Stephanie Norby's collections
<p>A few objects that reflect borders -- both to keep people out and to keep them in. Also, objects that show people's resilience even in the worst of times.</p>
What defines a place? Examine this collection of images from or about California to answer these questions: What are its unique set of physical and cultural conditions? How do these physical and cultural conditions interact? How is California connected to other places? What are the consequences of human activity on the cultural and physical landscape? Ask students individually or in small groups to create a collection in Learning Lab to represent the physical and cultural characteristics of another place (city, region, state). Using these collections, ask students to write summary statements describing the unique human and physical characteristics of places researched. Discuss student collections and what makes each place unique.
<p>A box is a container with a flat base and sides, typically square or rectangular and having a lid. Or is it? Look at the collection of boxes. How do you think these boxes are used? How are they different in shape? size? material? Why do you think they are so different?</p>
How does photography of the Civil War inform us about this period? This teaching collection includes the lesson plan, A House Divided: Photography of the Civil War, published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Students examine Civil War photographs, write captions, and discuss how viewing photographs enhances your understanding of historical events and concepts.
Examine these different portraits of Martin Luther King Jr.
A collection with housekeeping images from different cultures and times. A parent could ask: How has housekeeping changed over time? What are some of the tasks in order to keep a house? What are people doing in the images? What are the tools you use?
The archived sessions from a two-part online course led by Dr. Victor Sampson, Associate Professor of STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin, on scientific argumentation -- helping students to identify, evaluate and support claims. See Smithsonian collections used during the sessions at https://s.si.edu/1L0YP81 .
This is a collection that shows many different types of butterflies. Why do butterflies vary? What are the processes in nature that result in biodiversity? How is this process different from innovations created by people?