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Students can use this collection directly to explore the literature and history.
In this student activity, explore five musical artists and their connections to environmental advocacy as shared by a Smithsonian Folkways archivist. Inspired by these songs about water issues, you will write lyrics for a song on an environmental theme, incorporating relevant words and imagery.
Put them in chronological order.
Answer the following questions:
1. What regions did they explore?
2. What did they discover?
This topical collection includes resources related to Civil War uniforms. Investigating these Union and Confederate uniforms - through types, differences, and similarities - helps to understand the different human resources of the Union and Confederacy, as well as the experience of individuals who fought in the Civil War.
Collection contains two lesson plans (both of which can be adapted using resources in this collection), articles of clothing worn by Union and Confederate soldiers, lithographs, photographs, articles, a website, and a symposium.
Annotations for each image contain key questions to help students practice visual thinking.
Resource representations as they relate to the Bill of Rights or Civil Liberties are as follows:
1. Bill of Rights
2. Freedom of Religion
3. Freedom of Speech
4. Freedom of the press
5. Right to assemble
6. Have a militia
7. Right to bear arms
8. Soldier's quartering in private homes
9. Illegal search and seizure
10. Right to due process
11. Right not to testify against yourself in court
12. Right to a speedy trial
13. Right to counsel
14. Cruel and unusual punishment
15. Emancipation proclaimation
16. Election of government representation (Congress)
17. Right for all free men including blacks to vote
18. Right of the government to collect taxes
20. Women's right to vote
21. Repeal of prohibition
22. Gay rights
23. American's with Disabilities Act
Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights leader
African American rights
This collection was created for a brief warm-up activity where students practiced analyzing portraits of recognizable figures as a group, prior to working on their own portrait analysis. Portraits of Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Rosa Parks, and Booker T. Washington are included and they vary in detail and medium.
The last resource, a PDF file, is a teacher's guide created by the National Portrait Gallery. Teachers should lead discussion about the portraits using suggested questions in the guide, and then let students search for a portrait of someone of their own choosing to analyze.
tags: civil rights, sports, tennis, boxing, African-American, black history, analysis, comparison
In a lesson in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students do the work of a team of paleontologists studying a time of rising carbon dioxide and rapid global warming during the Eocene epoch. By examining fossils of tree leaves, and then incorporating the findings into a mathematical formula, they are able to tell average annual temperatures 55 million years ago. Really!
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Students take on a local environmental challenge in the lesson plans of this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom. Before deciding on a problem to tackle, they try interviewing local folks about the state of the community's environment and how it has changed through the years.
Click the PDF icon to see the Smithsonian in Your Classroom. Then check out oral-history interviewing tips on the site of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife. Also included below is an audio presentation on deer life by Smithsonian scientist Bill McShea.
In lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, portraits of Lincoln introduce a study of the Civil War. An analysis of the portraits—including the famous “cracked-plate" photograph, two plaster “life masks," and an eyewitness drawing of Lincoln's arrival in the enemy capital of Richmond, Virginia—leads to an analysis of the times.
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This issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom includes a lesson plan in which the class arranges pictures of heavenly bodies according to the students' best ideas of size, distance, and age. This active introduction to the cosmos can be a pre-assessment for a unit on space science. In a follow-up modeling exercise, relationships in space are brought down to a scale of two inches.
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This collection gathers resources and artifacts pertaining to the Chicano Movement of the post-WWII era. The following paragraphs, from the Educating Change website, briefly define the movement:
The "Chicano Movement" has been used by historians to describe a moment of ethnic empowerment and protest among Americans of Mexican descent beginning in the 1960s. "Chicano" had long existed as a pejorative term among young Mexican Americans prior to this period. By the 1960s, however, young Mexican Americans embraced the label, reinscribing it with notions of pride in ones' Mexican heritage and defiance against institutions and individuals who practiced or condoned discrimination against Mexicans.
The "movement" or movimiento was really a convergence of multiple movements that historians have broken down into at least four components:  A youth movement represented in the struggle against discrimination in schools and the anti-war movement;  the farmworkers movement;  the movement for political empowerment, most notably in the formation of La Raza Unida Party; and  the struggle for control and ownership over "homelands" in the US Southwest (http://www.brown.edu/Research/Coachella/chicano.ht...). We will add an additional component of  creating art and music to reflect and voice cultural pride.
Students will review the collection here and identify five items that connect to one of the components listed above. They will then create their own collection that acts as a digital exhibit, teaching others about the Chicano Movement. This assignment is described in further detail on the last resource in this collection.
This is a work-in-progress based on the digitized materials within the Smithsonian Learning Lab's collection--it is not meant to be wholly definitive or authoritative.