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Science and the Artist's Book

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Exhibit exploring links between scientific and artistic creativity through the book format. Showcases artist's books inspired by landmark works of science. Provides insights into the creative side of scientific research. Organized by scientific field.

Surface Beauty: American Arts and Freer's Aesthetic Vision

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Teacher's guide with background information on the American Renaissance during the Gilded Age (1870-1900) and student activities. Students focus on two paintings by the American artist Thomas Wilmer Dewing, exploring how Dewing's paintings express his unique aesthetic vision as they also embody the late nineteenth-century idea of the American Renaissance.

Clues Within These Walls

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Online exhibit focusing on the methods historians and curators used to learn about a historical house in Massachusetts. Shows how to use primary source documents, photographs, and architectural clues to learn about the history of a house and its occupants.

The Shape of Cities: Exploring Geometry in the Real World

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Activity providing students with real-world examples of a variety of geometric shapes and asking them to conduct research, record observations, write descriptions and eventually construct a classroom cityscape.

"Through the Bottom of the Glass" by The Seldom Scene from Long Time…Seldom Scene

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Current and former members gather to celebrate the upcoming album "Long Time…Seldom Scene" available in 2014 on Smithsonian Folkways.

Mike Seeger Discusses Early Southern Guitar Styles

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More about Mike Seeger, American Folk Revivalist and Historian

Musica Jibara

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Música jíbara comes from the mountain regions of Puerto Rico. The style is rooted in music brought to the island by early settlers from Andalusia and Extremadura in southern and western Spain during the 17th century. Through its dynamic sense of poetry and the use of age-old instruments, música jíbara evokes a traditional Spanish heritage. The Puerto Rican group Ecos de Borinquen was founded in 1978 to bring the traditional sounds of jíbaro's past into the present. Their song "El Cuatro" references the importance of the cuatro, an instrument unique to música jíbara and Puerto Rico.

Two Perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn and Greasy Grass

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Lesson plan has students analyze historical perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass, also known as 'Custer's Last Stand.' Students will interpret primary sources, develop critical thinking questions about the perspectives represented in the sources, and synthesize the data into a single version of the battle's history. Targets grades 6-9.

Making School a Better Place

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Unit of teacher-created writing and speaking lessons in which students identify problems at school and choose one problem that they might solve.

A History of the War of 1812 and The Star-Spangled Banner

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Lesson on the often-forgotten War of 1812. Using this activity, students will be able to cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and place the creation of the Star Spangled Banner in a chronological framework. Includes background, vocabulary, discussion questions, and extension activities. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.

Mali Empire and Djene Figures

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Curriculum resource, developed for use in the classroom, that examines the history, art, and culture of the ancient Mali Empire. Provides suggestions for integrated classroom activities to accompany the material.

Del Corazon! Latino Voices in American Art

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Online exhibition using photographs, videos, and other resources to reveal Latino artists, their works, and how they express universal cultural experiences. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Nile Notes of a Howadji: American Travelers in Egypt

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Online exhibition that brings together selected travel accounts by Americans who visited Egypt in the nineteenth century. Many of the volumes, or their authors, have special associations with the Smithsonian. Additionally, a sampling of guidebooks and handbooks to Egyptian antiquities are presented. Includes traveler accounts, timeline of explorations, and guidebook samples.

The Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland

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“The Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland,” produced for Maryland Traditions and WYPR-FM by Shane Carpenter. Photos and video by Shane Carpenter. Audio by Clifford R. Murphy. Editing by Al R. Morgan. Narration by Aaron Henkin. Courtesy of Maryland Traditions/Maryland State Arts Council

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 23

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The late great Piedmont blues singer and guitar master John Cephas, New Orleans' ebullient chanteuse Lizzie Miles, slave shouts from Georgia’s McIntosh County Shouters, rock music from Indonesia and Vodou music from Port au Prince.

Trees of the Smithsonian

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Lesson plans. Students use critical thinking to practice using dichotamous keys, think about famous trees as symbols, and engage with the scientific method.

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Resources

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Webpage offers teacher resources developed by the Smithsonian's museum lab school. Includes articles, lesson plans, and podcasts.

Chips and Salsa: A Taste of Mariachi Music for the High School Orchestra

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Through this set of lesson segments, students will engage with the mariachi music of Mexico through discussing audio and video clips, listening to individual instruments within the ensemble and imitating them by ear, and through playing an arranged mariachi piece.

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

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Teacher's guide offering background information on the Wampanoag Indians of New England. Activities encourage students to explore the themes of environment, community, and 'encounters' to better understand the American Indian's role in the Thanksgiving holiday.

Slates, Sliderules and Software: Teaching Math in America

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Online exhibit focusing on the history of mathematics education in America. Beginning with the advent of public education in the early nineteenth century and ending in the modern Information Age, advances in technology and changes in education theory have affected math education.

Hypothetical Heights

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Teacher-created lesson in city planning that begins with a question: 'What would it take for you to come back and live in your neighborhood after graduation?'

Making and Breaking the GRID

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This graphic design lesson explores the importance of grid patterns in everyday life. Students organize information and draw conclusions about the importance of patterns in society.

When Getting There Is More Than Half the Battle

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Lesson plan in which students explore transportation problems and design solutions around the globe. They work in small groups and conduct surveys to create a final presentation.

Celebrate Cambodia: Khmer Festival and Wedding Music

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Lessons that introduce two contrasting examples of the music of the Khmer people. Students participate in active listening, discussions of cultural context, and performance of ostinati and pentatonic melodies.
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