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Wheels and Axles

Objectives:

  • Identify the shape of a wheel
  • Experiment with differently shaped wheels   
  • Learn that wheels and axles help heavy things move 
Meredith Osborne
5
 

Libraries From Your Couch

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring libraries. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a free Brainpop video about research as well as listen to the read aloud Library Lion. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers
36
 

Sharks: Friend or Foe?

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring Sharks. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a free Brainpop video about sharks, read articles about sharks, and listen to the read aloud Clark the Shark. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers
30
 

New Almaden quicksilver mine

This collection is a resource for those interested in the history and science of mercury mining at New Almaden quicksilver mine. (more to come)

Daniel LaFlash
10
 

Industry, Technology, and Progress in the 19th Century

Integrating portraiture can be a great way to activate what students have learned about a person, an event, or a moment in time. This collection explores the second industrial revolution (circa 1865-1915) which brought forth new ideas for manufacturing and technology. Below is a brief snapshot of the businesspeople and thought leaders who shaped the economy and redefined economic and social class conditions in the mid-late 19th century. 

Guiding questions:

Who are the notable businesspeople and inventors of the second industrial revolution?

How did the second industrial revolution pave the way for entrepreneurs in the early 20th century?

What were some of the socio-economic impacts of the second industrial revolution? 


#NPGTeach 

Ashleigh Coren
38
 

Circular Objects

Circular objects for viewing and inspiration

Heather Hammond
15
 

Haitian Art: Drapo

Shiny flags decorated with sequins, traditionally used in the Vodou religion in Haiti
Eduardo Adam-Rabel
1
 

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: Who are we as a people?

Who are we as a people?  

This collections contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

National Museum of American History
19
 

Visualizing Democracy

This Learning Lab complements the National Portrait Gallery's student program, Visualizing Democracy. 

Students will visualize democracy from the colonial era to the 21st century by analyzing portraits of major figures who played a critical role—as government officials, engaged citizens, or both—in creating a democratic society for the United States. Students will investigate how portraiture can convey democratic ideals and how, as a cultural institution housed in a historic building, the National Portrait Gallery has been and continues to be relevant to American democracy.

#NPGteach


Kita McCord
19
 

Bats: One Magnificent Mammal

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring my favorite animal, bats. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a free Brainpop video about bats, read articles about bats, and listen to the read aloud Stellaluna. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers
29
 

Virtual Tours

A tour of six different ecosystems.

Randi Miller
3
 

Benefits of Soil

Soils are living, breathing, changing natural systems that form the basis for all land ecosystems—forests, deserts, wetland, tundra, etc.—and that enter into our daily lives in amazing ways.  This multi-step activity explores what is in our soils. You’ll have a chance to get your hands dirty through environmental awareness.
Randi Miller
9
 

Seeds and Seedlings

Intro to study of Plant Growth

Randi Miller
12
 

Design Storytelling: Creating Narratives around Design Objects

Try something new with us. Selecting from the objects in this collection, pulled from current Cooper Hewitt exhibitions Contemporary Muslim Fashions and Willi Smith: Street Couture, craft a narrative, real (researched) or imagined. Think of it as a creative exercise using creatively-designed objects. 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
25
 

Art as Argument: Dust Bowl to Climate Change

How have American artists used visuals to bring attention to the pressing issues of their time? Compare and contrast a 1930s painting about the Dust Bowl with one addressing climate change made seventy years later, interpreting them in context to discover continuity and change over time. 

Possible thinking questions for students to use with one or both paintings:

  • Are these artworks primary sources? Does your answer depend on the context in which they are used?
  • What is "truthful" about these artworks? How might we use other sources to corroborate or check their truthfulness?
  • What do you think are the most effective media for making a compelling argument? Why? Student might consider speeches, photographs, newspaper op-eds, data visualizations like charts and graphs, videos/films, music, and visual art.

Resources compiled for a March 2020 National Council for History Education (NCHE) conference session.

Phoebe Hillemann
11
 

Prototyping: Making and Exploration

In this collection, explore prototyping. Here, you'll find examples of prototypes from the Cooper Hewitt collection and a prototyping activity to do at home or in the classroom.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
25
 

The American Story - Thankgiving, Pocahontas, Little Bighorn

Resources to virtually accompany "Telling the American Story", an exhibit of the Museum of the American Indian. Three events are explored: the first Thankgiving, Pocahantas, and the Battle of Little Big Horn.

#TUTEACH

Carey Churchill
10
 

Flying Trapeze

  • Learn that trapeze artists had to be very precise with their timing
  • Experiment with motion and pendulums
Meredith Osborne
3
 

The Great Inca Civilization

This collection gathers teaching resources on Inca architecture and civilization.

#TUTeach

jwaggo1
27
 

Solar System Resources

#Tuteach

Nicole Pender
14
 

Fascinating Wampanoag Artifacts

A collection of interesting artifacts from the Wampanoag culture aligned with the 4th grade Social Studies curriculum. #TUTeach

Dominic Orino
11
 

Child Labor

Preview these images of child labor from the Smithsonian Library. What do you notice?  What do you wonder?

Linda Wenzel
30
 

Quick Tips for Teachers

"Quick Tips: Resources for Teachers” is a series of short videos providing down-to-earth advice and instructional tips to teachers of STC™, our signature science curriculum. Each “Quick Tip” offers practical suggestions by experienced teachers for handling materials or managing classrooms in science investigations.
Smithsonian Science Education Center
14
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