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A Monumental Assignment
Lesson in which students explore why communities build monuments, then design their own monuments. They define the concept of community and identify the importance of group symbols.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People
This online tour explores the Ainu: Spirit of a Northern people exhibit. This exhibit explores the ancient origins of the Ainu of Northern Japan and their evolving relations with the Japanese. Each room has an audio tour and highlighted objects.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Alaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge
Virtual exhibit allowing visitors to explore Smithsonian collections from these Northern Natives. Digital reproductions of artifacts can be browsed by culture, community, ceremony, or environment. An interactive map tells you about the different Natives of Alaska and where they can be found.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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American Indian Languages
Short article surveys the origins, history, relationships, and contributions of Native American languages. Includes suggested reading list.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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An Alutiiq Dance
Webpage focuses on the purposes, forms, and objects related to the winter dances of the Alutiiq Alaskan native culture. Includes an anthropologist’s journals on the dances of the winter festival, photographs of objects from the Fisher collection, and video of an Alutiiq dance.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Anthro Notes
Book for educators covering topics in physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. Contains articles on recent anthropological research, suggestions for practical teaching activities, and reviews of new teacher resources. Includes a teacher's guide.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Anthropology Explored: Teacher's Guide
This teacher's guide accompanies Anthropology Explored, a collection of 36 essays written in an easy-to-read style by some of the world's leading anthropologists. The chapters trace the emergence of humans, discuss early settlements, and explore the diversity of past and present cultures. Includes chapter summaries, discussion questions, essay questions, and a glossary.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Anthropology on the Internet for K-12
List of web sites with a brief annotation that are valuable to teachers and students interested in the field of anthropology. Sections include – general sources, career information, archaeology, social/cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistics, area studies, museums, virtual exhibits, and electronic publications.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): All grades
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Anthropology on the Internet for K-12
Select list of annotated resources online for students and educators interested in the field of anthropology. Organized by sub-field ie: cultural anthropology, archaeology, area studies, etc.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Anthropology Teacher Resources
A list of free teacher resources put out by the NMNH Department of Anthropology. Includes issues of Anthronotes (publication for educators), leaflets, bibliographies, and teacher packets on a variety of topics within anthropology.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Studying Community Festivals
Classroom activity explains the anthropological importance of studying festivals. Includes guiding questions to help students observe and report on a community festival.. Example observation and further reading also included.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Teaching Ethnicity through Expressive Style
Two-part activity. Introduces the anthropological concept of enculturation. Students understand expressive style and how it can reflect culture and ethnicity.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Zoo Labs
Five suggested activities for students to do at any zoo while observing primates. Includes a taxonomy of common primates. Observation activities include: Locomotion, Communication, Mother-Infant Interaction, General Behavior, and Dominance/Submission Behavior.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Church Ethnographies
Activity encourages students to examine religious institutions as the total integration of culture that is valuable to anthropologists. Students do participant observation and write an ethnography.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Exploring Historic Cemeteries
Student activity shows how anthropologists use gravestones as cultural artifacts which show variations in time and place that reflect changes in culture. Students will visit a cemetery and explore the gravestones.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Anthropology Teaching Activities: Fieldwork in the Classroom
Interview project matching anthropology students with ESL students to conduct field interviews. Could be used as an investigative tool for any facet of cultural anthropology.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anthropology: Summer Fieldwork Opportunities
Leaflet suggesting ways in which teachers, students, and the general public can become personally involved in the field of anthropology through field schools and research organizations.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Arctic Social Sciences
Webpage provides information about representative projects in Arctic social sciences that have been funded by the National Science Foundation. Includes current research projects/news and a section on ethics specific to working with Arctic peoples.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Arctic Studies Center
Main website for the Arctic Studies Center provides research, exhibits, collections and resources based on the study of northern peoples, their history and their environment. Includes Tools for Teachers section with classroom materials for sale.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Between Fences Teaching Guide
Lesson plan exploring how the fence is entwined with American history, politics, industry, and daily life. Four lesson plans look at differing concepts of property between Native Americans and English colonists, the “Texas Fence Cutting War” to explore how industrialization generated tensions between participants in old and new economic systems, how barbed wire solved the Great Plains “fence crisis,”and Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall.”
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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By Aeroplane to Pygmyland: Revisiting the 1926 Dutch and American Expedition to New Guinea
Online exhibition presenting interpretive essays, expedition diaries by two American participants, photos and films, source material, and project information about the scientifically important 1926 Dutch and American expedition to New Guinea.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Camping with the Sioux: Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher
Website presenting the fieldwork of ethnologist Alice Fletcher, who lived with the Sioux Indians. Includes photo gallery, journal excerpts, folktales, and bibliography.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Celebrate Cambodia: Khmer Festival and Wedding Music
Lessons that introduce two contrasting examples of the music of the Khmer people. Students particpate in active listening, discussions of cultural context, and performance of ostinati and pentatonic melodies.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Changing Cultures and Environment in the Arctic: Prehistory to Modern Times
Description: How have peoples in the past dealt with changing climate and environment? Is the Arctic a “bell-weather” for climate impacts on the wider world? In this webinar, anthropologist William Fitzhugh leads an exploration of the impact of climate change on northern peoples, both ancient and modern. Using case studies of groups like the Vikings, the ancient Mongolians, Eskimos, and modern residents of arctic regions, he discusses a range of human interactions with the environment.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Changing the World: Social Entrepreneurs Part One
Lesson addresses the role of social entrepreneurs in affecting positive social change around the world. Introduces students to the concept of social entrepreneurship through research and a graphic organizing activity to visually present what they have learned.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Changing the World: Social Entrepreneurs Part Two (4-8)
Lesson addresses the role of social entrepreneurs in affecting positive social change around the world. Students work in small groups to create seminar presentations on different social entrepreneurs who are changing the world.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Changing the World: Social Entrepreneurs Part Two (9-12)
This lesson addresses the role of social entrepreneurs in affecting positive social change around the world. Students work in small groups to create seminar presentations on methods of affecting change.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 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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Commemorations Across the Disciplines
Lesson exploring how cultures commemorate people and events. Students research how commemorations are created through music, painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, and poetry. They collaboratively create a commemoration celebrating a person or an event of their choice, and host a festival to share their work.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Connecting Cultures: Music of the Mekong River
Webpage discusses the cultural importance of the Mekong River, tracing its path through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Listen to selections of musical recordings. Includes a movie clip and a map of the river.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, General audience
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