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Save Outdoor Sculpture! Children’s Page
Online children’s program on outdoor sculpture featuring five interactive activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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The Civil War and American Art: Teacher’s Guide
Set of teacher-created lesson plans based on a sesquicentennial exhibition. Includes many ideas for using art to teach American history or vice versa. Might serve as an introduction to using art as a primary source.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Ancient Mexican Art
Online exhibit illustrating the cultural and historical continuity of Mexican art from ancient times to the colonial era and the present. Uses pieces from a variety of media. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Art to Zoo: “Blacks in the Westward Movement,” “What Can You Do with a Portrait?” and “Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass” (1976)
Premier issue of Art to Zoo, containing three sections: experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Color My World
Lesson using the scientific method to explore how to make different colors with paint, then using the paint to create a "Colors of the Season" book.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Pueblo Indian Watercolors
Teacher guide beginning with the history of the Pueblo Indians and using watercolor paintings to highlight aspects of Pueblo culture.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Tête à Tête: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lesson plan introducing students to the art of photography through Cartier-Bresson’s most memorable photographs. Includes images from the exhibit on Cartier-Bresson, a biography, and additional primary and secondary resources.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Making Friends with Franklin
Lesson plans in which portraits of Benjamin Franklin introduce his writings and scientific experiments. Students do their own writing and conduct their own experiments. In addition, they learn about the international scientific community in which Franklin was a prominent member.
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: Every Picture Tells a Story
Lesson plan that focuses on important steps in the development of photography in the nineteenth century. Students make observations and inferences about historical photos, then use deductive skills to place photographs in a historical context.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Art and Archaeology of Ancient China Teacher's Guide
Teacher's guide introducing important aspects of ancient Chinese art and society. Includes images of objects, background information, lesson plans by teachers, examples of student work, gallery guides, and extensive resource lists. Objects focus on personal adornment, food preparation, ceremonies, writing, industry, and architecture. Teacher's Guide is available in three parts as a PDF file.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Animation Flip Books
Lesson introducing students to basic elements of animation. While learning about the role of design in entertainment from classic cartoons, students create a “bouncing ball” flip book to demonstrate knowledge of sequential motion.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Musical Math-terpiece: The Art of Piet Mondrian
Lesson in which students learn about the jazz-inspired life and art of Piet Mondrian to create their own Mondrian-style paintings. They do internet research, create a computer art piece using grid patterns of repeating shapes, and paint their own music-inspired painting. Examines both geometrical shapes and painting.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Art and Life of William H. Johnson: A Guide for Teachers
This lesson looks at Johnson’s paintings in the context American history, addressing his life in Harlem and his works about the Underground Railroad.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Owney the Dog! A Curriculum Guide for Teachers
Interdisciplinary lessons based on the travels of a dog named Owney who became a mascot for the Railway Mail Service in the 1880s and for the National Postal Museum today. Designed for second-grade classes, it includes lessons for students with special needs in reading, math, and writing.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Arago: People, Postage, and the Post
Website with resources on philately and postal operations offers tools for searching the Postal Museum’s collections, creating virtual collections with notes, and viewing exhibits.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Artists and Environmental Sustainability: Video Art, Ecology and the Work of Paul Ryan
Webinar in which Smithsonian archivist Charles Duncan discusses the emergence of video as a medium and how it has been used by such environmentally minded artists as Paul Ryan.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Frontier Photographer: Edward Curtis
Online exhibition on the photos of frontier photographer Edward Curtis. His work was an attempt to capture images of American Indians as they lived before contact with Anglo cultures. Includes biographic details, images, and accompanying primary document quotes.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Young America Lesson Plan: George Washington
In this lesson, students use a combination of artwork, everyday objects, and primary sources to learn about George Washington’s life and leadership during and after the American Revolution.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Gallery Guide: The Arts of Buddhism
Gallery guide presenting key points about Buddhism in India, Tibet, China, and Japan. Presents examples of the Buddhist art in the Freer and Sackler galleries. Includes a bibliography.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures: A Guide for Teachers
Teachers’ page using art, artifacts, and primary source texts to bridge American history, geography, art appreciation, environmental conservation, and multicultural studies. Features lesson plans.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Beyond the Frame: Using Art as a Basis for Interdisciplinary Learning
In these lesson plans, students look for meanings behind artworks in the Smithsonian collections.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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A House Divided: Civil War Photography
In this lesson, students examine a set of photographs and place them into the historical context of the Civil War.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Batting Practice and Poetry in Motion
Two lesson plans on the life of Roberto Clemente. Students look at statistics of his baseball career, using mathematics to gauge his athleticism, use visual art skills to create an action portrait of Clemente, and write a poem inspired by his famous quotes and centered on themes in his life.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Gallery Guide: Arts of the Islamic World
Website examining both the diversity of Islamic art and its distinguishing features. Includes background information on calligraphy, abstract design, the creation of manuscripts, and object decoration.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Botany and Art and Their Roles in Conservation
The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, specifically their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. The students try their own hands at botanical illustration, following the methods of a Smithsonian artist.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Field Trips
Listing of all Smithsonian American Art Museum field trip opportunities, including both docent-led tours (“Eye Opener Visits”) and self-guided tours.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: Landscape Painting: Artists Who Love the Land
Lesson plan that introduces students to the basic principles and techniques of landscape painting via the works of four American artists. Activities reveal some artistic tricks used in landscape paintings.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History
Online exhibit featuring contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto discussing how his artwork reflects ancient art in an interview and written description. He muses on contemporary and ancient art, the nature of history, and Japanese religious history.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Commemorations Across the Disciplines (9-12)
Lesson exploring how cultures commemorate people and events. Students learn how commemorations are created through music, painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, and poetry.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Design Explorations: Frieze Patterns
Lesson on frieze patterns (a mathematical concept to classify designs on two-dimensional surfaces, which are repetitive in one direction, based on the symmetries in the pattern) understood through explorations of multicultural examples in architecture, art, and in everyday life. Students create their own frieze pattern.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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