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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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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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Owney the Dog! A Curriculum Guide for Teachers
Interdisciplinary lessons based on the travels of a dog named Owney who became a mascot for the Railway Mail Service in the 1880s and for the National Postal Museum today. Designed for second-grade classes, it includes lessons for students with special needs in reading, math, and writing.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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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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The Rainforest
Ecology-based teaching kit provides a unique look at a popular subject. Through Lynne Cherry’s The Great Kapok Tree, children explore artists’ perspectives on the rainforest by investigating their works. Lesson plans include language, science, music, and motor activities as well as extensive art enrichment. Based on the philosophy and approach of the Smithsonian’s museum lab school.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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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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A Nigerian Yoruba Naming Ceremony
Online exhibit focuses on the cultural traditions of an African immigrant community in the United States. A Nigerian family’s Naming Ceremony story raises the topics of cultural preservation, community, and family. Includes descriptions of the event, people, and links to relevant local publications.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Introduction to the Nature Journal
Lesson plan in which students practice writing and observation skills by keeping nature journals. They observe animals on the National Zoo’s webcam and write about the behaviors they see, making hypotheses based on these observations.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak
Online supplement to the exhibition includes brief biographical information on featured African American authors and video interviews with them.
Provider: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Creativity & Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the Americas
Online exhibition highlighting the history and cultural traditions of Maroons, descendants of Africans who freed themselves from captivity in the Americas. Contains exhibit description, virtual tour, and teaching guides that can be utilized to create lesson plans covering topics relevant to slavery, culture, migration, and language.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: The Music in Poetry
Lessons introducing students to the rhythms of poetry. The focus in on two poetic forms that originated as forms of song: the ballad stanza, found throughout British and American literature, and the blues stanzas of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Poetry is taken off the page and put into terms of movement, physical space, and, finally, music.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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A Family Visit to the Smithsonian
Interactive site featuring one family's week-long experience visiting museums and exhibits. Features the family's journal entries and activities they created to help make the most of a visit to Washington, D.C.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Making Friends with Franklin
Lesson plans in which portraits of Benjamin Franklin introduce his writings and scientific experiments. Students do their own writing and conduct their own experiments. In addition, they learn about the international scientific community in which Franklin was a prominent member.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Birds Bibliography
Sampling of the bird book literature: field guides, encyclopedias, species accounts, checklists, monographs, texts on biology and behavior, and references on birds threatened with extinction. Useful for ornithological research.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Postcards: The Write Stuff
Student activity provides writing practice: penning a postcard message, and creating illustrated postcards.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures: A Guide for Teachers
Teachers’ page using art, artifacts, and primary source texts to bridge American history, geography, art appreciation, environmental conservation, and multicultural studies. Features lesson plans.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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The Postmaster's Challenge
Game styled after “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” tests children's knowledge of postal history and stamp collecting.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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One Life: Walt Whitman, a Kosmos
Online exhibition celebrating the life and work of Walt Whitman. Presents a timeline of his life, highlighting important events and peers with portraits, a reading of “Leaves of Grass”, Walt Whitman's own reading of “America,” an essay on his work, and a look at his artistic heirs.
Provider: National Portrait Gallery
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Grade(s): General audience
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Scramble
Game encouraging children to unscramble different images related to the postal service.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Smithsonian In Your Classroom: A Shape Note Singing Lesson (2000)
Issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom detailing the history and mechanics of shape-note singing, a tradition with roots in the American South. Includes lesson plan and handouts to teach students the art of shape-note singing.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Puerto Rico Colonial Art
Bilingual English/Spanish guide exploring fifteen artworks and providing the historical significance of each piece.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Transit of Venus Vocabulary
Online activity to help students learn the meaning and spelling of various terms associated with the Transit of Venus.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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A World of Lines: A Resource Kit Using Children’s Literature, Objects and Art
Teaching kit employing the approach of the Smithsonian’s museum lab school includes art prints, children’s literature, objects, and lesson plans with activities. Lesson begins with Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, leading to an exploration of the many types of lines that make up the world through simple objects such as yarn, string, and pipe cleaners. Reproductions of famous artworks broaden the exploration. Purchase required.
Provider: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Reading Follow the Drinking Gourd
Activity guide with reading questions about the book Follow the Drinking Gourd. A follow-up activity asks students to write and illustrate a poem or letter playing the role of a conductor, agent, or passenger on the Underground Railroad. Part of the resource “Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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You Can Count on Art
Downloadable PDF activity sheet that asks students to look closely at two American paintings. They count things they find in the pictures: the number of children, the number of birds, etc. The sheet includes a word scramble game and an idea for writing a story based on one of the pictures.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Batting Practice and Poetry in Motion
Two lesson plans on the life of Roberto Clemente. Students look at statistics of his baseball career, using mathematics to gauge his athleticism, use visual art skills to create an action portrait of Clemente, and write a poem inspired by his famous quotes and centered on themes in his life.
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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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Minerals, Crystals, and Gems: Stepping-Stones to Inquiry
Lesson plans introduce students to mineral science and the scientific process of observation, hypothesis, and conclusion.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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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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Elihu Vedder’s Drawings for the Rubaiyat
Presentation of Elihu Vedder’s illustrations for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khay-lam, which set the standard for the artist-designed book in America and England. Includes background information on the artist.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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