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Water, Water Everywhere

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a watering system for a school garden.

Planet Water

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Our species has had an enormous impact on the watery world. The big fish are disappearing, coastal waters are home to 'dead zones,' and carbon dioxide is taking a toll on water as well as air. Yet there is still time to act. Nancy Knowlton of the National Museum of Natural History discusses some of our positive actions.

The Water Nearby

National Museum of American History
Lesson using Google Maps to first find the class' school, then locate and learn about the closest body of water to the school. By working with maps, students build visual literacy and begin to develop geographical awareness. Part of the resource 'Life on the Water.'

Water from Space

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
National Air and Space Museum geographer Andrew Johnston discusses how satellites are used to map our water resources and to observe 'water cycles.'

On the Water Collection Search

National Museum of American History
Search engine for objects from the Smithsonian collection featured in the exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America. Representing a broad sweep of American maritime history, these objects were collected over more than a century and reflect broad patterns of technological, economic, social, and cultural change.

Listening to the Water Nations

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Cultural geographer Doug Herman discusses perceptions of water in traditional indigenous cultures. He also considers contemporary water issues that most immediately and severely affect indigenous people.

Life on the Water

National Museum of American History
Parent's guide designed to teach children about lighthouses and the maritime history of the United States. Focused on the book, Keep the Lighthouse Burning, Abbie, a work of children's literature about a teenage girl who becomes a hero by running her father's lighthouse during a storm. The module includes reading questions, hands-on activities, and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.

Settle Down: Turbidity and Water Quality

National Zoological Park
Lesson where students learn about 'water fitness' as they focus on the how turbidity affects water quality. Printable worksheets and links included.

The Way of Water in the World

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Lesson plan looking at global issues of water shortage and contamination. Students conduct Internet research and work in small groups to find solutions to these problems.

Sink or Float: Water and Design Solutions

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
People around the world are confronted with rising water, drought conditions, and increased weather extremes. Presenters from the Smithsonian's National Design Museum discuss the ways that designers are responding with innovative solutions???_???from floating houses to energy produced by ocean waves.

On the Water: Stories from Maritime America

National Museum of American History
Online exhibit highlighting the importance of martime activity throughout US history. Focused on ships and the lives of the men and women who lived, worked, traveled, and died on them. Includes objects from the Museum's collections, audio and video clips, oral histories and narrative accounts, an interactive collections search, learning resources, and an extensive list of web links.

Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World

National Museum of Natural History
In this companion book to the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History, author Deborah Cramer reveals the myriad ways the sea is essential to all of us.

Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diaspora

National Museum of African Art
This online exhibit shows representations of the water spirit Mami Wata (Mother Water). It considers how art both reflects and actively contributes to beliefs and religious practices, and to such current trends as globalization.

Tenochtitlan Needs a Drink

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Teacher-created lesson in which students consider what Aztec engineering--more specifically, the aqueduct--can teach us today.

Lenses and Lighthouses

National Museum of American History
Lesson in which students examine a Fresnel lens to develop an understanding of how some lighthouse lenses work. They then apply their knowledge of the lighthouse lens technology to imagine a new invention using a lighthouse lens to complete a different task. Part of the resource, 'Life on the Water.'

Maritime Munchies

National Museum of American History
Lesson has students cook one or more historical maritime recipes and compare the foods we eat to what was served on ships in the past. Part of the resource 'Life on the Water.'

Basic Needs

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Activity examining the unique and diverse historical artifacts that people have designed to fulfill their everyday needs in extraordinary ways.

Back to Basics

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Lesson examining the unique and diverse historical artifacts that people have designed to fulfill their everyday needs (i.e., food, water, shelter) in extraordinary ways. After looking at the various ways these needs have been met historically, students create a pictorial timeline of how objects have been designed to meet a need throughout the course of history.

Back to Basics (PreK-3)

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Activity in which students examine the unique and diverse historical artifacts that people have designed to fulfill their everyday needs in extraordinary ways.

Here's Looking at You, Squid

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Downloadable activity sheet with fun facts on the giant squid and a drawing exercise.

Estuary Chesapeake

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Field trip program at SERC's Maryland location. Parent and/or educator-led hands-on program exploring the living and non-living aspects of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Pre-visit required for new educators and recommended for station leaders

Muddy Creek Canoe Trip

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Field trip program at SERC's Maryland location. Canoe trip is a guided tour where students will learn simple canoeing skills while observing the surrounding ecosystem and identifying certain species with a field guide. Stops along the trip give students time to discuss elements of the ecosystem around them.

Women and Science at Science Service

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Exhibit highlighting the careers of five women pioneers in the field of science journalism. Features noteworthy female staff members and writers at the nonprofit news organization Science Service during the 1920s who helped changed the view of women in science.

Microbiology Design Challenge

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a product that would help make clean drinking water available in the developing world.
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