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Wild Animal Science

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In this lesson plan, students investigate the relationships between animal characteristics and environment. They go on to 'invent' a new animal.

Whose Shoes?

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Activity exploring the meaning of objects. Students conduct research on the history of shoes and write an imaginary story about a pair of shoes.

Who owns music?

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The ownership of music is a legal question, but also an ethical and even philosophical question, which Smithsonian Folkways Recordings must wrestle with as it gathers the music of cultures around the world. In this webinar, Folkways' D. A. Sonneborn tells stories of the music makers he's met�_�including truck drivers in Ghana playing on hubcaps, air pumps, and their trucks' horns�_�in a session that considers the idea of ownership in its largest sense.

Who Was James Smithson? From Smithson to Smithsonian Classroom Activities

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Lesson plan. Learn of the circumstances surrounding James Smithson's generous gift to the United States and examine primary source materials from Smithson's life. Includes printable resources for student activities.

Who Stole the Teepee?

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Image gallery shows ways in which Native culture has been transformed by tourism, the realities of reservation life, and the missionary schools that attempted to 'civilize' Native children. Also discussed are the realities of contemporary Native life, far removed from the popular conceptions. Tension between maintaining traditions and the demands of an ever changing world are explored.

Who Represents You?

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Lesson has students gather data from three websites about the people that live in your home state and those who represent you in Congress. An online tool makes comparing this information easy. Part of the resource 'Winning the Vote for Women.' Targets grades 1-4.

Whistler's Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London

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Online exhibit that features a Victorian street map of Chelsea, an area said to be "owned" by James McNeill Whistler because of his many paintings and etchings of its steet scenes. Those scenes can be viewed by clicking on the map.

Where's Everyone Going?

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Interactive game asking players to match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods. This game is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.

Where Is the Science?: Design as an Introduction to the Scientific Method

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Activity in which students learn the steps of the scientific method through the process of design.

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.

When the Rain Sings

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Lesson plan suggesting ways to incorporate the book When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans in language arts studies. The poems (in the form of dialogues between objects, photographs, and the written word) demonstrate the importance of imagery in storytelling. Students may examine thematic connections or respond with creative writing exercises.

When It Rains, It Pours: Sounds of a Tropical Rain Forest in America and the Birth of the Science Series

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Fall/Winter 2012: Sounds and Soundscapes

When Getting There Is More Than Half the Battle

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Lesson plan in which students explore transportation problems and design solutions around the globe. They work in small groups and conduct surveys to create a final presentation.

Wheelies!

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design wheels for a coaster car. They investigate characteristics of motion and friction in order to create a specialized wheel for a given terrain (e.g., linoleum, corrugated cardboard, smooth stones).

What’s the “Matter” with Cells and Atoms?

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What’s the “Matter” with Cells and Atoms?  — investigates the difficulties students have with applying ideas about matter consistently and appropriately across the life and physical sciences, and with interpreting and relating different representations of microscopic structures.

Whatever Happened to Polio?: Activities

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Three activities: an interactive game, Got Ramps?; an animation illustrating the lifecycle of the polio virus; and a downloable coloring sheet from the online exhibit Whatever Happened to Polio?. Got Ramps? illustrates changes in architectural barriers between 1955 and 2005 before and after the Architectural Barriers Act (1968) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) which made doing everyday activities, like mailing a letter at the post office, more accessible.

Whatever Happened to Polio? Homepage

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Online exhibit using images, artifacts, oral histories, and interactive resources to tell the story of the polio epidemics in the United States and the struggle to find a vaccination to prevent them. The exhibition is divided into four parts covering the effects of polio on communities, families and medicine; the social, scientific and medical legacies of the disease; how the virus works and how a vaccine was developed; and the state of the global campaign to eradicate polio today.

What's the Best Design to Float Your Boat?

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a cargo vessel and then construct a model of it. They consider matters of mass, displacement, and buoyancy.

What's in a Name? Designing Personal Identity

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Teacher-created lesson in which teens research the etymologies of their names and then make those names "look more like them" by designing personal logos.

What's for Lunch? Outreach Program, Grade 3

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Classroom program where students learn how scientists study omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores. Students collect data on teeth from skulls of endangered species studied by National Zoo scientists, develop a hypothesis about what each animal might eat and why, and then check their conclusions. For Grade 3. Advanced booking and fee required.

What's Tops at the Udvar-Hazy Center?

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With this self-guided tour of the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center (Reston, VA), children are encouraged to vote for their favorite aircraft and spacecraft. Includes a gallery map.

What's Tops at the National Air and Space Museum?

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Self-guided tour of the National Air and Space Museum, exploring four aircraft and two spacecraft and encouraging students to vote for their favorite at the visit's conclusion. Includes gallery map.

What does clothing communicate?

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Webinar looking at clothing, community, and self-expression. From sorority colors to religious garb to everyday clothes, our dress and style is a representation of our community, our values, and ourselves. Clothing is often used to show faith, to mark a rite of passage, or to indicate inclusion in a group. Drawing on her research into African American communities in seven cities, Diana N'Diaye asks: 'How do we define and express our community through the clothing we wear?'

What do modern animal bones tell us about biodiversity?

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Webinar in which Briana Pobiner of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program discusses her research on modern animal bones in a Kenyan game conservancy. The work is not only helping us to understand current biodiversity and predation pressure, it is also a key to understanding these conditions millions of years ago.
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