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Document Deep Dive: What Does the Magna Carta Really Say?

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Online primary source: a translation into modern English of the 1297 Magna Carta. Annotated by a National Archives curator who discusses the document's inspiration of the Bill of Rights.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence

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Parent's guide with children's activities based on a reading of Martin's Big Words, an illustrated biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the celebrated civil rights leader who used nonviolent protest strategies during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.

Transforming Language: Xu Bing's Monkeys Grasp the Moon

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Students learn a traditional Chinese folktale and examine a contemporary artwork based on it: Xu Bing's Monkeys Grasp for the Moon, which is made up of the word monkey in more than a dozen languages. This set of four lessons is divided into grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Younger students arrange cut-out letters into a picture. Older students create an animation.

Native Words, Native Warriors

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Online exhibit examines how Native code talkers used their languages to serve their country and to continue the warrior tradition during World Wars I and II. Contains a large collection of pictures, stories, and audio interviews/tours that follow the story of the Native American code talkers from before the war to coping with life afterwards.

The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture

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Digital Version of the book The Horse in Blackfoot Indian Culture by John C. Ewers. Ewers chose the horse as the starting point for his verbal picture of Blackfoot culture and works from the hoof up, taking readers from the fundamentals of hobbling and shoeing through the intricacies of social status, political organization, religion, and economic relations.

The Underwater Web: Cabling the Seas

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Online exhibition on the underwater cables that provide global communication. Includes history of the telegraph, optic and electric lines, the historical context of the connections, and related library resources.

Was Lead Belly a protest singer? A conversation with NMAAHC director Lonnie Bunch III

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Although Lead Belly sang songs such as "Bourgeois Blues" and "Jim Crow Blues," was he a protest singer? Hear historian and director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch III’s take on the subject.

Smithsonian Source: Civil Rights

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Section of intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on the civil rights struggle. Includes a variety of teaching strategies and guidelines, a video in which Smithsonian curators examine a photograph of civil rights leader Medgar Evans, DBQs, lesson plans organized by grade level, and primary-source documents from the Smithsonian collections.

Freer's Gift

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'Asian Art Connections' teacher's guide containing information on Charles Lang Freer and his little-known Egyptian art collection. Includes a classroom activity and history about the importance of correctly proportioned images in Egyptian art.

Micro Observatory On Line Telescopes

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Encourages students to explore the universe with telescopes they control over the internet. Enables students and teachers nationwide to investigate the wonders of the deep sky from their classrooms.

Butterfly Gardening Fact Sheet

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Handout dicusses the life cycle of the butterfly and the importance of conservation in protecting these important insects. Students strengthen their biology vocabulary and learn what plants attract butterflies.

The Folkways Collection - Episode 10: Jazz

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The Folkways collection is primarily regarded as a repository of folk music, but Moses Asch's appetite was eclectic if nothing else, and he was an early recorder of jazz music. A number of notable jazz recordings found their way into the collection. This Program explores the connections of a number of jazz greats, such as James P. Johnson and Mary Lou Williams, to the Folkways collection.

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

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A Project Zero “Global Thinking” routine for revealing multiple layers of meaning. This routine invites students to investigate the world and develop powerful habits of global journalism consumption. The framework asks students to consider five questions: “What is the story?,” “What is the human story?,” “What is the world story?,” “What is the new story?,” and “What is the untold story?”


A routine for revealing multiple layers of meaning

1. What is the story?

2. What is the human story?

3. What is the world story?

4. What is the new story?

5. What is the untold story?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This routine invites students to reveal multiple layers of meaning in an image, text, or journalistic report. Each layer addresses a key dimension of quality global journalism: the central, most visible story; the way the story helps us understand the lives of fellow humans; the ways in which the story speaks to systemic global issues; what is new and instructive about the story and issues explored; and the important absences or unreported aspects of the story. This routine also invites students to investigate the world and develop powerful habits of global journalism consumption – habits that are transferable to information consumption more broadly.

Application: When and where can it be used?

This routine can be used in global competence development in the arts, geography, literature, and history.

Launch: What are some tips for starting and using this routine?

You may consider selecting some – not all – of the routine’s questions depending on your goals. You may also consider modifying the order in which the questions are introduced. In using this routine with your students, you may see “the story” interpreted in one of the following ways: 1) “the story” told by the article, image, or material that they read, or 2) “the story” proposed to explain or contextualize the event depicted, i.e. “the human story that led to the contamination of the Mexican gulf begins with our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Trees of the Smithsonian

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Lesson plans. Students use critical thinking to practice using dichotamous keys, think about famous trees as symbols, and engage with the scientific method.

Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Apollo Space Program

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Online conference featuring Smithsonian experts from the National Air and Space Museum, who discuss the challenges of the Apollo Program and examine the remarkable technologies that made the moon landings possible. The program includes sessions of general interest and sessions for secondary teachers with ties to the NASA History Advanced Placement and Human Geography Advanced Placement projects. From this website, access session recordings, topic discussions, and related Smithsonian resources in the virtual exhibit hall.

Brown v. Board of Education Electronic Field Trips

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Videos of electronic field trips to the museum providing viewers with a 20-minute tour by curators of the exhibit Separate is Not Equal: Brown v Board of Education, followed by a 30-minute videotaped question session about court decision and its legacy. One video targets middle schoolers; the other high schoolers.

Give Me Shelter

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In this lesson plan, students investigate the meaning and importance of shelter. They gather used materials to construct a shelter of their own invention, one that protects against sun and the elements. In a wrap-up discussion, they compare and contrast the functionality of their designs.

Spirits Across the Ocean: Yoruban and Dahomean Cultures in the Caribbean Brought by the Slave Trade

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This lesson explores the journey of the African people from the Yoruban and Dahomean cultures to the Caribbean through the forced migration of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Students will learn about the similarities of the music found all over Latin America in the countries Haiti, Cuba, Trinidad, and Brazil.

"Estoy Aqui" by Quetzal at 2012 Smithsonian folklife Festival

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East Los Angeles natives Quetzal perform "Estoy aqui (I Am Here)" at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

"Sunny Day" by Elizabeth Mitchell from Sunny Day

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Music video for the song "Sunny Day" Elizabeth Mitchell’s 2010 album of the same name. It’s the story of a magic harmonica and a girl dreaming of the first day of spring. Directed by Emily Bennison, Art Direction by Jacinta Bunnell, filmed in High Falls NY, January 2011.

Enrichment for Great Apes and Other Primates

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Webpage describing how the Zoo designs environments and activities to stimulate the primates and encourage them to exercise behaviors typical to their lives in the wild. Focuses especially on gorillas and orangutans.

Art to Zoo: Spinning Yarns, Telling Tales about Textiles (1980)

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The issue explores the storytelling potential of textiles and the ways textiles can be used to enliven many areas of the curriculum.

Self-Portrait Poetry

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Two lesson plans based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, Reflections/Refractions. Students learn how artists describe themselves through self-portraiture and the elements of a portrait that convey a story. Students write a poem or create a self-portrait.

About The Teodoro Vidal Collection

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Online exhibit on Teodoro Vidal and his collection of objects capturing the history of Puerto Rico. Provides information about the collector, Puerto Rican history, everyday life, religions, Carnival, music, and the concept of the Great Puerto Rican family.
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