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Conflict and Controversy in the Political Process

Study the following resources. What do they suggest about different dynamics in the American political system over time?
Mike VanWambeke
6
 

Dance

ECE theme
Marie Vukin
32
 

You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #3

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
5
 

Technology of the Great War (WWI, World War One)

Technological advancements contributed to World War I costing more money and killing more people than all previous wars in history.

Students will be able to answer the question: What kinds technology existed during the First World war and what were their impacts on the war?

Scott Karavlan
23
 

Perfectly Suited: Clothing and Social Change in America (1995)

The lesson plans in this 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo encourage students to think about the interaction of clothing and society. Click on the PDF icon to download.

The focus is on late-nineteenth-century clothing and its reflection of middle-class ideals. In one activity, students try to match clothing styles with events in history of the same period. You might try a similar exercise briefly for yourself with the pictures here: three hats and three aircraft from the National Air and Space Museum. Match them up by the decades they have in common!

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Final Farewells: Signing a Yearbook on the Eve of the Civil War

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine farewell messages written in an 1860 Rutgers College yearbook. The yearbook's owner was a southerner at a northern college--a Texan who would die for the Confederacy. On close study, the messages from his northern classmates reveal much about the complexities of this "brother's war."

Click the PDF icons to download the issue and additional materials. Take a look at two other yearbooks here for a comparison of yearbook styles through the years.

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Stories of the Wrights' Flight

This issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom brings historiography to bear on the history of aviation. Students compare firsthand accounts of the Wright brothers' first flights on December 17, 1903, with secondary sources, including a newspaper story that appeared the next day. Included is a graphic organizer.

Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students learn about the parts of flowers (and the parts of bees) and the symbiotic relationship behind pollination. Lesson plans introduce the role bees play in the production of many of our foods— including some surprising food!

Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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What Did Gatsby's America Look Like?

Select up to five artifacts that best reflect the setting of the novel. Justify your selections by considering the information provided for each artifact. You can access the information once you select an image and press the lowercase i tab on the left.


Consider how the information from the Smithsonian Learning Lab compares to Fitzgerald's use of setting  throughout The Great Gatsby.

Reminder about setting: five key components that establish the setting:

1: time [moment/hour/morning/evening/season],

2: era, 

3. place {village/city/country], 

4: location{inside a house, at a park, on a front lawn}, 

5: occupation (of protagonist, antagonist especially)

Scott Tuffiash
13
 

Revolutionary Money

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students look at paper money issued during the American Revolution by each of the thirteen new states. In a lesson, the class uses the bills to gather primary source information about the times.

Click the PDF icon to download the issue. Click the pictures here for a preview of the look of our nation's first currency.

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6
 

The French Revolution: An Examination into its Causes

Examine these sources to help you answer the essential question: How did conditions in France lead to the revolution of 1789?
Molly Long
3
 

Letters from the Japanese American Internment

The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom are based on letters from young people in an Arizona internment camp to a children's librarian in their hometown of San Diego. Students piece together a story by comparing the primary-source documents. The exercise might help to show that history is never a single story.

Click on the PDF icon to download. Please also see lesson plans on the site "A More Perfect Union" from the National Museum of American History.

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Creating a Classroom Exhibit

This special issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom takes you through the steps of creating a museum exhibit on a theme chosen by the class. It is all based on the curriculum at a "Smithsonian magnet school" in Washington, D.C.

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Visions of the Future

In lessons in this 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo, students evaluate past predictions about the ways science would shape the future. They then make their own predictions about the world that lies before us. The present represented in the issue, of course, is not your students' present. It is the present of 1995, before they were born. As a warmup exercise, you might ask them to take a look at the sample of Smithsonian museum objects below--all produced around 1995. If the students could make a phone call back to the year 1995, what would they, the people of the future, tell those people of the past?

Click the PDF icon to download the issue.


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Using the Yellow Pages as a Teaching Resource


In this 1988 issue of Art to Zoo, a telephone directory becomes a source of
activities in subjects as various as history, math, writing, consumer education,
art, career awareness, library skills, and map reading. Click the PDF icon to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
6
 

Trains and Railroads: From Wooden Track to Amtrak

This 1984 issue of From Art to Zoo suggests ways of introducing the subject of trains and railroads in a social studies unit on westward expansion. Included is a pull-out page titled "Write a Story!" To get a taste of the idea: Do the three objects below suggest any certain kind of railroad story?

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What Makes Time Tick?


The lesson plan in this 1991 issue of Art to Zoo demonstrates how time has "changed"
over the years. Students consider: What would happen if all timekeeping devices were
suddenly gone? Click the PDF file to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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The Survival Game after Columbus: Pigs, Weeds, and Other Players

This 1991 issue of Art to Zoo examines the colonization of the Americas, focusing on
diseases from Europe and the population growth of European domesticated animals.
In the lesson, students consider the fight for survival when two worlds meet.
Click the PDF issue to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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The Stuff of Stories (Using Museums to Inspire Student Writing)

In this 1994 issue of Art to Zoo, students tap into the tales stored in museums.
Teachers find ideas for using museums and other community resources as
springboards for student writing. Click the PDF icon to download.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
3
 

The Environmentalism Movement

To what extent did the modern environmentalism movement influence environmental awareness and change?

Kevin Quigley
29
 

The Museum Idea

This 1978 issue of Art to Zoo features a lesson plan in
which each student creates a "Museum of Me." The entire
class creates a curriculum-based exhibition.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
2
 

The Greatest Show on Earth (Starring Some of the World's Smallest Animals)

This 1981 issue of Art to Zoo includes insect facts, a brief lesson in insect adaptation,
a bibliography of resources, and a pullout page, "Make Your Own Insect Zoo."

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Talking Houses? What They Can Tell You about the People They Shelter

In this 1987 issue of Art to Zoo, students look closely at houses from other cultures and find
intriguing clues about the people who built them. In a lesson, they use an inquiry approach
to draw conclusions about Plains Indian tipis. Click the PDF icon to download.




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Night Sky

Marie Vukin
7
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