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Afghan Rubab: The Lion of Instruments
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Students will listen to and analyze music of Afghanistan's "national instruments" the Rubab and Tabla. Student will also play rhythmic and melodic patterns while improvising in the Yeman mode. Students become acquainted with the geography of Central Asia and the political Climate of Central Asia, and gain an understanding of censorship of music.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Nancy S. Beitler
Date Added:
06/24/2019
African Americans in Aviation: The 1940s: A Decade of Change
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In this resource, students learn to review primary sources about African Americans in aviation during the 1940s. They use their primary source study to answer two research questions: What obstacles to full participation in aviation did African Americans face? What strategies did they use to overcome these obstacles?

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Allo, Monsieur! French Canadian Children’s Songs  A Smithsonian Folkways Lesson
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This unit affords teachers with opportunities to lead children in active singing games and
dances from Quebec, Canada. These lessons will offer young singers and players an
opportunity to listen to, discuss, sing, play games, and create.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Stephanie Trineer
Date Added:
02/26/2019
The American Indian in Postage Stamps
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Students can learn about how Native Americans have been represented on stamps over the history of the United States. This is a resource from the Smithsonian Postal Museum and it addresses the culture of the United States.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian Postal Museum
Date Added:
06/24/2019
The American Presidency
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This site providedes a brief synopsis of each of the forty-four presidents of the United States, from President George Washington to President Barack H. Obama. By clicking on their photograph at the top of the page, students will access their biography. In addition, their major accomplishments are described and various objects related to them are depicted.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian Institute
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Animals of the Fire Ice
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Students learn about methane hydrate ice worms and hydrate shrimp, including how they obtain their food and interact with other species in deep sea ecosystems. Students will work in collaborative groups to research these organisms to develop hypotheses about the relationship between methane hydrates, ice worms, and hydrate shrimp and present their hypotheses to the class. In an extension activity, students will construct models of methane hydrate molecules.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Mel Goodwin, PhD, The Harmony Project
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Answering the Call
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In this resource, students can learn about the ways which the United States provided naval assistance during the two World Wars. This resource is connected with the Smithsonian Museums.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian National Museum
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Apollo to the Moon Online Exhibition
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This online interactive exhibition by the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum examines the story of America's effort to master the challenges of an unprecedented journey across thousands of miles of space is told in this online exhibition: Apollo to the Moon. The story is told through primary and secondary sources in the context of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Date Added:
02/14/2018
Arctic Heat Wave
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In this lesson, students interpret graphs of global temperature records and Arctic temperature records for the past 100 years to determine differences in the rates of change between the two records.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
07/02/2018
Art to Zoo: Tomorrow's Forecast - Oceans and Weather
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This series of activities focuses on the world's oceans and their integral role in weather and climate. In step 1, students will identify the basic circulation patterns of the oceans and evaluate the relationship between ocean currents and trade routes of the past. In step 2, students will analyze climatic data from coastal and inland regions and conduct and experiment on the differing heat capacities of water and air. In step 3, students will locate major port cities of the world and identify ocean currents as potential travel routes. In step 4, students will explore El Nino by analyzing satellite-based data and evaluating weather reports for evidence of its occurrence.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Smithsonian Institute
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Atmosphere: Change in the Air - Activity 7: Greenhouse Gas in a Jar
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In this lesson, students create a greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, through a simple chemical reaction, measure the effect of the gas on air temperature, and relate their findings to the greenhouse effect in our atmosphere.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
07/02/2018
Atmosphere: Change in the Air - Activity 8: UVs and Frisbees
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In this lesson, students conduct an experiment to help students understand that ultraviolet radiation is present in natural outdoor light and that the intensity of the light varies with season and time of day.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
07/02/2018
Atmosphere Design Lab
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With this interactive resource, students can explore what would happen if the amounts of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ozone were increased or decreased on Earth.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
06/28/2018
Austria: Land of Waltzes & Polkas
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Students will be introduced to the concept of beats in groups of two and three. Balloons, instruments, and dancing will be used to explore this concept using Polka and Waltz.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Melody Jackson
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Autobiography Through Objects
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In this lesson, students will learn about Celia Cruz and the use of objects to discuss people. They will understand how artifacts can help us understand people in the past.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian National Museum
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Azucar: La Vida y Musica de Celia Cruz
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In this resource, students will explain the influence of the target culture perspectives on products and practices Additionally, students will learn that Celia Cruz was a Cuban singer who became an influential and legendary musical figure around the world.

Subject:
Spanish
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Banished: Louisa Susannah Wells, Loyalist Woman, 1778 - Student Worksheet
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In this activity, students listen to a historical narrative and analyze other supporting primary sources in order to answer a series of questions about Louisa Susannah Wells and her experiences.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
07/06/2017
Beanbag Population Genetics
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In this lesson, students work in teams of two, and each team completes two separate experiments demonstrating random genetic drift and natural selection.

Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian National Museum of
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Belly Dance, USA: Music, Movement, and Arab-American Communities
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Students will learn about Middle Eastern music, its transformations in the United States, and basic forms of belly dance movement. This lesson examines belly dance music, performed by Lebanese-American musician George Abdo, an example of music in Arab American communities during the 1970s.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Leah Pogwizd
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Ben Franklin's Magical Picture
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Working with a teacher, students will recreate some of the electrical experiments originally performed by Benjamin Franklin between 1746 and 1754. These hands-on experiments highlight Franklin's innovative contributions to science and government. Visitors will experience static electricity and may receive an exciting but harmless electric shock.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
03/23/2018
The Black Experience: African-Americans On Postage Stamps
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Students can learn about African-Americans and how they have been represented on stamps over the history of the United States. This is a resource from the Smithsonian Postal Museum and it addresses the culture of the United States.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian Postal Museum
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Blue and White Ceramics
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These porcelains from the collections of the Freer Gallery are part of a 1,500-year-old tradition of making porcelains in Jingdezhen, China. Porcelain production during the Kangxi period (1662–1722) expanded China’s export trade with Europe, sparked the Chinamania craze in the nineteenth century, and bolstered the East-West exchange that endures to this day.

The Smithsonian 3D Program is a small group of technologists working within the Smithsonian Institution's Digitization Program Office. We focus on developing solutions to further the Smithsonian's mission of “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” through the use of three-dimensional scanning technology, analysis tools, and our distribution platform.

This work is already transforming core functions of our museums. Researchers in the field can now come back not only with specimens, but also 3D data documenting entire sites. Curators and educators are using 3D data as the basis for telling stories and sending students on quests of discovery. Conservators are using 3D data to track the condition of a collection item over time using 3D deviation analysis tools, showing exactly what changes have occurred to an object.

Subject:
Art History
Visual Arts
World History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reference Material
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
The Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
07/03/2020
Bluegrass Music:  A Toe-Tapping Exploration of an American Art Form
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Students will be introduced to American Bluegrass music and Appalachian songs through singing,
listening and conversation. A number of songs will be compared leading to a conversation on the
characteristics of Traditional American music.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Lesley Lopez
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Bonkers for Bailecitos in Bolivia
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Students will exercise critical listening, singing, dancing, and playing instruments to traditional music of Bolivia. They will improvise rhythms, compose a song, and draw connections across a wide variety of disciplines.

Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Jennifer Vannatta-Hall
Date Added:
06/24/2019
The Bracero Program: A Historical Investigation
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In this lesson, students use primary sources to answer the essential question: Was the bracero program an exploitation of or an opportunity for Mexican laborers? Students will justify their answer with evidence from the analysis of the primary sources.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
07/05/2017
Brown v. Board of Education: An Organized Legal Campaign Lesson
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In this classroom activity, students will create posters that will help them identify the role of Howard University as an African American cultural center, the emergence of black lawyers as civil rights leaders, the importance of the NAACP and the roles of Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall. This lesson accompanies the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian National Museum
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Brown v. Board of Education: Five Communities Change a Nation Lesson
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In this classroom activity, students will research to gather information in order to create a radio broadcast about the five court cases that made up Brown v. Board of Education, and tell the stories of the African Americans from different walks of like who demanded better educational opportunities for their children. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Lisa Armstrong
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Brown v. Board of Education: Separate and Unequal Education Lesson
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In this classroom activity, students will identify the purpose and goals of education in American society and explain why African Americans chose to challenge segregated education in their quest for equality. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Lisa Armstrong
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Build Your Own Ecosystem
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Students will create a model aquatic ecosystem and make regular observations over a period of time. They will also work collaboratively to conduct research on common ocean health issues and summarize their findings in a written report.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Mel Goodwin, PhD, The Harmony Project
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Building a Sod House: Game
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Students will attempt to build a sod house by making choices regarding the construction of their house. Too many wrong answers and the house will collapse! This engaging and lighthearted activity will help students understand the challenges settlers faced while trying to survive on the open prairie.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Smithsonian National Museum
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Calling All Explorers
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Students will conduct research via a webquest and then write about what it means to be an ocean explorer, both modern and historic.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Kimberly Williams
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Call to Action: Investigate an Environmental Issue
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Students will research and evaluate an environmental issue, considering multiple perspectives and historical precedent. Using the provided list, they will select an issue that is of particular interest to them, research its components, and develop a blog post, podcast, or presentation that aims to educate other students about the issue at hand.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Date Added:
03/23/2018
Call to Arms!
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Students will design a robotic arm that could be attached to an underwater ROV to collect deep sea corals. In constructing the robotic arm, students will investigate the structure and range of motion of the human arm and how simple machines can be combined to mimic these movements. The lesson also reviews mechanical advantage. Students will work in collaborative groups and present their designs to the rest of the class.

Provider:
Smithsonian Institution
Author:
Mel Goodwin, PhD, The Harmony Project
Date Added:
06/24/2019