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Portraits, Visual and Written

Lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the lives and works of Louisa May Alcott and Samuel Clemens through portraits as well as through their writings. Students come away with a better understanding of how the events of one's life can be an inspiration for creative writing.

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Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students learn about the parts of flowers (and the parts of bees) and the symbiotic relationship behind pollination. Lesson plans introduce the role bees play in the production of many of our foods— including some surprising food!

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Old Photographs: Windows to the Past

This 1979 issue of From Art to Zoo details the technological history and historical significance of photography and cameras. Students use old photographs to learn more about life in the past.

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Visions of the Future

In lessons in this 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo, students evaluate past predictions about the ways science would shape the future. They then make their own predictions about the world that lies before us. The present represented in the issue, of course, is not your students' present. It is the present of 1995, before they were born. As a warmup exercise, you might ask them to take a look at the sample of Smithsonian museum objects below--all produced around 1995. If the students could make a phone call back to the year 1995, what would they, the people of the future, tell those people of the past?

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Stories of the Wrights' Flight

This issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom brings historiography to bear on the history of aviation. Students compare firsthand accounts of the Wright brothers' first flights on December 17, 1903, with secondary sources, including a newspaper story that appeared the next day. Included is a graphic organizer.

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Native American Dolls

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine handcrafted dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian. They draw connections between these objects and Native cultures, communities, and environments.

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Winning the Vote: How Americans Elect Their President

This 1996 issue of From Art to Zoo includes activities to introduce students to the office of the presidency and the process of electing the president. Includes lessons on political campaigns, political parties, and the Electoral College. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

But first take a look at this sample of presidential campaign memorabilia in the National Museum of American History. Can you name the year of each piece?

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India--Where Remarkable Differences Are Ordinary

This 1986 issue of From Art to Zoo invites educators and their students to learn about India, its culture, and, especially, the lives of its children. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Perfectly Suited: Clothing and Social Change in America (1995)

The lesson plans in this 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo encourage students to think about the interaction of clothing and society. Click on the PDF icon to download.

The focus is on late-nineteenth-century clothing and its reflection of middle-class ideals. In one activity, students try to match clothing styles with events in history of the same period. You might try a similar exercise briefly for yourself with the pictures here: three hats and three aircraft from the National Air and Space Museum. Match them up by the decades they have in common!

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The Constitution Lives! How It Protects Your Rights Today

This issue of From Art to Zoo, published in 1987, the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, is intended to help students and teachers bridge the seeming gaps between the document and their own world. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.


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Highlights Collection: Green Transportation

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which may contain images, text, and other multimedia resources created to complement this Tween Tribune issue. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection, visit the Learning Lab homepage (learninglab.si.edu) and sign up for a free account. This will allow you to copy the collection and adapt it for your own purposes. Learn more here: https://learninglab.si.edu/create

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In the Playtime of Others: Child Labor in the Early 20th Century

This 1988 issue of From Art to Zoo includes activities related to the work and working conditions of child laborers in the early twentieth century. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Memorials: Art for Remembering

This 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo looks at the ways people have been honored with memorials. Students create their own memorial after examining examples in their own community and around the world. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Kiting Up the Sky: The Vehicles of Understanding

This 1991 issue of From Art to Zoo introduces kites and kiting into the classroom. Students to learn of the history of kites, write kite poems and stories, and build their own kites. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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History Close to Home: Creating Your Own Special Museum

This 1983 issue of From Art to Zoo includes lessons in which students delve into their community's past by creating a classroom museum of local history. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Life in the "Promised Land": African American Migrants in Northern Cities, 1916—1940

A lesson plan in this 1990 issue of From Art to Zoo introduces students to the movement from the rural South to the urban North between the world wars. The students go on to write an article or essay based on an interview with a friend or family member who has had the experience of moving to a new place. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists

In a lesson in this 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo, students use the methods of archeologists to interpret objects from their own time—as if they were archeologists from the future. Try a quick warmup exercise with this gallery of artifacts from the mid-1990s, the time of the issue. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.


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Highlights Collection: Memorials History

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which may contain images, text, and other multimedia resources created to complement this Tween Tribune issue.. Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection, visit the Learning Lab homepage (learninglab.si.edu) and sign up for a free account. This will allow you to copy the collection and adapt it for your own purposes. Learn more here: https://learninglab.si.edu/create

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Trains and Railroads: From Wooden Track to Amtrak

This 1984 issue of From Art to Zoo suggests ways of introducing the subject of trains and railroads in a social studies unit on westward expansion. Included is a pull-out page titled "Write a Story!" To get a taste of the idea: Do the three objects below suggest any certain kind of railroad story?

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Tomorrow's Forecast: Oceans and Weather (1995)

This 1995 issue of Art to Zoo includes printable maps and classroom/take-home activities. Students learn how ocean currents influence weather patterns and climate. They conduct an experiment on the differing heat capacities of water and air, and find and label port cities around the globe. Below are some of the port cities represented in artworks from Smithsonian galleries.

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CURIO Learning Lab Game

CURIO is a trading card game that challenges you to discover patterns and connections to create your own museum-inspired collections. While the printed version of cards is available only as a special giveaway at select educational conferences and events, you can download and print the game using the PDF file below.

From Egyptian mummies to postage stamps, you'll learn about amazing artifacts and artworks in the Smithsonian while having fun collecting cards with your friends.

Players create a collection of at least three cards having a specific theme. They collect new cards by trading with other players. At the end of the game, players present their collections and have other players guess the themes. For 3-8 players.

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Perspectives on a Place: New York City

This collection contains artworks showing distinctive perspectives on a place: New York City.

Possible activities:

  • Have students look through resources in this collection to identify as many different perspectives as they can.
  • Choose two or three for a focused comparison and contrast activity.
  • Have students create their own artistic representation of a place they know using these works as inspiration.

Adapt this collection, or create your own "Perspectives on a Place" collection and share it with us! Write to us on Twitter @SmithsonianLab. We created this for the NAEA national convention: #NAEA2017

Remember, you can add to your collections annotations such as hotspots or quiz questions . You can upload student work in your version.


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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: "Under the Spell of ...Spiders!"

The issue presents curriculum-spanning ways of teaching about arachnids. Includes teacher background, lessons, and a bilingual student page. Click on the PDF icon to download.

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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: "Lewis and Clark and the Language of Discovery"

Lesson plans in this issue focus on Lewis and Clark as keepers of journals. Click on the PDF icon to download. Please also see an interactive map on the site "Lewis & Clark as Naturalists" from the National Museum of Natural History.

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