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You Might Remember This Movie Quiz Question #39

These still pictures remind me of a motion picture. Which one? Click on the question mark and take the quiz to see. Click each picture to enlarge.

Smithsonian Movie Quiz

Access Series: Fantastic Creatures

This topical collection of artworks is based upon "fantastical things." It 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. Other suggested uses beyond collage and discussion prompts would be a writing exercise, utilizing the "See|Think|Wonder" visible thinking routine. You could also pair the collection with popular young adult fantasy novels, and ancient myths and legends.

Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Self-Determination, Self-Efficacy, Student Empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program

Tracie Spinale


Images of Nevada and the Sierra Nevada.
Rosalind Bucy

What makes you say that?: Marian Anderson in Concert at the Lincoln Memorial

This collection uses the Harvard Project Zero Visible Thinking routine for interpretation with justification. This routine helps students describe what they see or know and asks them to build explanations. The strategy is paired with photographs from the National Museum of American History, an artwork from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and a video from the Smithsonian Music initiative, featuring a curator from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Using guided questions, students will look at a single event through multiple media formats.

Tags: William H. Johnson, Robert Scurlock, Marian Anderson, Easter 1939 concert, Lincoln Memorial

#visiblethinking #BecauseOfHerStory #SmithsonianMusic

Ashley Naranjo

Abstract Sculpture

For younger students, play an "I Spy" or sorting game with sculpture images. Attributes to look for:

  • Geometric shapes/forms
  • Biomorphic shapes/forms
  • Inside/outside sculptures
  • Sculptures that resemble animals or people
  • Sculptures that don't resemble anything
  • Big/little sculptures - explain how you decided this (scale in relation to its surroundings)

With older students, challenge them to construct a definition of abstraction based on what they observe in the sculptures.

Jean-Marie Galing

Color Series: Pink

This topical collection of the color pink is part of a color series and was originally used in a collage art activity (printed out; using paper, glue, and art materials) with a group of teens with cognitive disabilities during a summer camp program.

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

Tracie Spinale

Georgia O'Keeffe

Jean-Marie Galing

Beauty and Truth

The collection is an activity for students in which they interpret and assess a quote ( "Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all/ Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."-John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn) based on evidence from the pictures (and sometimes relevant information in the text with the resource) in the collection. There is no right answer and it is very much up to interpretation.
Goal: Students will be able to assess a claim and present their argument using evidence from visual media.

Note: Collection contains artistic nudity that may not be appropriate for all students. Teachers may wish to edit or remove certain resources.

Tags: beauty, truth, beautiful, art, culture, lie, elegant, elegance, deception, honesty
Jade Lintott

Animal Adaptations: Beaks

A collection focused on a variety of bird beaks and their functions: including Sharp Beaks, Flat Beaks, Conical Beaks, Chisel Beaks, Probing Beaks, Filter Beaks, Curved Beaks and Fishing Beaks.#ISTE2016
Cally Flickinger

Writing Inspiration: Using Art to Spark Narrative Story Elements

The Smithsonian museum collection inspires many to research the history behind artifacts, but this collection explores the use of art and artifacts to spark creative story writing. Students will choose artifacts to craft characters, a setting, and a plot conflict to create and write a narrative story.

Targeted Vocabulary: Narrative, protagonist , antagonist, character, character traits, setting, plot, climax, and conflict.

After reading and analyzing several narrative stories for story elements such as character, setting, plot, climax, and conflict, students will use this collection to begin planning their own narrative stories.
Individuals or partners will first view the portraits and discuss possible stories behind each face before choosing a protagonist, antagonist, and supporting characters. They may begin to discuss and imagine character traits for each subject.
Next, the student will select a landscape setting in which the story may take place. The writer will describe the landscape, imagine a time period, and name the location.
Finally, the student will either choose an action artifact around which to build a major plot event, or have that slide as a minor scene in their story.
Students may use the Question Formulation Technique to garner ideas for background stories behind the faces.
Once the story elements are in place, the students may begin to draft narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

With the artifacts selected as the major story elements, the students may begin crafting their narrative story. The artifacts can then be displayed as illustrations in the published narratives.
Susan Stokley

Space Food

Smithsonian activity/ workshop ISTE
Mandi Sonnenberg

Breakfast in space

Space Breakfast
Bre Griego

Space Food

Victoria Jasztal

Space Food

An Astronaut Lunch
Deborah Feigenson

Space Food - Pack my Lunch

These are five items that might be eaten when in space.
Kari Heitman

Space Food

What's for dinner? Explore these yummy dinner options for your next space flight.
Jodie Johnston

Space Food

Sundi Pierce

Space Lunch

Here's a yummy 1960's lunch!
Lisa Schott

Space Food

Astronaunts must have access to healthy foods when living in space. Study the images of space food. Think about which look the most like food on Earth. Which would you like to try?
Carly Lidvall

Space Lunch- WLos

Super Nutritious lunch for Space hopping.
Ken Wlos

Meals in Space

These are the things that I would eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in space!
Joseph Albert


Lunch...but perhaps not the most space.
Donna Baker

Space Food

This is my nutritious meal. I am building a space dinner.
Hannah Brooks

Space Food!

I'm hungry but I'm stuck in space!
Laine Eichenlaub
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