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Eye from the Sky
Lesson introduces aerial perspective through comparison of sketches and measurements done on a neighborhood walk with satellite views from Google earth. Intended to show how both views show the same object on different scales.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Galactic Navigation
Website that introduces students to celestial mapping by making analogies to the earthly system of longitude and latitude.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Geometric Mouse
Lesson introduces the concept of dreams and explores what dreams are. Being mindful of geometric shapes while looking at objects, children will think about shadow and light and whether shadows are real or pretend.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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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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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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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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Living Maya Time
Bilingual website devoted to the Mayan calendar, which includes middle-school lesson plans on Mayan astronomy and mathematics. The Maya themselves weigh in on the end-of-the world scares associated with the calendar.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Looking at Learning...Again, Part 2
Eight-part video workshop engaging teachers in a discussion of existing theories about how children learn, their own beliefs, and how these different theories might influence their classroom practice.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): All grades
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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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Measurement Conversion
Lesson plan identifying common and uncommon measurements and building conversion tables. Includes links to related websites.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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