Found 5,977 Learning Lab Collections
Architecture, Schools of Art, Republican Motherhood, and Patriotism
This is actually a collection ALMOST entirely made up of STEM Learning Collections. We will examine the first 7 resources just to get a sense of the types of resources contained within the Smithsonian Learning Lab, and share some potential STEM applications and adaptations for each as part of our discussion. Then you can explore and select from the remaining 20+ full collections to find those you'd like to copy for your own use. Happy STEM hunting!
Students will view images associated with working conditions of the mid to late 19th Century to better understand the need for labor organizations.
Created for Art and the African American Experience
How have contemporary African American artists used their work to address social, political, and personal issues of today?
This collection is an example of how the Learning Lab could be used to create number or alphabet books for younger students. Students can search for the numbers and letters represented in the art, sculpture, and artifacts that exist throughout the Learning Lab.
Alternatively, students could be given a specific theme (animals, for example) and be tasked to find images representing the theme for each letter or number. Annotation (notebook tabs) can be used to include additional text or explanations. Quiz questions could be used to ask "how many ________ are in this image?".
Tags: reading, books, alphabet, numbers, counting, math, young learners, early childhood
This collection includes artifacts and images that represent the Five Pillars of Islam. Students should complete the chart (included as the final resource) by first explaining what each pillar is. Then, after looking through the collection, they should identify an artifact that represents each one and explain why.
Tags: Islam, Muslim, religion, Muhammad, object analysis, practice, pilgrimage, hajj, fasting, Ramadan, Shahadah, zakat, tithe, salat, prayer
This is a collection of teaching resources about sacred texts used in a variety of religions. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all featured in many artifacts, but there are also some examples from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism. Ideas for teaching and questions are located throughout the collection on the notebook tab.
Some overall guiding questions to consider using with your students might be:
-Are the texts treated as revelations? Are they inerrant? You may want to define these words with your students and ask them to research the answers.
-How do different religions treat their texts? Are there special objects or rituals used in conjunction with the texts?
-Why was it important for religious texts to be written down? How can the form of a text change who has access to the religion's teachings?
-What kinds of decorations are used in and on the texts? Why do you think that is?
Tags: Christianity, Jesus, Bible, Judaism, Torah, Old Testament, Islam, Quran, Muhammad, Hindu, Buddha, Daoism, China, India, religion, belief, philosophy, compare contrast
This collection includes a brief overview of Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. It focuses on the story of Laozi and his ideas about the Dao and the balance between yin and yang. It includes two short passages from the Dao de Jing, assessment questions throughout, and a final task where students create their own collection about Daoism.
Tags: Dao, Confucius, Tao, Buddha, Laozi, China, religion, philosophy
This collection explores yoga's roots in ancient India and how its practice has changed as it has migrated to the West. There are questions embedded throughout the collection, which includes readings, images, links to outside websites, video, and a podcast.
Essential questions ask:
What are the roots of the practice of yoga?
Who claims to have invented it and what were the original goals?
How did it make its way to the western world and how has it changed through that process?
Tags: Hindu, Hinduism, India, religion, exercise
This student activity teaches students about the Chinese creation story of Pangu and introduces them to other common symbols in ancient Chinese mythology.
Guiding questions include:
-How does this story compare to other creation myths you may know? Are there common elements?
-In what way does this story reflect a distinctly Chinese culture or system of belief?
Tags: Pan gu, Panku, creation, origin, myth, compare contrast, yin yang, Taoism, Daoism, Buddhism, Buddhism, Confucius, Laozi, dragon, qilin, turtle, phoenix, ancient China, religion
This collection teaches students about the biography of Siddhartha Guatama and asks them to analyze images depicting stages of his life. Students will also learn about the different mudras, or hand gestures, that the Buddha makes. Quiz questions and hot spots are embedded throughout to check for understanding and support learning.
Tags: Siddhartha, Buddha, Buddhism, reincarnation, religion, India
This collection provides an introduction to the 3D resources available from the Smithsonian Institution. All of the items in this collection are videos showing 3D models or sharing the process of creating such materials. To explore the models directly in a 3D viewer, download file information, and discover tours and other educator resources, please visit 3d.si.edu.
Models of interest to K-12 teachers might include:
- Apollo 11 command module
- Amelia Earhart's flight suit
- Liang Bua (archaeological site where homo floriensis was discovered)
- Funerary bust of Haliphat (from Palmyra)
- Jamestown burial sites and artifacts
- David Livingstone's gun
- Porcelain dishes and other home items in the Freer Gallery of Art (from Asian cultures)
- Killer Whale Hat
- Whale and dolphin fossils
- Cosmic Buddha
- Woolly mammoth skeleton
- Wright Brothers flyer
- Gunboat Philadelphia
This is a hypothetical question I developed for teaching a class in prehistory. The collection is meant to present students with primary and secondary sources that enable them to look closer into the lives of the prehistoric people and compare them with their own. To the above compelling questions, three supporting questions are offered: (1) What things did the prehistoric people used? (2) What kind of food did the prehistoric people eat? and (3) What things were the prehistoric people interested in?
My collection is a setting of my story which was a snow day in the woods . My story took place in the woods and centered around experiencing seeing a a majestic sight which was an owl flying while we where sleading . The pictures in my collection resemble the owl we saw perched and the woods we were in .
This collection is in relation to a Narration Paper I am currently writing. Inside this collection you will find scraps of both my Tio ( uncle ) and I. You will hopefully understand what the stars mean to us both and how we've both come about to this love for our universe. And how sometimes no matter how far you may be from somebody the Universe and the Stars are always there to comfort.
This is the story of what I went through on the day of my baby niece birth. This picture show how I felt when I was first introduce to the newest member of my family. How I felt throughout the whole day.
My obsession and passion towards bodybuilding is determined through the way the body grows, and the capability the body has towards years of dedication and patience with working out/lifting.
These few photographs are mostly people drawn photos. They are all consisting around my memory of my bike accident. These photos resemble the scenery to where i was headed. Some of the pictures resemble the pain i was in and the help people tried to offer me.
My collection has to do about how i visited Guatemala in 2014 and how I'll never forget it and I'll never forget all the different landscapes or the memories that I created with my family. Most of the pictures are pictures of Guatemala and the places I visited even though they are older pictures and everything has changed and doesn't look the same. There is also a picture of Jadeite which I put in my collection because the Jadeite is Guatemalas national stone and my dad bought me a necklace made out of Jadeite.
Playing soccer and winning medals is a honor. Playing around with friends in a open field, and standing on stage winning a medal is the best thing about playing a sport. In Africa children will play with no shoes. Men will play in front of thousands of people.