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Water Animals: Unstacked

UNSTACKED is a wonderful way to spark inquiry, analysis, and discussion. By visually exploring our images, you can bring the Smithsonian Libraries' collections into your classroom. Use UNSTACKED as a morning exercise, a way to introduce a new topic, or to discover your students' interests. Picture your world, dive into the stacks! 

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Water Cycle

Michelle Mosiman

Water is Life

A collection about water: its significance as a natural resource, its many forms, and the transformational effect it has on different communities around the globe.

Indre Page

Water Life Cycle

Earth and Space Resources
Daniel Huffman


The purpose of this collection is to explore the features of the water cycle and understand its importance to life on earth. This collection also helps the learner distinguish between weather and climate and its affect on the water cycle.

Heather Fifer

Water-Related Hazards: Flooding

This topical collection includes resources about a water-related hazard, namely flooding. Includes global examples in images and video, including Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al Uqsur, Egypt; Herkimer, NY; Manila; and Venice, Italy. The effects of the Great Flood of 1927 and the US Army Corps of Engineers' response with the Mississippi River are also included.
Ashley Naranjo

Water-Related Hazards: Hurricanes

This topical collection includes resources about water-related hazards and natural disasters, namely hurricanes. Includes examples from around the world and over time, including Hurricane Ike in Texas and the Greater Antilles, Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, and Hurricane Sandy in the Northeastern region of the United States. Finally, a lesson plan asking students to design a post-hurricane revitalization plan is included.
Ashley Naranjo

Water-Related Hazards: Tsunamis

This topical collection includes resources about water-related hazards and natural disasters, namely tsunamis. It includes videos and images of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2011 Japanese tsunami, as well as the 1755 Portugese tsunami that coincided with an earthquake and firestorm all at once.
Ashley Naranjo

Water/Ways Learning Lab

In conjunction with the Smithsonian Institutions Traveling Exhibition Services, Museum on Main Street exhibit Water/Ways,

This collection aims to give more resources and information that works with what is being displayed and talked about in the Water/Ways exhibit

There are sections on the water cycle, water and its importance in different cultures and beliefs, the different forms it comes in on earth (i.e. rivers, glaciers, oceans and water falls), the different ways water impacts us and how we in turn impact water be it good or bad. Along with how we get water to our homes, use it to travel, enjoy it recreationally and how we continue to manipulate and change our worlds Water Ways.

Emma Garten


Waterfalls depicted in various art forms in a variety of styles.

Connie Giles

Watersheds and Estuaries

Educator resources for teaching about watersheds and estuaries
June Teisan

Watsons Go to Birmingham

Katie Cahill

Waves of Hope: Asian American History in Austin

In this collection, students will learn about Asian American history in Austin. Austin is home to many Asian Americans along with their rich history, culture, and traditions that are preserved and passed on to future generations by their families and communities. This exhibit showcases some of the history that is lesser known but nevertheless important to document and remember. All of the images can be found at the Austin History Center, which houses an Asian American Archival Collection of manuscript collections, photographs, clippings, books, periodicals and other items.

This exhibit was developed by the City of Austin's Asian American Resource Center and the Austin History Center.

Educators and students may use this online exhibit to supplement Texas History lessons and as a supplement to the full exhibit stored at the City of Austin's Asian American Resource Center (AARC). Currently, Waves of Hope is not on display at the AARC. Please contact the site at 512-974-1700 or with any questions.

keywords: texas history, asian american,  Texas asians, austin, austin history, austin history center, immigration



Hanna Huang

Way of Life in Colonial America

The Colonial Period is very important for the reason that during this period, colonists spent this time forming a better life from their old one, at the same time learning and adapting to the new environment. Children during this period spend most of their childhood learning from their parents, there was not time for school. 

Nonetheless there are numerous innovations and ideas that have evolved and made it into present day society. In my collection of art work there is a mix of a little of everything that ties back to the way of living that took place during the colonial period. Most of these artwork correlate with daily lifestyles and also ways to pass time during the day. 

Hakeem Alfeche

Wayne Moeck 1920s and 1930s Artifacts

The purpose of this project is to show our understanding of the 1920s and the 1930s by finding pictures from the 1920s and 30s and writing about why they were important during the time.

wayne moeck

Wayne Moeck 1920s and 1930s Artifacts

The purpose of this project is to show our understanding of the 1920s and the 1930s by finding pictures from the 1920s and 30s and writing about why they were important during the time.

wayne moeck

We are United and We are Never Giving Up

My collection shows powerful images that represents my theme about Being United and Never giving up. I chose these 5 images for my collection because it can show you what the Chicano Movement is about and what Mexican immigrants are going through and what they went through. Without these strong people America probably wouldn't be the same. 

Mariela Flores Ochoa

We the People

Essential Questions:

What would cause a people to revolt against their government?

Why does a society need a system of government?

Why is it important for Americans to understand their system of government?

Why is it important for Americans to understand the history of their country?

Understanding Moves: Making Connections, Describe What's There, Uncovering Complexity, Reason with Evidence, Build Explanations

Thinking Moves: See Think Wonder, Parts Purposes Complexities


Gary Galuska

We the People: a Deeper Understanding of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution

This lesson works best for 8th grade U.S. History, after students have learned how the original plan for government (the Articles of Confederation) was failing the newly independent America and how the state delegates met in the summer of 1787 to correct these failings and ended up writing a new Constitution. 

Students start by using the VTS thinking routine to examine Preamble by Mike Wilkins, an engaging and accessible way to 'read' the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution.  

After 'decoding' the words and noticing all the details they can, students use a handout to analyze the language of the actual Preamble and discuss word choice and intended meaning (they might also look at the photo of the actual Constitution at this point to compare the original with Mike WIlkins' work).  

They then read and analyze 4 quotes from The Federalist Papers defending the Constitution to the states who were about to vote to ratify it as a jumping off point to discuss what the Constitution was meant to achieve for the newly formed states.  Discussion about reasons why states would not want to join this union will also add to the understanding of what was at stake for each state. In addition, looking at a graphic organizer showing state and federal powers under this plan for government will help students see how this system divides power between the states and the national government.

Students then return to the original artwork, and decide if analysis of the meaning of the Preamble and the ideals of the Constitution affect how students 'see' the artwork. Using the 'connect/extend/challenge' visual routine, teachers can record what the students connected to, what new ideas pushed their thinking in different directions, and what is still challenging or confusing about the artwork or the Preamble.  

Some possible extension ideas are included in the collection to highlight the differences between the states as well as their similarities/unity, such as creating another artwork using an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence (while adhering to state DMV rules for vanity plates), and  comparing front pages of different states' daily newspapers. #SAAMteach

Aileen Albertson

We the People: Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship 2018 Opening Panel Resources

This collection serves as an introduction to the opening panel of the 2018 Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program. This year's theme is “We the People: America’s Grand and Radical Experiment with Democracy.” The title for the opening panel is "The Smithsonian Institution: “A Community of Learning and the Opener of Doors.”

Four Smithsonian staff members will present, including Richard Kurin (SI Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large, Office of the Secretary), Jessica Johnson (Digital Engagement Producer, National Museum of African American History and Culture), Lisa Sasaki (Director, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center), and Chris Wilson (Director, Program in African American Culture, National Museum of American History). Their bios, presentation descriptions, and other resources are included here.


Philippa Rappoport

Wealth in the America's

Wealth in the America's could be reflected from the shoes that people wear to the house that one may live it. Being wealthy is something many dreamed of and their wealth was measured by what type material of clothing as well as the color and even artwork on anything that they own. Wealth was measured by many things that only a certain amount of people were able to show off.

People were able to become wealthy do to their professional life by making money as a lawyer, judge, or by being a slave owner.

The collection is of what a typical wealthy person would own around the 18th century. 


Clothing, such as the dress and the three piece suit


Tea sets



and their homes

Jesus Casique

Weaponry Before 1865

What do the American Revolution and the Civil War have in common? They both required each side to use weapons to defend (or claim) their territory. However, the weapons employed in conflicts before 1865 were very different from those employed today. For example, today, the armed forces rarely used swords in open combat. However, during the American Revolution, swords were a necessity as Donald M. Moran states "During the era of George Washington, a gentlemen would no more leave his quarters without his sword then without his pants!" (Moran). Continuing, Moran explains the prestige associated with swords as "To the civilian it was the symbol of his standing in a highly systemized Society. To a military officer it was an emblem of his rank and often a reward for gallantry, having been presented to him. To the common soldier or sailor it was the weapon of “last resort”" (Moran). These weapons, continued to be used even during the Civil War, as models such as the 1840 Calvery Saber would be issued to members of the Union Calvary (Wikipedia). This continues to show that swords were a prominent part of the army. However, thanks to advancements in other weaponry fields, we no longer need these tools to defend ourselves.

As you look through this collection, ask yourself "What is different between this weapon and its modern counterpart?" This collection will analyze the rifles, sabers and handguns of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and help you experience what it would be like to fight with these weapons. Additionally, we will take a look at important advancements such as Minni Balls and their contribution to the field of weaponry.

Donald M. Moran - George Washington's Swords - http://www.revolutionarywararc...

Wikipedia - List of Weapons in the American Civil War -

J Daniel


Looking back in the 1800's and learning the weapons used in battle are very important and to consider the improvement of technology and the way changes were made to improve safety, accuracy, and efficiently. Understanding the way the equipment worked, and how dangerous it could've been for the person with the weapon as well as the person being targeted. Also, how did the nations get in contact with the weapons? Through trade or were they hand made? To be able to compare which nations had the better equipment and was that the reason we that certain nation won, or was it just luck? 

In these 10 slides I will describe the piece from the civil or revolutionary war and its importance to the war and the history behind certain artifacts. 

Brandon Nance

weapons in war

The issue here is that how weapons are used in war and how they impact the world. Since the very first time man has walked the earth we have always had weapons to protect us and hunt. However throughout time we have evolved and made our weapons better and more efficient. Whether it is using iron weapons gunpowder and bullets or dropping atomic bombs on cities weapons always change and become more effective more deadly. Its always been the same when wars happen both sides come up with horrific ideas on how to destroy the other side which results in making discoveries in weapons.

Nevin Cardamone
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