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Space Suit Design Challenge

This Learning Collection was developed to guide students in exploring the evolution of space suit design as a lead-in to NASA's recent Space Suit Design challenge. This is also being used as an example to showcase some of the features Smithsonian has added to their Learning Lab to allow educators the tools necessary to use open Smithsonian resources along with external materials to create digital learning experiences.

Brian Ausland

Minnesota Art

Shana Crosson

The Mondales

Collections related to Walter and Joan Mondale. #iste2016
Shana Crosson

record albums

Melissa Wadman

Pumpkin Spice Smithsonian

Sarah Sulick

Seeing the Civil War through Different Perspectives Using Photographs

A carte de visite is a photograph the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors and saved in albums. This teaching collection includes carte de visites of people who lived during the Civil War. The purpose of the collection is to consider their different points of view and experiences. Each student receives a different carte de visite and researches that person. During classroom discussions of Civil War events, students comment from the perspective of the person they researched.
Stephanie Norby

History of Recording

Shannon Gunn

The Civil War and American Art

These videos use the best artworks, by some of the greatest American artists, to reveal what life was like during the Civil War. The artists explore the emotional meaning of these events. Eleanor Jones Harvey, the chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, produced five, short (2-3 minute) videos, each one examining a different artwork from this period. In addition, this teaching collection includes images of the artworks and artists, recommended discussion questions, writing prompts, and detailed lesson plans in The Civil War and American Art: Teachers' Guide, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2012.
Stephanie Norby

Abraham Lincoln's Life: Looking at Personal Artifacts

What do personal possessions tell us about a person? This teaching collection includes: 1) artifacts that belonged to President Lincoln, 2) a handout to guide analyzing artifacts as primary sources, 3) a video of Harry Rubenstein, a historian at the National Museum of American History, telling about the objects, and 4) two videos of Harry Rubenstein describing how he verifies the history of objects.
Stephanie Norby

Thanksgiving--A Reflection of a Nation

A learning resource for students about Thanksgiving. The images in this collection are different portrayals of the United States holiday of Thanksgiving. They are grouped in order of publication from 1863 to 1994. As you look through them and complete the activities, think about these three key questions:
-How does the context in which the image is produced affect the result? Meaning, how does what is happening during the time period affect what kind of picture of Thanksgiving we see?
-What do the images say about our national identity: who is a welcome part of the United States? What do we celebrate in this country?
-Whose version of the Thanksgiving story is being told in these images?
Kate Harris

Mapping the Past: Using Technology to Understand the Battle of Gettysburg

This teaching collection and student interactive are about applying cutting-edge technology to inform our understanding of what happened at the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Ask students to watch the video, read the article and use the interactive to see the impact of geography on the final outcome of the Battle.
Stephanie Norby

A House Divided: Photography in the Civil War

How does photography of the Civil War inform us about this period? This teaching collection includes the lesson plan, A House Divided: Photography of the Civil War, published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Students examine Civil War photographs, write captions, and discuss how viewing photographs enhances your understanding of historical events and concepts.
Stephanie Norby

First Ladies of the United States

Artifacts from the First Ladies of the United States
Katrina Rainer

Looking at Earth: Seeing Africa from Above

Throughout history we have sought to better understand our world by viewing it from above. We first climbed trees, hills and fortress towers to observe the lay of the land. Today, aircraft and spacecraft look down on Earth to predict the weather, survey the terrain, monitor crops and forests, plan cities, locate resources, and gather intelligence.

This teachers guide and student activity includes an online exhibition, Looking at Earth, with background information on aerial imagery and aerial photographs of towns and cities in Africa. Divide students into small groups and ask each group to examine a different photograph responding to the following statements or questions: 1) Describe the physical (natural) features in the photograph. 2) Describe the human-made characteristics. 3) Identify the ways in which people use the land. 4) Do the streets form a grid or some other pattern? 5) Identify regions within the photograph defined by the ways in which the land is used (residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, transportation).

Ask each group to share their findings with the entire class. Discuss how the African towns and cities are different and the role of geography in defining a place. Locate the different towns and cities on a map of Africa.

Stephanie Norby

My Nightstand

What you might find on my nightstand....
Kate Harris

Presidential Portraiture: Looking and Analyzing Questions

A topical collection of United States presidential portraits. This collection might be best shortened to introduce a specific historical era and the leader(s) of the time, or adapted to show how American leaders wanted to be perceived during their tenure and legacy and how artists depicted them. It includes the National Portrait Gallery's "Reading" Portraiture at a Glance sheet, which offers suggested looking and analyzing questions. It is also includes associated curator and educator talks on the portraits of the presidents, where possible.
Ashley Naranjo

My Nighstand

A collection of resources, some of which may be on my nightstand, that illustrate me.
Linda Muller

Earth From Space: Using Satellite Images to Understand Our Planet

Satellite images help us to observe trends and to better understand our planet -- the rise and fall of water levels, the growth of urban centers, the path of forest fires. This teaching collection includes: 1) Earth From Space, a recorded online session with Andrew K. Johnson, a geographer at the National Air and Space Museum; 2) Reflections on Earth, a poster and lessons on how to use satellite images to investigate changes over time and how to use scale to calculate distance and area; 3) three sets of satellite images to practice these skills -- on flooding, urbanization, and forest fires; 4) a video about satellite technology, and 5) a video about an interactive globe (Tangible Earth).
Stephanie Norby

Forensic Anthropology Case: Discovering Jane

Teaching guide introducing a forensic case file from 2012, when Jamestown archaeologists excavated fragments of a human skull and leg bone dating to the winter of 1609-1610. This collection was created with the Anthropology team at the National Museum of Natural History.
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Ashley Naranjo

Cat Collection

This is a fun collection of cats from the Smithsonian Institution along with a photo of my favorite kitty, Lucky.
Linda Muller

Assessment Tool: Persuasive Writing and Stamp Design

A teaching guide for an interdisciplinary assessment technique or research project using creative and language arts. In this hands-on and engaging activity, students explore postage stamps as symbols of American history before designing a commemorative stamp; defending their subject selection and artistic choices through presentation and persuasive essay writing.
Activity challenges should feature current studies and relevant classroom goals (ex. heritage month themes, explorers, authors, characters) for cross-subject exploration.
Emily Murgia

Bird Extinctions in Recent Geologic Time

This Smithsonian Science How learning collection, from Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History, is part of a distance learning program at This collection focuses on recent bird extinctions, including the Passenger Pigeon. Targeted at middle schoolers, the collection invites students into an authentic understanding of the evidence for and causes of bird extinctions since humans have been on the scene. Ornithologist Dr. Helen James is featured as an expert explainer. The collection includes an interactive webcast video with discussion questions, cross-cutting activities, an independent project, and other resources for teachers and students.

Key Terms: ornithology, bird conservation, extinction, endangered species, island ecosystems, Holocene period

Key Concepts:

- Human influences on bird populations

- Ecology of birds and vulnerability to extinction

- Impacts of human activities on ecology

- Conservation of endangered bird species

- Technology used by ornithologists

Smithsonian Science How

Buddhism in China and Korea

This collection will examine the ways that Buddhism was adopted and adapted as part of Chinese and Korean culture in the middle ages.
Nicole Gilbertson

Clovis Points and Early Innovation in North America

Clovis points were an American invention, perhaps the first. More than 10,000 Clovis points have been discovered scattered in 1,500 locations throughout North America, dating back 13,000 years. This teaching collection includes: 1) a 3-D scan of a Clovis point; 2) a video of Smithsonian anthropologist Dr. Dennis Stanford explaining what they tell us about early America, 3) a video demonstration of how stone tools were made; and 4) three Smithsonian magazine articles about Clovis points and stone tools.
Stephanie Norby
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