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Elementary U.S. Government

This playlist on U.S. government 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 choose one of three inquiry questions and answer it using the claim, support, question thinking routine.

  • 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.

National Museum of American History

Coral Reefs, coral bleaching, and hope

A condensed collection about coral reefs, coral bleaching, and hope.

Knicki Karsies

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: Who are 'We, the People'? / Smithsonian Estudios Sociales en Línea:¿Quién es ‘Nosotros, el Pueblo’?

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

Esta colección contiene planes de lecciones y recursos de todo el Smithsonian para ayudar a estudiantes a examinar críticamente esta esencial pregunta a través de múltiples areas de contenido en Estudios Sociales.

National Museum of American History

Subject: Storefronts and shop windows


This is an assortment of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to storefronts and shop windows.

For photographs related to domestic windows, see Learning Lab collection, Window Views.

For additional images, search

Please, note this collection will expand as images are identified and added.

Keywords (subject): window, window frames, window glass, window reflections, humor, business, advertising, store, shop, shopping, walking down the street, businessmen, businesswomen, architecture, downtown, Main Street, First Street, High Street

Keywords (photography):  street photography, documentary photography, photojournalism, reportage, composition, black and white photography, color photography, real photo postcards, gelatin silver print, stereoview, stereograph, 

NMAH Photographic History Collection

"Fahrenheit 451" Major Text Review

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Alexis Denny

Introducing Hokusai: Mad about Painting

This Learning Lab Collection introduces three themes from the Hokusai:  Mad about Painting exhibition and provides works of art, classroom activities, and discussion questions associated with each theme. 

Tags:  #AsiaTeachers; Be a Reporter; customs; daily life; dragons; Edo; Great Wave; Hokusai; Japan; nature; New Year; personification; poetry; power; Project Zero; Mount Fuji; See Think Wonder; Step Inside; symbols; thunder; woodblock print

About the exhibition:

Hokusai:  Mad about Painting
November 23, 2019–November 8, 2020
Freer Gallery of Art, galleries 5–8

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely recognized for a single image—Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa, an icon of global art—yet he produced thousands of works throughout his long life. Charles Lang Freer recognized the artist’s vast abilities before many other collectors, and he assembled the world’s largest collection of paintings, sketches, and drawings by Hokusai. In commemoration of the centennial of Freer’s death in 1919, and in celebration of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, the Freer Gallery presents a yearlong exploration of the prolific career of Katsushika Hokusai. Works large and small are on view, from six-panel folding screens and hanging scrolls to paintings and drawings. Also included are rare hanshita-e, drawings for woodblock prints that were adhered to the wood and frequently destroyed in the process of carving the block prior to printing. Among the many featured works are Hokusai’s manga, his often-humorous renderings of everyday life in Japan. Together, these works reveal an artistic genius who thought he might finally achieve true mastery in painting—if he lived to the age of 110.

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Explore: Mask Design

In this collection, explore the history, evolution, and meaning of masks through multiple perspectives. Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routines are included at the end to help guide discussion and reflection of design choices, local and global impact, and ways that masks protect and conceal the wearer. 

Suggested instructions for use: This collection was designed to be modular and a survey of the masks available at the Smithsonian. Each section begins with an essential question, followed by several masks that help explore the key concept. Teachers may facilitate Project Zero Thinking Routines before and/or after students look closely at each section. Students may want to jot down notes in response to the essential question in preparation for a group discussion.

Additional questions to guide investigation:

  • How does belief shape our response to worldly concerns?
  • How does the body's needs and shape dictate the designs we create?
  • How does new knowledge change our decisions? What "old" knowledge gets carried forward and why?
  • Where are we vulnerable in our bodies?

This collection was created in collaboration by:

To read more about the research process the team used in creating this collection, please visit the supplementary Smithsonian Learning Lab blog post.

Keywords: cfch, chsdm, nmah, saam, sclda, ppe, face covering, protection, design, making, community, fashion, production, identity, inquiry, art, culture, medicine, science

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

MAKE IT: Nature inspired stamp painting

Look outside your window and get inspired by the colors and patterns of nature! 

We want to see your creations! Share on social media @hirshhorn with #HirshhornInsideOut.

Time: 15–20 minutes | Skill Level: Beginner | Topic: Art inspired by nature

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.


Design It Yourself: Design Eyewear

Follow along to design eyeglasses inspired by the work of Derek Lam, 2019 National Design Award winner for Fashion Design. 


What is female imagery?

A mini collection of responses to the questionnaire, "What is Feminist Art?" from 1976 and 2019.

Beth Fraser

The Holocaust: Compelling Question Collection


This collection focuses around answering the compelling question below by looking at primary and secondary Holocaust sources. 

Compelling Question: 

Is it important to continue to study the Holocaust today?

Amy Isaacson

Subject: Window Views


This is an assortment of photographs from the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History related to windows. This collection was created in response to the COVID-19 quarantine project known as window serenade.

The photographs in this collection were made by snapshot, amateur, commercial, fine art, and professional photographers. They used windows for a range of artistic, cultural, metaphorical, and other purposes. The photographic processes and formats are as diverse as their uses for display, communication, documentation, entertainment, and expression.

Photographers included in this collection are, Paul Anderson, Max Baur, Paul Caponigro, Mac Cosgrove-Davies, Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr,  Elliot Erwitt, Elizabeth Bliss Howe, Gertrude Kasebier, Frederick Langenheim and Alexander Beckers, Fred Maroon, Joel Meyerowitz, Chuck Mintz, Carl Mydans, Titian Ramsay Peale, Charles Ruston, Kosti Ruohomaa, Burk Uzzle, Diana Walker, Edward Weston, and Joseph Zalensky.

This Learning Lab collection focuses primarily on domestic spaces and photographer's studios rather than storefront windows or notably public spaces. 

For additional images, search

Keywords: window, windows, through my window, from my window, sunlit, window light, view from window, out window, looking out of window, window serenade, view to exterior

Historical notes:

The Langenheim and Beckers photograph from their studio window may be the first paper photograph of New York City. 

Titian Ramsay Peale made experimental photographs and views from his Washington, DC home in the 1850s.

Charles Rushton photographed photographers living and working in the American southwest in the 1980s. For more than the few seen in this collection, see the collection Charles Rushton in the Learning Lab.

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Emily Dickinson

Images to use as a discussion launch before each selected poem, addressing elements related to the creation of mood, atmosphere, and sensory imagery (among other topics). #SAAMteach

Annette Spahr

Variations on a Theme

Artists often engage with the same subject matter for years in a variety of materials and styles. This collection comprises links to short videos, articles, and images that show how Jasper Johns and Pablo Picasso explored the American flag and bulls as subject matter.

Eleanor McKenna

Social Media

Mai Khanh Nguyen

MAKE IT: Hidden Noise Maker

Play a game inspired by Marcel Duchamp! Make your own noisemaker, with a secret noise inside.    

We want to see your creations! Share on social media @hirshhorn with #HirshhornInsideOut.

Time: 20–30 minutes | Skill Level: Intermediate | Topic: Readymades  

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.

Katie Johnson

Photographer: Atget, Eugène


This is a collection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection of work by Eugene Atget. The portrait of Atget is by Bernice Abbot. 

The Eugène Atget collection consists of fourteen silver albumen prints made between 1907 and 1908. On the back of each print the title and dates are handwritten by the artist. On a few, a number is etched in the negative. All of the photographs present different scenes in Paris, France. Most are architectural in subject matter, but some do include individuals. Each print is approximately 7 x 8.5 inches and is not mounted.

Keywords: albumen, French architecture, street views, store windows, Paris, France, portrait, windows

Edited text from finding aid:

Le Pére Atget, as Man Ray fondly called him, was born in Libourne, France in 1857. As a young man, he was drawn not to photography, but to the stage. Although he was drafted into the army in 1878 and remained on active duty for several years, Atget began studying at the National Conservatory of Music and Drama in 1879. By 1881, his teachers decided he could not handle the joint responsibilities of acting and military duty, and did not ask him to return the following year. Despite his dismissal, Atget went on to perform in small productions for the next ten years. By the time he was forty, he realized he was not going to succeed as an actor. After an initial attempt at painting and a few years of photographic experimentation, Atget finally settled into a Parisian apartment on Rue Campagne Premiere between 1890 and 1891 and hung a small painted sign above his door that defined his work for generations: “Documents pour artistes.”

While Atget is considered to be one of the great early photographers, his work was by no means considered groundbreaking at the time. The first push to document historical architecture in France, and especially Paris, began in the 1850s when the Commission des Monuments Historique was formed to photograph the city. Among the photographers appointed by the commission were Henri Le Secq, who photographed Chartes Cathedral and Reims, Edouard Baldus, and Charles Nègre (COLL.PHOTOS.000054). Atget began his work during a second push around the turn of the century, and was facilitated by technological advances in the mid-1890s that made photography easier for professionals and amateurs. What distinguished Atget from his contemporaries was his decision not to work for an institution where his photographs would be on public record. Rather, he carved his own niche in the market as a freelance photographer.

As a result, in addition to any commissions he received from clients, Atget had the opportunity to seek out subjects that were of personal and professional interest, such as the trees that figure so frequently in collections of his work. Between 1898 and 1927, Atget systematically photographed streets, monuments, historic buildings and dwellings both in Paris and in the outlying areas. His meticulously categorized work was arranged in albums, and he recorded in detail his client’s preferences for different subjects so that he would be prepared when he met with them. To his credit, Atget’s body of work remains perhaps the best pictorial record available of Paris in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

By 1920 when most photographers had switched to smaller and technically superior cameras, Atget continued to use the same 18 x24 view camera he had been using since 1888. Professionally, he was isolated as he did not enjoy the company of a group of peers with whom he could discuss his work. The first publication of his photographs was in “La Revolution Surrealiste” in 1925. Though Atget had been well-known in his business since 1901, this was the first time his work had been identified as artistic rather than merely documentary. Atget himself refused to have his name included in the magazine, and by implication in the movement, explaining that he was simply a purveyor of documents that could be used by other artists. While his work belies this statement, he continued to disassociate himself from Surrealism until his death in 1927.

Both a businessman and artist, Atget sold his work to artists, historians, and even institutions such as the Bibliotheque Nationale during his lifetime. In 1920 the Service Photographique des Monuments Historiques purchased just over 2600 of Atget’s negatives. The remainder of the negatives, as well as any prints that remained following his death, went to his good friend Andre Calmette. Shortly thereafter, Berenice Abbott (COLL.PHOTOS.000017), a young American photographer, persuaded Calmette to sell her the collection so that she could properly introduce it to the world. She and American photographer Walker Evans (COLL.PHOTOS.000024) are testaments to the style and rigor that characterized Atget’s work, and both followed his tradition of documenting the urban landscape and its details.

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Focusing Our Mind and Bodies

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 focusing our minds and bodies. 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 learn about yoga, meditation and mindfulness. There are artifacts to explore and videos to watch. 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.

Ellen Rogers

Space Junk: Fast Trash

We think of outer space as pretty empty, but that's not the case around planet Earth. There are millions of pieces of man-made debris floating around. This debris causes potential problems for astronauts, satellites, and other important pieces of equipment circling Earth. This fast-paced webcast will look at what's out there and how NASA keeps an eye on it.

February 18, 2015

Katie Johnson

Photographer: Keppler, Victor


The Victor Keppler collection at the NMAH Photographic History Collection consists of 84 color carbro prints, four bromide prints, two dye transfer prints, 23 silver gelatin prints, two transparencies, and various additional ephemera.

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Keywords: color carbro pigment prints, Eighth Art, color photography, advertising, Saturday Evening Post, Camel cigarettes, Seagram's 7, calendar, ice skaters, food, ice cream, strawberry shortcake, meat, shellfish, portraiture, travel photography, print culture, Christmas cards

Victor Keppler produced the first color photographic cover of two jumping ice skaters for the Saturday Evening Post issued March 6, 1937. He was instrumental in working with print publications to match RGB color of photography to CMYK inks for publication printing. Wine and Cheese was an award winning photograph.

NMAH Photographic History Collection


This collection includes: 

  • Printable Activity Pages (Each on a single theme, include word and number games, art exercises, and fun quizzes. With each activity, kids learn about something new, from the anatomy of the giant squid to the history of chocolate.)
  • Printable Coloring Sheets (Each with different museum objects from across the Smithsonian, including shells, flowers, beasts and more!)

Keywords: puzzles, vocabulary, presidency, elections, animals, play, crosswords, crayons, colored pencils, color

Marge Lucyk

Photographer: Maroon, Fred J.


This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection by Fred J. Maroon of the Nixon Presidency.

These photographs are from the exhibition Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974 hosted at the National Museum of American History, July 29- December 5, 1999.

Copyright Fred J. Maroon.

Keywords: gelatin silver prints, photojournalism, photojournalist, documentary photography, impeachment process, Nixon resignation, President Richard M. Nixon, congressional processes, television, current events, historical events, United States history, presidential history, Washington, DC, White House, Capitol Building, Senate hearings

NMAH Photographic History Collection
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