Here is a collection of images related to the printing press from the 17th and 18th Centuries. The assignment is to select the three images which are the most interesting to you, and write a paragraph about each. In your paragraphs, start by explaining: 1) why you picked the image, 2) how it relates to the development of the printed word, and 3) what it meant for people who were alive at the time.
For added challenge, have the students finish the assignment with an additional paragraph (or more) explaining how each of the images they selected involve ideas or developments that still have an effect on their lives today.
A large collection of objects and images related to flying insects, including ladybugs, dragonflies, bees, butterflies, moths, and fireflies
This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to activism, protests, marches, and reform movements.
See the Learning Lab collection, Annie Appel, for additional photographs of the Occupy Protests and Disasters for refugees. For additional collections, search collections.si.edu.
Keywords (subject): protest, march, anti-, pro-, activism, citizenship, reform, demonstration, marchers, political movement, political discontent, anti-war, Vietnam War, Occupy Protest, Occupy Movement, women's vote, suffrage, boycott, impeachment, segregation, Rhodesia, genocide, riot, racism, gay rights, marriage equality, anti-fascism, prohibition, abortion
Keyword (photography): gelatin silver print, press print, photojournalism, documentary photography, fine art photography, mutoscope poster, stereoview, stereograph
Teaching for Community without a Classroom: Leveraging Digital Museum Resources for Distance Learning
This collection serves as a companion resource for the Community Works Institute conference series, Teaching for Community without a Classroom.
The session will introduce participants to the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a free platform that gives users access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian and beyond, as well as the tools to create interactive learning experiences with them. This session will also include an activity exploring Luis Cruz Azaceta's "Shifting States: Iraq" to help students think critically and globally, as well as techniques to consider personal experiences and their connection to museum resources.
Included here are an image of the work from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an explanatory video with curator E. Carmen Ramos, two Thinking Routines - "See, Think, Wonder" and "The 3 Y's" - from Harvard's Project Zero Visible Thinking and Global Thinking materials, examples of activities using museum objects and personal stories, and supporting materials. This collection is adapted from a larger teaching collection on the same theme (Luis Cruz Azaceta's "Shifting States: Iraq" ( http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll...), that includes extension activities.
Keywords: #CommunityInVirtualEd, #LatinoHAC, Latinx, Latino, global competency, competencies, CWI, 3ys
this collection is about reasons on why people should take notice and interact with the government.
This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to weddings.
For additional images, search collections.si.edu.
Keywords (subject): Wedding, marriage ceremony, church, gay rights, bride, groom, love, wedding dress, tuxedo, marriage clothes, wedding clothes, bouquet, flowers, tradition, anniversary, nontraditional wedding, wedding album, Tom Thumb and Lavania Warren, Leon and Sondra Einhorn, Victor Keppler, Lisa Law, Courtney Kennedy, Michael Kennedy, Ken Regan, Paul and Laura Foster, Mr. & Mrs. Patrick O'Brien, David Eisenhower and Juile Nixon
Keywords (photography): wedding album, portraiture, traditional photography, advertising, color photography, color carbro, gelatin silver print, press print, documentary photography, mutoscope poster, stereoview, genre scene, pictorialism, carte-de-visite,
This playlist on different cultures in the United States is designed for self-guided learning with intermittent check-ins for elementary age students. The learning tasks are divided over five days, designed for 30-35 minutes per day, and build on each other. However, students are able to work on this playlist at their own pace. Students have the option to complete the tasks online by connecting through Google classroom or access Google doc versions of each formative and summative assessments for work online and/or offline. By the end of the week, students will write a brief constructed response on why it is important to acknowledge and appreciate the different cultures that exist in the United States.
- Formative assessments are represented by a chevron (Learning Check In and Tasks).
- Summative assessments are represented by a circle (Final Task).
- Google doc versions of all formative and summative assessments are in the tiles immediately after the digital versions.
*Social Studies and Visual Arts standards vary by state for elementary grades. We recommend educators and caregivers consult their student and child's state standards for these two subjects.
The story of the pioneering pilot Bessie Coleman along with activities that young children can do to explore her life.
This is a selection of cartes-de-visite from the Photographic History Collection.
The sitters and photographers in this Learning Lab collection are well-known, lesser known, and unidentified. There are a number of photographs that are not portraits, including a stereoview of a cartes-de-visite studio.
For additional collections, search collections.si.edu.
Keywords: CDV, carte de visite, cartes de visite, portraiture, studio portrait, collectible photography, celebrity photography
Meet the politicians, reformers, inventors, authors, soldiers, and others who shaped the course of American history from the Colonial Era through the Civil War. Students will analyze portraits to learn about the diverse and significant contributions to American society made by individuals in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.
Objectives: After completing this lesson, students will be better able to:
- Identify important Americans and analyze their contributions to U.S. History
- Identify key components of a portrait and discuss what we can learn about the sitter through these components
Keywords: Colonies, Revolutionary War, Westward Expansion, Civil War, Abolition, Suffrage
This is an original story with illustrations created by the early childhood museum educators at the National Air and Space Museum. #airandspace
In 1715 an English wool merchant called John Lethbridge invented what is possibly the world's earliest diving 'suit' (or as he called it, 'diving engine') that did not require air to be provided by a pipe from the surface.
Other people had tried to do similar things and it is probable that John Lethbridge knew about these and based his design on precedent.
He had a very large family to support (he reputedly had 17 children!) and his plan was to make a diving engine that could enable him to make his fortune recovering treasure from shipwrecks.
This collection of cartes-de-visite portraits of Union soldiers is the Seville collection in the National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection. The collection was donated in 1931 by Smithsonian employee Marian Wells Seville, a Smithsonian library cataloger and assistant. Seville's father, Captain William P. Seville, served with the 1st Delaware Volunteers during the Civil War. Throughout the war, he obtained these photographs of the men with whom he served. Seville authored, The History of the First Regiment, Delaware Volunteers: From the Commencement of the “Three Month’s Service” to the Final Muster Out at the Close of the Rebellion, in 1884.
The biographies of nearly all the subjects in this collection are attached to the record. Follow the links to "more info" after clicking on each image.
For more images, search collections.si.edu
Keywords: Civil War soldier, men in uniform, carte-de-visite, studio portraiture, mustache, military weapons, surgeon, surgeon-general., general, quartermaster, captain, heroics, Smithsonian history, women collectors, women donors, women librarians, use of photography
This Learning Lab Collection focuses on a single Buddhist object from the National Museum of Korea. Students will formulate questions about this work of art using Project Zero's Layers Visible Thinking Routine. They will investigate answers to their questions by researching the exhibition website and engaging with videos, virtual tours, and other digital resources provided.
Tags: Art; Buddhism; Korea; Project Zero; research; National Museum of Korea
About the exhibition:
Sacred Dedication: A Korean Buddhist Masterpiece
September 21, 2019–March 22, 2020
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
A single object—a beautiful gilt wood sculpture of Gwaneum, the bodhisattva of compassion and the most popular deity in Korean Buddhism—is the focus of this loan exhibition from the National Museum of Korea. Carved in the late Goryeo period (918–1392), this crowned image is now known to be the oldest surviving gilded wood figure in an informal pose. Its posture, with one leg raised and the other lowered, is associated with the deity’s dwelling place, where he sits calmly on rocks above the crashing waves of the sea. The same subject in a similar pose was common in devotional paintings, such as the hanging scroll of Suwol Gwaneum bosal (Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara) now in the collection of the Freer Gallery.
Sacred texts and potent symbolic objects were sealed inside this hollow religious sculpture when it was first placed into worship in the thirteenth century. The practice of adding dedication material to a Buddhist sculpture during consecration ceremonies was believed to transform it into a living body. Recent research conducted by the National Museum of Korea provides new information about this rare sculpture, its hidden contents, and the special rituals that surrounded image consecration in Korea centuries ago.
We thank our colleagues at the National Museum of Korea for sharing their research and facilitating this exhibition.
Oral history is a technique for generating and preserving original, historically interesting information – primary source material – from personal recollections through planned recorded interviews. This collection includes tips for conducting your own oral history from a student journalist and a historian, guides with suggestions for setting up your own interview, and recorded oral histories from key moments documenting a range of events in 20th century history.
Recommended questions to consider with this collection of resources: What is the purpose and value of oral histories in relation to understanding historic events? How do oral histories compare to other sources of information? How can what we learn in school help us understand and process the experience of today, in the context of history? What is our responsibility to document, reflect, and advocate?
I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring dinosaurs. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a free Brainpop video about dinosaurs as well as explore PBS EON videos about dinosaurs. Families can learn about these prehistoric animals and consider all the evidence scientists have uncovered. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.
If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.
If you could be anything from nature, what would you be? Inspired by artist Thierry de Cordier, create a self-portrait using natural items.
Time: 15–20 minutes | Skill level: Beginner | Topic: Representation
About HIRSHHORN KIDS at home
Want to be creative at home? Bring the joy of HIRSHHORN KIDS into your home with unique hands-on projects inspired by the artists in our collection. Projects are designed to keep kids of all ages engaged and interested in exploring art and making. New projects are released every week at HIRSHHORN KIDS at home and here on the Learning Lab.
In this activity, you'll use common craft supplies to create a collage that represents what America means to you. Look at the following Smithsonian resources for inspiration, then complete the activity that follows.
Parents and caregivers can use this activity to help children gain a better understanding of the symbols, icons, and traditions that represent the United States of America. Let’s Make and Play activities are designed to be children-led activities with minimal direction or oversight required.
In this activity, you'll use common craft supplies to create a mobile. Look at the following Smithsonian resources for inspiration, then complete the activity that follows.
Parents and caregivers can use this activity to help children gain a better understanding of basic shape compositions, and counting by ones and tens. Let’s Make and Play activities are designed to be children-led activities with minimal direction or oversight required.
In this activity, you'll use common craft supplies to create a model of your home and a three-dimensional map of your neighborhood. Look at the following Smithsonian resources for inspiration, then complete the activity that follows.
Parents and caregivers can use this activity to help children gain a better understanding of location and direction within their neighborhood. Let’s Make and Play activities are designed to be children-led activities with minimal direction or oversight required.
In this activity, you'll use common craft supplies to create a piggy bank to fill with paper coins. Look at the following Smithsonian resources and think about how coins have changed over time. Then complete the activity that follows.
Parents and caregivers can use this activity to help children gain a better understanding of coins, their names, and their values. Let’s Make and Play activities are designed to be children-led activities with minimal direction or oversight required.