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Resources produced by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, some based upon previous lesson plans found in the publications "Art to Zoo" and "Smithsonian in Your Classroom." More about us here.

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Discovering US/Descubriendonos

<p>Discovering Us/<em>Descubriéndonos</em> was a Spanish-language workshop for students and families in the Fairfax County Public School's Family and School Partnerships <em>Luther Jackson Middle School Parent Leadership Program</em>. Pairs of immigrant mothers and their middle school-aged children worked together to create portraits and multimedia production pieces that communicate their family history and their future hopes and dreams.</p><p>Included here are examples of student work (videos and portraits), and classroom images of the creative process. The videos were created in iMovie.<br /></p><p><br /></p>
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Family Lessons Storybooks: A Classroom or Family Activity

<p>The Smithsonian has joined with book artist Sushmita Mazumdar to create a series of easy-to-do book projects designed to get families talking and creating together.</p><p><span></span><span></span>In this activity, a 1st grade teacher from a bilingual school in Washington, D.C., used the "Connections" book design to have her students share important family lessons. She described how she did the activity: "I loved the book project and found that it was a way to get parents involved in making a book with their child at home. I pre-made the books since I thought the instructions were a little tricky. The instructions were to discuss and write about a Life Lesson that their families taught them. Our students created bilingual Spanish/English books. The format was perfect for this because it could be English on one side and Spanish on the other. Students enjoyed hanging their books up outside of the class for others to read and then sharing them with the class. It really helped them to understand what important life lessons families teach them and it helped to bring students' home knowledge into the classroom. We connected the books to our Life Lessons unit and plan to do the same thing this year."<span></span></p><p>Included here are examples of student work (images and video of students reading their books), as well as images from classroom displays.</p>
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Native American Ledger Art

<p>Educator Ramsey Weeks (Assiniboine, Lenape, and Hidatsa), from the National Museum of the American Indian, talks about Native American Ledger Art, and shares ideas for family and classroom "winter count" activities.</p>
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