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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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Looking at Learning...Again, Part 1
Eight-part video workshop featuring seven leading math and science educators sharing their ideas on how children really learn.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): All grades
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Math Can Be Electrifying
Multi-disciplinary lesson showing how math can be used to calculate and analyze how electricity use causes air pollution. Students design a family education campaign on how to save electricity. Students create a graph comparing energy savings on two different electricity bills.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Candy Land
Lesson has students pretend that they have been hired by a candy manufacturer to design a new product's box. They explore how boxes of different shapes can have the same volume and create a candy box of specific volume that must meet specific criteria.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Measurement via Triangulation
Lesson plan that uses triangulation techniques to determine measurements, including the altitudes of objects. Includes printable protractor and suggested alternative or expansion lessons. Intended to accompany a discussion of the 2004 Transit of Venus.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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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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Collecting and Using Data
Lesson plan has students collect data in a systematic manner, use that data to construct a table, and review the data table to identify and report on patterns. Can be used with a variety of content.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Geometric Shapes Collage
Lesson plan has students identify different geometric shapes and use the different shapes to build a collage. Includes alternative lessons for more advanced activities.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Using Means, Medians, and Modes
Lesson plan. Students calculate means, medians and modes for a series of observations, enter the information on data tables, and create reports. Can use information from various sources with any type of content.
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Grade(s): 4–8
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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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