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Student Activity: Investigating Human Impact on Water Resources

In this activity, students will investigate human impact on our most essential resource, water and discover what they can do to make a positive difference.

Ashley Naranjo

Ocean Biodiversity - Discovering Marine Invertebrates

This Smithsonian Science How learning collection, from Q?rius at the National Museum of Natural History, is part of a distance learning program at This collection focuses on the biodiversity of tiny, deep ocean life. Targeted at middle schoolers, the collection invites students into an authentic understanding of how biologists find, classify, and name microscopic animals that live in the open ocean . Zoologist Dr. Karen Osborn is featured as an expert explainer. The collection includes an interactive webcast video with discussion questions, cross-cutting activities, an independent project, and other resources for teachers and students.

Key Terms:

marine zoology, mid-water, pelagic, invertebrate, biodiversity, DNA barcoding, taxonomy

Key Concepts:

  • Mid-water ecosystem biodiversity
  • Distribution of mid-water animals
  • Ecology and adaptations of ocean invertebrates
  • Ocean biodiversity and its global importance
  • Technology used by marine invertebrate zoologists
Smithsonian Science How

My Nightstand

5 Objects that describe
Julius Ramsey

My Nightstand

5 objects that describe me.
Kyionna Medley

The Wilderness Road

In 1775, the now-legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap - a notch in the Appalachian Mountains located near the intersection of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee - through the interior of Kentucky and to the Ohio River.
Known as the Wilderness Road, the trail would serve as the pathway to the western United States for some 300,000 settlers over the next 35 years. Boone’s pioneering path led to the establishment of the first settlements in Kentucky, including Boonesboro, and to Kentucky’s admission to the Union as the 15th state in 1792.

Source: The Wilderness Road. A&E Network. 2010. Web. 2 Aug 2016.
Linda Muller

My Nightstand

5 objects that describe me.
Drekir Scott

Exploring Our Planet through Satellite Images

Resources supporting the March 2016 Google Hangout facilitated by the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in coordination with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, including a resource list compiled by Dr. Steven H. Williams, Chief of STEM Engagement at NASM.
Ashley Naranjo

Evolution of an Artist: William H. Johnson

The clippings, paintings, and other items here will all help you develop an understanding of William H. Johnson's life and growth as an artist. First, read the biography in the first resource. Then, try to order the remaining collection items from earliest to latest, using clues from the informational text and the style and subject of each work. Once finished, review the progression you have created. How would you describe the evolution of Johnson's art? Can you connect changes in his art to world or personal events?

tags: Harlem, Federal Art Project, sorting, folk art, African-American, painter

Kate Harris

Liquid Gold: The Discovery of Oil in Pennsylvania

Oil existed in shallow pools and was discovered both oozing from the soil and as a contaminent in salt wells.
Arthur Glaser

Dale's choices

Andale Dixon

New Deal Organizations: Relief, Recovery, or Reform?

For each of the images in the collection, determine which New Deal organization it is representing. Think about whether that organization is a good example of relief, recovery, or reform. Some images can be used in more than one way, so be prepared to defend and explain your answers to the class.
Kate Harris

Ray Charles

Ray Charles
Andale Dixon


Luis Echeverria

Pittsburgh at the 1893 Columbian Exposition

The first world's fair exhibited the latest advancements in technology, food production, and the arts. Pittsburgh was represented by Westinghouse, Heinz, Brashear, and Ferris.
Arthur Glaser

Expansion (1800-1860), Set 4

Set 4 of 4
Jeff Holliday

Expansion (1800-1860), Set 3

Set 3 of 4
Jeff Holliday

Garfield, Medicine and Germ Theory in the US

A collection to be paired with Destiny of the Republic. A book about the presidency/assassination of Garfield and the doctors who failed to save him.
Sara Benis

Women in the Supreme Court

Portraits and interviews

Lewis and Clark: an expedition across America

Who were Lewis and Clark? Where did they go? Why did they go? Who sent them? Who did they meet along the way? What dangers did they face? Did anyone help them?
This is a Collection of resources including images, videos, text, online exhibits, and a lesson plan that support Lewis and Clark's expedition across American in the early 1800s.

American Ingenuity, Innovation, and Enterprise: Opening Seminar Resources

This collection previews the opening panel of the 2016 Montgomery College / Smithsonian Institution Fellowship seminar series. Three Smithsonian staff members will speak at this event: Tricia Edwards of the National Museum of American History, Doug Herman of the National Museum of the American Indian, and Josh Bell of the National Museum of Natural History.

Included in this collection: presenter bios, presentation titles and descriptions, and resources chosen by presenters for attendees to explore before attending the session. These resources are not required readings - instead, they provide guiding questions and background information to help prepare for discussion the day of the seminar.


Tess Porter

Artful Thinking-American History

The students will examine various paintings by incorporating different thinking techniques to explore American History through art.
Jourdan Englert

African Masks

Kelly Heilman

Slave Resistance

This collection includes items representing various forms of slave resistance and rebellion. Students should determine what kind of actions are pictured in the case of each item and use them to create a robust definition of slave resistance.

Guiding Questions:
What does it mean to "resist" slavery?
How did white slave-owners respond to such actions?
Is maintaining a distinct cultural heritage a form of resistance? Why or why not?
How do religion, art, and music encourage resistance?
Kate Harris

Artful Thinking-American History

Utilizing Harvard University & Project Zero's "Making Thinking Visible" to explore American History through art.
Steven Hartnett
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