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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Image Handouts

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Collection of images taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, formatted to be printed as a one page handout. Captions explain what is shown.

Season's Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art

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Online exhibition of handmade Christmas cards by more than thirty modern artists might prompt students' ideas.

An Exploration of Spanish Music and Dance Traditions

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Introduces history, traditions, and music of Spain. Students practice Flamenco dances, learn about Romani people,and sing children's/Christmas songs.

Ella Jenkins: A Life of Song

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Winter 2011: Jazz

The United We Stand Campaign

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Online exhibit examining the history and purpose of the July 1942 'United We Stand' magazine cover campaign. Authentic magazine covers, objects from the museum's collections, a timeline, and brief video news clips illustrate the collaboration between the Magazine Publishers of America and the US Treasury Department to help generate support for the war effort during World War II, the awards given by the United States flag association, and the history of the motto "United We Stand."

Darkroom Detectives

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Lesson uses analysis of two photographs of families who lived in sod houses to explore questions about life on the frontier. Shows how to use photographs to study history.

Anthropology Teaching Activities: Ethical Dilemmas

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Group discussion activity intended to introduce or conclude a unit on social change, culture conflict, technology, or anthropological theory and method. Includes case studies for students to discuss and references for further reading.

Astronomy Education Links and Resources

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Educational weblinks and resources relating to astrophysics. Sections include careers/internships, general education, K-8 education, 9-14 education, and teacher's resources.

Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment: A Study in Indian and White Ingenuity

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Website presenting the story of elaborate breastplates of long, light-colored, tubular beads worn by many prominent Plains Indian men. Tells the story of how, when, and where these picturesque ornaments originated and how the custom of wearing them was diffused widely among the Plains Indians and their neighbors has never been told.

African Art Museums

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List of museums in the United States with collections of African Art. Searchable by state.

Earth from Space

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Online exhibit looking at what we can learn about Earth from satellite imagery and how this technology is being applied. Includes guided questions about how satellite technology helps today.

Time and Navigation

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Online exhibition covering the history of navigation at sea, in the air, and in space, from Viking voyages to GPS. Includes an educators area, interviews with professional navigators, personal stories, historical timeline, and a multimedia gallery containing newsreels and film, artifacts, maps, photographs, documents, and illustrations.

Math and Measuring the Star-Spangled Banner

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Lesson has students visualize the area of the Star Spangled Banner by measuring pieces of string and attaching them to create an outline of the famous flag. Part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades k-2.

Every Tone A Testimony: An African American Aural History

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CD presents an aural history of African-American life and culture. Includes voices in music, oratory, poetry, and prose by African American musicians, writers, and activists. Includes 40-page booklet. CD available for purchase.

Music of Ghana: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Ghana's Independence

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Webpage discusses how Ghana's musical traditions remain intimately attached to the survival of communities. Video and audio clips demonstrate the ways that the music marks the cycles of life, animates religious rituals, and communicates social values.

Colors / Shapes / Lines: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

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A Project Zero "Artful Thinking" routine for exploring forms in an artwork. This routine helps students make detailed observations by drawing their attention to the forms in an artwork and giving them specific categories of things to look for. Uses the questions: “What colors do you see?”, “What shapes do you see?”, and “What lines do you see?”

COLORS / SHAPES / LINES

A routine for exploring forms in an artwork

1. What colors do you see?

2. What shapes do you see?

3. What lines do you see?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

The routine helps students make detailed observations by drawing their attention to the forms in an artwork –its formal aspects–and giving them specific categories of things to look for.

Application: When and where can it be used?

The routine can be used with any kind of visual art. It can also be used with other visually rich images or objects.

Launch: What are some tips for starting and using this routine?

Ask students to look at the artwork or object for a moment before asking them the questions in the routine. Like the Looking: Ten Times Two routine, students can use the routine on its own, or prior to having a discussion about an artwork with another routine. It is especially useful before a writing activity because it helps students develop descriptive language.

America in the Great War

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Section of the online exhibit West Point in the Making of America focused on the involvement of West Point graduates in the U.S. war effort during World War I. Although the United States remained neutral for most of the war, American involvement eventually proved decisive in ending the conflict. Through the use of brief biographies and objects from the museum's collections,l learn how West Point graduates helped to mobilize the country for war and supply and lead the army in the field.

The Rainforest

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Ecology-based teaching kit provides a unique look at a popular subject. Through Lynne Cherry's The Great Kapok Tree, children explore artists' perspectives on the rainforest by investigating their works. Lesson plans include language, science, music, and motor activities as well as extensive art enrichment. Based on the philosophy and approach of the Smithsonian's museum lab school.

Explore Smithsonian: How Do Astronomers See the Invisible Parts of the Universe?

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Learn how scientists at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory use the Chandra X-ray Observatory to see the invisible parts of the universe. 

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: Turning Dreams into Reality (1984-85)

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The issue takes students on a guided tour of the invention process, from dreams to the reality. It includes a 'pull-out page' detailing the early history of the photograph.

Can You Kolo? Songs and Dances from Old Yugoslavia

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Analyze Serbian and Croatian folk music, focusing on the tamburitza, frula, and accordion. Students also learn two important Serbian traditional dances, kolos.

Valerie June plays Lead Belly's 'Goodnight Irene'

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Valerie June interprets "Irene (Goodnight, Irene)," one of Lead Belly's signature songs, prior to the Lead Belly at 125 all-star tribute concert at the Kennedy Center in April 2015.

The Folkways Collection - Episode 8: Woody Guthrie

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An original folk hero, Woody Guthrie transformed the folk ballad into a vehicle for social protest. Guthrie wrote literally hundreds of songs, many of them now revered classics, including the unofficial anthem “This Land Is Your Land.” He was also a major influence on music superstars such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Moses Asch, who recorded much of Guthrie's material, thought of Woody as nothing less than a full-blown genius. Program eight is devoted to a portrait of this giant in American folk music.
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