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Design a Better Classroom Workplace

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Teacher-created math lesson in which students find a more efficient arrangement for their classroom. They use area formulas to identify any problems with the existing arrangement. They use volume formulas to design a solution.

The Life Album Project: Who I Am Through Music and Visual Art

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Teacher-created lesson in which students examine CDs to see how words, images, and sound fit together in a marketing piece.

Leveraging for a Better Lunch Line Experience

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In this lesson plan, students consider how to solve the problem of delays in the school cafeteria line. They work in groups to test, evaluate, and refine ideas for an improved flow.

Artificial Anatomy: Collection

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Online gallery of more than30 papier-mache anatomical models of humans, animals, and plants from the museums Artificial Anatomy Collection. Targets grades 6-12.

Caribbean Beats and Blends

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Learn about Caribbean peoples, languages, geographies, and values by singing and playing instruments to Caribbean music. There is a particular focus on Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, and St. Lucia.

Forces of Flight Learning Lab

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Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center celebrating a century of flight and invention through hands-on history activities and laboratory investigations by students.

Performing Ethiopia: Playing, Singing and Improvising Music from the Abyssian Kingdom

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Lesson that introduces students to the history and culture of Ethopia through its traditional music. Concludes with an arrangement and composition exercise.

The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Interactive Timeline

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Interactive timeline of the history and culture of Puerto Rico illustrated by drawings, artifacts, and pictures.

Celebrating Trinidadian Steelband Music!

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Through photos, recordings, videos, and playing instruments, students will explore the steel band tradition of Trinidad and Tobago. In the first two segments, they will learn and demonstrate understanding of the basic aspects of steel band music, culture, and history. In the third segment, students will play in this style on their own string instruments.

Limits of Presidential Power

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Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden addressing the limits of presidential power. Explore the importance of the system of checks and balances, Congress, the Supreme Court, impeachment, public opinion and the press in restricting the powers of the president. Targets grades 6-12.

Thailand: Songs for Life

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The piece “Man and Buffalo (Kon Gap Kwai)” by Caravan was instrumental in affecting governmental and social change in Thailand. Musical study of the song lends itself to discussions of form, performances of ostinati and accompaniment, and improvisation of a pentatonic song/solo.

Defining the Presidency

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Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden focused on the origins of the American presidency. Learn about the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the election of our first president, George Washington, who established the roles, traditions and expectations for future presidents. Targets grades 6-12.

Life and Death in the White House

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Section of the online exhibit The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden examining the realities of life for the president of the United States. Learn about the public, private, and official uses of the White House; the death of presidents; and life after office. Targets grades 6-12.

Vocal Elysia in Indonesia

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This unit focuses on a selection of vocal music from Indonesia and asks students to explore the ways in the vocal music expresses culture. In doing so, this unit focuses on an Indonesian lullaby, a Sikka work song, and Kecak vocal orchestra.

The Birth of an Icon: Learning and Performing the Origins of the Drum Set and Early Jazz Drumming in New Orleans, Louisiana

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This lesson provides an introduction to drum set history and teaches students to perform preliminary New Orleans brass band and early jazz drumming rhythms.

Artificial Anatomy: Preservation

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Online exhibit highlighting the methods of preservation used in restoring the museum's papier-mache collection. Covers the necessity for preservation, examination methods used, and preservation techniques. Also useful for the study of anatomy. Targets grades 6-12.

Belly Dance, USA: Music, Movement, and Arab-American Communities

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This lesson examines belly dance music, performed by Lebanese-American musician George Abdo, an example of music in Arab American communities during the 1970s. Students will learn about Middle Eastern music, its transformations in the United States, and basic forms of belly dance movement.

Jíbaro to the Bone! Puerto Rican Music for the Classroom

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This lesson is intended to develop musical and literary skills using jíbaro music from Puerto Rico. In a series of three lessons, students will learn typical instrumentation and forms, augment their vocabulary, and listen to the lyrics in jíbaroas a means of understanding modern Puerto Rican culture.

Roll It! Creating an Entrance Ramp

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design an entrance ramp for their school. They draw on prior knowledge of geometry and trigonometry.

Community Centered Neighborhood Development

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Teacher-created lesson in which students use the design process to find if there are alternatives to suburban sprawl.

All the World Is a Stage Design

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Teacher-created lesson in which high-schoolers work as a class to design a stage setting and props. Intended for a Tet celebration, it can be adapted to occasion or any production.

The Jefferson Desk

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Lesson examining the desk on which Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Students will examine the artifact on their own, hear the views of curators and historians, then complete a virtual exhibit activity. Part of the resource, 'The Object of History.'

Bluegrass Music: Chopping and Singing Songs of Sorrow

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This lesson is intended to introduce students to the style and feel of American bluegrass music. Students will be introduced to bluegrass music through exercises that emphasize important components of the genre, including feel, form, and common themes.

Hypothetical Heights

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Teacher-created lesson in city planning that begins with a question: 'What would it take for you to come back and live in your neighborhood after graduation?'
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