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Chicago, the Transit Metropolis

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Webpage on how public transportation shaped the development of the city of Chicago. Artifacts and period photographs illustrate the story of Chicago public transportation from the late 1800s to 1960. This page is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.

Housing Naturally: Habitat as Model

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Teacher-created lesson in which students create housing designs based on the habitats of animals.

The Humanitarian Side of Architecture

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Lesson exploring the role that architects have in rebuilding communities after natural disasters. Teaches about the aftermath of the 1906 California earthquake and current efforts to rebuild after natural disasters. Students research current rebuilding efforts and present their findings.

"Love Is the Thing to Make it Fall": African-American Music in Alabama before and during the Civil Rights Movement

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This set of lessons is an introduction to African-American music in Alabama through children’s songs of the 1950s as well as freedom songs of the 1960s. In addition to attentive listening, students will sing, play instruments, improvise, move, and play games.

Archives of American Art

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The Archives of American Art (AAA) provides researchers with access to the largest collection of documents on the history of the visual arts in the United States. The site includes an online catalog and the AAA's journal.

American Art: A Journal of the Nationユ_ᆱs Visual Heritage

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Website offering instructions for subscribing to American Art, an indispensable resource for scholars, collectors, and museum-goers who want to enrich their understanding of the nationユ_ᆱs art and culture.

Slippery Slope

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Teacher-created lesson in which high school students graph linear functions and write equations in order to design wheelchair ramps.

Loch Ness Monster Bibliography

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Bibliography to the subject of the Loch Ness Monster. Books available at most large public libraries or through interlibrary loan.

Lou Reid Discusses Joining Seldom Scene

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Bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene reunited with former members to create the Smithsonian Folkways album Long Time... Seldom Scene. Here, singer and mandolin player Lou Reid talks with original member Ben Eldridge about joining the legendary bluegrass band twice—the first time in 1986, then for good in 1997. Reid has played with several other important acts, including Quicksilver, the Rickey Skaggs Band, Vince Gill, and Carolina.

"Me voy Lejos (I'm Going Far Away)" by Flaco Jiménez & Max Baca from Legends & Legacies

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The music of GRAMMY-winning conjunto artists Max Baca and Flaco Jiménez is steeped in the traditions of their families and region.

If these walls could speak�_�

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Activity in which students research the uses of various local buildings in order to design models of the buildings' past, present, and future.

La Sardina de Naiguatá Performs at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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La Sardina de Naiguatá performs live on the National Mall in Washington, DC for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2012.

On the School Bus

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Online exhibit examining the ways that the use of school buses changed education in America, especially in rural areas where large consolidated schools replaced small local schools. This is the thirteenth section of the online exhibit America on the Move.

Science Service Smithsonian

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Twentieth-century scientific images of innovations and inventions in the field of electricity, accompanied by original captions.

Learning About Folklife: The U.S. Virgin Islands and Senegal

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Kit on the folklife of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Senegal. Focuses on foodways, music and storytelling, and celebrations. Contains videos, audio-cassettes, and teacherユ_ᆱs guide.

Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian

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Online exhibition providing detailed imagery of famous and not so famous inventions as well as information about the forward-thinking men and women who developed them. These industrial drawings serve to visually document American industrial creativity and the complexities of the industrial age. Includes images, information about the patent and production process, and biographies of inventors.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Webpage of Folkways Recordings. Explore, research, order, and download recordings from the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian. Includes music from the United States and around the world. Search by album, artist, country, or genre.

Principles for Principals

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Eight-part video workshop for principals who are working to improve student achievement in K-12 mathematics and science courses. Includes programs describing the impact of state and national standards and more.

Fired Up About Energy

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Fired Up About Energy – explores common student misconceptions related to the study of energy and suggests methods for effectively representing and discussing the topic in the classroom.

Chemical Reactions in Action

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Chemical Reactions in Action — explores student misconceptions about atoms, molecules, and chemical reactions and provides practical advice for pedagogical approaches.

Beauty and Truth: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

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A Project Zero “Global Thinking” routine for exploring the complex interaction between beauty and truth. This routine invites students to consider how journalists and artists communicate ideas about the world. After picking an image or story to examine, the framework asks students to consider: “Can you find beauty in this [image, story]?,” “Can you find truth in this [image, story]?,” “How might beauty reveal truth?,” “How might beauty conceal truth?”

BEAUTY AND TRUTH

A routine for exploring the complex interaction between beauty and truth

1. Can you find beauty in this [image, story]?

2. Can you find truth in this [image, story]?

3. How might beauty reveal truth?

4. How might beauty conceal truth?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This routine invites students to explore the complex interaction between beauty and truth and consider how journalists and artists comment on and communicate ideas about the world. This routine also helps students navigate the overwhelming quantities of information accessible in an increasingly visually-informed world.

Application: When and where can it be used?

In art and journalism, the routine aims to slow students’ thinking down and invite them to reflect about how quality work uses beauty to engage us to learn more about an issue and seek truth. The routine also invites a critical analysis of the ways in which beauty can mislead.

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

Think of this routine as one that invites you and your students to a broad and deep conversation about a photograph or work of art. Allow time for individual students to share ideas of beauty and truth – constructs unlikely to have been explored explicitly in the past. In their discussion, students may reveal the misconception that photographs by their very nature reveal truth. In questions three and four, the terms “beauty” and “truth” can be inverted.

Document Detective

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Lesson has students practice using primary sources to learn about slavery and the Underground Railroad by analyzing newspaper advertisements regarding runaway slaves. Part of the resource 'Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.'

Produce For Victory: Posters on the American Home Front (1941-45)

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Online exhibit exploring famous World War II propaganda posters, as well as the debate over their design. Posters were inexpensive, accessible, and ever-present, making them the ideal agent for galvanizing American citizens. Learn how posters connected the home front with the military front by advertising war aims and promoting American ideals of the time. Targets grades 7-12.

Musical Math-terpiece: The Art of Piet Mondrian

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Lesson in which students learn about the jazz-inspired life and art of Piet Mondrian to create their own Mondrian-style paintings. They do internet research, create a computer art piece using grid patterns of repeating shapes, and paint their own music-inspired painting. Examines both geometrical shapes and painting.
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