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Create a Word Bank
Teacher-created lesson in which young students design a means of recording new vocabulary words.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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My Space (PreK-1)
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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Reading Follow the Drinking Gourd
Activity guide with reading questions about the book Follow the Drinking Gourd. A follow-up activity asks students to write and illustrate a poem or letter playing the role of a conductor, agent, or passenger on the Underground Railroad. Part of the resource “Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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You Can Count on Art
Downloadable PDF activity sheet that asks students to look closely at two American paintings. They count things they find in the pictures: the number of children, the number of birds, etc. The sheet includes a word scramble game and an idea for writing a story based on one of the pictures.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Dear Mr. President
Lesson has students analyze a letter written in 1860 by eleven-year-old girl Grace Bedell to President Abraham Lincoln, then write their own letters to the president of the United States. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.” Targets grades 3-4.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Ocean Planet Lesson Plans
Six interdisciplinary lesson plans on aspects of the sea from geography to its influence on literature. Each lesson has the same elements: background information, learning objectives, list of materials; step-by-step procedures, student handouts, and a list of resources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Minerals, Crystals, and Gems: Stepping-Stones to Inquiry
Lesson plans introduce students to mineral science and the scientific process of observation, hypothesis, and conclusion.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance
Online exhibition features over 30 prominent figures in African American resistance across 150 years of U.S. history. Provides biographies, images, and educational activities relating to each person.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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And Now a Word From Our Sponsors
Lesson plan has students write and produce public service commercials promoting the Transit of Venus and providing information about its safe viewing. Students will be able to identify the components and attributes of commercials including bias and misinformation found in commercials.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Building Up, Breaking Down (2000)
This issue explores the weathering of buildings, which begins the minute they are assembled. Physical breakdown (such as rock fracture), chemical weathering and pollution are all key ingredients in this discussion of the geology of the built environment.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Elihu Vedder’s Drawings for the Rubaiyat
Presentation of Elihu Vedder’s illustrations for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khay-lam, which set the standard for the artist-designed book in America and England. Includes background information on the artist.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Murals in My Neighborhood
In this lesson, students use grading rubrics to explore and rate murals in their own communities. Students learn about the design and presentation of murals while becoming comfortable using rubrics.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Neighborhood Rubrics
Lesson in which students use rubrics to rate their neighborhoods and determine what is important in a neighborhood and what needs improvement. They then write a persuasive essay defending their rating.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution Homepage
Online exhibit focused on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. Explores a period of history when racial prejudice and fear upset the delicate balance between the rights of citizens and the power of the state. This story is told through through interactive galleries that combine photographs, objects, oral histories, and first-person accounts. Includes a comment board, a search engine with more than 800 artifacts from the Smithsonian collection, related activities, additional web sites, and bibliography, and additional resources.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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A New Candidate for Animal Farm
Teacher-created lesson that looks at George Orwell's satire of propaganda and rhetoric in "Animal Farm." Students design a political campaign for a candidate who will offer real freedom to the animals.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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A New Candidate for Animal Farm
Lesson requires students to identify and analyze the effectiveness of propaganda, rhetoric, and satire as they read George Orwell's Animal Farm. Students campaign as one of the animals in the book: making speeches, cartoons, and brochures to rally for their views. Culminates in a voting process to assess the success of their attempts at persuasion.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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A Persuasive Design
Teacher-created lesson in which children research an animal that they think might make a good pet. They then write a persuasive letter to a parent.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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A Treasure at Our Doorstep
Lesson plan encourages students to explore a nearby historic landmark, documenting their sensory experiences for writing a descriptive essay. Clarifies the difference between primary and secondary resources.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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America’s Favorite Landmarks
Lesson explores America's most famous buildings. Students research architectural styles and their buildings of choice, and write a position paper defending or arguing their building's inclusion or absence from the 150 structures in America's Favorite Architecture website. (www.favoritearchitecture.org).
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art
Exhibition presenting images and biographical information on contemporary American artists. Divided into the themes of Spiritual Expressions, Shared Concerns, and Historical Perspectives.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Art and Literature
A guide that pairs American artworks with the lives and poems of the nation´s most revered poets, including William Cullen Bryant, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Carlos Williams, and Charles Olson.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art and Philosophy Books, Catalogs, and Posters from SITES
Choose from a selection of books and posters for purchase from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. All materials are companions to SITES exhibitions, which range from National Geographic's Greatest Portraits to American Glass and Designs for the Twentieth-Century Future.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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Artful Cooking
Teaching kit using Maurice Sendak's Chicken Soup with Rice as a starting point in a conversation about the diversity of food. Connects art reproductions (e.g., Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol) to simple objects like chopsticks and a soup spoon. Lesson plans feature language, science, music, and motor activities, as well as art enrichment. Based on the philosophy and approach of the Smithsonian's museum lab school. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Artist and Society
Teacher-created lesson in which each student designs a "system" that shows the impact that society had on a given artist and the impact that this artist might have had on others in an artistic movement. The system might be a flow chart, a diagram, or a timeline.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Ask Joan of Art
Pose questions to “art information specialists” on this website from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The experts send you a brief, factual answer or direct you to sources that will aid your research.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Between Fences Teaching Guide
Lesson plan exploring how the fence is entwined with American history, politics, industry, and daily life. Four lesson plans look at differing concepts of property between Native Americans and English colonists, the “Texas Fence Cutting War” to explore how industrialization generated tensions between participants in old and new economic systems, how barbed wire solved the Great Plains “fence crisis,”and Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall.”
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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Bibliography - A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution
Annotated bibliography for the online exhibit A More Perfect Union. Includes works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and children’s literature about the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Children’s Book Creations
Lesson plan has students read a Japanese folktale, Momotaro: Boy of the Peach, learn about Japanese culture and story structure, and create a children’s book version of the Momotaro story to share with younger readers.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Classroom Resources Search
Search or browse standards-based classroom materials on this webpage from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Collars, Curtains & Kings: Exploring the History of Lace (9-12)
Activity teaching students about lace. Explores the history of lace, how lace is made, where lace is made, and the role of lace in women’s lives.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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