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Innovations in Coffee Cup Lids

Sometimes innovations are about something completely new and sometimes innovations are about small refinements in design. What can we learn about innovation from looking at something as ordinary as a coffee cup lid? Read the article about coffee cup lids and write a description for one of the lids, capturing its unique qualities. How do changes in coffee cup lids reflect larger changes in our society? Predict what will be the next innovation .
Stephanie Norby

Innovations and Milestones in Flight

This teaching collection includes a teaching poster, website, video, and digital images about the six milestones of flight.
Stephanie Norby

Egyptian Hieroglyphs

What are hieroglyphs? What was the purpose? Who could write them? How did we discover how to read them?
Aubrey Gennari

Black History: Black Heritage Stamp Series

A topical collection featuring African-American leaders, inventors, activists, sports figures, and culture-shapers whose lives changed history. Teaching Tips can be found in "notes."

These stamps are part of the Black Heritage Stamp Series. U.S. postage stamps were in use for nearly a century before Booker T. Washington became the first African American to appear on one. A handful of additional black history-related designs appeared between 1940 and 1978, when the U.S. Postal Service introduced the Black Heritage series. USPS continues to issue a stamp featuring a notable Black American every February in conjunction with Black History Month and at other times during the year. Today the Black Heritage issues are the longest-running U.S. stamp series.
Emily Murgia

Assessment Tool: Persuasive Writing and Stamp Design

A teaching guide for an interdisciplinary assessment technique or research project using creative and language arts. In this hands-on and engaging activity, students explore postage stamps as symbols of American history before designing a commemorative stamp; defending their subject selection and artistic choices through presentation and persuasive essay writing.
Activity challenges should feature current studies and relevant classroom goals (ex. heritage month themes, explorers, authors, characters) for cross-subject exploration.
Emily Murgia

Statue of Freedom

Through the cooperation of the Architect of the Capitol, Hon. Edward Clark, the original full-size plaster model of the "Statue of Freedom" by sculptor Thomas Crawford which sits atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building was transferred from the basement of the Capitol to the United States National Museum building, now the Arts and Industries Building, and was installed in the Rotunda on December 15, 1890.
Jeff Holliday

Minnesota Art

Shana Crosson

"Nightstand Portraits": A Burton Morris-inspired Activity

This teaching resource collection includes an activity, (created by the Heinz History Center's Education Manager, Mariruth Leftwich), highlighting Pittsburgh-native pop artist Burton Morris' "Nightstand Portraits" series as a springboard for students to create their own imaginary "Nightstand Portrait". This could be a portrait of themselves, a historical figure, or even an icebreaker activity for students to introduce each other to the rest of the class.
Ashley Naranjo

Civil War Characters

Ann Caspari

Abraham Lincoln's Life: Looking at Personal Artifacts

What do personal possessions tell us about a person? This teaching collection includes: 1) artifacts that belonged to President Lincoln, 2) a handout to guide analyzing artifacts as primary sources, 3) a video of Harry Rubenstein, a historian at the National Museum of American History, telling about the objects, and 4) two videos of Harry Rubenstein describing how he verifies the history of objects.
Stephanie Norby

The Civil War and American Art

These videos use the best artworks, by some of the greatest American artists, to reveal what life was like during the Civil War. The artists explore the emotional meaning of these events. Eleanor Jones Harvey, the chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, produced five, short (2-3 minute) videos, each one examining a different artwork from this period. In addition, this teaching collection includes images of the artworks and artists, recommended discussion questions, writing prompts, and detailed lesson plans in The Civil War and American Art: Teachers' Guide, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2012.
Stephanie Norby

Seeing the Civil War through Different Perspectives Using Photographs

A carte de visite is a photograph the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors and saved in albums. This teaching collection includes carte de visites of people who lived during the Civil War. The purpose of the collection is to consider their different points of view and experiences. Each student receives a different carte de visite and researches that person. During classroom discussions of Civil War events, students comment from the perspective of the person they researched.
Stephanie Norby





The Civil Rights Movement and Persuasive Messages

In this learning resource collection, take a look at six persuasive messages that addressed civil rights issues in very different forms: a speech, a song, a button, a protest sign, a poster, and an artwork.
Kim Palermo

Loyalists & Patriots

Jason Smith


Learning resource collection, which includes an iconic portrait of George Washington, filled with symbols that tell a story about early America and its first leader. Explore the ways that the artist uses symbols in the portrait to tell about the subject’s life, personality, and achievements.
Sara Benis

My Nightstand


My Nightstand

What would you find on my "nightstand?" These items may tell you a little more about who I am.
Monica Ziemski

Joe's Nightstand: A Burton Morris Inspired Activity

This collection includes images that represent who I am as a person, what I value in my life, and how I have become who I am.
Joseph Welch

Nightstand Portrait

A collection of artifacts that could appear on my nightstand.
Nick Kaczmarek

Propaganda Posters


Thanksgiving--A Reflection of a Nation

A learning resource for students about Thanksgiving. The images in this collection are different portrayals of the United States holiday of Thanksgiving. They are grouped in order of publication from 1863 to 1994. As you look through them and complete the activities, think about these three key questions:
-How does the context in which the image is produced affect the result? Meaning, how does what is happening during the time period affect what kind of picture of Thanksgiving we see?
-What do the images say about our national identity: who is a welcome part of the United States? What do we celebrate in this country?
-Whose version of the Thanksgiving story is being told in these images?
Kate Harris

Earth From Space: Using Satellite Images to Understand Our Planet

Satellite images help us to observe trends and to better understand our planet -- the rise and fall of water levels, the growth of urban centers, the path of forest fires. This teaching collection includes: 1) Earth From Space, a recorded online session with Andrew K. Johnson, a geographer at the National Air and Space Museum; 2) Reflections on Earth, a poster and lessons on how to use satellite images to investigate changes over time and how to use scale to calculate distance and area; 3) three sets of satellite images to practice these skills -- on flooding, urbanization, and forest fires; 4) a video about satellite technology, and 5) a video about an interactive globe (Tangible Earth).
Stephanie Norby
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