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Design a Latin American Restaurant
Lesson plan for first-year Spanish students integrates vocabulary with examination of Latin American cultures. Students research cultural practices, monetary systems, and geography as they design a restaurant, considering what kind of atmosphere and menu would appeal to young people.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Design Approach to Student Time Management
Lesson on time management skills. Students analyze t time constraints in a person’s schedule, develop their own time schedule, critique each other’s work and revise their own.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Ekphrastic Poetry Lesson
In this lesson plan, students view a work of art and articulate what they see. They go on to write their own ten-line ekphrasis—a poem inspired by a work of art.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): All grades
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Elements for Disaster Reporting
Lesson investigating how the media reports on natural disasters. Students devise their own assessment criteria for news reports and create their own. They consider the influence the media has on our reactions to natural disasters.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Every Object Tells a Story (9-12)
Lesson in which students learn the stories behind socially conscious designs in the Cooper-Hewitt's Design for the Other 90% exhibition. They then create their own stories about a piece.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Expedition Diaries
Lesson plan focusing on expeditions to study the Transit of Venus. Students choose an expedition to research, form expedition teams, keep individual diaries, and compare diaries at the end of a simulated expedition.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Expedition Stories
Lesson plan has students write reports or role play stories based on the Transit of Venus expeditions. Students research an expedition then give a presentation to the class in the form of a report, skit, poster, or display.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Explore Pueblo Pots
Lesson looking at imagery on Pueblo pots by examining images and reading short excerpts from Native American folklore. Students create their own pots and explain the symbolism they use. Part of the resource “Pueblo Pots.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Eye Contact Teacher’s Guide
This teacher's guide offers lesson plans that explore the various mediums of portraiture in the past century. The lessons encourage students to think critically as they view works of art and to make connections between visual and written expression.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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George Washington: A National Treasure Family Guide
This webpage uses Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne portrait” of Washington as an entre into the subject of portraiture. Includes background information and an exploration of symbols in the painting.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Graphs, Poetry, and a Splash of Color
Activity encouraging students to explore color as they create graphs, write poetry, and examine varied interior designs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Hello, My Name Is . . . Helvetica
In this lesson plan, students learn art and geometry vocabulary by considering the shapes of letters in their own names. They physically imitate the shapes of the letters as they practice writing them.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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History on Stage: A Pop-Up Lesson
Lesson that accompanies an exhibition on pop-up books, "Paper Engineering." Students make their own pop-up books on historical subjects. Includes detailed, illustrated instructions.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8
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How Does Your Garden Grow
This lesson plan engages students in an ongoing garden project, in which they use language arts, math, and science skills. They write letters to local businesses, measure and plot garden dimensions, and monitor plant growth.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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How to Use this Resource in Your Classroom: Collect Stars Activity
Teacher's guide for using the Collect Stars activity from the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that inspired the National Anthem in the classroom. Helps students cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and be able to place the creation and preservation of the Star Spangled Banner in a chronological framework.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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How to Use this Resource in Your Classroom: Share Your Story
Lesson related to a contributor-based “Share Your Story” photo collage where visitors explore what the American flag means to them and create their own content to share with others. Step-by-step instructions for using the Flickr site, handouts for students to use during discussion and brainstorming, and a template to help submit photographs and captions are included. This lesson is part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Jigsaw Puzzles
Game encourages children to piece together postal history by putting puzzle photographs together.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology
Homepage for the John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology, one of 20 branches in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ system. Supports the research, publication, exhibitions, and public programming of the Department.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History
Use this website to find the Smithsonian's collection of rare books in the fields of anthropology and natural science. Volumes published before 1840 comprise physical and cultural anthropology, ethnology, Native American linguistics, archeology, botany, zoological fields, paleontology, geology, and mineralogy. Includes links to searching Smithsonian Collections and Internet Resources.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Judging a Book by Its Cover
Through this lesson plan, students explore the relationship between the form of books and the content inside. They “author and publish” a book using binding techniques that relate to the content of their writing. The techniques are both ancient and modern.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Kinder-Pictionary
Teacher-created lesson in which young children design a visual dictionary. They draw the pictures to accompany the words.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Learning Paragraph Structure Through Design
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a graphic representation of a good paragraph.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Learning to Look
In this activity, students hone their observational skills by studying works of American art, learning the difference between observation and interpretation.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Let the Games Begin
Teacher-created lesson in which students work collaboratively to design a game with clearly written instructions. The game requires players to round three- and four-digit numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Letter Mania
Game tests children's knowledge of postal vocabulary.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Letters from the Heart
In this lesson plan, students consider ways to create positive social change, then write letters to share their thoughts with a larger community.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Linguistic Interpretation of North American Indian Words
Explanation of the difficulties encountered in translating Native American words and place names. Includes suggested reading list.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Loch Ness Monster Bibliography
Bibliography to the subject of the Loch Ness Monster. Books available at most large public libraries or through interlibrary loan.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Making a Treasure Your Own (Part II of “A Treasure at Our Doorstep”)
This lesson plan is a continuation of “A Treasure at Your Doorstep.” In this lesson, students use the knowledge gained in Lesson One in a well-organized essay about the architecture and art at the Curtis Center. They learn to “paint sensory pictures” with words and to critique their own work.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Making School a Better Place
Unit of teacher-created writing and speaking lessons in which students identify problems at school and choose one problem that they might solve.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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