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Digging Up Dirt: How Paleontologists Bring Dinosaurs Back to Life

This 1992 issue of Art to Zoo includes activities to introduce you and your students to the science of paleontology. Includes lesson plan with activities that relate to geology, paleontology, anatomy, and the scientific method. The emphasis, of course, is on dinosaurs. Click the PDF issue to download.

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Of Kayaks and Ulus: The Bering Sea Eskimo Collection of Edward W. Nelson

In the activities in this 1981 issue  of Art to Zoo, students examine a collection of Alaskan Eskimo artifacts given to the Smithsonian by ethnographer Edward W. Nelson, "the man who collected worthless things." Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Fossils: Footprints Across Time

Lessons in this 1984 issue of Art to Zoo help students understand the earth’s past through the geologic record of fossils in their varied forms, from the lowly trilobite to the massive mastodon. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Going...Going...Gone? Tropical Rainforests

Activities in this 1988 issue of Art to Zoo help students better understand the plant and animal life of rainforests. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Great Explorations: To the Ends of the Earth and Beyond

A lesson plan in this 1994 issue of Art to Zoo looks at the many different kinds of exploration, including explorations of space. The focus is on the travels of such travel celebrities as Lewis and Clark, Christopher Columbus, Cortes, Charles Darwin, and the Vikings. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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The Children Raised Kale: From Seed to Maturity

Activities in this issue of Art to Zoo introduce students to gardening and plants. Knowledge of plant parts and products is tested after a class visit to a garden. The students themselves grow a crop that seems to mean more to us now than it did when the issue was published in 1983: the currently fashionable kale. Click the PDF icon to download the issue. 

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Turn About's Fair Play! Mirrors and How They Reflect

Activities in this 1990 issue of Art to Zoo help students better understand light and symmetry. How? By experimenting with mirrors. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Women's History Month Resources

In this collection you'll find a variety of resources for Women's History Month.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Resources

These classroom resources from different Smithsonian museums focus on Asian Pacific American history and culture. 

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Area Architects--Quay Dorsey

This is an overview of an area and coding project 3rd grade students completed this year. 

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Highlights Collection: Traditional Dance Videos

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Misty Copeland is bringing "Ballet Across America." 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

Click the PDF icons to download the issue and additional materials.

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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.

Click on the PDF icons to download the issue and ancillary materials.

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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.

Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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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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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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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.

Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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