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Animals Up!
Lesson plan builds on “Pencils Up!” activity. Young students tackle a design challenge: they must build a platform or structure to hold up a plastic toy animal. A good activity to teach young students about gravity and a few new design related vocabulary words.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Black Holes – Space Warps and Time Twists
Companion website to the Black Holes traveling exhibit. Includes exhibit walkthrough, educational resources, multimedia, black hole primer, live Gamma-Ray burst map, printable activities, interactive games, and much more.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Designing Musical Instruments
Lesson plan shows how musical instruments can be used in a study of sound energy. Students employ observation, logic, and reasoning to determine how different pitches are made. They then invent their own instruments to produce various sounds and pitches.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Descriptions of the ongoing research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Sections include our solar system, stars planets and origins, galaxies, cosmology, laboratory astrophysics, and extreme astrophysics. Includes brief research descriptions and additional project links.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 9–12
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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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Life of a Vertebrate Fossil
Follow paleontologists studies of each stage of the life of a vertebrate fossil. Sections on finding fossil bones, determining scientific value, ethics of collection, preparing fossils, and researching.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Making Pretzels
Provides students with a first-hand experience about a familiar food (pretzels) that is made from wheat grains. Includes a recipe for making pretzels and printable activity sheets.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Silhouette Outlines
Lesson reveals how light source, object, and distance affect shadows’ shapes by tracing the shadows to make silhouettes. Activities include experimenting with conditions and describing results.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8
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The Energy-Efficient Chemical House
"Teacher-created lesson in which students design a house with efficient heating and cooling. They use their knowledge of conduction, convection, and radiation in the design."
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Time and Navigation
Online exhibition covering the history of navigation at sea, in the air, and in space, from Viking voyages to GPS. Includes an educators area, interviews with professional navigators, personal stories, historical timeline, and a multimedia gallery containing newsreels and film, artifacts, maps, photographs, documents, and illustrations.   
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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