Found 402 Learning Lab Collections
Welcome to the National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection Grid for the 2018 NHD Theme!
Below are some documents, images, objects and videos to help you explore the 2018 NHD theme: Conflict and Compromise in History. These documents, images, objects and videos are intended to help highlight the African American experience and perspective in American and international history.
These documents, images, objects and videos may help you form an idea for a project topic or they may help to expand the narrative of your selected project. Click on the text icon for possible project connections, questions to help with analysis, creative activities, and/or the paper clip icon to reveal questions or comments to spark your curiosity.
This collection provides a brief introduction to the Vejigante tradition practiced during the month of February in Puerto Rico, in observance/celebration of Carnival.
A collection of education and teaching images that help us assess the value and utility of using real objects when presenting classes that involve language, communication and information exchange skills. #Teachinginquiry
This is a topical collection about American life and politics in the 1960s. Resources in this collection might be helpful to students and teachers working on projects about the decade. It is not meant to be completely comprehensive, but rather includes highlights of the Smithsonian's collection spanning art, popular culture, social trends, leadership, and technology.
Teachers and students might copy and adapt this collection to suit their needs; highlighting a specific aspect of life in the 1960s and adding annotations and additional resources.
tags: Sixties, Kennedy, Camelot, civil rights, Vietnam, politics, decade
This topical collection examines mosquito-borne illnesses from the perspectives of art, history, public health, science, and visual thinking strategies. Specifically, the Zika virus and historic malaria and yellow fever are studied through the Smithsonian's national insect collection. Includes specimens and objects related to mosquitoes, as well as artworks and articles.
This is a topical collection about American life and politics in the 1950s. Resources in this collection might be helpful to students and teachers working on projects about the decade. It is not meant to be completely comprehensive, but rather includes highlights of the Smithsonian's collection spanning art, popular culture, social trends, leadership, and technology.
Teachers and students might copy and adapt this collection to suit their needs; highlighting a specific aspect of life in the 1950s and adding annotations and additional resources.
This collection supports the Week 1 lecture for the Harvard Extension School course MUSE E-200 Smithsonian and the Twenty-First Century Museum: Leadership Strategies. This first lecture is titled Introduction and History of Building a National Museum.
Work with a partner or partners to analyze each object:
- What do you think the symbols mean?
- Are there words that help describe it?
- What patterns can you find?
- Does the design show bilateral symmetry, radial symmetry, or is it asymmetrical?
ART MAKING CHALLENGE: Design a medallion to commemorate something important to you. Some possibilities:
- An accomplishment
- A special event you participated in
- A family tradition
- A personal interest
The final artwork could be a drawing, painting, collage, clay slab, or foil repousse.
This collection represents some of my personal favorites from the digitization project at the United States National Herbarium, at the National Museum of Natural History. This project's goal is to digitize the 4.5 million specimens held in the collection.
There are hundred of thousands (at the time of publishing) botany specimens available here in the Learning Lab. Find your own favorites using this search.
Technical descriptions of the project can be found in a series of articles from the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office:
Keywords: plant, ferns, algae, flower, moss, stem, green, yellow, red, natural, color, growing
This collection brings together photographs, objects, films, articles and more - pinpoint milestones in the African American Civil Rights Movement. Section topics include: Brown vs. Board; Freedom Rides; the Selma to Montgomery March; and additional figures and events in the African American Civil Rights Movement. Each section is introduced with a standalone text tile that summarizes the resources held within the section.
By no means is this collection comprehensive; instead, it provides a launching point for further research.
This topical collection is meant to serve as a starting point to explore the concept of god in Hinduism. Students can review the images in the collection for clues to help them answer questions like:
-How are gods portrayed in relation to other gods, people, or animals?
-Do there seem to be one god or many gods? Do they seem to be male or female?
-What common symbols or poses are present? What do you think they mean?
-What kinds of powers do the god figures seem to have? In what ways are they like human beings and in what ways are they different?
The final resource in this collection is a video that gives insight into the Hindu concept of god. After exploring this collection, encourage students to choose one aspect of Hinduism that they would like to research further.
tags: India, religion, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, trimurti, Ganesh, avatar
NHD at NMAAHC 2018 - Conflict and Compromise in History: Free People of Color in Antebellum America Making A Way Out of No Way
Welcome to the National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection Grid for our 2018 NHD theme book article: "Conflict and Compromise: Free People of Color in Antebellum America Making A Way Out of No Way."
Below are some objects and images to help you explore the lives and consider the perspective of free African Americans during the Antebellum Era. These objects may help you form an idea for a project topic or they may help to expand the narrative of your selected project.
Click on the information icon to learn more about the history or archival information of the objects and images.
Click on the paperclip icon for examples of project connections, close reading activities, and selected focuses to highlight interesting aspects of an object or image.
In 2014-2015, artist and illustrator Maira Kalman created a personal collection that was displayed at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Her collection drew from across the Smithsonian museums and reflected a life story. Her inspiration and thinking is shared in the video resource that begins this collection, and some of the objects that she included (or similar ones) are shared.
Can you create your own collection of "favorite things"? What story would it tell? What people, places, and objects would it connect to? What emotions would it evoke?
tags: design, art, activity, personal, inspiration, creativity, biography
Images support learning in first grade "Dream House for My Family" lesson. For architecture puzzle activity, print selected images and cut them into pieces that focus on parts of the building. Allow table groups to work together to reassemble the house image and name the parts of the house.
Discuss images of model houses to introduce the lesson challenge: Create a 3-dimensional model of a dream house for your family.
Images support second grade paper sculpture lesson. View a few images and lead a discussion with questioning:
- What do you notice about this picture?
- Where do you think this is located?
- If you were here and saw this animal, what would you be thinking?
- Why do you think the artist chose to put this animal in this spot?
- How do you think the animal affects people who use this space?
- Can you think of a space in your community where an artist might place an animal sculpture?
Images support second grade collage lesson. Choose an image that connects to a poem read to students (from Celebrate American in Poetry in Art, edited by Nora Panzer). Use questioning to describe and analyze the artwork:
- "What do you see?"
- "What is happening here?
- "What clues make you think that?"
- "What else is happening in this image?"
Ask students to take a minute to think of a personal experience that this image reminds them of, then turn to a partner and share. This prepares them for the next step, which is to visualize a favorite community celebration and sketch in preparation for making a collage.
Examples of embroidery depicting plants. Supports primary grade stichery lesson.
Choose several images to compare/contrast in terms of location, season, and/or style. Discuss why artists may choose to depict a particular place.
Formal analysis for elementary students: identify foreground, middle ground and background; describe how size and placement of objects and use of overlapping contribute to the illusion of depth.
Formal analysis for secondary students: describe color harmonies; identify focal point; find examples of one-point, two point, and atmospheric perspective.
Images of children performing tasks that help their family. How are these children helping others?
What do you do to help out at home? Draw a picture of yourself being a helper.