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In and Out of Focus: Images from Central Africa, 1885-1960

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Online exhibition presenting a portrayal of Central Africa under colonial rule in photographs taken by Euro-American and African photographers.

Eco-Icons That Electrify!

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design symbols to remind schoolmates to conserve energy.

Selections from the National Anthropological Archives

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Collection of scanned anthropological images categorized by region and culture group, ranging from Oceania to American Indian to African cultures. Includes photographs, drawings, documents, paintings, and more.

Musical Hooves on the Steppes: The Morin Huur of Mongolia

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Explore rural nomadic life in Mongolia and the highly impressionistic music and arts of the Central Asian steppes. Students learn to imitate sounds of the natural environment through improvised dance, instrumental performance, and throat-singing.

Revitalizing Shashmaqâm: Court Music of Central Asia

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Maqâm-i Râst is one of the six maqâms, or suites, which constitute the systematically organized repertory of Central Asian classical music known as Shashmaqâm (six maqâms). In the Shashmaqâm, instrumental pieces, lyrical song, contemplative poetry, and dance are all bound together in a vast yet integrated artistic conception of great refinement and profound beauty. Produced in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

"M.V. Labadi" by La Drivers Union Por Por Group

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Por por (pronounced paaw paaw) is the name of honking, squeeze-bulb horn music which is unique to the La Drivers Union of Ghana, and which is principally performed at union drivers' funerals. Por por music is played with truck horns, tire pumps, and other everyday objects a truck driver uses. The sound is rooted in Ghanaian tradition and a broad range of musical influences from New Orleans jazz to Highlife. The song performed here honors and praises past drivers. The group then breaks into a jam session. The performance was filmed in Accra, Ghana, during ethnomusicologist Steven Feld's 2006 recording session for Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana.

War of Independence Activity: Who's in Camp?

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Lesson plan with accompanying 'Who's in camp?' card game gives elementary students a deeper understanding of the many civilian and military roles that supported the American War of Independence. Artifacts and historical literature bring the Revolutionary War to life, helping students complete a role-playing writing assignment. Includes background information and printable artifact cards. Targets grades 3-6.

Rainbow: Chronicle of a Collaboration

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Spring 2010: Music of Central Asia

Work Hard and Work Smart: Designing for Athletes (PreK-3)

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Activity in which students design a sports bag for athletes, investigate varied sports, interview people involved in varied sports, and engage in problem solving as they create a new design.

Changing the World: Social Entrepreneurs Part One

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Lesson addresses the role of social entrepreneurs in affecting positive social change around the world. Introduces students to the concept of social entrepreneurship through research and a graphic organizing activity to visually present what they have learned.

Hot 8 Brass Band - Overcoming Adversity Through Music

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For the past 15 years, Hot 8 Brass Band has been one of the most popular and visible funk-style brass bands in New Orleans. Like most of the younger bands, Hot 8’s style blends influences from the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth, with elements from contemporary rhythm & blues, rap, and its local variation, “bounce.” Merging out of two former Fortier High School Groups, the members of Hot 8 grew up together and maintain strong, family-like ties.

America on the Move - Creating Stories Activity Kit

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Activity kit has students use primary and secondary sources and conduct oral history interviews to construct a family immigration or migration story. The kit contains step-by-step instructions, sample interview questions, and research guidance. Can be used with the 'Transportation in US history: Creating Stories - America on the Move Electronic Field Trip Part 2' included in the America on the Move online exhibit.

National Portrait Gallery Collections Search

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Search the National Portrait Gallery's collections from this webpage, which includes more than 12,000 records of portraits, grouped by specific themes.

Giant Panda Challenge

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Trivia quiz for kids on the giant pandas at the National Zoo.

Invertebrates Facts

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Webpage with images and descriptions of the major phyla of invertebrates. Links to more information on some specific groups of spineless animals.

Art to Zoo: Tomorrow?s Forecast: Oceans and Weather (1995)

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Lesson plan (with printable maps and classroom/take-home activities) demonstrates how ocean currents influence weather patterns and climate. Students identify ocean currents and the relationship between currents and trade routes, conduct an experiment on the differing heat capacities of water and air, and find and label port cities around the globe.

The Artful Presidency: Selections from the Archives of American Art

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Online exhibition on the intersecting lives of American artists and American presidents. Primary source materials include letters to artists from Andrew Jackson, Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, and a handwritten poem by in praise of sculptor Hiram Powers by John Quincy Adams.

Meet Me at Midnight: An Art Game for Kids

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Interactive online children's adventure that takes place in an animated Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes a parent and educators guide and a lesson plan based on the activity.

Classroom Ready Activities from Chandra X-Ray Observatory

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Classroom-ready activities that allow students to explore scientific concepts, using the Chandra mission as a vehicle for learning. Aligned with National Science Education Standards and Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

José-Luis Orozco & Kids Play "Chocolate"

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José-Luis Orozco and a trio of young voices: Natalia González, Sandino González-Flores, and Sofía Guadalupe Flores-Castro, perform "Chocolate" from the Smithsonian Folkways album ¡Come Bien! Eat Right!.

You Are What You Hear: Hearing through a Recordist’s Ears

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Summer 2015: UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music

BumperDucks

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These ducks need your help! Help them reach tasty treats across the pond, but watch out for obstacles! Turtles, frogs, and logs will try and knock you off course. It isn’t easy, but pond friends are there to help! Think you’re up for the challenge?

BumperDucks is an educational physical science game that will help teach players about what happens when two objects collide and how mass impacts the acceleration of an object.

How does design solve everyday problems?

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From the chair in which you're sitting to the town in which you live, everything around you is the result of the work of designers. Some of it is successful and some of it isn't, but it all exists to fulfill human needs. In this webinar, curator Ellen Lupton and educator Caroline Payson look at the ideas behind cutting-edge household items, from a glow-in-the-dark electrical cord to a camera for the blind. Discover how designers came up with these wild ideas and how you and your class might follow their lead.

Kids: National Air and Space Museum Gallery Guide

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Short outline of the Museum's most memorable kid-friendly displays and artifacts, designed to be printed by a visitor prior to an on-site visit. Places special emphasis on hands-on exhibits.
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