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New Tribe New York

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New Tribe New York is an exhibition featuring Native artists who work in New York City, home to the largest concentration of Native Americans in the US. These artists provide an essay, statement, and gallery of their work.

Resources for Teaching American History: Transportation

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The multimedia site includes teacher-selected primary sources, a video on Amelia Earhart, and an Advanced Placement DBQ on the development of the Interstate Highway System.

Five Communities Change a Nation- Lesson

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Lesson plan has students research segregation in five communities across America that gained national attention and came to be the five court cases that made up Brown v. Board of Education. Students will identify, discuss, compare, and contrast the factors in each community that led community members to challenge segregation and then create a radio broadcast highlighting essential information about each case. Targets grades 7-12.

Microbiology Design Challenge

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a product that would help make clean drinking water available in the developing world.

New York City Delights: The Taxi Cab (9-12)

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Activity in which students learn about the role of taxis in New York City life by conducting collaborative research to learn about the history of taxis, investigating New York City destinations, and more.

Labor's Troubador: Joe Glazer and Collector Records

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Video and audio clips introduce the music of the American labor movement. Glazer and others perform songs of protest.

Conceptual Change: How New Ideas Take Root

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Conceptual Change: How New Ideas Take Root — explores the ways students learn and develop new conceptual understandings, and shows how student misconceptions can be uncovered and addressed as a part of effective learning.

Out of This World

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Online exhibition of works from the museum's collection of space-related paintings and artful photographs. It is divided into four parts: the beginning of spaceflight in 1957, the moon landing in 1969, the first images of the 'whole Earth' from space in 1972, and the photographing of our home galaxy in 1992.

Arts and Crafts of the Northwest Coast Indians and the Eskimos

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Bibliography lists references on Eskimo and Northwest Coast Indian arts and crafts.

Logo Design Basics: Your Name Here

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Teacher-created lesson in which students use font, color, and image choices to design two logos: one that represents an aspect of their personality and another that represents their interests.

Artful Cooking

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Teaching kit using Maurice Sendak's Chicken Soup with Rice as a starting point in a conversation about the diversity of food. Connects art reproductions (e.g., Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol) to simple objects like chopsticks and a soup spoon. Lesson plans feature language, science, music, and motor activities, as well as art enrichment. Based on the philosophy and approach of the Smithsonian's museum lab school. Purchase required.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 28 - “Folk Heroes... Human and Otherwise”

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Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee, and Sonny Terry sing the praises of larger-than-life mythic characters like John Henry and Joe Turner. And we enjoy some distant sounds from Paraguay, Indonesia, and Gambia.

Sounds to Grow On - Bluegrass (Program #6)

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This hour features bluegrass music on Folkways Records. Bluegrass is a style developed mostly in Appalachia that combines the music of Scots-Irish, African-American, jazz and blues. Michael presents a personal journey, choosing from those performances he considers 'classic.' Performers include Bill Monroe, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, Roger Sprung, The Country Gentlemen, The Lily Brothers, Eric Weisberg, Ralph Rinzler and Mike Seeger. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

Chandra Coloring and Activity Book

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Online coloring and activity book featuring images, games, and word puzzles based on observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory mission.

Artemio Posades Jiménez Discusses Son Huasteco Music

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Soaring, florid poetry memorializing the longing, pleasure, and pain of love, delivered in song with equally soaring high falsetto breaks, marks the classic style of the son huasteco, music created by rural people of the northeastern region of Mexico known as La Huasteca. The son huasteco is typically performed by three musicians on violin and huapangueraand jarana guitars. The music has a vigorous and marked rhythmic sound and is often accompanied by social dancing. Watch Artemio Posades Jiménez, lyricist and dancer with Los Camperos de Valles, demonstrate the dance forms associated with son huasteco music.

A Guide to the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music

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Summer 2015: UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music

Separate and Unequal Education-Lesson

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Lesson plan identifying the purpose and importance of education in American society and why African Americans chose to challenge segregated education in their quest for equality. Students will discuss the purpose and requirements for education, compare black and white schools using photographs from the time period, and examine the concept of integration when applied to issues of education and multiculturalism.

The Energy-Efficient Chemical House

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"Teacher-created lesson in which students design a house with efficient heating and cooling. They use their knowledge of conduction, convection, and radiation in the design."

Art to Zoo: Africa Behind and Beyond the Headlines (1980)

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Lesson plan introducing students to the interplay between environment and traditional culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Students learn about the significance of African masks and create their own masks.

Indigenous Motivations

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Art show that reveals how Native artists continue to be influenced by tradition, innovation, and art - translating traditional themes into modern terms through many artistic mediums. Focuses on recent acquisitions to the collection. Includes quotes by artists and an extensive image collection.

Art to Zoo: Nineteenth-Century Family Portraits: Looking into Home, Sweet Home (1988)

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Lesson plan in which students analyze portraits for an idea of the family structure that was changing with industrialization, urbanization, immigrations, and other trends.

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.

Mbiras, Marimbas, and You: Zimbabwean Music for the General Music Classroom

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Lesson in which students learn to play and compose music for the African mbira. They also look at the historical uses of the instrument. Includes notations and historical background.

Tom Wisner Interview about Recording with Folkways

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Tom Wisner told this story about the music he created while living and working on the Chesapeake Bay. He also related some unusual advice he received from the founder of Folkways Records, Moses Asch.
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