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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Education Department

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Homepage of the Science Education Department of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which develops curricula and materials that reflect current scientific and educational philosophy.

How to Use this Resource in Your Classroom: Collect Stars Activity

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Teacher's guide for using the Collect Stars activity from the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that inspired the National Anthem in the classroom. Helps students cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and be able to place the creation and preservation of the Star Spangled Banner in a chronological framework.

Arctic Studies Center

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Main website for the Arctic Studies Center provides research, exhibits, collections and resources based on the study of northern peoples, their history and their environment. Includes Tools for Teachers section with classroom materials for sale.

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

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The history and travels of the Vikings. Includes an interactive map, video, board game, vocabulary, teacher guide, and family guide.

Plena, the People’s Newspaper: Puerto Rican Music for the Classroom

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Maps, music and video-recordings can be effectively used to discuss the present and historical incidence of the plena. In the way that rap music is referred to as ‘the people’s CNN’, plena, an Afro-Puerto Rican musical form that has much in common with other Caribbean musical expressions, is sometimes referred to as “the newspaper of the people” as it expresses what is going on in the lives of working class people.

Interview With Nati Cano

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In April of 2014, Daniel Sheehy, director and curator of Smithsonian Folkways sat down with GRAMMY Award-winning, mariachi pioneer Natividad "Nati" Cano. Natividad "Nati" Cano Passed away on October 3, 2014 during the production of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano’s Tradición, Arte y Pasión.

El Rey de Alburquerque: Roberto Martinez and His New Mexican Mariachi: A Transnational Legacy

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Winter 2010: Roberto Martinez

From Airmail to Airlines

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Teacher's guide featuring classroom activities that explore changes in air transportation from 1920 to the present. Designed to complement transportation units, but can be used alone or with a museum visit.

From the Internet to Outer Space

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Lesson using Google Sky to explore the sky, and then share your observations through sketches and figurative language. Intended to show the difficulties astronomers had sharing their observations before photography was invented. Part of the resource 'Exploring the Sky.'

Apples and Onions

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Teacher-created lesson that introduces young students to symmetry and asymmetry, and to patterns and design in nature.

Looking Upwards: Greenroofing & Rooftop Gardening (4-8)

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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.

Math Can Be Electrifying

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Multi-disciplinary lesson showing how math can be used to calculate and analyze how electricity use causes air pollution. Students design a family education campaign on how to save electricity. Students create a graph comparing energy savings on two different electricity bills.

Trail of Tears: Music of the American Indian Diaspora

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The segments of this unit offer an investigation of the impact of circumstance on the music of a people through examination of several musical selections from the Five Nations heritage (Choctaw and Cherokee in particular) during and following the Trail of Tears of 1831 and 1838 respectively.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 24

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Sea-faring songs from North Carolina’s Outer Banks; an Irish pirate ballad; cowboy songs from Woody Guthrie, Harry Jackson, and Cisco Houston and a spiritual from Moving Star Hall on Johns Island, South Carolina.

The Folkways Collection - Episode 3: Folkways: An American Canon

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The third program in the series explores the Folkways collection in terms of its remarkable breadth and the fascinating way in which it was catalogued by Moses Asch. The program incorporates many and varied examples of the material Asch recorded over the years, ranging from field recordings of rural blues and folk music, to ethnic recordings from around the world, to 'soundscapes', to oral history, to recordings of the poets of the Beat era, to the studio recordings of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, The Lost City Ramblers and Lead Belly.

Cell Game

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Lesson in which students create a game that tests peers' knowledge of cell structure and function. They go through the design process of prototyping, receiving feedback, and redesigning their game.

In Search of the Giant Squid

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Website exploring and interpreting the mystery, beauty, and complexity of giant squids. Includes images from gallery installation, myths about squids, general information about squids, and links to other resources.

Multicultural Make-a-Book

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Downloadable PDF activity sheet containing images of diverse Smithsonian objects. Includes instructions for folding the sheet into a little book.

Insects: Friends and Foes

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Website presenting information and high-resolution specimen images on a wide variety of insects. Sections include: large and small insects, male or female, beetles, butterflies, moths, mimicry and cripsis, friends and foes, what is it, and weird insects.

Made You Look

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Lesson in which students look at how design affects their everyday lives by analyzing marketing and advertising media.

History of Polio Timeline

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Timeline of the history of polio research, vaccinations, and their effects on society. Part of the online exhibit Whatever Happened to Polio?, this resource examines the history of polio, including the major milestones in scientific, medical and social issues created by the virus.

A Midnight Serenade: Music from the Dominican Republic

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Fall 2009: Children's Music

Back to Basics (PreK-3)

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Activity in which students examine the unique and diverse historical artifacts that people have designed to fulfill their everyday needs in extraordinary ways.

Drum Sounds and Their Meanings

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Examples of the ingenious ways that percussion is used to communicate, as well as to express cultural connections to death, war, and spirituality. Includes selections of music and video.
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