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India--Where Remarkable Differences Are Ordinary

This 1986 issue of From Art to Zoo invites educators and their students to learn about India, its culture, and, especially, the lives of its children. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Winning the Vote: How Americans Elect Their President

This 1996 issue of From Art to Zoo includes activities to introduce students to the office of the presidency and the process of electing the president. Includes lessons on political campaigns, political parties, and the Electoral College. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

But first take a look at this sample of presidential campaign memorabilia in the National Museum of American History. Can you name the year of each piece?

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Native American Dolls

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine handcrafted dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian. They draw connections between these objects and Native cultures, communities, and environments.

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Stories of the Wrights' Flight

This issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom brings historiography to bear on the history of aviation. Students compare firsthand accounts of the Wright brothers' first flights on December 17, 1903, with secondary sources, including a newspaper story that appeared the next day. Included is a graphic organizer.

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Visions of the Future

In lessons in this 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo, students evaluate past predictions about the ways science would shape the future. They then make their own predictions about the world that lies before us. The present represented in the issue, of course, is not your students' present. It is the present of 1995, before they were born. As a warmup exercise, you might ask them to take a look at the sample of Smithsonian museum objects below--all produced around 1995. If the students could make a phone call back to the year 1995, what would they, the people of the future, tell those people of the past?

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Old Photographs: Windows to the Past

This 1979 issue of From Art to Zoo details the technological history and historical significance of photography and cameras. Students use old photographs to learn more about life in the past.

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Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students learn about the parts of flowers (and the parts of bees) and the symbiotic relationship behind pollination. Lesson plans introduce the role bees play in the production of many of our foods— including some surprising food!

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Portraits, Visual and Written

Lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the lives and works of Louisa May Alcott and Samuel Clemens through portraits as well as through their writings. Students come away with a better understanding of how the events of one's life can be an inspiration for creative writing.

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Every Picture Has a Story

In the lesson in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students closely examines four of the 13 million photographs in the Smithsonian. The pictures represent four important steps in the history of the medium: the introduction of portrait photography, the invention of a photographic printing process, the capture of instantaneous action, and the advent of home photography.

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Making Friends with Franklin

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, portraits of Benjamin Franklin introduce his writings and scientific experiments. Students do their own writing and conduct their own experiments. In addition, they learn about the international scientific community in which Franklin was a prominent member.

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Letters from the Japanese American Internment

The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom are based on letters from young people in an Arizona internment camp to a children's librarian in their hometown of San Diego. Students piece together a story by comparing the primary-source documents. The exercise might help to show that history is never a single story.

Click on the PDF icon to download. Please also see lesson plans on the site "A More Perfect Union" from the National Museum of American History.

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Final Farewells: Signing a Yearbook on the Eve of the Civil War

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine farewell messages written in an 1860 Rutgers College yearbook. The yearbook's owner was a southerner at a northern college--a Texan who would die for the Confederacy. On close study, the messages from his northern classmates reveal much about the complexities of this "brother's war."

Click the PDF icons to download the issue and additional materials. Take a look at two other yearbooks here for a comparison of yearbook styles through the years.

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Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine

This 1996 issue of From Art to Zoo shows how these two ecosystems, while unique and very different, also have similarities. Emphasis is on the formation of the environments and the organisms that call them home. Students consider the roles of temperature, sunlight, waves, tides, and food chains.

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The Universe: An Introduction

This issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom includes a lesson plan in which the class arranges pictures of heavenly bodies according to the students' best ideas of size, distance, and age. This active introduction to the cosmos can be a pre-assessment for a unit on space science. In a follow-up modeling exercise, relationships in space are brought down to a scale of two inches.

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Prehistoric Climate Change and Why It Matters Today

In a lesson in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students do the work of a team of paleontologists studying a time of rising carbon dioxide and rapid global warming during the Eocene epoch. By examining fossils of tree leaves, and then incorporating the findings into a mathematical formula, they are able to tell average annual temperatures 55 million years ago. Really!

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Nineteenth-Century Family Portraits: Looking into Home, Sweet Home

In a lesson plan in this 1986 issue of Art to Zoo, students analyze portraits for an idea of the family structure that was changing with industrialization, urbanization, immigrations, and other trends. Click the PDF icon to see the issue.

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Stamps as Storytellers--and the Story of Stamps

This 1985 issue of Art to Zoo demonstrates the ways that stamps can add a new level of interest to curriculum-based lessons. A lesson plan focuses on stamps that tell the story of westward movement in the United States. Click the PDF icon to see the issue.

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Landscape Painting: Artists Who Love the Land

A lesson plan in this 1996 issue of Art to Zoo introduces students to the basic principles and techniques of landscape painting via the works of four American artists. Activities reveal some artistic tricks used in landscape paintings. Click the PDF icon to see the issue.

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Turning Dreams into Reality

This 1985 issue of Art to Zoo takes students on a guided tour of the invention process, from dreams to the reality. It includes a “pull-out page” detailing the early history of the photograph. Click the PDF icon to see the issue.

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What Makes You Who You Are?

This student activity was inspired by the artistic process Robert Weingarten employs to create portraits of famous people. Have students watch the video and review the sample collection. A real person chose those images. What story do they tell about who he is?

Then ask students to choose five images or objects that best represent themselves. They may find them by searching the Learning Lab or uploading from other sources.

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Educational Open Course Resources

Open educational resources (OERs) are learning materials that can be modified and enhanced because their creators have given others permission to do so. The individuals or organizations that create OERs—which can include materials like presentation slides, lesson plans, lecture videos, and even entire textbooks. Some educators suggest that OERs might help reduce costs associated with producing and distributing course materials in both primary and secondary educational institutions. Teachers can download these materials—often at low costs—for use in their classrooms, but they can also update these materials and share their contributions with others, keeping content timely, relevant, and accurate. In this way, they needn't wait for textbook companies to issue entirely new editions of their (traditionally copyrighted) learning materials.

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Resistance

"[Resistance is the power and capacity to exert force in opposition;  iis the refusal to accept or comply with something; it is the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.]  When we talk about resistance to slavery, at first glance one might think this is a narrow topic, since slavery itself is such a broad subject. It turns out, however, that resistance actually impacted (and continues to impact) every aspect of slavery and its legacy. There is resistance during the entire time, from 1619 or so, when the first African-Americans are brought into Virginia, until slavery is officially legally ended in 1865 (with continued resistance with regard to slavery’s unfortunate legacy of Jim Crow laws, Black Codes and other forms of institutionalized racism, intrinsic bias, as well as micro and macro aggressions).  Though we must learn about the horrors and oppression of slavery, we must also learn about the resilience of enslaved and formerly enslaved people. Any study of slavery that does not include the consistent and concentrated efforts of the enslaved to resist is woefully inaccurate. The enslaved resisted. The formerly enslaved resisted. Today, the descendants of the enslaved involuntary immigrants continue to resist the oppression that is the legacy of slavery." 

Greenberg, Kenneth, Distinguished Professor of History/ narrator. "Resistance Means more Than Rebellion." iTunes app, 1, March 2018.

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Highlights Collection: Skyscraper Design

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Move over, steel: The high rises of tomorrow are "plyscrapers." Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here


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Highlights Collection: Invention and Innovation

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, How a children's toy could help fight malaria. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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