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Home on the Range

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This simulation asks users to answer questions about plant and animal habitats and habitat ranges. This resource is aligned with the Smithsonian Science for the Classroom grade 2 life science module, "How Can We Find the Best Place for a Plant to Grow?"

Food! How Do We Ensure Good Nutrition For All?- Module Overview

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Module Overview, introduces Smithsonian Science for Global Goals and details the parts of the Food! module.

Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings Homepage

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Online exhibit sharing a Native American perspective on westward expansion through primary sources know as 'ledger drawings.' These drawings record history through a mixture of symbolic and representational illustration styles. They include first-person records of military conflicts, cultural life, and 'Americanization.' Targets grades 2-12.

Sun Today, Sun Tomorrow; Sun Yesterday?

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Teacher-created design lesson in which students consider the uses of solar energy.They learn how to track and measure the sun's radiance and study ways that past civilizations have harnessed the sun's energy.

Looking at Art with Toddlers

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Article for parents describes ways to engage toddlers in art, at home or on visits to a museum. Learn how to help stimulate a toddler's aesthetic development and build literacy skills.

Cardboard Tube Telescope

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Lesson plan. Build pinhole projector telescopes from cardboard tubes that can be used to safely watch the Transit of Venus. Encourages safe view of the properties of light. Includes related web resources.

Samuel P. Langley: Aviation Pioneer

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Online exhibition presenting the life and work of Samuel P. Langley, third secretary (director) of the Smithsonian. Few know that Langley almost succeeded in building the airplane before the Wright brothers or about the Wrights' tumultuous history with the Smithsonian. This little- known history is found here along with contextual images and primary documents.

Exploring the Sky Homepage

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Parent's guide designed to teach children about astrology. Focused on the children's book, Maria' Comet, about a young girl who longs to study the stars, this module links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.

Vote: The Machinery of Democracy Resources

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List of resources included in the online exhibit Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, includes books on voting technology mentioned in the exhibit.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Animations and Videos

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Animations and videos that show objects and phenomena throughout the universe. Playable with Quick Time, Real Player, MPEG movies, or Java applets. Each video is accompanied by information about what is being shown.

Working Together: Cooperative Design

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Teacher-created lesson in which students take nature as a model for a class design project.

Chairs, Corduroys, Cottages, & Cars: Exploring the Diversity of Design

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Lesson has students examine submissions to the People's Design Award and create theme-based exhibitions highlighting examples from the award's website.

National Portrait Gallery Publications: Books and Catalogs

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This webpage lists catalogs for past and current exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery. These items may be purchased online directly from the site.

Explore Smithsonian: How Can We Know About the Reproductive Cycle of an Animal by Its Poop?

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Learn how scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute can help zoo caretakers learn about the reproductive status of their animals by using frozen poop samples. 

Gateway Experiences in the Music of North India

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Students will be introduced to the music of India with a focus on introductory terminology, elemental concepts, and instrument identification through various singing, listening and playing opportunities.

"Peace Like a River" by Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz at the Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert

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The life of Kate Rinzler was celebrated on July 9 with lively performances by two Smithsonian Folkways recording artists, Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz. Mitchell, who has recorded two albums for Smithsonian Folkways, made her Festival debut, while renowned Argentinean songwriter/singer Suni Paz, who recorded several albums for Smithsonian Folkways, returned to the Festival after many years. In this video, they perform “Peace Like a River” from Mitchell’s 2006 album You Are My Little Bird.

Music of the African Diaspora from the 1997 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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In the past three decades, the USA has seen an influx of over one million African immigrants. Like Africans from earlier diasporas and like immigrants from elsewhere, they have brought their artistic skills, values, knowledge, and experience and created dynamic, often powerful new cultural forms that give definition to their communities in the USA. Highlights from the African Immigrant Program at the 1997 Smithsonian Folklife Festival illustrate the musical diversity and richness of the new African diaspora in the USA.

West Point in the Making of America Interactive Activities

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Four interactive activities about the graduates of West Point. These activities are part of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America. Visitors will learn more about the roles the U.S. Army played in the development of the United States and the World in times of peace and war. Included are an exploration map, a panorama painted to memorialize the Civil War, an interactive map-based activity and a quiz on the many ways that West Point graduates have influenced the world.

Looking at Learning...Again, Part 1

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Eight-part video workshop featuring seven leading math and science educators sharing their ideas on how children really learn.

The Last Brass Band?: Musical Mentorship and Social Justice Organizing

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Winter/Spring 2015: New Orleans

Looking Upwards: Greenroofing & Rooftop Gardening (9-12)

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Activity exploring the role of greenroofing and rooftop gardening in contemporary architectural design. Students conduct collaborative research to learn about the history, process, science, and environmental impact of greenroofing.

Roll It! Creating an Entrance Ramp

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design an entrance ramp for their school. They draw on prior knowledge of geometry and trigonometry.

An Organized Legal Campaign-Lesson

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Lesson plan has students create posters to convey the importance of specific figures in the legal battle to end segregation including the role of Howard University as an African American cultural center, the emergence of black lawyers as civil rights leaders, and the importance of the NAACP and the roles of Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall. This lesson is part of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.

American Railroads in the 20th Century

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Webpage about American railroads during the 20th century. This reference page included in the America on the Move online exhibit tracks the development and impact (economic and social) of the American railroad from 1870 to today. Artifacts and period photographs enhance the presentation.
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