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Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon Teaching Guide
Lesson plans connected to the Barn Again! Traveling exhibit which looks at barns as a symbol of America. These lessons promote the development of critical thinking skills by involving students in analyzing a variety of primary resources, conducting local history research projects, and synthesizing their discoveries for presentation to a classroom or community audience.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Ocean Planet Lesson Plans
Six interdisciplinary lesson plans on aspects of the sea from geography to its influence on literature. Each lesson has the same elements: background information, learning objectives, list of materials; step-by-step procedures, student handouts, and a list of resources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Geography from Space
Online quizzes that allow students to test their geographical knowledge.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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High-End/Low-End: Exploring Price & Value in Design
Lesson plan comparing high-end and low-end versions of everyday objects to consider the role that economics plays in design. Includes analysis, discussion, small group work, and Internet research.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Yes, Thank You!
In this lesson plan, students design a sign that fosters positive human interactions. To determine the tone of the message, they evaluate public messages. They experiment with different texts and colors before creating the final product.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance
Online exhibition features over 30 prominent figures in African American resistance across 150 years of U.S. history. Provides biographies, images, and educational activities relating to each person.
Provider: National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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And Now a Word From Our Sponsors
Lesson plan has students write and produce public service commercials promoting the Transit of Venus and providing information about its safe viewing. Students will be able to identify the components and attributes of commercials including bias and misinformation found in commercials.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: Perfectly Suited: Clothing and Social Change in America (1995)
Lessons that encourage students to think about the interaction of clothing and society, both past and present. Focus is on nineteenth-century clothing and its reflection of middle-class ideals.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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In the Beginning: Bibles before the Year 1000
Online exhibit exploring the early years of the Bible through biblical artifacts, including pages and fragments written in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Syrian, Armenian, and Ethiopian. Discusses how the bible evolved gradually through the cultural interactions and exchanges of many different societies, which books were selected as cannon and which were apocryphal, how Christianity spread, and the bible as an iconic image. Includes audio interviews with curator Michelle P. Brown.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Saris, Kimonos, Togas & Smocks: Exploring Clothing Across Cultures (9-12)
Activity in which students conduct collaborative Internet research on the social purposes of clothing, learn about different types of clothing, and create a presentation.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Murals in My Neighborhood
In this lesson, students use grading rubrics to explore and rate murals in their own communities. Students learn about the design and presentation of murals while becoming comfortable using rubrics.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Objectivity
Activity examining historic artifacts to determine if they were designed to help people survive or to create enjoyment.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Origin Stories of the Plains Indians
Webpage about creation stories of the Arikara, Hidatsa, and Mandan Indians and how they are depicted on a buffalo hide painting. The parts of the painting that depict the Native American creation stories are highlighted and described in an interactive buffalo hide painting.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Royal Gifts from Thailand: Selected Masterpieces from Thailand´s Royal Gifts to the United States of America
Discusses the symbolic exchange of gifts between Thailand and the United States that established a bond between two very different nations. Spans the time between 1833 and the present.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Look of the Listen
Lesson in which young students sing songs from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (and provide sound effects) after examining cover art related to the songs. Subjects of the songs include animals and trains.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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New Kid on the Block
This lesson plan uses a public radio story on the “Ukrainian Diaspora” in Chicago (through archived audio) as a foundation for a considering the ways that young people adapt at a new school. Students interview schoolmates who have transferred in the last year. Drawing upon these interviews, they design a program or materials for new students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Tracking the Buffalo: Stories From a Buffalo Hide Painting Homepage
Website exploring the role buffaloes played in the lives of Native Americans of the Northern Plains. Includes online interactive, printable activities, a map, information about the art of buffalo hide paintings, origin stories of three tribes, a teacher’s guide, and a bibliography of related books appropriate for all ages.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Afghan Rubậb: The Lion of Instruments
Lesson in which students analyze and play (on guitar and drums) the traditional Afghan music played on rubậb and tabla. Includes a discussion of the censorship of traditional music under the Taliban.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Música Latina: Exploring Hispanic Heritage through Music
Webpage includes an essay on the growing Latino community in the United States and the infusion of Latin music. Includes musical selections from Colombia, Texas, and Puerto Rico, and film clips of live performances.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Neighborhood Rubrics
Lesson in which students use rubrics to rate their neighborhoods and determine what is important in a neighborhood and what needs improvement. They then write a persuasive essay defending their rating.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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On the Interstate
Online exhibit examining the Federal-Aid Highway Act, the resulting creation of the interstate highway system, and the profound impact these highways had on American lives, commerce, and the landscape. This is the sixteenth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Paredon Records: Activist Songs and Speeches from 1970-1985
Webpage documents Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber’s mission to promote social and political activism through Paredon Records. Listen to music and spoken-word recordings as you learn about the role of music in political activism in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena
Webpage focuses on two percussion-driven musical traditions from Puerto Rico and the formal and cultural distinctions between the styles. Includes music samples and videos of dance performances to the music.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Silk Road: Connecting Culture, Creating Trust
Website of the Silk Road Project. Inspired by the cultural traditions of the historical Silk Road, the project is a catalyst, promoting innovation and learning through the arts. Various educational resources available.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian Folkways: Featured Artists
Webpage includes a selection of biographical information of featured musical artists from around the globe. Through video and audio clips, students connect the artists with their work to recognize the skills involved in music-making.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Wisconsin Powwow / Naamikaaged: Dancer for the People
Two-video set shows how powwows incorporate historical traditions and modern innovations. Focuses on the Ojibwe people. Includes historical background, transcription of soundtrack, classroom questions, and suggestions for further reading and listening. Available for purchase.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Egypt: The Bedouin Culture
Lessons in which students pick out the sounds of traditional Bedouin instruments and replicate the rhythms of the music. In an extension, they learn about a Bedouin tradition of shadow puppets.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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One Flute, Two Flute, Red Flute, Blue Flute: Nigerian-Style Flute Music
"Lessons for intermediate-level music learners. Students identify musical elements (steady beats, rhythm, melody, harmony) in traditional Nigerian flute music. Includes maps of Nigeria and the continent of Africa. "
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Performing Ethiopia: Playing, Singing and Improvising Music from the Abyssian Kingdom
Lesson that introduces students to the history and culture of Ethopia through its traditional music. Concludes with an arrangement and composition exercise.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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A Life in Beads Teaching Poster
Teaching poster for grades 4–6. Exploring the traditional art of dressmaking and dress decoration among women of Native American tribes from the Great Plains region. Through the stories and art of contemporary women who continue these traditions, students will learn about materials used in the past and today, as well as the cultural values and meanings behind dress decoration. The poster includes maps, student activities, and a variety of historical and contemporary images.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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