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Dwellings Around the Globe
Activity exploring dwellings across the globe. Students conduct collaborative research on cliff dwellings, igloos, longhouses, and yurts and reflect on these dwellings': underlying environmental and cultural conditions.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art
Online exhibit looking at the cultivation and artistic representation of Gardens in East Asia with a focus on China and Japan. Shows the design elements that went into the gardens as well as examples, history, and significance of gardens as portrayed in Chinese and Japanese painting.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 9–12, General audience
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Elements of Civilization
Teacher-created world history lesson in which students identify the basics of a society--the necessities they consider universal.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries
Online exhibit describing the age of discovery and highlighting Portuguese conquests and trade agreements on the Indian Ocean and in Africa, China, Japan, and Brazil. The Portuguese voyages of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led to the first real interaction amongst the world’s peoples, creating an unprecedented interchange of knowledge, techniques, imagery, and ideas which inspired the creation of great works of art.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Links to Smithsonian fact sheets, images, websites and bibliographies organized alphabetically by topic. Includes topics in American and world history, the sciences, arts, and culture.
Provider: Office of Visitor Services
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Grade(s): General audience
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Facing East: Portraits from Asia
Online exhibit following portraiture from across Asia, from the sculpted head of an Egyptian pharaoh to contemporary photos of Korean students and everything in between. These portraits collected from the Freer Sackler Galleries convey the distinct conceptions of self that emerged in specific artistic, cultural, geographic, and historical circumstances.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting from Japanese Religious Traditions
Collectors discuss the religious meaning behind Japanese sculpture, calligraphy, and painting in this interactive. Includes audio interviews as well as a printable essay..
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic
Online version of an exhibition commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the ship and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the zeppelin's fiery fall. Both luxury vessels carried mail. The stories of the disasters are illustrated with letters and postcards. Includes lesson ideas for teachers.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Freer's Gift
“Asian Art Connections” teacher's guide containing information on Charles Lang Freer and his little-known Egyptian art collection. Includes a classroom activity and history about the importance of correctly proportioned images in Egyptian art.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): All grades
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Galaxy of Knowledge
Gateway to Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ online collection. Collections are divided thematically: American Discovery, Art and Design, Industry and Technology, and Mosaic of Science. Includes lectures, podcasts, digital versions of rare books, bibliographies, online collections, and online exhibits on a wide range of topics.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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