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A Shape-Note Singing Lesson

Shape-note singing is a tradition that began in the American South as a simple way to teach the reading of music to congregations. Each note head has a distinctive, easy-to-remember shape. What a great way, then, to introduce the reading of music to children!

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, "A Shape-Note Singing Lesson," you'll find a lesson plan and a background essay. Click the PDF icon to see the issue. Click the last box for audio samples of shape-note hymns from the Smithsonian Folkways archives.

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Family Pride

This collection contains resources – photographs, paintings, objects, documents, and more – representing familial ideas and themes that a student could be proud of. This collection is part of an activity for Tween Tribune tied to a student reading of the article For Nearly 150 Years, This One House Told a Novel Story About the African-American Experience. A lesson plan is included in "Notes to Other Users," click on the (i) tab in the upper-right to learn more.

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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: "Lewis and Clark and the Language of Discovery"

Lesson plans in this issue focus on Lewis and Clark as keepers of journals. Click on the PDF icon to download. Please also see an interactive map on the site "Lewis & Clark as Naturalists" from the National Museum of Natural History.

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Perspectives on a Place: New York City

This collection contains artworks showing distinctive perspectives on a place: New York City.

Possible activities:

  • Have students look through resources in this collection to identify as many different perspectives as they can.
  • Choose two or three for a focused comparison and contrast activity.
  • Have students create their own artistic representation of a place they know using these works as inspiration.

Adapt this collection, or create your own "Perspectives on a Place" collection and share it with us! Write to us on Twitter @SmithsonianLab. We created this for the NAEA national convention: #NAEA2017

Remember, you can add to your collections annotations such as hotspots or quiz questions . You can upload student work in your version.


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Tomorrow's Forecast: Oceans and Weather (1995)

This 1995 issue of Art to Zoo includes printable maps and classroom/take-home activities. Students learn how ocean currents influence weather patterns and climate. They conduct an experiment on the differing heat capacities of water and air, and find and label port cities around the globe. Below are some of the port cities represented in artworks from Smithsonian galleries.

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Memorials: Art for Remembering

This 1995 issue of From Art to Zoo looks at the ways people have been honored with memorials. Students create their own memorial after examining examples in their own community and around the world. Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Native American Dolls

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine handcrafted dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian. They draw connections between these objects and Native cultures, communities, and environments.

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Stories of the Wrights' Flight

This issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom brings historiography to bear on the history of aviation. Students compare firsthand accounts of the Wright brothers' first flights on December 17, 1903, with secondary sources, including a newspaper story that appeared the next day. Included is a graphic organizer.

Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Portraits, Visual and Written

Lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the lives and works of Louisa May Alcott and Samuel Clemens through portraits as well as through their writings. Students come away with a better understanding of how the events of one's life can be an inspiration for creative writing.

Click on the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Letters from the Japanese American Internment

The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom are based on letters from young people in an Arizona internment camp to a children's librarian in their hometown of San Diego. Students piece together a story by comparing the primary-source documents. The exercise might help to show that history is never a single story.

Click on the PDF icon to download. Please also see lesson plans on the site "A More Perfect Union" from the National Museum of American History.

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Final Farewells: Signing a Yearbook on the Eve of the Civil War

In this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom, students examine farewell messages written in an 1860 Rutgers College yearbook. The yearbook's owner was a southerner at a northern college--a Texan who would die for the Confederacy. On close study, the messages from his northern classmates reveal much about the complexities of this "brother's war."

Click the PDF icons to download the issue and additional materials. Take a look at two other yearbooks here for a comparison of yearbook styles through the years.

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Nineteenth-Century Family Portraits: Looking into Home, Sweet Home

In a lesson plan in this 1986 issue of Art to Zoo, students analyze portraits for an idea of the family structure that was changing with industrialization, urbanization, immigrations, and other trends. Click the PDF icon to see the issue.

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Highlights Collection: Skyscraper Design

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Move over, steel: The high rises of tomorrow are "plyscrapers." Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here


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Highlights Collection: Traditional Dance Videos

This is a Smithsonian Learning Lab topical collection, which contains images, text, and other multimedia resources that may complement the Tween Tribune feature, Misty Copeland is bringing "Ballet Across America." Use these resources to introduce or augment your study of this topic. If you want to personalize this collection by changing or adding content, click the Sign Up link above to create a free account.  If you are already logged in, click the copy button to initiate your own version. Learn more here

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Resources

These classroom resources from different Smithsonian museums focus on Asian Pacific American history and culture. 

Philippa Rappoport
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Benefits and Challenges of the Industrial Revolution

This is a collection of images that represent the different aspects, issues, events, and people of the Industrial Age (1870-1910), including urbanization, immigration, working conditions, growth of industries, and technological innovations.

Melanie Kirchhof
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African American History Month Resources

These classroom resources from different Smithsonian museums focus on African American history and culture. 



Tag: black history 

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Great Explorations: To the Ends of the Earth and Beyond

A lesson plan in this 1994 issue of Art to Zoo looks at the many different kinds of exploration, including explorations of space. The focus is on the travels of such travel celebrities as Lewis and Clark, Christopher Columbus, Cortes, Charles Darwin, and the Vikings. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Of Kayaks and Ulus: The Bering Sea Eskimo Collection of Edward W. Nelson

In the activities in this 1981 issue  of Art to Zoo, students examine a collection of Alaskan Eskimo artifacts given to the Smithsonian by ethnographer Edward W. Nelson, "the man who collected worthless things." Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Spring at the Smithsonian (An Incipient Case of Puppetmania)

This 1979 issue of Art to Zoo demonstrates that the ancient art of puppetry can be an effective means of integrating creative activities—writing, acting, crafts—with the traditional core of studies. Click the PDF icon to download.

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A Ticket to Philly - In 1769: Thinking About Cities, Then and Now

This 1990 issue of Art to Zoo asks students to “visit” eighteenth century Philadelphia and to think about communities as “organisms.” Includes a map and a “step-by-step” guide of the sights of old Philadelphia. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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House Keys

In this 1991 issue of Art to Zoo, students learn that history can be found by looking at the various architectural styles and features found in their community. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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Beyond the Frame: Using Art as a Basis for Interdisciplinary Learning

In this set of lesson plans, students look for meanings behind artworks in the Smithsonian collections. Click the PDF icon to download.

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Africa Behind and Beyond the Headlines

A lesson plan in this 1980 issue of Art to Zoo introduces students to the interplay between environment and traditional culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Students learn about the significance of African masks and create their own masks. Click the PDF icon to download the issue.

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