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Resources for Teaching American History: Westward Expansion

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The multimedia site includes teacher-selected primary sources, Advanced Placement DBQs, a video on the painting Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, and a lesson plan on Lewis and Clark.

Invertebrate What's In a Name?

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Discusses the unusual names of invertebrate animals. Includes several specific species names.

Video Ethnographies

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Video clips from Smithsonian Folklife Festivals show performances by musicians and dancers from around the globe. The artists discuss their techniques and the cultural significance of their craft. Clips are organized by country.

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.

Art to Zoo: A Ticket to Philly?In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now (1990)

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Online issue that allows students to 'visit' eighteenth century Philadelphia in order to encourage them to think about communities as 'organisms.' Includes a map and a 'step-by-step' guide of the sights of old Philadelphia.

Interactive Gettysburg Address

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Interactive version of the Gettysburg address features zooming in on the document, clicking on highlighted passages for contextual information, and listening to actor Liam Neeson read it. Transcripts available in English and Spanish. Part of the online exhibit The Gettysburg Address.

Just for Kids

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Webpage just for children. Includes jigsaw puzzles, how animals are named, a virtual world tour, and links to the Zoo's other kid-friendly websites.

The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension

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Best-selling author Joy Hakim tells of the discoveries behind the things that define the contemporary world�_�from the nuclear bomb to the cell phone�_�and our ongoing discovery of the workings of universe.

Art to Zoo: Landscape Painting: Artists Who Love the Land

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Lesson plan that 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.

American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources

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A catalog of web links to Smithsonian educational sites related to Native Americans.

Mystery Invention

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Downloadable PDF activity sheet about the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. Includes word and number games.

Antarctic Invertebrates

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This interactive site is devoted to the United States Antarctic Program, which has a collection of nearly 19 million specimens of marine invertebrates. Students can find specimen maps maps and high-resolution images of species and perform a bibliography-and-taxonomy search.

Exhibits on Smithsonian History

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Online exhibits that chronicle the history of the Smithsonian Institution, its founder, its leaders, its archives, museums, research, and more.

The Story of Science: Newton at the Center

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Joy Hakim, author of the best-selling A History of US, applies her narrative skills to the story of the rebirth of science after the Middle Ages.

Apollo 11: Walking on the Moon

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Primary sources, photographs, audio, video introduce students to the history of the space race and the incredible advancements that put a man on the moon. Includes interactive writing exercises.

Art to Zoo: Going?Going?Gone? Tropical Rainforests?How They Work, What They Do for Us, What?s Being Done to Them? (1988)

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Online issue that promotes rainforest conservation by providing students with information and thoughtful activities to help them better understand the workings of the rainforest and its plant and animal life.

SmithsonianSource.org

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Website with teacher-selected resources and primary sources that allow you to peer over the historian's shoulder and share in the excitement of discovery. Includes videos, lesson plans, Document Based Questions (DBQs), and primary resources on many different topics in American history. Includes a searchable database of all SmithsonianSource.org resources.

Smithsonian Source: Invention

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Section of SmithsonianSource.org intended to supplement the materials you currently use for lessons on American inventions and innovations. Includes a video tracing the development of the electric guitar, DBQs, lesson plans organized by grade level, and primary-source documents from the Smithsonian collections.

Art to Zoo: "Hello, America!" Radio Broadcasting in the Years Before Television (1986)

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Lesson plan that introduces the Golden Age of Radio. Students write and produce their own radio shows and perform them for the class.

Sea Turtles and Our Watersheds Outreach Program, Grade 6

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Classroom program connecting students to local and global watersheds through activities that relate to Smithsonian science and sea turtle research. Focus is on pollution and how humans effect the sea environment. For grade 6. Pre-registration and fee required.

Art to Zoo: Airplanes and Airports: How to Take Off Without Ever Leaving the Ground (1982)

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Lesson plan that provides insight on how airplanes and airports profoundly affect our lives. Includes lessons on the forces of flight and how to create a model airplane.

Art to Zoo: Lift and Drag: Principles of Flight and the Soaring Imagination (1978)

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Online issue introducing basic principles of flight through classroom study of balloons and gliders. Includes directions for creating models of early gas balloons and gliders for classroom air show.

Reinventing the Wheels

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Downloadable PDF activity sheet on which students examine four bicycles from the nineteenth century. Looking for similarities and differences between these bikes and today's bikes, they try to put the four in the order of their age. Clues can be found in a crossword puzzle.

Style and Status Teacher' Guide

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'Asian Art Connections' teacher's guide related to the online exhibit, Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey. Includes an introduction, classroom activity, and featured objects looking at the social contexts of clothing in Ottoman Turkey.
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