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Collection of Native American Ledger Art and drawings on hides.
Would be used with other resources on modern Ledger Art being created today, as well as the history of ledger art and hide paintings in Plains Indian cultures.
Charles Russell brought the west alive with his paintings and sculptures of western life. His authentic depictions of Native Americans allow the viewer to appreciate the dress and life of the plains Indians. Also skilled in sculpture, Russell depicts cowboys and wildlife in action settings. This lab provides samples of Russell's best work.
Talk with Me!
Having conversations with young children contributes to their thinking and language development. All conversations are good, but research shows that the quality of words children hear matters more than the quantity. Further, what’s best is an exchange; in other words, talk with children, not at them.
The Talk with Me Toolkits give parents and caregivers thematically organized high-quality, authentic materials to make children their conversational partners in discussions that matter. Each online toolkit features captivating videos and real-world photographs, as well as intriguing paintings and other artworks to observe and discuss through conversation prompts. Hands-on activities and books complete each toolkit. Simple instructions appear right in the toolkits, so you can jump right in. See what interests your child and get started. There’s a lot to talk about!
To read more, see, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Usable Knowledge site, The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation.
What was life like for Americans during the 1920s? How did life change in the 1930s? Did all Americans share the same experiences throughout these two decades?
In the two decades between the end of WWI and the start of WWII life in America changed dramatically. Use the artifacts in this collection to create an exhibit that can help to answer these questions.
What is most important to know about America in the 1920s and 1930s ?
What is the most significant change that took place after the 1929 Stock Market crash?
Artworks aligned with concept-based units:
- Outside Influence
- Friendship & Relationships
- The Impact of Choices
- Changing the World
- Competition and Challenge
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Survival & Dystopia
- Why Stories Matter
Artworks grouped according to concept-based units:
- Role in the Community
- Change & Transition
- Persuasion & Consumerism
- Art & Aesthetics
- Innovation & Progress
Historic images of jazz bands on tour
Female jazz musicians
Behind-the-scenes images of jazz musicians on tour, in the studio and composing
Original hand-written or early prints of sheet music
Action shots of solos and rehearslas
Significant persons and events from Virginia History are told through U.S. Stamps. Discover the history of the Old Dominion.
This collection includes digital museum resources and replicable activities that will serve as a springboard for discussion during the presentation. The collection models how digital museum resources can be leveraged to support critical thinking and deeper learning for high school Ethnic Studies curricula. The collection can be copied and adapted for use in your own classroom.
Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Ignite 19 Conference: Transforming Curriculum with Technology (June 2019)
Smithsonian educators are initiating a collaborative education program with Texas curriculum developers and local museums to develop instructional materials relevant to K-12 Humanities and Ethnic Studies. The Smithsonian Learning Lab platform allows users to create and share locally relevant digital resources both in classrooms and with a growing network of educators across the country. Learn more about how you can leverage digital resources from the Smithsonian and your local museums for increased access and impact.
This collection was co-created with Ashley Naranjo. This program received Federal support from the Latino and Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pools, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
This collection highlights important information and pictures of battles of the Revolutionary War. The materials are not in timeline order. They are simply for research purposes for the students.
Students will explore these sources to spark inquiry and investigation about how the Civil War impacted American society.
- Students can complete the sorting activity to categorize the images.
- Students should select one source they find most intriguing and generate questions about the source and its related topic by completing the quiz question.
In conjunction with the Smithsonian Institutions Traveling Exhibition Services, Museum on Main Street exhibit Water/Ways,
This collection aims to give more resources and information that works with what is being displayed and talked about in the Water/Ways exhibit
There are sections on the water cycle, water and its importance in different cultures and beliefs, the different forms it comes in on earth (i.e. rivers, glaciers, oceans and water falls), the different ways water impacts us and how we in turn impact water be it good or bad. Along with how we get water to our homes, use it to travel, enjoy it recreationally and how we continue to manipulate and change our worlds Water Ways.
This collection shares the tools, weapons, and resources of Native Americans. The material in this collection shows the ability of the Native Americans to create and thrive using primitive technology, as well as their ability to adapt to foreign technology.
This collection also makes apparent how despite the lack of education and industrial progress of the Native Americans, they were able create weapons and tools that were not only effective in fighting off their technologically superior invaders, but even surpass them in the quality of some of their creations. This even led to the Europeans beginning to see value in the works of the Native Americans, and even to begin copying the styles of the natives.
This collection will also explore the use of resources for protection, including but not limited to armor and footwear. The uses of these resources were vital to their survival. Adaptations of these resources and development, with influence of modern technologies, still find the basis of early resources still effective today.
While the Native Americans were eventually forced to adopt the technology of their invaders, they still managed to maintain their sense of culture. New ideas taken from the Europeans were not simply copied, but rather incorporated into Native American culture without drastically changing who they were as a people. Despite their inability to successfully fight off the American Colonists, the Native Americans showed great resolve and adaptability to be able to hold off the new Americans for as long as they did, and were able to help change the outcomes of wars among European countries.
The tools they used to survive without the technological advancements made available to Europeans is astounding. From their ability to create clothing, weapons, food, entertainment and shelter to their useful strategies, the Native American people were able to sustain a lifestyle made easier.
Resources for lessons on biodiversity, specifically for the YAG Podcasting project unit on biodiversity.
Resource materials for lessons on mosquitoes, specifically for the YAG Podcast Mosquito Unit.
Resources for lessons on the culture and storytelling elements of food, specifically for the YAG Podcasting project.
Who was Daniel Boone? Was he more than a stereotypical American frontier hero? Explore Daniel Boone and his relationship to the native plant, ginseng, through this collection and series of activities.
Daniel Boone (1734-1820) spent much of his adult life blazing trails through the American wilderness. Through exploration and opening the wilderness, Boone and others were able to exploit its many rich resources, including the profitable plant American ginseng. He rose to the status of American legend, becoming known as someone who braved hardship and danger to bring the earth's resources to the market. The legend of Daniel Boone and his-lost-ginseng illustrates the way such stories can reflect historical fact. But become exaggerated or distorted through many generations of story tellers, and, now, via the internet. History and fiction become intertwined.
While the days of American pioneers are long gone, people still search for and gather wild ginseng in the mountainous regions that Boone frequented. Learn more about Boone's adventures and American ginseng throughout this collection. Be sure to click the Information icon to learn more about each item.
To learn more about Daniel Boone and his efforts to explore the wilderness, visit the Learning Lab collection -The Wilderness Road- .
Images of the world’s first integrated all-female big band, comprised primarily of African American and mixed-race women in their teens and early 20s. More at https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2010/04/sweethearts-of-rhythm.html
Elementary Classroom Collection
See - Think - Wonder
While you jam to Lizzo's empowering hot new tune "Like a Girl," I invite you to explore this collection of women centered art- including pieces of, by, and for women. I hope you will use this collection to acquaint yourself with the female contribution to the art scene and the contemporary woman. In this collection you will find a collage of art, tasteful articles, and videos articulating the influence of women on the Smithsonian collection. No matter what your interests- there is something here for everyone. Explore this collection and get excited for the Smithsonian at 8 Garden Party featuring women in art internationally.