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Environmental Dilemma Part I

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Teacher-created lesson in which students devise a plan or create an invention to combat global warming.

Sound Sessions Radio - Joe Hickerson

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Joe Hickerson, folk singer, folklorist, archivist, and librarian, joins fellow-archivist Jeff Place and host Sam Litzinger for an animated discussion of folk music collecting, the Library of Congress archives, and the story behind Where Have All the Flowers Gone? the song he co-wrote with Pete Seeger. Hickerson was the Librarian and Director of the Archive of Folk Song/Culture at the Library of Congress from 1963 to 1998 and currently writes the column “Song Finder” for Sing Out! Magazine.

Lyndon Johnson's Legacy

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Lesson plan has students analyze phases of Lyndon Johnson's career and assess his legacy. They create a collage that reflects their assessment and provides supporting arguments.

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente

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Website tracing Roberto Clemente's extraordinary life and career through interactive games, lesson plans, and film clips. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Braiding Rhythms: The Role of Bell Patterns in West African and Afro-Caribbean Music

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Students will listen to music from Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba, and Puerto Rico to learn how this polyrhythmic tradition followed Africans to the Caribbean as a result of the transatlantic slave trade. Students will learn the rumba clave pattern, cascara pattern, and a 6/8 bell pattern. All rhythms will be accompanied by a two-step dance pattern.

The Seldom Scene members Ben Eldridge & Tom Gray on Learning to Play

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Bluegrass legends The Seldom Scene reunited with former members to create the Smithsonian Folkways album Long Time... Seldom Scene. Here, original members Ben Eldridge and Tom Gray swap stories of their childhoods and beyond with Smithsonian Folkways producer Pete Reiniger.

Interactive Gettysburg Address

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Interactive version of the Gettysburg address features zooming in on the document, clicking on highlighted passages for contextual information, and listening to actor Liam Neeson read it. Transcripts available in English and Spanish. Part of the online exhibit The Gettysburg Address.

Writing the Kindergarten Constitution

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Teacher-created lesson in which kindergarteners vote on the best solution to a class problem.

Devi: The Great Goddess

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Six aspects of the Indian contemporary and historical worship of Devi. Includes activities for children.

La India Canela at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Merengue Típico)

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La India Canela is a much revered accordianist of Dominican merengue típico. Here she performs at the 2009 Festival.

Sounds to Grow On - Struggle and Protest (Program #24)

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Moses Asch was a steadfast and passionate advocate for underdogs who spoke up for themselves. He cared deeply about unions, civil rights, fights for freedom, and fights against oppression. On this show, his son Michael Asch explores the catalogue looking for songs that exemplify this commitment. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

Resources for Teaching American History: Civil Rights

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Multimedia site includes teacher-selected primary sources, a video on Medgar Evers, elementary-school lessons on Rosa Parks and desegregation, and Advanced Placement DBQs on Brown v. Board of Education.

Marilyn Monroe, Korea, 1954

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Website presents a series of newly discovered color photographs of Marilyn Monroe by amateur photographer David Geary that suggest how Monroe was viewed by everyday people.

Essential Science for Teachers

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Online courses designed to help K-6 teachers gain an understanding of some of the bedrock science concepts they need to teach today's standards-based curricula. The series of courses includes Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical Science.

Multicultural Childrens Songs

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Compilation of 23 tracks by Ella Jenkins. Focuses on multicultural themes. Booklet includes lyrics, a discography, and notes written by the performer.

El Coquí

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Puerto Rican culture is a representation of the diverse heritages of three cultural groups: Taíno Indians, Africans, and Spaniards. In this lesson, students will learn about the indigenous people of Puerto Rico, the Taíno Indians, and their influence on Puerto Rican culture.

"Tears for Kientepoos" by Mary Youngblood at the 1998 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Achugash Aleut and Seminole, Mary Youngblood was raised in Seattle and now lives in Sacramento, California. She is active in the American Indian community there, working with the Urban Indian Health Project and the American Indian Women's Talking Circle. Trained in guitar, piano, voice, and flute, she is also a songwriter and poet; music has played a pivotal role in her life. She began playing the Plains–style cedar and redwood flute in 1993, taking up an instrument played until the last several years primarily by men. Here she performs "Tears for Kientepoos" at a 1998 concert honoring American Indian women.

Anthropology Teacher Resources

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A list of free teacher resources put out by the NMNH Department of Anthropology. Includes issues of Anthronotes (publication for educators), leaflets, bibliographies, and teacher packets on a variety of topics within anthropology.

Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

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Website that introduces an indigenous American art form. Includes audio samples of the work discussed, from ragtime to modern.

African Voices

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Website exploring the diversity and global influence of African culture. Includes interactive historical timeline from pre-history to the present, an exploration of overarching themes, highlighted African art, interviews with modern Africans, a bibliography, and interactive maps.

Smithsonian Bicycle Collection

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Image gallery and additional information about the bicycles in the Smithsonian collection. This page is included in the online exhibit, America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.

West Point in the Making of America Homepage

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Online exhibit about the lives of selected West Point graduates who attended the school between 1802 and 1918. West point recently celebrated 200 years of producing leaders for the U. S. Army, but also for American science, education, engineering, exploration, public works, business, manufacturing, communications, and transportation. Learn about the U.S. army's major functions in the 19th and early 20th centuries: building the nation's infrastructure of roads, bridges, canals, and railroads; exploring its territories from the Mississippi to the Pacific; and fighting its wars.

Panda Cut Out Mask

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Cut-out panda mask for children.

Booming Out

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Small photographic exhibition portraying the history and contemporary lives of Mohawk ironworkers, who have worked on practically all of New York City's major construction projects.
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