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George Washington: A National Treasure
Comprehensive study of the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. Features an interactive guide pointing to the symbolic, biographic, and artistic elements of the painting, a biography of Washington’s life, kids’ activities, teachers’ guides, family tips, and tour details.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Idealabs: Prehistoric Climate Change (and Why It Matters Today)
Online interactive in which students compare leaf fossils to learn about the climate millions of years ago. They also meet a Smithsonian paleontologist in a video.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Maps on Stamps
Online exhibit about Allen Lee's collection of maps on stamps. Stamps are divided into topical sections including political disputes, islands, errors, genesis of the United States, old and world maps, continents, and oceans. Uses stamps to show many forms of representation found in maps including different projections of the Earth, scale, relief, and aero-surveying. Images of stamps provide examples.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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A Walk on the West Side
Lesson on the infrastructure needed to make a community of successful, sustainable, and livable neighborhoods. Students document their explorations of the local community and make scale maps.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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African American Artists: Myth and Modern Society
Set of lesson ideas based on an examination of ways that African American artists have used classical mythology. Students compare paintings to the ancient text, or create their own myths based on an artwork.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: The Survival Game after Columbus: Pigs, Weeds, and Other Players (1991)
This issue examines the colonization of the Americas, focusing on diseases from Europe and the population growth of European domesticated animals. In the lesson, students consider the fight for survival when two worlds meet.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Arts of the Islamic World Teacher's Guide
This downloadable guide introduces the Islamic world through art. Includes an overview of Islamic beliefs and holidays; and a look at the art of calligraphy, architectural objects, and everyday objects of trade and culture. Includes lesson plans by grade level and suggestions for additional resources.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): All grades
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Comic Book Hero
Lesson has studens look at a comic from the 1950s and 60s about nonviolence in the civil rights movement and to think about ways those tips could help them today. Reading and discussion questions culminate in a list of do’s and don’ts of nonviolence in a handy “pocket card.” Part of the resource “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence.” Targets grades 3-5.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Living Fossils of the Deep, an Expedition to the Bahamian Seafloor
Website for an undersea expedition that advances our understanding of the ocean and its animals. Includes photo gallery of sea creatures, biographies of the biologists, descriptions of the technology and tools, and information pages on the Bahamas and silt snails.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Navigating the Mekong
Website has visitors click on a map to read journals of young people who journeyed by boat through China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. Includes lessons, regional recipes, and traditional music. Targets grades 6-10.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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North American Indian Ritual and Religion Bibliography
List of references on Native American rituals and religions.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Primary Sources for the Classroom
Digital facsimiles of Smithsonian Archives’ primary sources, including diaries, letters, and photographs suitable for classroom use. Mostly about the Smithsonian Institution.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Grade(s): General audience
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1812 Lesson Plans
Four lessons in which students use critical thinking skills to examine, analyze, and compare/contrast artworks to better understand the events of the War of 1812. Lessons include a historical research project that has students create a textbook entry to demonstrate their understanding.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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60-30-10
Lesson in which students investigate how designers use percentages by designing and decorating a room using three different color ratios.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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A Contouring We Go
Lesson has students construct contour equipment and learn the mathematics behind topography while using the equipment, then compare their results with professional topographical maps.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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African American Artists: Education and Equity
Set of lesson ideas based on paintings that depict African Americans in school and library settings. All of the works are from the period following Plessy v. Ferguson.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African American Artists: Masking Matters
Set of lesson ideas for a study of the art and literature of the Harlem Renaissance. Students create abstract works inspired by poetry and music, and write poems and stories based on paintings.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African American Artists: My People, Our People
Set of lesson ideas based on an overview of African American history. Students bring artworks into comparison with poetry and music.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges
Multimedia website and lessons on the cultural, economic and scientific motivations behind environmental preservation in four American Indian communities
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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An Organized Legal Campaign-Lesson
Lesson plan has students create posters to convey the importance of specific figures in the legal battle to end segregation including the role of Howard University as an African American cultural center, the emergence of black lawyers as civil rights leaders, and the importance of the NAACP and the roles of Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Anacostia Community Museum
Main website of Anacostia Community Museum Center for African American History and Culture, a national center for exhibitions, research, historical documentation, collecting, and educational programs relating to African American history and culture and the African Diaspora in the Americas.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Ancestor Worship Today
Website presents the research of a group of Chinese American teenagers who looked into their own communities for modern examples of ancestor worship. Includes photos and interviews gathered by the teens.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art and the Electromagnetic Spectrum: A Classroom Lesson
Lesson plan from the museum’s Lunder Conservation Center. On each of three “Conservator Challenge Cards,” students find a question: Would you use infrared radiation, ultraviolent radiation, or x-radiation to examine this artwork?
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Art to Zoo: Stories from the Deep (1977)
This magazine-format issue of Art to Zoo includes ideas for teaching about mollusks, a brief history of the Smithsonian, and tips for gathering historical information from gravestones.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Art to Zoo: The Museum Idea (1976)
This issue of Art to Zoo offers ideas for activities before a classroom visit to a museum. Includes a student chart on museum careers.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Art to Zoo: The Museum Idea (1978)
This issue of Art to Zoo features a lesson plan in which each student creates a “Museum of Me” and the entire class creates a curriculum-based exhibition.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Art to Zoo: Turn About’s Fair Play! Mirrors and How They Reflect (1990)
Online issue including a series of activities in which students better understand light and symmetry by experimenting with mirrors.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Art to Zoo: What Makes Time Tick? (1991)
The lesson plan shows in this issue shows how time has “changed” over the years, and asks students to consider what would happen if all timekeeping devices were suddenly gone.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Artificial Anatomy: Collection
Online gallery of more than30 papier-mâché anatomical models of humans, animals, and plants from the museums Artificial Anatomy Collection. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Artificial Anatomy: History
Online exhibit exploring the history of papier-mâché, comparative anatomy, and methods of learning anatomy in the 20th century. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Artificial Anatomy: Preservation
Online exhibit highlighting the methods of preservation used in restoring the museum's papier-mâché collection. Covers the necessity for preservation, examination methods used, and preservation techniques. Also useful for the study of anatomy. Targets grades 6-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Artificial Anatomy: Resources
Bibliographic material, web links, and museum collections reviewed by the National Museum of American History and relating to the online exhibition Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mâché Anatomical Models.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Black Wings: African American Pioneer Aviators
Students examine photographic portraits and biographies to learn about the history of African Americans in the field of aviation. This set of four lessons is divided into grades K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12. The students portray the aviators in drawing, painting, or writing.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Build-A-Bird
Lesson on the anatomy of birds and their evolutionary adaptations. Students look at bird art to get a deeper understanding of their anatomy, then consider evolution in order to make connections between physical traits and habitat. Finally they create an imaginary bird in its environment.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Cai Guo-Qiang: Traveler
This online exhibition features two installation works by artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who integrates aspects of Eastern history into contemporary contexts. Includes an interview with the artist.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Civil War Educational Resources: National Portrait Gallery
Lesson plans introduce history through portraiture--specifically, the wartime Abraham Lincoln as seen in photographs, engravings, and a "life mask." A lesson on Lincoln and Walt Whitman brings poetry and music into the mix.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Class of Cards
Lesson about the work of influential designers Charles and Ray Eames. Students create their own playing card with symbols and patterns that represent themselves. Each card becomes part of a class “House of Cards.” Activity introduces the principles of design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art
Online exhibition using photographs, videos, and other resources to reveal Latino artists, their works, and how they express universal cultural experiences. Bilingual English/Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection
This online exhibition showcases art from Northern Africa. The jewelry and photographs featured here tell the story of a cultural crossroads for the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe, offering insight into the changing societies of this region.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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Essential Science for Teachers
Online courses designed to help K–6 teachers gain an understanding of some of the bedrock science concepts they need to teach today's standards-based curricula. The series of courses includes Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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European Theater During World War II
Newsreel video footage from 1944 and 1945, showing the Allies preparing and carrying out the invasion of Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and the eventual fall of the Third Reich and surrender of Germany. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and it meant to be used with the “Battle of the Bulge: Americans Respond to a German Surprise” lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Galaxy of Images
Online database offering more than 11,000 images that represent a broad cross-section of the Libraries' collections. Includes an easy-to-use search feature. Additional images and collections are added regularly.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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George Washington: A National Treasure -- Teacher Guide
Teacher's resource guide provides lesson plans; including suggested objectives, procedures, related standards in historical thinking, and worksheets, using Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington to introduce students to the events that shaped Washington’s life.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Guest Observer Portal
Web site where students can chose an object they would like to see in space and have a picture of that object, taken by the Micro Observatory network of telescopes, sent to them via email.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert
Retrospective exhibition of Tlingit artist Jim Schoppert (1947-1992), one of the most prodigious and influential Alaskan artists. He is known for repurposing Native images to go beyond their original design and purpose. Includes large woodcarvings, masks and poetry.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Kawésqar Community Education Guide (4-8)
Teacher's guide on the Kawesgar people of South America. Discusses oral history, how geography shaped Kawesqar culture, the impact of Western culture, and subsistence strategies. Includes two lesson plans: one examining the relationship between culture and environment, the other on oral traditions as an important way to transmit cultural identity.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Key Ingredients Teaching Guide
Teaching guide helping students explore the impact of food on American history, discover local food traditions, and look at the way food is advertised. Includes five engaging classroom lessons.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp Homepage
Parent's guide to help teach their children about the lives of Japanese American children who were forced to leave their homes and move to internment camps during World War II. Includes hands-on activities, pertinent websites, and a list of recommended readings.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Logo Design Basics: School ID
In this lesson, students translate verbal ideas into visual images. They create a logo that meets the objectives and needs of a client. Along the way, the learn to differentiate between fine arts and graphic design.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Make the Dirt Fly!
Online exhibition with historical photographs and information on the construction of the Panama Canal. Includes sections on reasons for canal construction, location selection, tropical disease, construction, civil engineering, and social history of the workers.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Native Village of Alutiiq Education Guide
Education guide on the modern Native Alaska community (the Sugpiat people). Includes four lesson plans exploring petroglyphs (rock art), creating a poem from “found” words, seeing how geographic factors influence the culture, economy, and politics of the Alutiiq people, and investigating the impact the Exxon Valdez oil spill had on the Alutiiq. Targets grades 9-12.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Ocean Conservation: Living Wisely on an Ocean Planet
Through this website, students learn about threats to the oceans and strategies for their conservation. Watch a video clip on conservation success stories and learn what you can do to help.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Out and About – Creating Design
Lesson introducing students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design through the use of digital cameras and the Photoshop CS2 program.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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People on the Move
Online exhibit exploring how American history was shaped by those immigrating to the U.S., migrating within its borders, or even returning to their native lands. This is the fifth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 9–12
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Play on Words Design
Activity in which students design an image that is a “play on words,” using both traditional artistic methods and computer design to perfect the image.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Protective Design
Lesson considering how design can help people confront fears. Students draw conclusions about society and fear, learn about products designed to protect people from danger, and create their own products.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Rebel Music: A Musical Tour of the Maroon Communities
Focuses on the music of the ex-slave communities in the Americas. Songs reflect the influence of African, Native American, and European music. Includes music samples and videos of performances.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits
Teacher resource guide on Latin American art history from 100 B.C. to the present day with classroom activities, vocabulary lists, and glossary. Includes works by Francisco Oller, Oswaldo Guayasamin, and Frida Kahlo. Bilingual English/Spanish .Targets grades 4-12.
Provider: Smithsonian Latino Center
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Robots All Around Us
An activity in which students research and discuss robots in order to design and build 3-D robot prototypes of their own.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Schools
Science and Technology Concepts is an inquiry-based middle school science curriculum. Website supplements the STC/MS curriculum and can be used as a research guide for students. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Science Education Center
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Self-Portrait Poetry
Two lesson plans based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, Reflections/Refractions. Students learn how artists describe themselves through self-portraiture and the elements of a portrait that convey a story. Students write a poem or create a self-portrait.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian Affiliations
Links to Smithsonian Affiliate museums across the nation. Find out if there is an Affiliate near you.
Provider: Smithsonian Affiliations
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Grade(s): All grades
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Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Webpage of Folkways Recordings. Explore, research, order, and download recordings from the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian. Includes music from the United States and around the world. Search by album, artist, country, or genre.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Speaking of Pictures: John Quidor’s The Headless Horseman
Roll over this artwork to read excerpts from the famous Halloween tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Surface Beauty: American Arts and Freer’s Aesthetic Vision
Teacher's guide with background information on the American Renaissance during the Gilded Age (1870-1900) and student activities. Students focus on two paintings by the American artist Thomas Wilmer Dewing, exploring how Dewing's paintings express his unique aesthetic vision as they also embody the late nineteenth-century idea of the American Renaissance.
Provider: Freer and Sackler Galleries
Grade(s): 9–12
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The Invention of the Electric Guitar
Online exhibit showing how the need for louder guitars led to the invention and proliferation of the electric guitar and how the emergence and popularity of rock and roll led to the guitar’s commercial success and more innovative designs. View the collection of guitars, click on each guitar to learn more, and listen to audio commentary by guitarist G.E. Smith. Listen to recordings of different types of guitars in a section entitled "How Guitars Work.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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The Java History Trail
Field trip local history program at SERC’s Maryland location. This 1.3-mile self-guided walking path through field, forest and marsh reveals the history of the land and the people who lived and worked on it. Outdoor exhibits include re-created Piscataway Indian camp, plantation exhibit, dairy farm artifacts, and outdoor classroom.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): All grades
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The Splendor of Diamonds
Website presenting seven of the rarest and most valuable diamonds in the world. Each entry includes the size, location of origin, history, and image of the diamond.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Then, Now and Tomorrow
Activity in which students will use photographs to research the history of the New York’s Lower East Side and to predict the future of the neighborhood.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Travis Panorama
Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America featuring a dramatic recreation of artist William D.T. Travis’ panorama commissioned by veterans of the Army of the Cumberland to memorialize the career of General William S. Rosecrans and his campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Viewing Device: New Perspective
Teacher-created lesson inspired by a viewing device designed by Albrecht Dürer. Students design their own simple device for viewing perspective.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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What do modern animal bones tell us about biodiversity?
Webinar in which Briana Pobiner of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program discusses her research on modern animal bones in a Kenyan game conservancy. The work is not only helping us to understand current biodiversity and predation pressure, it is also a key to understanding these conditions millions of years ago.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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What does clothing communicate?
Webinar looking at clothing, community, and self-expression. From sorority colors to religious garb to everyday clothes, our dress and style is a representation of our community, our values, and ourselves. Clothing is often used to show faith, to mark a rite of passage, or to indicate inclusion in a group. Drawing on her research into African American communities in seven cities, Diana N’Diaye asks: “How do we define and express our community through the clothing we wear?”
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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What’s Tops at the Udvar-Hazy Center?
With this self-guided tour of the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center (Reston, VA), children are encouraged to vote for their favorite aircraft and spacecraft. Includes a gallery map.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Women Breaking Musical Barriers: She Isn’t Supposed to Play That
Website traces the history and diversity of women in music through text, video recordings, and audio recordings.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Women of Our Time
Interactive gallery displaying photographs of some of twentieth-century America’s most famous and influential women. Includes audio commentary by the exhibit’s curator and documentary video about the evolution of photographic portraiture.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Word Search
Game encourages children to find hidden terms and names. Organized by topic and difficulty.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Written in Bone: The Secret in the Cellar
In this 37-page “webcomic,” an anthropology intern named Ana helps to solve a colonial-era murder case. It all begins when Ana, expecting to find “an old jug or two” on her first dig, discovers a human skull. The story is based on actual work by Smithsonian forensic anthropologists studying human remains from Jamestown, Virginia, and St. Mary's City, Maryland.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Civil War @ Smithsonian
Online exhibition dedicated to examining the Civil War through the Smithsonian Institution's extensive collections. Includes uniforms, equipment, weapons, paintings, and photographs of the war's most celebrated personalities organized by topic as well as a timeline of the war and additional resources.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Portraits, Visual and Written
Lessons introduce students to the lives and works of Louisa May Alcott and Samuel Clemens through portraits as well as through their writings. Students come away with a better understanding of how the events of one’s life can be an inspiration for creative writing.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Here Come the Sunflowers!
Lesson plan for learning about sunflowers. Students plant sunflower seeds and record their growth.. Includes two printable activity sheets and suggestions for extension activities.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Edge of Enchantment
Exhibit presenting the pictures and stories of the people of Huatulco and Huamelula as they talk about their families, the beliefs and practices that sustain their sense of who they are, the ceremonial landscapes to which they remain rooted, and the development and migration now changing their world. Shows and describes many of the places in Mexico known as encantos or enchanted places.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): General audience
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Big/Small
Online exhibition illustrating how African artists use size and scale—both literally and metaphorically—to communicate ideas.
Provider: National Museum of African Art
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Grade(s): General audience
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