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My Building, My Community

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In this lesson plan, students explore the community outside their classroom walls. They take photos of buildings in the neighborhood and re-create a building using geometric shapes.

An Organized Legal Campaign

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Online exhibit shows how leaders of the Howard University law school and the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP prepared to fight segregation in the nation's public schools. An Organized Legal Campaign is the third section of the online exhibition entitled Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. Targets grades 6-12.

Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: Printable Exhibition

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Printable edition of the online exhibit Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Celia Cruz is an influential and legendary musical figure both in her native country of Cuba and in the United States. Visitors can connect her story to a variety of subjects including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. Available in English and Spanish. Targets grades 6-12

Collars, Curtains & Kings: Exploring the History of Lace (9-12)

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Activity teaching students about lace. Explores the history of lace, how lace is made, where lace is made, and the role of lace in women's lives.

Fly, Fly Away

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Teacher-created lesson in which students use everyday materials to design and build a kite--one that is based on their research into kites through history. After testing the kite, they "go back to the drawing board" to improve on it.

History and Culture Books, Catalogs, and Posters from SITES

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Choose from a selection of books and posters for purchase made in conjunction with SITES traveling exhibitions. Historical and cultural topics range from the American presidency to contemporary China and Latin Jazz.

The Sound of an Island: Jamaican Music for the Classroom

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Students will be introduced to the music and history of Jamaican culture through performing various game songs and dances, as well as playing simple songs transcribed for the recorder.

Document Deep Dive: Harry Truman's Adorable Love

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Online primary source: a letter sent to Bess on the Trumans' 38th anniversary, in 1957. Harry recounts his memory of each previous anniversary in such one-line summaries as "Korea--a terrible time" and "Key West--a very happy day." Annotated by an archivist at the Truman Library.

Que Viva el Mariachi!: Music, Meaning, and Movimiento

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This webpage offers a sampling of mariachi recordings and an essay on the music's significance and historical background. Explore further with movie clips of live performances.

Imagining Abraham Lincoln

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Lesson has children read Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers then use what they have learned about Abraham Lincoln to add a scene to the story in the form of a comic strip. Included in the resource 'A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.'

"I know a City Called Okeechobee" by Ella Jenkins at Music Center at Strathmore 2006

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Ella Jenkins sings her song "I Know a City Called Okeechobee" before a sold out crowd at the Music Center at Strathmore in 2006. The performance was part of a concert event where luminaries in the folk and children's music genre, such as Pete Seeger and Sweet Honey in the Rock, paid tribute to Ella's career and legacy.

A New Candidate for Animal Farm

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Teacher-created lesson that looks at George Orwell's satire of propaganda and rhetoric in "Animal Farm." Students design a political campaign for a candidate who will offer real freedom to the animals.

Design for School Logo

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a school logo to be used on stationery, T-shirts, or any other object.

Dewey Balfa Performs at 1976 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Cajun music evolved in Louisiana from the 18th and 19th century blends of French, Spanish, Celtic, Native American, and African origins. Despite its long history and popularity, by the 1950s Cajun music, as well as Cajun culture in general, was in serious decline. In the post-WWII era, Americans were urged to discard regional cultures for a more modern, albeit homogenized, national one. Many Cajuns were embarrassed by the regional French they spoke and the "old-fashioned" music still being played in their communities. Dewey Balfa, a musician responsible for the reinvigoration of Cajun music in the 1960s, plays a Cajun fiddle tune and speaks to the importance of regional culture.

The long, winding, and confusingly numbered road to La India Canela’s house

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Fall/Winter 2011: Dispatches from Latin America

Whatever Happened to Polio? Homepage

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Online exhibit using images, artifacts, oral histories, and interactive resources to tell the story of the polio epidemics in the United States and the struggle to find a vaccination to prevent them. The exhibition is divided into four parts covering the effects of polio on communities, families and medicine; the social, scientific and medical legacies of the disease; how the virus works and how a vaccine was developed; and the state of the global campaign to eradicate polio today.

Tibetan Healing Mandala

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Website documenting the Tibetan Buddhist Healing ritual (Mandala) offered for the protection and healing of America after the September 11 attacks. Includes information on Mandalas, photographs of the process, a time lapse video showing the entire process, and an area for visitor responses.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 36 - “So Long It's Been Good to Know You”

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Songs of farewell this hour on Tapestry of the Times... goodbyes to sweethearts, families, childhood homes, and old jobs we’d maybe rather forget. Music from Chile, Kyrgyzstan, and American legends Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Doc Watson, and cowboy poet Buck Ramsey.

Van Valen's Gold Rush Journey

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Teacher's guide, student worksheets, and interactive website. Investigate the authentic journal of Alex Van Valen, a man who set sail in 1849 to stake his claim in the California gold fields, to discover what life was like during the gold rush. Includes student questions to help guide research, rich primary sources, images of artifacts and background information. The student materials can be completed on paper or using the interactive PDF format that allows students to create beautiful publications from their research. Targets grades 6-12.

Exploration Map

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Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America featuring an interactive map illustrating the exploration of the west along with biographical sketches and brief description of the expeditions undertaken by West Point graduates. The U.S. Army played a key role in exploring the nation's vast new lands acquired through purchase and conquest during the first half of the nineteenth century. Military-scientific expeditions crisscrossed the West, mapping the country, gathering scientific data, identifying potential resources for exploitation, and surveying routes for roads and railroads.

The Price of Freedom: Learning Resources

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Resources developed in conjunction with the Price of Freedom: Americans at War Teacher's Manual. Includes video footage, first-person reenactments, oral history interviews, a teacher's manual/lesson plan, and a Civil War game.

Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution: Topic 1 - Immigration

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Section of the A More Perfect Union online exhibit focusing on the experience of Issei, the first generation of Japanese immigrants to the United States, through the use of artifacts from the Museum's collections, primary source documents, photographs, and oral histories. Most Japanese immigrants to Hawaii and the mainland United States faced severe racial prejudice and restrictive laws specifically aimed to limit the rights of Asian immigrants to own property and become citizens. Also discussed are the challenges later immigrants to both Hawaii and California faced as racist attitudes and policies were legalized.

Problem Solved! Design Solutions (9-12)

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In this lesson, students look problem solving in design. In an exercise, small groups create a safe method for transporting an egg.

Indian Humor

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Online exhibit showing a humorous side to Native art, featuring thirty-eight contemporary artists who infuse their art with a sense of the comic.
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