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Mail to the Chief
Online exhibition. Showcases the postage stamps bearing President Franklin Roosevelt's designs along with other items from his personal philatelic collection. Includes photographs of the president and the stamps he designed.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Making the Star-Spangled Banner Homepage
Parent's guide designed to teach children the story of the flag that inspired the national anthem. Includes hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings. Targets grades K-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Marilyn Monroe, Korea, 1954
Website presents a series of newly discovered color photographs of Marilyn Monroe by amateur photographer David Geary that suggest how Monroe was viewed by everyday people.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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More Than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
Online exhibit of 180 illustrated letters by American artists of all kinds, from Samuel Morris to Andy Warhol, who can't help illustrating what they write, whether business correspondence, thank-you notes, or love letters. Students might find inspiration, whether for an art or a writing lesson.
Provider: Archives of American Art
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Mr. Lincoln'n Hat
Lesson has children create top hats out of paper by reading or listening to directions that use simple terms from geometry. After making the hat, they measure their height with and without the hat, and then take a picture wearing the hat. Part of the resource “A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3
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Nile Notes of a Howadji: American Travelers in Egypt
Online exhibition that brings together selected travel accounts by Americans who visited Egypt in the nineteenth century. Many of the volumes, or their authors, have special associations with the Smithsonian. Additionally, a sampling of guidebooks and handbooks to Egyptian antiquities are presented. Includes traveler accounts, timeline of explorations, and guidebook samples.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian
Interactive website that offers fresh ways of teaching about the Civil Rights Movement by making connections between history and art. It includes nearly 40 artworks, from a 1908 portrait of Booker T. Washington to the “Hope” portrait of President Obama. Web 2.0 tools bring teachers together to discuss the materials and to share lesson plans and activities.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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On the Shoulders of Giants
Lesson in which students research important astronomers and scientists and make presentations on their achievements. Develops the theme that advances in science are built on the past achievements of many individuals. Includes resource links for important scientific figures.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: Ronald Reagan
Online exhibition in which photographs and artwork illustrate steps on a long life's journey: from sportscaster to movie star to governor to president; from union leader to corporate spokesman; from FDR liberal to Goldwater conservative; from fierce cold warrior to disarmament proponent.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
Webinar in which Smithsonian curator David C. Ward shows how Abraham Lincoln used the new art of photography to convey his image to Americans, letting them see in him what they most desired. Ward’s session draws on the Portrait Gallery’s extensive collection of Lincoln portraits, a collection that charts Lincoln’s passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to a grizzled, somewhat isolated figure during the presidency.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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