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Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

This teaching collection includes resources such as a dramatic reading, an online exhibition, a postage stamp, and an article related to Thomas Paine, a Founding Father of the United States, who famously authored the influential pamphlet, "Common Sense". Also includes excerpts of "Common Sense" and a Document Analysis Sheet with suggested questions for in-depth examination. Guiding Question: How did this document inspire change in the colonies? Use textual evidence to support your answer.
Ashley Naranjo

"...Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!"

This teaching collection includes resources such as postage stamps, artworks and dramatic readings related to Patrick Henry, a Founding Father of the United States, who famously ended his speech at the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, with the phrase "...give me liberty or give me death." Also included are suggested Speech Analysis Questions from ReadWriteThink to support careful examination of Henry's speeches. Guiding Question: How did this speech inspire change in the colonies? Use textual evidence to support your answer.
Ashley Naranjo


Timothy Stoddard

Artful Thinking About America's Capital City

What do you think you know about Washington, D.C.? This collection is designed to help students develop and practice their skills for examining and thinking about art that was created to represent America's Capital City.
Linda Muller

Coat of Arms /Heraldry

This collection is used to introduce heraldry during the Middle Ages. There are examples from the Smithsonian and a power point to extend the information. A short video is also included in the power point. It culminates with an activity that students design their own Coat of Arms.
Debbie Zanetti

Perspectives on History: Designing Change

Artists express powerful opinions about defining moments and movements in American history. Their images may help raise public awareness or call the viewer to action. Zoom in on postage stamps and stand back from wall-sized murals to see how design, social issues, and persuasion come together in meaningful ways. Take home strategies for engaging students in evidence-based reasoning, argumentation, and persuasive writing.
Elizabeth Dale-Deines

Identifying Characteristics of Renaissance Art

This collection will teach you about how Renaissance artists changed the style and focus of art in the period between 1300 and 1600 CE. When you are done, you should be able to thoroughly answer the question: How did the art of the Renaissance reflect the new emphasis on humanism and science?

First, review the painting, Raphael's School of Athens, and learn about the new techniques used.
Then study the additional works in the collection and try to use them as examples of the different techniques. Some of the works are from the Renaissance period and others are more modern interpretations. A worksheet is included at the end of this collection to record your work.
Finally, test your knowledge with a quick quiz. Use your worksheet to help!
Kate Harris

Artful Animals: Storytelling and Symbol

This student activity explores African animal symbolism through visual art and folktales. Twelve animals are profiled, including leopards, primates, spiders, chameleons, and the mythical chi wara. Includes objects, an audio folktale ('The Leopard’s Drum’), short answer questions, a creative writing exercise, and opportunities to learn more.

Tag: Africa

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.
Deborah Stokes

Artful Animals: Conservation

This student activity analyzes our relationship to three types of African animals – antelope, elephants, and primates – through their representation in African art and a discussion of the real-world threats that face them. Focuses on three species: scimitar-horned oryx, African elephants, and western lowland gorillas. Includes photographs, art objects, fact sheets, a reading-level appropriate article, discussion questions, and a collection-building activity.

Tag: Africa

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.
Deborah Stokes

Atomic Bomb

An introductory set to accompany Steve Sheinkin's book Bomb.
Sara Benis

The Wright Brothers

Jennifer Harding

Bicycles 1890s-1920s

Primary sources on bicycles in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the bicycle's impact on American life.

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.
Naomi Coquillon

Images of Bibles

This collection shows images of various Bibles of historical significance in United States and World History
Mark A. Hammett

National Teachers of the Year 2016

Step inside the Renwick's Wonder-filled, room-sized sculptures for a workshop focused on inspiring meaningful student inquiry. Explore artworks that pique your curiosity. Peel back their layered meanings to discover how humble, workaday materials build bridges to issues of global significance. Meet the mastermind behind Wonder, curator Nicholas Bell. Collaborate with other educators: how can you integrate visual thinking routines, environmental themes, and artists’ creative approaches into your curriculum? Learn by doing: no prior knowledge of art required.

This collection was created to support the 2016 CCSSO Teachers of the Year Day at the Smithsonian.
Elizabeth Dale-Deines

Sports for all

Highlight the important role that sports play in reaching underserved audiences, promoting social inclusion and empowering youth. Build on the power and popularity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and impact positively on Brazilian communities. Demonstrate how sports can be a leveraging tool in social inclusion and education
U.S. Embassy Brasilia

Samurai Armor

This collection invites students to consider samurai armor as both functional and expressive objects. The collection includes two informative videos, several examples of samurai armor, photographs, and quiz questions. It finishes with an optional extension activity to make and decorate an origami samurai helmet. This collection can be used independently by students.

Guiding questions to consider are:
1) Why does the material, design, and purpose of an item of clothing matter?
2) How did samurai use their armor to affirm their social status?
3) How did samurai armor evolve over time and reflect changes in Japanese culture?
Kate Harris

Greek Mythology

Ioanna Galani

STEAM/MAKER Earth Day Program - Pollinators

This collection was specially designed for American Spaces, and it contains a variety of Smithsonian content resources and suggested maker/hands-on activities related to April’s theme of Earth Day. It aims at promoting learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts & design, and math (STEAM) through the application of curated content from the Smithsonian Institution.
Daniela Lyra

Dissolution of Native American Territory 1885-1905

This student activity examines what events, including the Dawes Act of 1887, contributed to the change in Native American reservation boundaries over time. Includes a video discussing 19th century views toward Native Americans, maps of reservation territory in 1885, 1895, 1905, and 1965, discussion questions, and an opportunity to learn more using an interactive map.
Tess Porter


my favorite flower...
Melissa Wadman

Carly Tomko-Mount Rushmore 2.0

Class period A
Carly Tomko

Pennants, Pins, Paintings & Posters: Artifacts of Political Protest

A mixed bag of artifacts of political and social protest movements in United States history. This collection can serve as a source of inspiration for students creating their own protest posters around a cause they believe in. The collection begins with a video by KQED Art School describing the characteristics of political art and a formula for making it.
Kate Harris

Strong Vincent

Civil war officer at Gettysburg
Arthur Glaser

Roman Mosaics

Exploration of Roman mosaics and their qualities.
Amy Williams
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