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Culture Lotto

Images to show when playing third grade Culture Lotto game.

Jean-Marie Galing

Visual Cues to Role and Rank in World Art

Throughout world history artists have used visual cues to communicate role and rank. As a cultural window, art shares insights in to the structure and beliefs of a society. Through compare and contrast questions students analyze the selected works to better understand artistic techniques as well as the cultural mores communicated through each work. This activity was developed at Discovering Korea's Past: Interdisciplinary Connections Summer institute for Educators held at the Freer/Sackler, summer 2018.

Kristen Morrison

Discovering Korea Through an Object

This collection was created as an introduction to Korea and its culture by focusing on one object in the Freer/Sackler Museum.  "Water dropper in the form of a duck." Interdisciplinary lesson for Media (information literacy, research skills), Art (calligraphy), and Music (children’s songs).  

Susan Schmidt

Discovering Four Asian Countries Through Celadon Ceramics

In this collection, beautiful celadon ceramic pieces are used to help students explore the art of Celadon. While learning more about the ceramics students will also
 explore the following things: kingdoms, personal objects of value, burial practices, cultural similarities and differences, religious and ceremonial pieces, political influence, kings and noble men,  dynasties, artistry, skilled craftsmanship, treasures, geography and the continent of Asia.

This collection is not comprehensive but hopefully will serve as a starting point to encourage students to research and study  more  about some aspect of Asian-related ceramics, arts, geography, history, cultures, customs or trade . Hopefully  it will encourage interest and value in  field trips to Museums such as the Smithsonian Freer Gallery, as well as short-term /long-term study abroad trips to Asian countries.

Eniola O

Korean Ceramics

This collection is for the introduction and exploration of Korean Culture. Ceramics, Birds, and Plants. Throughout the project students will research and  create Korean inspired pottery art. This collection is dedicated to the exploration of Korean Ewer's and Ceramics during the Goryeo Era (12-14 century). The collection starts off with brief discussion about Korea and its culture and then moves onto discuss the history of Korea Ewers and Ceramics. The students will then choose and research a Korean Bird and Flower that will become the design on their pinch pot they make the following week. The second week introduces students to the study of Korean Celadon Designs and Symbols especially birds and phoenixes they will then learn about clay and sculpting of a pinch pot. During the third week students will learn in depth about Celadon pottery and chose a shade of Celadon to paint their own piece of pottery. On the Last week students will review the scope of the project learn about inlaid designs and inlay their bird and flower design in black on their pottery. Lastly, students can then write a story about the transformation of their bird through good deeds into a phoenix. 

Caryn Michael

The Changing Image of American Classrooms

The artworks in this collection exemplify just how rapidly classrooms and their students have changed over the past century. What can we learn about the Civil Rights Movement and America's historical challenge of diversity? How might these works allow us to better understand ongoing societal issues in addition to the valuable roles teachers play? 

This Learning Lab collection is intended for a multi-day lesson plan for middle school students. A lesson based off of this collection could be begin with a discussion of the similarities and differences between schooling a century ago and classrooms today. Using a number of individual and group thinking routines, students could then begin to identify historical precedents of discrimination which have existed and/or continue to exist in the American educational system. A close reading of attached articles incorporated with additional thinking strategies would allow students to consider ongoing efforts of activism related to the classroom. 


Evan Binkley

The Art of American Industry

This collection explores the growth of American industry as seen through the lens of artistic production throughout the twentieth century. It can be paired with a multi-day lesson plan on American industrialization in a Social Studies, History, or Economics context. Students can begin to explore and understand the layered narratives and consequences involved within the rapid chances in mechanized American life. The lesson would begin with students examining the first row of resources to become acclimated to expansive impact of American industry. Students would then be able to use the Connect/Extend/Challenge thinking routine to examine how these fluctuations profoundly reformed societal, familial, and personal relationships. By considering multiple perspectives and outcomes, participants can begin to better identify their connection to broader industrial trends today. 


Evan Binkley

Summer Blockparty

This is  a collection about summertime fun, neighborhood comradery, backyard games, barbeque and block parties all to celebrate and connect with Smithsonian@8's Block Party!

Margaret O'Meara

Depictions of Water in American Impressionist Painting

This collection explores different water scenes painted by nineteenth and twentieth century American impressionists. It looks at both technical vocabulary for art, and Impressionism as a movement. It uses multiple mediums and explores different artists over the period.

This lesson aims to:

  • Introduce students to Impressionist techniques in art, we well as specifically introduce American Impressionist painting.
  • Encourage discussion of the representation of water in the context of the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition Water/Ways.
  • Teach some foundational artistic concepts and vocabulary at the intermediate level to students, including: basic color theory, brushwork, expression, and mood.

Students should be able to:

  • Describe visual elements of painting with specific vocabulary.
  • Compare multiple paintings and artists, in terms of specific visual elements.
  • Compare artwork based on the representation of a specific subject: water.
  • [Optional Activity] Reproduce at least one technique from the following categories: color and brushwork.  
Mary Byrne

Exploring Korean Art at the Freer|Sackler

This Learning Lab contains introductory materials to help educators explore Korean art from Freer|Sackler collections with students.  It includes the following:

  • a founding history of Korean art collections at the Freer|Sackler
  • an illustrated timeline of Korea
  • a map of major ceramic production sites in Korea
  • images and information regarding rare Buddhist paintings from the Goryeo dynasty (935-1392)
  • definitions and examples of selected clay, decoration, glaze, pigment, and symbol types in Korean art
  • Freer Gallery of Art audio tour selections of Korean art
  • curator videos from Discovering Korea's Past: Interdisciplinary Connections Summer Institute for Educators held at the Freer|Sackler, Summer 2018
  • related educator resources from other museums
  • teacher-created lessons and Learning Lab Collections from Discovering Korea's Past: Interdisciplinary Connections Summer Institute for Educators held at the Freer|Sackler, Summer 2018

Tags: Korea, Goryeo, archaeology, art, celadon, ceramics, painting, symbols, Buddhism

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Reading/ELA: Characters

Story Elements | Story Starters

Christina Ratatori

Reading/ELA: Setting

Christina Ratatori

Colonial America

Christina Ratatori


Christina Ratatori


early childhood
Christina Ratatori

Creative Writing

inspirational story starters/prompts

Christina Ratatori


early childhood 

Christina Ratatori

Main Street USA: Concept & Community

"In the United States, Main Street has always been two things—a place and an idea. As both, Main Street has embodied the contradictions of the country itself." - Miles Orvell

Conjuring images of simplicity, community, and harmony with the natural world, “Main Street” is a concept that continuously sparks the American imagination. Synonymous with small town America, popular depictions of Main Streets range from Disneyland’s Main Street USA, It’s A Wonderful Life’s Bedford Falls, to Norman Rockwell’s paintings. But is there a difference between the popularized concept of Main Street and the reality of today’s small town communities? How do people today experience their Main Streets, and do their experiences differ from each other?

In this collection, we’ll be exploring two central topics: Main Street as an IDEA, and Main Street as a PLACE. Students will be asked to analyze depictions of Main Street from art, literature, and historical documentation.

Kate Wilcox

Animal Masks

Inspiration for Storytelling

Students Create Original Stories that include DIY masks

Christina Ratatori

Culture Creation

Detailed showcase of Corporate America's constant creation, alteration, and recasting of cultural elements through advertisement, product details, and placement of their products in human elements such as film. Intended to question the negative connotation with both advertisement and corporate use of culture/humanity through example. Each element of this collection covers a different company approach to connecting their product to human ideals and/or directly incorporating their brand into the cultural sphere. Created within the Cooper Hewitt Scholars program.

Cooper Hewitt Design Scholars

Integration of Southeast Asians in Lowell MA

This is a collection of photos, websites and news articles reflecting the lives of some Southeast Asians who have settled in Lowell, Massachusetts.

#APA2018  #TCSLowell

Meg Chase

ACCESS SERIES | Galaxy Quest

IMPORTANT: Click on the "i" for information icon and the paperclip icons as you move through the collection.

Have you ever wondered what's going on out there in the universe? Would you like to discover exciting things about planets, stars, and galaxies? Today, we will go on a GALAXY QUEST to EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE!

RATIONALE | Digital technology has transformed how we explore the Universe. We now have the ability to peer into space right from our homes and laptop computers. Telescopes, photography, and spectroscopy remain the basic tools that scientists—astronomers and cosmologists—use to explore the universe, but digital light detectors and powerful computer processors have enhanced these tools. Observatories in space—like the Hubble Space Telescope—have shown us further into space then we have ever seen before.

EDUCATORS | For the LESSON PLAN of the original "Galaxy Quest" << CLICK HERE >>

Lesson Objectives:
1. Process and save at least one digital image of a galaxy or space image (with caption)
2. Create a three-dimensional astronomy sculpture (galaxy or other space body, space alien, plant, animal)
3. Create a digital astronomy sculpture (galaxy or other space body, space alien, plant, animal)
4. Visit the Explore the Universe exhibition at NASM and identify Hubble parts (mirror, lens, spectroscope)

Learning Objectives:
1.     What a galaxy is
2.     What a space telescope is
3.     Learn how to open an image on the computer and process it
4.     Socialize well in the museum setting

Tags: decision-making, self-determination, access, disability, accessibility, neurodiversity, special education, SPED, out of school learning, informal learning, cognitive, social skills, engagement, passion, creativity, empowerment, All Access Digital Arts Program 

Tracie Spinale

Smithsonian Smithereens: Our Better Angels

In a Smithsonian Smithereens, something at
the Smithsonian has been blown up . . .  Click.

Smithsonian Smithereens
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