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Mathematical Explorations of the People's Design Award
Lesson plan in which students conduct surveys about nominees for the annual People's Design Award. They mathematically determine the winner of their own contest and present results using a pictorial representation.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Museum on Main Street Teacher’s Materials
Listing of educational material accompanying each Museum on Main Street exhibition. Features a variety of lesson plans, teacher’s guides, suggested reading lists, and more.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): All grades
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Music, Poetry and History: The National Anthem
Classroom activity asking students to memorize, paraphrase, and practice singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades 3-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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My People, Our People
Teacher resource combining activity and discussion exercises with sculpture, painting, poetry, and music of African American artists.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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My Space (PreK-3)
Activity examining how animals create a unique space in which they can live. Students read a poem about animals' habitats and then discuss the habitats.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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National Air and Space Museum Educational Publications
Educational publications created by the National Air and Space Museum, some available for downloading.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12, All grades
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New Learning Worksheet
Worksheet helps students organize what they learned during an activity. It can be widely applied to many classroom experiences.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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North American Indian Traditional Stories and Mythology Bibliography
List of references on North American Indian traditional stories.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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North American Indians Teacher Packet
Includes bibliographies, leaflets, photographs, information, and classroom activities.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian
Interactive website that offers fresh ways of teaching about the Civil Rights Movement by making connections between history and art. It includes nearly 40 artworks, from a 1908 portrait of Booker T. Washington to the “Hope” portrait of President Obama. Web 2.0 tools bring teachers together to discuss the materials and to share lesson plans and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Online Coloring Book
Activity encourages children to color in postal-themed works of art.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn
Online exhibition of the libraries' collection of pop-up and other moveable books. Includes short videos of the books in action.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Personal Ads…and Not for Dating (Look Great for a College)
Teacher-created lesson in which college-bound eleventh-graders research schools and "market" themselves online as prospective students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Pick a Pet (PreK-1)
Students design informational materials to educate people on the importance of matching a new pet to the family's lifestyle and living arrangements.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Pick a Pet (PreK-3)
Students design informational materials to educate people on the importance of matching a new pet to the family's lifestyle and living arrangements.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets
Website with works from the National Portrait Gallery (mostly photographs) that illustrate the story of modernism in American poetry. The story begins with an unlikely pair of seminal figures: Walt Whitman, who heard "America singing" in the nineteenth century, and Ezra Pound, who left his "half savage country" early in the twentieth century and returned as a prisoner, charged with treason during World War II. The site includes recordings of Pound, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others, each reading a poem.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Poetry and Our National Anthem
Lesson analyzes the “The Star Spangled Banner” for use of poetic devices. Students will express the meaning of the national anthem in their own words and write their own poetry relating to the flag or other historical event. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades 6-8.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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