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My Smithsonian Closet

You could be exceptionally well-dressed if the Smithsonian were your closet.
Kate Harris

Monkeys Grasp for the Moon: Zoom In

Use this collection to browse various views of the Monkeys Grasp for the Moon sculpture at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. See what languages are represented in the work of art.

Freer and Sackler Galleries

DCPS Digital Extensions: Monuments in Washington, D.C.

This Learning Lab collection is to support student learning in monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.

National Museum of American History

DCPS Digital Extensions: United States Symbols

This Learning Lab collection is to support student learning in United States symbols.

National Museum of American History

DCPS Digital Extension: John Brown

In October 1859, John Brown and a group of armed resistors descended on Harper's Ferry, West Virginia to take control of the armory. An abolitionist, he hoped local enslaved peoples would join the raid, use the weapons, and use them in the struggle to end of slavery. How should we remember him and his actions? What is John Brown's legacy? The video clips, cultural resources, and art in this collection will help you extend your learning. 

National Museum of American History

Design It Yourself: Design A Vehicle

Follow along to design a paper 3-dimensional model of a vehicle. 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cottle Ranch During World War II

This collection will take you into the lives of those who worked and lived at Cottle Ranch during the World War II.

Daniel LaFlash

Climate Change

How Carbon Affects Earth

Sowbhagyalakshmi Areke

DCPS Digital Extensions: Framers of the Constitution

This Learning Lab collection is to support student learning about the framers of the United States Constitution.

National Museum of American History

EVs and Climate Change

A simple image that encompasses a deeper meaning. Plug-in electric vehicles (also known as electric cars or EVs) can help keep our city clean. Research has shown that EVs produce fewer emissions that contribute to climate change and smog than conventional vehicles.

Sowbhagyalakshmi Areke

Plastic Pollution & Coral Reefs: A Calamity of Global Proportions

This collection was designed to provide students with an independent learning experience on the relationship between coral reefs and plastic pollution.  Students are presented with the following challenge: 

"You are part of a team that is trying to protect corals from plastic pollution. Billions of plastic items are trapped in coral reefs, and experts predict that number will increase by 40 percent by 2025. It is your goal to identify solutions to this global problem."

Students will use Project Zero Thinking Routines to examine various sources before they create a research-based proposal that addresses solutions to this issue.

Global Competency Connection:

  • Students will “investigate the world” as they explore the importance of coral reefs and the threat of plastics.   
  • This project will allow students to “communicate their ideas” in writing as they design a proposal to "take action" on these issues of global significance. 

Using the Collection

A detailed description of learning activities can be found by clicking the information icon on each resource.  Additionally, notes regarding the use of each Project Zero Thinking Routine are documented as annotations within each individual Thinking Routine tile and provide specific instructions on how align these routines with this collection. 

A handout that students can use to document their thinking can be found here. Note: This handout contains questions specific to Washington, DC, but can be modified to suit any location. 

#ProjectZero #EnvironmentalScience

Aleah Myers

Dance Dance Revolution

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring damce. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a free Brainpop video about dance, watch different dances around the world, and try some GoNoodle dances. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers

Robot Inspiration

Check out these cool robots!  Some might be familiar or what you might expect a robot to look like... but some are quite unique!   Your challenge is to design yourself as a robot that is truly one of a kind! Imagine that you are on a journey to find other robot friends!   Use whatever art materials or found objects you have at home to create your robot and friends!  You can draw, paint, build, or even collage your robot.  Try to add a background setting to make it more interesting and help tell your story. 

Precious Crabtree

Spacesuits: Working Under Pressure

A collection of articles, images and videos about the function and necessary components of a spacesuit.


Virginia Miller

Heat Shields - Keeping It Cool

This collection explores the function and chemistry of heat shields on spacecraft and their evolution over the years.


Virginia Miller

Rocket Chemistry: A Ride to Space

This collection explores the rockets NASA used during the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, as well as some novel designs and propellants for use in future rocket systems.


Virginia Miller

The Chemistry of Spacesuit Materials

This collection explores the different textiles, along with their chemical compositions, used in the construction of Apollo-era spacesuits.


Virginia Miller

Subject: People with dolls


This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection.

Keywords: girls, dolls, Christmas gift

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NMAH Photographic History Collection

Great Chicago Fire

Have fun learning about the Great Chicago Fire!

Christina Wilson

Subject: American Presidents and Vice Presidents


This is an assortment of photographs from the Photographic History Collection of American Presidents and Vice Presidents

Please note, some of these photographs have copyright assignments.

Keywords: POTUS, President of the United States, president at rest, president at work, Oval Office, White House, press conference, president at play

Presidents:  Ulysses S. Grant, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon B. Johnson, William McKinley, Franklin Pierce

Vice Presidents: Dick Cheney, Spiro Agnew, Al Gore, Hannibal Hamlin

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Circus and Carnival


This collection is a sampling of photographs from the Photographic History Collection of circuses, circus performers, carnivals, the midway, circus animals, carnival workers and games.

Sally Bordwell photographed the carnival in 1970s and Dawn Rogala photographed traveling circuses in the 1990s. 

See for additional images.

The Circus Collection includes the Photographic History Collection’s object holdings related to the history of circus from the end of the nineteenth to the turn of the twenty-first century. For the purpose of this finding aid, circus is defined as any activity relating to the staging and viewing of circus, sideshow, or “freak show” performances. The collection is primarily composed of thirty cabinet print and thirteen carte-de-visite photographs of performers in circus “freak shows.” Some of these prints are marked with the identities of the individuals depicted, including Chang and Eng, Siamese twins employed by the Barnum & Bailey circus and Tom Thumb, a famous performer with dwarfism. In a number of the photographs, the people who performed for the circus are accompanied by their families, or “normal” individuals to emphasize the distinctiveness of the performer. The collection also includes a photo album with twenty-three photographs of circus performers. These pictures show “freak show” performers, acrobats, and other individuals who may have performed in circus shows.

The collection also includes several books. In the handmade book, Record of an Idle Summer, Florence Albrecht details her summer activities and shares reflections on her time on the Jersey Shore in 1906. In the chapter “May,” the author describes the circus coming to town, including several photographs of circus tents, elephants, and a parade down the main street of the town. P.T. Barnum’s autobiography Struggles and Triumphs also exists in the Photographic History Collection. In the book, Barnum recounts his life’s endeavors, including his New York American Museum and eponymous circus. While there are no photographs in the book, there are a number of illustrations, including a portrait of P.T. Barnum based on G. K. Warren’s photograph, pictures of his museum and various aspects of his traveling show. There is a collection of gelatin silver photographs made in 1972 by Lesley Sussmann and Sally Bordwell documenting carnivals across the American South.

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Natural Designs: Alaska Native Clothing

Coming soon! Preview:

Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center in Alaska

Castle Tour

Building a collection to share with Castle visitors who either take a tour or just express interest in Smithsonian/Castle history.
Michael Rubin

Access Series: People, Friends, and Family--Together and Alone

This topical collection of people—together in groups with friends or families (mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother, and grandfather); different genders, ages, and ethnicities, and "selfies"—was originally used in a collage art activity (printed out; using paper, glue, and art materials); and as a discussion prompt in an informal learning activity with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program. Use the visible thinking routine, "See|Think|Wonder" as a starting point for the writing prompt, and the images for inspiration.

Tags: decision-making, self-determination, student empowerment, disability, All Access Digital Arts Program

Tracie Spinale
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