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Living Fossils of the Deep, an Expedition to the Bahamian Seafloor

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Website for an undersea expedition that advances our understanding of the ocean and its animals. Includes photo gallery of sea creatures, biographies of the biologists, descriptions of the technology and tools, and information pages on the Bahamas and silt snails.

Ancient Mesopotamian Problems: Modern-Day Solutions

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Teacher-created lesson in which high-schoolers lend a hand to the seminal civilization by applying modern technology and engineering.

Squirrelly Behavior

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Lesson in which students do the work of zoologists. As they study the behavior of neighborhood squirrels, they learn to identify a research question, develop a testable hypothesis, design a study, follow a scientific protocol, and analyze data. Printable worksheets and online videos are included.

Arts of the Islamic World Teacher's Guide

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This downloadable guide introduces the Islamic world through art. Includes an overview of Islamic beliefs and holidays; and a look at the art of calligraphy, architectural objects, and everyday objects of trade and culture. Includes lesson plans by grade level and suggestions for additional resources.

Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective

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Online exhibit presenting the first historical survey of the work of photographer Philippe Halsman's sparkling portraits of celebrities, intellectuals, and politicians. Recounts his career with a chronology and selected works.

Picturing Hemingway: A Writer in His Times

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Online exhibition extensively retelling the narrative of Ernest Hemingway's life, with pictures and branching links throughout.

Unauthorized Portraits: The Drawings of Edward Sorel

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Online exhibit showing a collection of Edward Sorel's satirical illustrations along with a biography of his life and career.

1812: A Nation Emerges

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Online exhibition on an epic scale. Portraits and biographies of the war's leading players (and the leading opponents of the war) add up to a complex national portrait. The cast includes former president Thomas Jefferson, future presidents Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison, Shawnee leader Tecumseh, first lady of first ladies Dolley Madison, and the pirate Jean Laffite.

1812 Lesson Plans

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Four lessons in which students use critical thinking skills to examine, analyze, and compare/contrast artworks to better understand the events of the War of 1812. Lessons include a historical research project that has students create a textbook entry to demonstrate their understanding.

Blue Crab Online Resource

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Website for educators covers many aspects of the blue crab's life in Chesapeake Bay: anatomy, food web, life cycle, current research, migration, molting, and mating. Includes student handouts (PDF).

Art to Zoo: Stories from the Deep (1977)

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This magazine-format issue of Art to Zoo includes ideas for teaching about mollusks, a brief history of the Smithsonian, and tips for gathering historical information from gravestones.

Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Revolutionary Money

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Students examine paper money from the colonial and revolutionary periods to gather primary source information about the times.

Art to Zoo: Stamps as Storytellers?and the Story of Stamps (1980)

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This issue demonstrates the ways that stamps can add a new level of interest to curriculum-based lessons. The lesson plan focuses on stamps that tell the story of westward movement in the United States.

Something to Chew On

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Downloadable PDF activity sheet. Children play a maze game and solve a rhyming word puzzle as they get to know three creatures who have reigned at the top of the ocean's food chain.

Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery

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Online exhibition showcasing masterpieces of 20th-century portraiture from the National Portrait Gallery's drawing collections. Discusses the evolving themes, nature, and relevance of portraiture.

Art to Zoo: House Keys (1981)

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Online issue that introduces educators and students to history that can be found by looking at the various architectural styles and features found in their community.

Here's Looking at You, Squid

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Downloadable activity sheet with fun facts on the giant squid and a drawing exercise.

In Search of the Giant Squid

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Website exploring and interpreting the mystery, beauty, and complexity of giant squids. Includes images from gallery installation, myths about squids, general information about squids, and links to other resources.

The World of Edith Wharton

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Website presenting the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edith Wharton (1862-1937), punctuated with pictures from the National Portrait Gallery.

Art to Zoo: Ethnic Folklore in Your Classroom: Traditions, Tales, and Treasures from Tijuana to Timbuktu (1984)

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Online issue encouraging educators and students to embrace diversity in cultural heritage. Includes instructions on how to put on a folklife or cultural heritage festival in the classroom.

Design Your Perfect Career

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Teacher-created lesson in which students choose possible careers by using the design process.

Where Have You Been, Where Are You Going?

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Downloadable activity page. Students list the states they've visited and the modes of transportation that brought them there.

Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries

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Online exhibit describing the age of discovery and highlighting Portuguese conquests and trade agreements on the Indian Ocean and in Africa, China, Japan, and Brazil. The Portuguese voyages of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led to the first real interaction amongst the world's peoples, creating an unprecedented interchange of knowledge, techniques, imagery, and ideas which inspired the creation of great works of art.

Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey

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Online exhibit explaining the cultural significance of fabric and clothing for the Ottoman rulers (1281-1924). Includes pictures of the robes, information on Ottoman style, the social significance of the robes and contexts where they would be worn, and many links to sites about the Ottoman Empire.
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