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Clues from the Past
Lesson plan teaching that El Niño is a natural cyclical occurrence which has left thousands of years of evidence. Encourages students to use scientific inquiry methods with evidence found on the internet.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Colombia
Bilingual virtual version of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The site is arranged as a tour of Colombia's ecosystems.It considers ways that cultures arise from landscape and economies from natural resources (especially, in this case, coffee). Suitable for geography classes.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Dinosaurs in Our Backyard
Companion website of an exhibition of Early Cretaceous fossils discovered in the Washington, D.C., area. The site includes video presentations by professional and amateur paleontologists on such matters as "Finding Fossils," "Reconstructing Extinct Animals," and "How Did Dinosaurs Behave?" In an interactive feature, students can address their dino questions to the Smithsonian. 
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Down at the Shore
Activity guide for taking a field trip to a local maritime area such as a river or the seashore and to share that experience with others. Includes printable tip sheets tailored to help you explore a variety of water-related areas. Part of the resource “Life on the Water.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Earth Today
Real time views of Earth from space showing its atmosphere, oceans, landmasses, and population.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Educator Guide for David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins
Exhibit guide offers information and strategies for using the exhibit to engage students in the subject of human origins. Includes links to additional resources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Get a "Sense" of It
Lessons have students use their senses to see, smell, and feel what it would have been like to live on the prairie long ago. They measure out a typical sod house to feel the space one would live in, turn off the lights to experience life without electricity, recreate the smells of the frontier using a jar of sod, pose for an old photograph, and make the type of treat one would enjoy in a sod house.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Global Volcanism Project
Worldwide Holocene volcano and eruption information. Includes searchable database of volcanoes, interactive maps, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, basic definitions, and volcanic activity reports.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Grow Your Own Victory Garden!
Handout describes World War II Victory Gardens. Students explore practical applications of area and perimeter as they design their own vegetable gardens using plants that were grown during World War II. They research local geography to access climate and soil quality.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Human Origins Video Collection 
Behind-the-scenes videos of scientists and Smithsonian collections exploring human origins. Focus includes climate change, observation skills, research careers, and more.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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