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A collection with housekeeping images from different cultures and times. A parent could ask: How has housekeeping changed over time? What are some of the tasks in order to keep a house? What are people doing in the images? What are the tools you use?
Ibeth Alexandra

Smithsonian Summer Institute Paintings

Paintings we analyzed during the summer session July 10-16, 2016
Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut

The Body in Space (Student)

This collection will help students explore the intersection of space, the life sciences, and technology as they discover how the body changes in space and the equipment and experiments that have helped us learn how to counteract the problems caused.
National Air and Space Museum Education

SAAM Summer Assignment

Lesson Launch for Digital Superhighway investigating Video Art and Instillation Art.
Adam Reinhard

18th Century American Identity and the Common Man

This collection includes resources that help students to draw conclusions about the "common man" and determine how American identity changed during the mid-18th Century United States. The lesson is centered around "Independence" and supporting documents include "Daniel la Motta", "Self Reliance", and Turner's Frontier Thesis. To see full lesson plan, click on "collection info".
Julie Thoma

Lash's Native American Removal Collection

The objective of this lesson is to use "Pigeon's Egg Head (The Light) Going to and Returning from Washington" as a catalyst for discussion and analysis of the American government's attitude toward South East Native Americans in the early 19th Century that eventually lead to the Trail of Tears.

Trail of Tears
Native American
Georgia Performance Standard: SS8H5
Stephanie Lash

Tenement Flats and the Great Depression

Subject: Language Arts

Age: 6th gifted - 8th regular classroom


1. Students will be able to relate to the working class struggles of people living during the Great Depression.

2. Students will be able to use this understanding as an introduction to themes from the historical fiction novel No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt.

Yolanda Toni

"She had an Inside and an outside now": Pre-reading strategies for Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

This lesson serves as a pre-reading/activating activity for Zora Neale Hurston's novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Ideally, it should be delivered before students have gained exposure to the text ( and before they have read a summary). In this activity, students will use VTS protocols on "Portrait of Mnonja" by Mickalene Thomas and "SOB, SOB" by Kerry James Marshall to explore themes related to the text and to anticipate Hurston’s complex characterization of Janie Crawford, the protagonist of the novel.

Students will have a chance to engage with literature and anticipate Huston's style in the second half of the activity by engaging in a "Think-Pair-Share" with an out of context quotation from the novel. The student pairs will combine their literary analysis with their visual analysis to determine which quotations should be collaged with each painting, and they will have the opportunity to share out and justify their opinions.

Learning Targets:
1)Students can use visual art to practice their ability to close-read and unpack
2)Students can synthesize multi-media resources to develop opinions
3)Students can use visual art to anticipate themes and characterization in "Their Eyes Were Watching God"


WWII unit: Analyzing artist appropriation

This collection is meant for students to examine how an author/artist transforms the meaning of source material. In this case, students will consider Roger Shimomura's Diary: December 12, 1941 as part of a unit on WWII. They will address the prompt: How does Roger Shimomura transform the meaning of Superman in his painting, Diary: December 12, 1941?

Mary Butler

Analyzing Cultural Identity

The following lesson is intended for high school students in an ICT English Language Arts classroom.

By the end of the lesson, students (ages 14-18), will be able to determine a central idea about identity by analyzing multiple texts. Students will apply their understanding of artwork (George Catlin's "Wi-jún-jon, Pigeon's Egg Head (The Light) Going To and Returning From Washington") to one or more poems that share conflicting themes of identity. Students are assessed on their ability to create claims, support claims with evidence, synthesize information from multiple sources, and develop a central idea about identity.

Nick Verrillo


Students analyze works of art from the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction to better understand this tumultous time in our nation's history.
Nick Odem

Evolution of Urban Life in America, 1950-2015

The objective is to help students understand the effects of politics, economics, and cultural shifts in urban areas during the turn of the 21st century. Students will compare and contrast types of sources in digesting the content. Students will observe an artist’s documentation of a building in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Then, they will use images and primary sources of a popular local D.C. neighborhood.
Maureen Minard

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #51

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each question to enlarge.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz #50

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click on the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each question to enlarge.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz

Lincoln Funeral Train

Created with objects from Ford's Theatre Remembering Lincoln site as well as objects in Learning Lab. For teachers to use as teaching tool to help students map the funeral train.
Allison Van Gilst

Suffrage Pin: Object Analysis

Using the Project Zero Visible Thinking routine "See Think Wonder," this activity explores the struggle of suffragists during the American suffrage movement through deep analysis of one object - a pin, worn by suffragist Alice Paul, in the shape of a jail door with a heart-shaped lock. Pins such as these were given in a ceremony to suffragists who were imprisoned as a result of the 1917 pickets. Includes the pin, an article discussing the history behind the pin, and multiple photographs suffragist picketers.

Keywords: women's rights, suffrage, suffragette, protest, reform, civil rights, equal rights, alice paul, jailed for freedom, pin, national women's party, nwp, voting, vote

Tess Porter

William Healey Dall

A sampling from the Smithsonian pan-institutional collections documenting the work of William Healey Dall.
Stephanie Norby

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz #42

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz #41

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click the pictures to enlarge.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz

Civil War

Soldiers of the Civil War
Sophie Chase


What is electricity? What are the mechanics behind it? How do we use it? What is its history. This collection helps to answer these questions and may spark more curiosity about electricity.
Brooke Shoemaker
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