm. Part of the resource “Life on the Water.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Reading Mama Went to Jail for the Vote
Lesson with strategies to help adults and children actively read Mama Went to Jail for the Vote together. This historical fiction is about a girl whose mother joins the suffragists to win the vote for women. Part of the resource “Winning the Vote for Women.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Reading Maria's Comet
Strategies that help adults and children actively read Maria's Comet together. Maria's Comet is a work of children's fiction about a young girl who longs to study the stars. Part of the resource “Exploring the Sky.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Reading Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers
Parent’' guide focused on the biography written for children, Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers. Discussion questions explore the role setting plays in the story, environmentalism, the role of the first lady, and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson’s work to protect the environment. Part of the resource, “First Lady for the Environment.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Reading Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
Reading guide designed to help engage young readers as they read Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, a children's book based on a true story about a girl who writes a letter to Abraham Lincoln. It includes four active reading strategies that will help children identify new vocabulary, make predictions, and think about the characters and their emotions. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Reading the Flag Maker
Lesson has children actively read The Flag Maker, using suggested questions designed to improve reading for understanding and using written and image resources. Part of the resource “Making the Star-Spangled Banner.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Reading When Clay Sings
Worksheet on how to examine objects to explore cultures and people. Includes a readying of When Clay Sings, a book about Native American culture seen through its pottery and imagery. Useful when visiting a museum, library, website, or any location where objects are used to interpret the past. Part of the resource “Pueblo Pots.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Ready, Set, Go!
Downloadable PDF activity sheet. Students learn about four fast things that can be found at the Smithsonian: the first supersonic jet, a motorcycle faster than the planes of its time, a cheetah, and a sculpture of Atalanta, the fastest girl in Greek mythology. A word-search puzzle contains verbs that mean “go fast.”
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Rebels: Painters and Poets of the 1950´s
Website including an essay and photos/portraits of post-World-War-II avant garde artists in the Beat Generation, the San Francisco Renaissance, the Black Mountain poets, and the New York School poets, who were united under a common feeling of embattlement rather than a poetic style.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Rebuild, Renew, Revitalize, Recreate New Orleans
Lesson plan in which students research and evaluate the progress made in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. They design a project that would aid the revitalization process.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Red Cloud´s Manikin and His Uncle´s Shirt: Historical Representation in the Museum as Seen Through Photo Analysis
Examines photographs of early manikins representing Plains Indians. Encourages critical thinking and analysis of historical photographs. Includes specific images, their histories, and questions to ask of images in general.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Redesign My Street! Street Design for Pedestrian Safety
Teacher-created lesson in which students explore issues of pedestrian safety in their community. They conduct interviews and brainstorm ideas for redesigning a street or intersection.
Provider: Smithsonian Books
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Redesign the Rover: Mars Research Year Round
This lesson plan incorporates a study of design into a study of astronomy. Students read about the NASA Mars program and identify the problems that impede exploration of the planet. As they design a new Mars rover to work throughout the year, they recognize factors influencing periods of orbit.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Redesigning Résumés
Teacher-created lesson in which students design an eye-catching PowerPoint résumé.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Redesigning the Classroom
Teacher-created lesson in which students work in teams to "make the classroom more their own." They create a list of objectives that their designs will have to meet.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Redo the Playground
Teacher-created lesson in which middle school students draw on memories of their elementary school playground to design a playground that's closer to ideal.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century
This online exhibition of twentieth-century self-portraits considers the ways in which discoveries in psychology and genetics changed our ideas the individual.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Reflections/Refractions: Self Portraiture in the Twentieth Century Slideshow
This online slideshow complements the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Reflections/Refractions offering a selection of self-portrait to accompany two lesson plans. In these activities, students examine how artists have chosen to represent themselves.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Remember Me Fondly
Lesson in which students compare the ways in which American and Mexican cultures express ideas of remembrance and honor ancestors.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Remembering King
Lesson plan asking students to think of three symbols to represent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and create a window decoration with these symbols. Part of the resource “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World
Online exhibition presenting the artwork of 15 contemporary Native American artists, addressing themes and ideas that transcend their tribal community. The works demonstrate an identity that might be called “post-Indian.”
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Repatriation Office
Explains the collaborative process between museums and cultural representatives to determine the disposition of human remains and cultural objects under the law. Includes a basic definition, current projects, and FAQs.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Reptiles and Amphibians Bibliography
List of general (but not necessarily technical) resources on reptiles and amphibians. Includes recommended websites, children’s books and magazines, field guides, and related societies.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Reservation X: The Power of Place
Online exhibition in which contemporary artists explore the connection of location and identity in relation to reserves and reservations.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Resonance from the Past
This online exhibition displays African sculpture from the New Orleans Museum of Art. View works of art from Mali, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, and the Congo.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Resources - A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution
Reference webpage with links to all of the resources included in the online exhibit A More Perfect Union. This page serves as a resource on the Japanese American Internment camps of World War II. Included are links to a statement by one of the exhibition's curators and the text of the original traveling exhibition A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and The United States Constitution, as well as a historical overview of the period, two classroom activities, a bibliography of books for grades 4 through 12, and a list of relevant web sites about Japanese and Asian American culture and history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Resources for Changing the Course of Scientific Education:
Descriptions of books on a variety of topics: research; learning standards; education reform; elementary, secondary, and higher education; professional development; and assessment.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): All grades
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Resources for Teaching American History: Invention
The multimedia site includes teacher-selected primary sources, a video on the electric guitar, lesson plans on the American office and the history of photography, and an Advanced Placement DBQ on technological changes between 1870 and 1920.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Resources for Teaching American History: Native American History
The multimedia site includes teacher-selected primary sources, a video on Lakota winter counts, and six Advanced Placement DBQs on encounters between Native Americans and European Americans.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Resources for Teaching American History: Transportation
The multimedia site includes teacher-selected primary sources, a video on Amelia Earhart, and an Advanced Placement DBQ on the development of the Interstate Highway System.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Resources for Teaching American History: Westward Expansion
The multimedia site includes teacher-selected primary sources, Advanced Placement DBQs, a video on the painting Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, and a lesson plan on Lewis and Clark
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Resources for Teaching Elementary School Science
Revised edition of Science for Children: Resources for Teachers is an annotated reference guide to hands-on, inquiry-centered curriculum materials for K–6 science teachers. Read online, skim, or purchase PDF or print.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Resources for Teaching Middle School Science
Book offers advice on selecting effective science curriculum materials for grades 6-8. Describes more than 400 curriculum titles, grouped by scientific area and by type: core materials, supplementary units, and science activity books. Read online, skim, or purchase PDF or print.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Resources for Visually Impaired Visitors
Offerings from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory that may be ordered or downloaded. The items include audio, Braille books, and tactile posters.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Restoration of an Artwork
Watch a video of paintings conservator Ann Creager in which she describes restoring William H. Johnson´s Portrait of a Man.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12, General audience
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Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries
Online exhibit featuring 6th century artifacts recently found in the Qingzhou region of China. Discusses how these discoveries reshaped understandings of Buddhist worship and Chinese sculpture of the time.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): General audience
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Return to the Moon and Beyond
Reserve online for visits to the Learning Lab at Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, D.C. Through hands-on activities, the program introduces students to the history of lunar exploration: the obstacles to working on the moon, what was learned from the Apollo missions, and what can still be learned by returning. Students work as “mission design teams” to create a moon habitat that could support human life. For grades 3-9.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Revealing Personal Identity: The Indigenous Vision of Manuel Carrillo
Photographs of Mexican American life and accompanying text, written by the artist's daughter, explore the themes of identity, displacement, border, and location.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): General audience
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Right Whale Listening Network
This interactive website includes audio recordings of the calls of right whales and other cetaceans.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Roadside Communities
Online exhibit highlighting the new communities that grew up around America’s rapidly expanding network of roads during the 1930s. Clusters of family-owned tourist cabins, restaurants, and gasoline stations kept long-distance motorists fed, rested, and ready to go. This is the eleventh section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Rocket Science
Teacher-created lesson in which young students learn of Newton's laws of motion by designing and launching an air-pressure rocket. The rocket is a plastic bottle.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Rocks Up!
This lesson plan asks students to build a structure that will support a rock weighing 50 grams, using only materials found in nature. They take inspiration from pictures of Andy Goldsworthy’s works.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Role Model Medal
Lesson encouraging children to recognize a female role model in their lives by creating a special symbolic pin. Part of the resource “Winning the Vote for Women” this activity includes a discussion on women’s suffrage and guidance on choosing effective symbols for the pin. Targets grades 1-4.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Roll It! Creating an Entrance Ramp
Teacher-created lesson in which students design an entrance ramp for their school. They draw on prior knowledge of geometry and trigonometry.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
Online exhibit of twenty collages by this African American artist. Homer's "Odyssey" is recast with black characters. Includes free educational apps.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Root Words
Downloadable PDF activity sheet on which children unearth the meanings of words by looking at their common roots. They then find those roots in a word-search puzzle. Along the way, they learn amazing facts about soil, the home of the other kind of roots.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Route 66 - The People's Highway
Online exhibit examining the impact of Route 66 and the highways on American life in the 1920s and 1930s. This is the tenth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Sabor: Salsa in the United States
Interactive website explores the influence and diffusion of salsa music and dance. Includes online activity, bibliography, discography, scholarly essays, glossary, and lesson plans. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): General audience
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Sabor: Salsa in the United States Lesson Plans
Educational activities and lesson plans. Encourages students to understand and articulate the history of salsa, its roots, and its influence on American music today. Lessons include: Introduction to Salsa, Music and Politics, Musical inheritance, Community based oral history featuring musician Yomo Toro, and Understanding musical figures featuring singer Celia Cruz. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Samuel C. Johnson Theater, an IMAX® Theater
Schedule of films featured at the theater. Also option to purchase tickets in advance.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Samuel P. Langley: Aviation Pioneer
Online exhibition presenting the life and work of Samuel P. Langley, third secretary (director) of the Smithsonian. Few know that Langley almost succeeded in building the airplane before the Wright brothers or about the Wrights’ tumultuous history with the Smithsonian. This little- known history is found here along with contextual images and primary documents.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Sant Ocean Hall Additional Resources
This website offers links to web resources, field guides, photographs, books, and bibliographies dealing with oceans, ocean ecosystems, and marine biology research.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Sant Ocean Hall for Educators
This webpage includes web-based student activities and lesson plans that accompany studies of the ocean its ecosystems. Find resources on coral reefs, scientific research, whales, and jellyfish.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Sant Ocean Hall Galleries
Through this interactive website, explore images and essays based on themes from the Sant Ocean Hall’s galleries at the National Museum of Natural History: exploration, native Pacific cultures, whales, shores, shallows, and the deep ocean.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Sant Ocean Hall Ocean Stories
This website from the Sant Ocean Hall exhibition shares short essays and pictures on ocean ecosystems specific to the North and South Pole, beaches, coral reefs, salmon in the Pacific, and giant squid near Japan.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Save an Endangered Species
Teacher-created "product design" lesson in which elementary students create a conservation advertisement.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Save Our African American Treasures: Protecting Family History
Lesson plan explores what can be learned from everyday objects. Students discuss the importance of protecting historical objects and learn how to preserve their own family items, such as photographs and documents.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Saving Giant Pandas Activity Book
Downloadable activity book for children with fun activities and colorful pictures that teach about the giant panda and panda conservation efforts. Intended for use at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Scenes of American Life: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kit featuring works depicting American life in the first half of the twentieth century, from the Roaring Twenties to World War II and beyond. Includes video, slides, and teacher’s guide.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Scholars in the Schools
Program bringing scholars from the Smithsonian research and curatorial staff into schools across the nation to work with students, teachers, and the school community. From abstract art to environmental studies, or space science to American history, the Smithsonian Scholars in the Schools programs enrich your lesson plans---and ignite the desire among teachers and students to reach beyond the classroom. Call for rates and more information.
Provider: The Smithsonian Associates
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Grade(s): General audience
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School Redesign and Multiple Intelligences
Teacher-created lesson in which students look at ways that school design can be adapted to various learning styles.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Science and Technology for Children Books
Book series published by the National Science Resources Center as a literary component to their popular curriculum for elementary students. Each book is designed to be used in conjunction with teaching the STC unit of the same name or as a stand-alone resource that conveys topics in a way that makes science interesting and relevant. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Science and the Artist's Book
Exhibit exploring links between scientific and artistic creativity through the book format. Showcases artist's books inspired by landmark works of science. Provides insights into the creative side of scientific research. Organized by scientific field.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Science for All Children: A Guide to Improving Elementary Science Education in Your School District
This book provides guidelines for planning and implementing an inquiry-based elementary science program in any school district. Read online, skim, or purchase PDF or print version.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Science in Focus: Energy
Eight-part content series for K-5 elementary science teachers, using light as a theme to explore topics in physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth and space.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Science in Focus: Force and Motion
Eight-part content workshop for K-8 teachers, engaging viewers in an exploration of the science concepts of force and motion.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Science in Focus: Shedding Light on Science
Eight-part content series for K-5 elementary science teachers that uses light as a theme through which to explore topics in physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth and space.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Science Olympiad Astronomy Webinar
Set of videos that help teachers prepare for the "Astronomy" event in the Science Olympiad competition.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Scientific Identity
Online collection of portraits in the Dibner Library featuring scientists, natural philosophers, engineers, and inventors.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Scopes Monkey Trial Unpublished Photographs
Rare, unpublished photographs of the 1925 Tennessee vs. John Scopes “Monkey Trial,” a landmark case challenging the teaching of evolution in schools.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Sculptures for a Peaceful Planet
Lesson in which students look at various symbols for peace while exploring ways that meaning can be associated with an image. Student design their own symbols and create a 3-D model.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Sea Turtles and Our Watersheds Outreach Program, Grade 6
Classroom program connecting students to local and global watersheds through activities that relate to Smithsonian science and sea turtle research. Focus is on pollution and how humans effect the sea environment. For grade 6. Pre-registration and fee required.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses Bibliography
List of resources on seals, sea lions, and walruses. Sections include technical references, popular literature, periodicals, and bibliographies.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Season's Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art
Online exhibition of handmade Christmas cards by more than thirty modern artists might prompt students' ideas.
Provider: Archives of American Art
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Seating Device Design
Lesson plan in which students look at the materials and design of various seating devices. They write a research paper and design their own device.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Secrets of the Dark Chamber: The Art of the American Daguerreotype
Exhibition and image gallery on the American daguerreotype art form. Includes audio clips on the history of daguerreotypes.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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See for Yourself
Young children´s guide to the Free within Ourselves exhibition giving pointers for looking at and interpreting artwork.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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See the Stars
Activity in which children and adults look at the night sky (either indoors at a planetarium or outside using a telescope/the naked eye) and discuss what they see. Includes printable tip sheets tailored to each type of observation. Part of the resource “Exploring the Sky.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Seeing Art in a Historical Context
This lesson helps to develop the critical skill of “reading” a work of art. Students use their prior knowledge of a historical period to make inferences about the piece.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Seeing the World Through Satellites’ Eyes
Reserve online for visits to the Learning Lab at the Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, D.C. students learn about satellites through stories, demonstrations, and simple experiments. They go on to create a simulated satellite. For grades 1-4.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Segregated America
Online exhibit showing how racism, manifested in social attitudes and policies such as Jim Crow laws and poll taxes, led to the Plessy v. Ferguson case legalizing segregation. Segregated America is the first section of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Segregated America Lesson
Lesson plan examining the condition and aspirations of free African Americans in the years following the Civil War. Students will analyze primary source documents in order to identify social factors that led to the rise of Jim Crow segregation and evaluate the effects of segregation. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Selected References on Arctic and Subarctic Prehistory and Ethnology
Bibliography providing an introduction to the current literature, in English, on Arctic and Subarctic prehistory and ethnology.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12, General audience
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Selections from the Field Journal of William Duncan Strong (Honduras, 1933)
Discusses the experience of international travel, and the study of human civilizations. Includes images of journal pages, detailed descriptions, and suggested further reading.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Selections from the National Anthropological Archives
Collection of scanned anthropological images categorized by region and culture group, ranging from Oceania to American Indian to African cultures. Includes photographs, drawings, documents, paintings, and more.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Send a Lincoln Letter
Lesson has children write letters to family and friends as well as learn more about the local post office. Following a reading of Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers, about a young girl in 1860 who wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln and received a response, children will write their own letter and then mail it at the post office. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Separate and Unequal Education-Lesson
Lesson plan identifying the purpose and importance of education in American society and why African Americans chose to challenge segregated education in their quest for equality. Students will discuss the purpose and requirements for education, compare black and white schools using photographs from the time period, and examine the concept of integration when applied to issues of education and multiculturalism.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Homepage
Online exhibit on the Brown v. Board of Education decision as a turning point in the history of race relations in the United States. Looks at the fearless efforts of lawyers, community activists, parents, and students to push the issue of equal education all the way to the Supreme Court and eventually make equal opportunity the law of the land. This exhibit will help students understand the historic struggle for equal education that set in motion sweeping changes in American society and redefined the nation’s ideals.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Web Resources
List of web resources related to the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Part of the online exhibit, Separate is Not Equal: Brown v Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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September 11: Bearing Witness to History
Online exhibit commemorating September 11, 2001, includes highlights of the related exhibition. Search more than 100 objects related to the event from the Museum's collections, listen to oral histories of curators as they tell stories about collecting the objects, and have the opportunity to link to the September 11 Digital Archive in order to read unedited first-person accounts and then share personal memories. Targets grades 7-12; some material included in the archive may not be suitable for young children.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Setting the Precedent: Four Women Who Excelled in Business
Online exhibit highlighting four women who succeeded in business during the twentieth century. Each woman was exceptional in many respects and achieved a degree of visibility in her field enjoyed by few other women. Includes reading about the women's lives and accomplishments, short biographies of their careers, timelines, and interactive games.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Settle Down: Turbidity and Water Quality
Lesson where students learn about “water fitness” as they focus on the how turbidity affects water quality. Printable worksheets and links included.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Shapes and Functions
Guided tour for students with physical and cognitive disabilities. Introduces some of the most significant artifacts in the National Air and Space Museum.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Sharks Bibliography
List of selected resources on sharks and shark attacks. Divided into five categories: general references, shark attack, shark fishing, selected species, and sensory systems. Includes both technical and popular publications.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser
Focuses on one of the first industrial designers from the nineteenth century. Includes methods of production, form over ornament, and an eclectic vocabulary of cultural sources.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Shorelines: Life and Science at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Blog follows the ongoing work of the Smithsonian's Environmental Research Center as they investigate climate change, invasive species, food webs, and other environmental issues around the world.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Shutter Bugs
Online game for beginning readers. Players are equipped with a virtual camera on a cartoon tour of the National Zoo. They snap pictures of animals whose behavior best corresponds to new vocabulary words.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Si/ymbiosis
Bilingual (Spanish-English) lesson plan  that introduces symbiosis through the life of leaf-cutting ants. Includes video with scientists and a printable coloring activity for kids.
Provider: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Silhouette Outlines
Lesson reveals how light source, object, and distance affect shadows’ shapes by tracing the shadows to make silhouettes. Activities include experimenting with conditions and describing results.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Silhouettes and Interiors
Self-discovery lesson in which students examine genres of art and literature and create personal poetry and collage.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Sing Me a Rainbow: An Artistic Medley from Trinidad and Tobago
Education guide to the culture and art of Trinidad and Tobago. Based on more than 80 works by more than 20 artists. Includes link to online art exhibition.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America
Website exploring the monotype art form, American monotype artists, and the process of creating monotypes. Includes a video on the monotype process.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Sink or Float: Water and Design Solutions
People around the world are confronted with rising water, drought conditions, and increased weather extremes. Presenters from the Smithsonian's National Design Museum discuss the ways that designers are responding with innovative solutions—from floating houses to energy produced by ocean waves.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Sit on It!
This lesson plan introduces students to design: it asks them to design a chair to be used in the art studio. The students brainstorm, build a prototype, and create a final product. Peer assessments and tests determine the functionality and success of the chair.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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SITES Publication Search
Search the resources of the Smithsonian Institution’s Travelling Exhibition Service, including books, posters, and curriculum guides for purchase or download. Includes several free resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Sizing Up a Squid
Downloadable PDF activity sheet on which children draw themselves swimming alongside a giant squid to get a sense of the size of this real-life monster.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Sky Quest Teaching Poster
Classroom activities designed to prepare students for the National Air and Space Museum Planetarium show, Sky Quest. Explores concepts such as constellations and telescopes.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Slates, Sliderules and Software: Teaching Math in America
Online exhibit focusing on the history of mathematics education in America. Beginning with the advent of public education in the early nineteenth century and ending in the modern Information Age, advances in technology and changes in education theory have affected math education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Slave Life and the Underground Railroad Homepage
Parent's guide designed to teach children about slavery, slave life, and the Underground Railroad. Includes discussion questions based on a reading of the children’s book, Follow the Drinking Gourd, by Jeanette Winter, and other activities/recommended readings.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Slippery Slope
Teacher-created lesson in which high school students graph linear functions and write equations in order to design wheelchair ramps.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Small Mammal Conservation and Science
Lists current Zoo projects in conservation of small mammals from around the world. Offers links to more information on each project.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Small Mammal Enrichment
Images and description of the enrichment opportunities given to the small mammals that live at the Zoo. Includes how the habitats of the animals provide stimulation and images.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Small Mammal News
Recent research in small mammals. 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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Smart Growth: Reshaping Communities (4-8)
Activity introducing students to different aspects of smart growth as they explore a model community, engage in creative problem solving, and create presentations on this topic.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Artwork Search Tool
Search the Smithsonian American Art Museum´s collection of 40,000 art objects. More than 20,000 works are illustrated online. New images added daily.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Docent Outreach: House Calls
Listing of Smithsonian American Art Museum "House Calls," free sessions in which knowledgeable speakers share with your group outstanding images and broad themes in American art and craft.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Student Podcasts
Find inspiration in a collaboration between the Holton-Arms School and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Education Office. Listen to student podcasts describing artworks in our Renwick Gallery.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Video Conferencing
This webpage provides information on classroom videoconferencing and thematic tours of the American Art Museum. Tours focus on visual literacy, learning about history, or celebrating cultural heritage.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Smithsonian American Art Museum: Online Exhibitions
Slideshow versions of the museum’s temporary exhibitions, updated regularly.
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Smithsonian Annual Kite Festival
Day-long festival on the National Mall offering a hand-made kite competition, opportunities to make kites, demonstrations from kite masters, exhibits on kite history and flight, and more.
Provider: The Smithsonian Associates
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Smithsonian Archives Research Resources
List of research databases, bibliographies, and collections documenting Smithsonian staff, artifacts, benefactors, events, exhibits, structures and research. Many of the tools can be accessed online; some require the assistance of a reference archivist.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program (APAP) provides vision, leadership, and support for all Asian Pacific American (APA) activities at the Smithsonian, while serving as the Smithsonian’s liaison to APA communities. Through exhibitions, programs, research, and collaborations, APAP reflects experiences of Asian Pacific Americans, their role in U.S. history, and empowers them by increasing their sense of inclusion in our national culture.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program Multimedia
Webpage displaying videos, photos, interactives, and audio from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.
Provider: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
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Smithsonian Automobile Collection
Image gallery and additional information about the automobiles in the Smithsonian collection. This page is included in the online exhibit, America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Bicycle Collection
Image gallery and additional information about the bicycles in the Smithsonian collection. This page is included in the online exhibit, America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Resources
Webpage offers teacher resources developed by the Smithsonian's museum lab school. Includes articles, lesson plans, and podcasts.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Teaching Kits
Teaching kits employing the approach of the Smithsonian’s museum lab school contain art prints, children’s literature, and objects with lesson plans appropriate for the classroom or museum. Designed for young children. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Apollo Space Program
Online conference featuring Smithsonian experts from the National Air and Space Museum, who discuss the challenges of the Apollo Program and examine the remarkable technologies that made the moon landings possible. The program includes sessions of general interest and sessions for secondary teachers with ties to the NASA History Advanced Placement and Human Geography Advanced Placement projects. From this website, access session recordings, topic discussions, and related Smithsonian resources in the virtual exhibit hall.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Climate Change
Archived online conference in which Smithsonian staff and audience members look at the issues surrounding climate change from the perspectives of science, history, and art. From this website, you can access session recordings, topic discussions, and related Smithsonian resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Smithsonian Education Online Conferenece: Abraham Lincoln
Archived online conference that takes a multidisciplinary look at President Abraham Lincoln on the bicentennial of his birthday. The sessions include “Lincoln’s Deathbed,” hosted by a Smithsonian historian, and “Mr. Lincoln’s Air Force” a presentation on the use of balloons during the civil war. Includes related Smithsonian resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
General information on planning and scheduling school visits to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Includes links to information on specific on-site trips, electronic field trips, and video conferences.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Distance Learning Programs
Gateway to information on SERC’s electronic field trips and videoconferences. Provides an opportunity to talk with scientists and educators and possibly venture into places where on-site visitors are seldom permitted.
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Online Databases
Links to searchable databases useful for research into aquatic ecosystems.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Video Conferences
Interactive videoconferences, 30 to 60 minutes, on topics related to SERC research including animals, plants, and ecology. Students participate in hands-on science demonstrations and interact with SERC staff.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Smithsonian Folkways Magazine:
Website that introduces an indigenous American art form. Includes audio samples of the work discussed, from ragtime to modern.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Descriptions of more than two hundred CD and cassette titles of American folk, American Indian, bluegrass, blues, children’s, classical, and world music; spoken-word recordings; and videotapes.
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian Garderns
Main website of Smithsonian Gardens, featuring its collections, programs, online exhibits, gardens map and tour schedule, educational activities and resources, and list of available internship projects and volunteer opportunities.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Smithsonian Global Sound
Download and learn about traditional music from around the world. Music for purchase in multiple formats. Proceeds support local musicians and archives. Searchable by country, culture, genre, instrument, or language. Free radio, video, and educational materials.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Smithsonian IMAX: Shows and Schedules
Listing of showtimes and locations for all Smithsonian IMAX Theaters.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Contrasts in Blue
Lesson plan that demonstrates how these two ecosystems are unique yet related. Emphasis is on the formation of these environments and the organisms that call them home. Students consider the role of temperature, sunlight, waves, tides, and food chains
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States
Students interpret historical maps and timelines in a study of America�s westward expansion in the 1840s.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian In Your Classroom: Final Farewells: Signing a Yearbook on the Eve of the Civil War
In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine farewell messages written in an 1860 Rutgers College yearbook. The yearbook’s owner was a southerner at a northern college—a Texan who would die for the Confederacy. On close study, the messages to him reveal much about the complexities of this “brother's war.”
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Japan: Images of a People
Lesson plans bring Japanese and American art into comparison, illuminating the cultural heritage of Japan. Students create Japanese painted screens.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Lewis and Clark and the Language of Discovery
Lesson plans focus on Lewis and Clark as keepers of journals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Native American Dolls
Lesson plan presenting the perspectives and experiences of Native doll makers. These voices encourage students to draw connections between dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian and Native cultures, communities, and environments.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Reviled and Revered: Toads, Turtles, Snakes, Salamanders, and Other Creepers and Crawlers
Lesson plans help students understand and appreciate these often misunderstood animals
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Stories of the Wrights Flight
Lesson plan includes firsthand accounts of the Wright brothers first flights on December 17, 1903, which students compare to a secondary source, a newspaper story that appeared the next day.
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Teaching from Objects and Stories: Learning about the Bering Sea Eskimo People
Students act as detectives to unravel the mysteries of a traditional culture. The clues are everyday objects and creation stories of the people of the Bering Sea.
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Winning the Vote: How Americans Elect Their President
Lesson plan that introduces students to the office of the presidency and the process of electing the president. Covers political parties, campaigns, the Electoral College, and presidential powers.
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Creating a Classroom Exhibit
This special issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom describes the basic components of a classroom museum exhibit, using as a model the exhibit projects of a Smithsonian magnet school in Washington, D.C.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Smithsonian Institution Digital Repository
Website where you can search, find, and view digitized resources from across the Smithsonian: publications, images of collections, and primary-source documents.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Smithsonian Institution Library Catalog
Website allows visitors to search for onsite resources in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
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Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service Podcasts and Videos
Website with e podcasts on topics as various as Roberto Clemente, the White House, and the work of Jim Henson. Also includes short video clips to complement exhibits.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Smithsonian Internships
Browse current internship opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution; find descriptions of internships, application forms, and more.
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Smithsonian Latino Center Educator's Guides and Bilingual Materials
Explore various approaches to classroom curriculum using bilingual materials. Includes online exhibitions, teacher's guides, family guides, and more. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Smithsonian Latino Center Homepage
Website of the Smithsonian Latino Center. Includes information on the Center’s exhibitions, programs, collections, educational resources, and more. Many bilingual resources available.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Smithsonian LVM Interactive
Media archive on Latino identity. Students explore art, culture, environmental science, and more. Includes 3D games, "augmented reality," and videos.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Smithsonian Magazine
Smithsonian is a monthly subscription magazine that takes a fresh look at history, the arts, science, and the environment. Regular columns highlight events and exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution�s museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and research facilities.
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian Motorcycle Collection
Webpage highlighting objects from the Smithsonian's motorcycle collection. Photographs and artifacts illustrate a brief history of American motorcycles. This page is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian Museums
Webpage presenting a brief history and historical photo of each of the Smithsonian museums.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Smithsonian Ocean Science
The Smithsonian attracts nearly 6 million visitors each year and reaches another 12 million online. What many of these visitors don’t know is that the Smithsonian is also a world-renowned center for marine science, and has been conducting research in the ocean for more than 160 years. This website introduces that behind-the scenes work. It also includes a link to “The Encyclopedia of Life,” an “electronic page for each species of organism on Earth.”
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World
In this companion book to the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History, author Deborah Cramer reveals the myriad ways the sea is essential to all of us.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Smithsonian Research Institutes
Webpage presenting a brief history of the Smithsonian's various research centers.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Smithsonian Science Education Center
Main website of the Smithsonian Science Education Center includes general information for teachers and links to educational resources.
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Smithsonian Source Primary Sources Database
Search the Smithsonian Source network of primary resources by topic, keyword, or document type. By registering, you can create your own online collection. Each resource comes with contextual information.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Smithsonian Source: Civil Rights
Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on the civil rights struggle. Includes a variety of teaching strategies and guidelines, a video in which Smithsonian curators examine a photograph of civil rights leader Medgar Evans, DBQs, lesson plans organized by grade level, and primary-source documents from the Smithsonian collections.
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Smithsonian Source: Colonial America
Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on Colonial America. Includes a video of Forensic Anthropologist Doug Owsley describing his discoveries at Jamestown, Document Based Questions (DBQs) and lesson plans organized by grade level, and primary source documents from the Smithsonian collections.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Smithsonian Source: Native American History
Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on Native American history. Includes a video on Lakota winter counts, six high school DBQs, and primary source documents from Smithsonian collections.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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