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This collection shares the tools, weapons, and resources of Native Americans. The material in this collection shows the ability of the Native Americans to create and thrive using primitive technology, as well as their ability to adapt to foreign technology.
This collection also makes apparent how despite the lack of education and industrial progress of the Native Americans, they were able create weapons and tools that were not only effective in fighting off their technologically superior invaders, but even surpass them in the quality of some of their creations. This even led to the Europeans beginning to see value in the works of the Native Americans, and even to begin copying the styles of the natives.
This collection will also explore the use of resources for protection, including but not limited to armor and footwear. The uses of these resources were vital to their survival. Adaptations of these resources and development, with influence of modern technologies, still find the basis of early resources still effective today.
While the Native Americans were eventually forced to adopt the technology of their invaders, they still managed to maintain their sense of culture. New ideas taken from the Europeans were not simply copied, but rather incorporated into Native American culture without drastically changing who they were as a people. Despite their inability to successfully fight off the American Colonists, the Native Americans showed great resolve and adaptability to be able to hold off the new Americans for as long as they did, and were able to help change the outcomes of wars among European countries.
The tools they used to survive without the technological advancements made available to Europeans is astounding. From their ability to create clothing, weapons, food, entertainment and shelter to their useful strategies, the Native American people were able to sustain a lifestyle made easier.
Students will explore these sources to spark inquiry and investigation about how the Civil War impacted American society.
- Students can complete the sorting activity to categorize the images.
- Students should select one source they find most intriguing and generate questions about the source and its related topic by completing the quiz question.
Railroads started well before 1869, but it was not until that year that the nation was bound together by a commitment to build the first transcontinental system. On May 10, 1869, the driving of a golden spike, signaled the ceremonial end to a process that had been going on for 6 years of construction, engineering, and human toil. Two companies, one starting in Omaha, Nebraska and the other in Sacramento, California competed to lay track towards each other to join the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads. Their reward for each mile was government money and lots of it. By the time that they met at Promontory Summit, Utah, vast sums of money and untold human labor and sacrifice had been expended on this incredible technical endeavor. A single track united the continent's Wester and Eastern regions. Travel from East to West used to take months by wagon train, could now be measured in mere days. This collection utilizes Primary Source student review strategies from the Library of Congress' Primary Source Analysis Tools.
This collection highlights important information and pictures of battles of the Revolutionary War. The materials are not in timeline order. They are simply for research purposes for the students.
This collection is designed to help educators bridge the classroom experience to a museum visit. It is intended to demonstrate various ways to use the Learning Lab and its tools, while offering specific, replicable, pre-engagement activities that can simply be copied to a new collection and used to help students engage with museum resources.
- Section 1: a set of flashcards, a template document so that teachers can create and print their own specific sets, and strategies for their use in their classrooms.
- Section 2: a variety of student activities and resources to explore artist Luis Cruz Azaceta's "Shifting States: Iraq," a metaphorical representation of the unrest taking place in Iraq, and more broadly, an exploration of the human condition during times of crisis. This section includes 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, and an array of prompts and Learning Lab tools to help students think critically and globally.
- Section 3: a short assignment to get participants started using the Learning Lab.
- Section 4: spacer tile template to serve as chapter headings in longer collections.
This collection is adapted from a teaching collection on the same theme (Luis Cruz Azaceta's "Shifting States: Iraq" ( http://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll...), that includes extension activities. It was created for the 2019 cohort of the Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program on the theme, "The Search for American Identity: Building a Nation Together," - the subject of the Montgomery College - Smithsonian 2019 Fellowship program.
Charles Russell brought the west alive with his paintings and sculptures of western life. His authentic depictions of Native Americans allow the viewer to appreciate the dress and life of the plains Indians. Also skilled in sculpture, Russell depicts cowboys and wildlife in action settings. This lab provides samples of Russell's best work.
This presentation will focus on how technology can be simple but when employed in an innovative fashion, also transformative.
Presenter: Frank Blazich, Jr., PhD; Lead Curator of Military History at the National Museum of American History
Suffrage marked an important moment in the progression of women's participation in American democracy and civic life. Yet it was an imperfect victory, and one that stands neither as a beginning nor an end, but as an important milestone in the fight for equality, justice and representation. The 2019 National Youth Summit will look at woman suffrage as an example of how groups with limited political power have shaped and continue to shape our democracy using tactics and tools, like public protest and the vote, to give voice to issues and galvanize fellow Americans into communal movements for change. Use this collection to examine the legacy of the woman suffrage movement and explore the guiding question: What can we learn from the tactics of the suffragists?
Download the conversation kit and learn about the 2019 National Youth Summit webcast here.
The following collection acts as a supplemental resource for the Power of the People: Intersectionality of the American Indian Movement and the Black Panther Party 12th grade lesson plan.
Various explorers (mainly early Americas) and ideas supporting exploration. Project Zero thinking routines paired with resources. #pzpgh
This collection was created for the purpose of immersing my fifth grade social studies students in a world of artifacts that they would otherwise not have had the opportunity to see. My students lack exposure and background knowledge centered around the arts. Most of them would never have the opportunity to view these artifacts in person. Having this collection and abundance of options to integrate into my curriculum opens a world of opportunities! #pzpgh
What is global competence? What are the skills and dispositions of globally competent students? What role can art play in educating students for global competence? Teachers can use this Learning Lab Collection as a resource for students to explore themes of global importance in the arts of Asia. The Collection features two works of contemporary Asian art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery with several tools for students to examine and reflect about the works of art, such as Visible Thinking Routines, Artful Thinking Routines, or Global Thinking Routines. For each routine, the rationale and process is described to help the teacher practice. The Collection also includes artist interviews and other contextual information about the works of art for teachers and students to deepen their understanding.
This Learning Lab Collection was created to support the The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Teachers of the Year 2018 program. CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. Learn more at https://www.ccsso.org/
Essential Questions to be addressed by this Learning Lab Collection:
- What are some practical tools teachers can use to look closely and reflect about works of art?
- How can we use works of art to prepare students to understand the world and participate in it?
- How do we define global competence and globally competent students?
Tags: #AsiaTeachers; Asian; Asia; Freer|Sackler; Project Zero; Global Competence; Global Competency; Visible Thinking; Artful Thinking; Chalk Talk; See-Think-Wonder; 3Ys; 3-2-1 Bridge; Contemporary Asian Art; China; India; Monkeys; Religion; Architecture; Chinese Cultural Revolution; Xu Bing; Terminal; Subodh Gupta; Sculpture; Lacquer; Wood; Brass
This collection was designed to be used in a third grade classroom to supplement the teaching of the three branches of U.S. government. The collection would be utilized over the course of a week-long unit.
Objective: Students will be able to identify and explain the purpose of the three branches of the U.S. government.
In this collection, students will be able to make a connection to schools in years past by comparing and contrasting their modern day school environment to schools long ago. The See, Think, Wonder routine allows for children to recognize differences and similarities through using historical resources and events. This collection can be used as a cross curricular resource to create lessons for several units including segregation, civil rights, and time lines. #PZPGH
Pictures of objects for students to analyze as part of a primary source unit using Project Zero Thinking Routines. This is part of a large three year enrichment plan which focuses on what is a primary source in 4th grade, a family connected research project based upon primary sources in 5th grade, and finally creating a National History Day project in 6th grade.
Analyze selected images and discuss:
- What is the cause or social issue?
- How has the artist/designer combined text and image to communicate a message?
- What visual qualities make an image effective or not?
Primary sources for my African American Biography unit
Shape-note singing is a tradition that began in the American South as a simple way to teach the reading of music to congregations. Each note head has a distinctive, easy-to-remember shape. What a great way, then, to introduce the reading of music to children!
In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, "A Shape-Note Singing Lesson," you'll find a lesson plan and a background essay. Click the PDF icon to see the issue. Click the last box for audio samples of shape-note hymns from the Smithsonian Folkways archives.
This collection contains resources – photographs, paintings, objects, documents, and more – representing familial ideas and themes that a student could be proud of. This collection is part of an activity for Tween Tribune tied to a student reading of the article For Nearly 150 Years, This One House Told a Novel Story About the African-American Experience. A lesson plan is included in "Notes to Other Users," click on the (i) tab in the upper-right to learn more.
This 1995 issue of Art to Zoo includes printable maps and classroom/take-home activities. Students learn how ocean currents influence weather patterns and climate. They conduct an experiment on the differing heat capacities of water and air, and find and label port cities around the globe. Below are some of the port cities represented in artworks from Smithsonian galleries.
This 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo looks at the ways people have been honored with memorials. Students create their own memorial after examining examples in their own community and around the world. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.
In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine handcrafted dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian. They draw connections between these objects and Native cultures, communities, and environments.
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.
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.