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Slavery artifacts from the 18th and 19th Centuries

This collection shows the interesting, and yet disturbing artifacts from slavery in American history during the 18th and 19th centuries. This collection focuses on the enslavement of African Americans. Slavery is a major part of the 18th and early 19th centuries, because, slavery needs to expand, in order to survive--slaves are a form of currency. Slaves are considered someone's property. Slavery is still important in issues we face in today's society: racism, mass incarcerations ("New Jim Crow"), and police brutality. The objects in this collection reveals the truth about the institution of slavery-- its demeaning, inhumane, and inexcusable qualities. 

Jaquavunta Lowe

Code is Beautiful

A love letter to computer programming and the humans that sculpt it.

Jaime Chao Mignano

The Framers of the Constitution

The people included in this collection are influential members of a prestigious group of members known as the "Framers" today. The Framers are known for designing the government we use to this day, and the majority of the group even signed the  document. This event took place at the Constitutional Convention in Pennsylvania at May 25 to Sept 25 of 1787. The designed document is known as the "The U.S. Constitution." "Around 55 members were included in this group, but only 39 members actually singed the Constitution or various reasons" (U.S. Archives Administration).

If one needs to know how United States came to be this great country, this world- power, they have to look down to its roots, and its roots come from the American Revolution, and the Constitutional ConventionPeople learn of the members, the very influential, and powerful members involved in designing this great world- power status of a country. One can understand, through this collection/ demonstration, the start of the roots of the modern United States of America. As an American, people should learn of their history, and should also know why their  society act as it does, because it always falls onto the government, which currently is the US Constitution.

Pavan Namani

Corps of discovery

Andrew Henry

i3 - Marine Ecosystems

Angelita F


Kathyrine Tinga


Kathyrine Tinga

"Blacks in the Westward Movement," "What Can You Do with a Portrait?" and "Of Beetles, Worms, and Leaves of Grass"

The premier (1976) issue of Art to Zoo contains three sections on three different subjects: the experiences of African Americans in westward expansion, the use of portrait art in the classroom, and the ordinary lawn as a habitat for plants and animals. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

A Mouse Like a House? A Pocket Elephant?

This 1987 issue of Art to Zoo engages students in a discussion of animal size and the importance of size in an animal’s life. It includes activities in which the students compare animal size differences, with a focus on metabolism and body temperature. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Ethnic Folklore in Your Classroom: Traditions, Tales, and Treasures from Tijuana to Timbuktu

This 1984 issue of Art to Zoo encourages educators and students to embrace diversity in cultural heritage. Includes instructions on how to put on a cultural heritage festival in the classroom. Click the PDF icon to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Africa Behind and Beyond the Headlines

A lesson plan in this 1980 issue of Art to Zoo introduces students to the interplay between environment and traditional culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Students learn about the significance of African masks and create their own masks. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Beyond the Frame: Using Art as a Basis for Interdisciplinary Learning

In this set of lesson plans, students look for meanings behind artworks in the Smithsonian collections. Click the PDF icon to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

American Weapons During the Revolutionary Era

With the Revolutionary period being one of the most important time periods of the 1700's, it came with many innovative progressions. Because of this, America was able to use adapt to the created resistance towards the British by taking their technologies and refurbish them to fit the American ideal.

Katherine Holcombe

Making "Family Memory" Storybooks: Fun for the Whole Family

This collection includes a series of easy-to-do book projects designed to get families talking and creating together. Any of them can be used in the classroom (English, art, social studies), as a home project, or in an informal learning setting. All books are made from a single sheet of paper.

Titles are ordered generally from most complex to least complex for topic, and include:
"Our Home" Nature Walk Album
Today I Am Here
My Hero
Music Memories
Kitchen Memories
Special Person
Family Treasure
Things That Make Me Me!
I Am A Star
My Clubhouse
Family Flag
My Name

At the bottom, you'll also find an interview with the creator of these design templates, book artist Sushmita Mazumdar, and a video of her reading one of her own books.

Click on any of these demos and accompanying downloadable instructions to make your own "family memory" storybook!

tags: art, crafts, crafting, how-to

Philippa Rappoport

Malaysia's Nightstand

this is my nightstand my dudes

Malaysia Lewis

My Nightstand

Isaiah Smith

My nightstand

John Ryan

My Nightstand

Taylor Pierce

My nightstand

Mady Kramer

My nightstand

Dalton Frankert

My Night Stand

Luke Hoffman

My Nightstand

Logan Bernesser

What Is Currency? Lessons from Historic Africa

In lesson plans in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students gain a basic understanding of money and economics by exploring the currency system of the Akan people of Ghana in West Africa. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

theresa hughes
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