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Deciphering the Code: Understanding Messages Through Symbol Exploration

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Levels Preschool (0 to 4 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)

This collection provides opportunities for students to uncover the complexity behind symbols found in art and artifacts.  Curiosity and wonderment are sparked as students use close looking strategies to precisely describe what they see.  Students can then apply these findings to reveal a deeper meaning behind the symbols and the identities of the designer and users.  Students will be inspired to create their own stamps as they explore how symbols share messages and bridge connections to people and diverse cultures.

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National Museum of African Art

Organization Slide

Erik Lindemann

Teacher Guide

Andrea Croft

Asante weaver, near Kumasi, Ghana. [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Colors / Shapes / Lines: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Kente Cloth Weaving at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Asante weaver, near Kumasi, Ghana. [slide]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Crown

National Museum of African Art

Crown

Andrea Croft

Crown

Andrea Croft

Crown

Andrea Croft

Stamp

National Museum of African Art

Stamp

National Museum of African Art

Stamp

National Museum of African Art

Stamp

National Museum of African Art

Stamp

National Museum of African Art

Stamp

National Museum of African Art

Stamp

National Museum of African Art

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Erik Lindemann

Design Kente Cloth

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

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National Museum of African Art

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National Museum of African Art

Untitled (String Quilt, Bow Tie Pattern)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pieced Quilt (Honeycomb)

Smithsonian American Art Museum