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The collection describing Boston Perry's 19 years of life, as described by his friends and family. The theme of this museum is the realization that there are things bigger than you, things that should be top priority is spending time with those you love. You should be spending your time and energy with your friends, doing what you love, because life is short and the memories you make together are what really matter.
Lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, specifically their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. The students try their own hands at botanical illustration, following the methods of a Smithsonian artist. Also included here are additional resources on the topic: a one-hour webinar and a website.
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This is my collection of images that connect with this film pairing,
What makes a community? This set can be used to explore the many intricate parts that make up a community! Included are thinking routines that can help students dig deeper into the topic and each artwork.
A collection of paintings to use with various writing prompts.
Lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the rhythms of poetry. The focus is on two poetic forms that originated as forms of song: the ballad stanza, found throughout British and American literature, and the blues stanzas of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Poetry is put into terms of movement, physical space, and, finally, music.
Click the PDF icon to download the issue. Click on the boxes (then click again on "View original") for audio samples of ballads and blues from the Smithsonian Folkways archives.
In lesson plans in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students gain a basic understanding of money and economics by exploring the currency system of the Akan people of Ghana in West Africa. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.
This 1978 issue of Art to Zoo features a lesson plan in
which each student creates a "Museum of Me." The entire
class creates a curriculum-based exhibition.
This 1981 issue of Art to Zoo includes insect facts, a brief lesson in insect adaptation,
a bibliography of resources, and a pullout page, "Make Your Own Insect Zoo."
In this 1994 issue of Art to Zoo, students tap into the tales stored in museums.
Teachers find ideas for using museums and other community resources as
springboards for student writing. Click the PDF icon to download.
In this 1988 issue of Art to Zoo, a telephone directory becomes a source of
activities in subjects as various as history, math, writing, consumer education,
art, career awareness, library skills, and map reading. Click the PDF icon to download.
Playing Historical Detective: Great-Grandmother's Dress and Other Clues to the Life and Times of Annie Steel
In this 1981 issue of Art to Zoo, students become detectives piecing together the
life of a nineteenth century woman by examining primary source documents and
artifacts. Click the PDF icon to download.
This 1993 issue of Art to Zoo commemorated the opening of the Smithsonian's
National Postal Museum. In lesson plans, students evaluate and analyze letters,
as well as write their own. Click the PDF icon to download.
This 1986 issue of Art to Zoo introduces the Golden Age of Radio. Students
write and produce their own radio shows and perform them for the class.
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This 1988 issue of Art to Zoo introduces students to efforts on the home front during
World War II, as illustrated by media messages. Students take on a wartime persona by
writing a V-mail letter. Included is a facsimile of a V-mail form. Click the PDF icon to download.
This 1986 issue of Art to Zoo commemorated the Smithsonian Institution's 150th
birthday. Students exercise writing skills as they discuss what they personally collect
and as they observe and describe selected objects from the Smithsonian museums
and discuss what they personally collect. Click the PDF icon to download.
The lesson plan in this 1991 issue of Art to Zoo demonstrates how time has "changed"
over the years. Students consider: What would happen if all timekeeping devices were
suddenly gone? Click the PDF file to download.
Lesson plans in this 1992 Art to Zoo help students to understand and appreciate
these often misunderstood animals. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.
This 1977 issue of Art to Zoo includes ideas for teaching about mollusks, a
brief history of the Smithsonian, and tips for gathering historical information
from gravestones. Click the PDF icon to download.
This 1976 issue of Art to Zoo offers ideas for activities before a classroom visit to a museum.
Included is a student chart on museum careers and tips on introducing students to abstract art.
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This 1991 issue of Art to Zoo examines the colonization of the Americas, focusing on
diseases from Europe and the population growth of European domesticated animals.
In the lesson, students consider the fight for survival when two worlds meet.
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In this 1987 issue of Art to Zoo, students look closely at houses from other cultures and find
intriguing clues about the people who built them. In a lesson, they use an inquiry approach
to draw conclusions about Plains Indian tipis. Click the PDF icon to download.
This 1978 issue of Art to Zoo introduces the basic principles of flight
through classroom study of balloons and gliders. Includes directions
for creating models of early gas balloons and gliders for a classroom air
show. Click the PDF icon to download.