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Paper Recycling Program

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a campaign to get a recycling message out to the whole school.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 15

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The barrelhouse blues of Little Brother Montgomery, Roscoe Holcomb unleashes his 'untamed sense of control,' Malian rappers launch a lyrical assault on music piracy, we remember Odetta, the “Voice of the Civil Rights Movement” and listen back to the radio documentary work of the late great Studs Terkel.

Devi: The Great Goddess

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Website looking at six aspects of the Indian Goddess Devi. These six aspects are the different forms she takes and the functions these forms have. Includes information on the contemporary and historical worship of Devi, activities for children and families, and a list of resources on South Asian arts and cultures.

"Cupido" by Tereso Vega and Quetzal Flores at 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Jarocho musician Tereso Vega from Xalapa, Mexico improvises lyrics to "Cupido" accompanied by Chicano musician Quetzal Flores on jarana at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The Fall Garden

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Teacher-created lesson in which young children plan and plant a late-year garden to beautify their play space.

Exploring Solar Energy: The Science Behind Design

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Lesson about energy-related problems and design solutions in which students investigate the sources and properties of energy, conduct Internet research, and create a workshop for their classmates.

Latino Chicago: Music and the Community

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This webpage features recordings of the music of Latin American communities in Chicago. Contextual information accompanies the selections. Includes movie clips of live performances.

"Sleep Eye" by Elizabeth Mitchell from Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie

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"The rhythm of this song is perfect for bouncing a baby on your shoulder and lulling them to sleep. Thank you, Woody!" - Elizabeth Mitchell

Immigration, Migration, and How We Got There - Electronic Field Trip Part 1

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Video taking students on an electronic field trip to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Curators take students through the America on the Move exhibit on transportation in U.S. history. Examine the impact of immigration and migration and the influence of various forms of transportation on American history.

Plant a Seed

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Activity guide related to First Lady Claudia 'Lady Bird' Johnson's request to students that they plant a seed and track its growth. Includes tips for investigating native species, instructions on how to start a container garden, a worksheet for tracking your plant's growth, and background information on Lady Bird's environmental activism. Part of the resource 'First Lady for the Environment.'

Mushrooms Can Save the World

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Teacher-created lessons in which students consider solutions to environmental problems based on the role of fungi in ecosystems.

Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science

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Online exhibition focusing on Ethiopian Orthodox Church icons.

World War II Overview: North Atlantic and North Africa

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This video, an overview of the Allied efforts in the North Atlantic and North Africa, was compiled from original video footage to accompany The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with 'The Soldiers Experience' lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.

Introduction to Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

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Take a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the new box set with Smithsonian Folkways archivist and producer Jeff Place.

Artificial Anatomy: History

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Online exhibit exploring the history of papier-mache, comparative anatomy, and methods of learning anatomy in the 20th century. Targets grades 6-12.

The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: A Bibliography

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Bibliography related to the online exhibit Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz. Includes books about the music and culture of Cuba, salsa, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Latin and Caribbean music, and lesson plans that are part of the online exhibit.

Dread History: The African Diaspora, Ethiopianism, and Rastafari

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Discusses nationhood and pan-Africanism in the African Diaspora. Part of the Migrations in History online resource. Includes essay, glossary, image gallery, suggested further reading.

Family Camping

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Online exhibit exploring the growing popularity of family camping and auto camping in the 1930s. As more and more Americans enjoyed paid vacations and access to automobiles, many families purchased or made house trailers. This is the twelfth section of the online exhibit America on the Move.

One Life: Ronald Reagan

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Online exhibition in which photographs and artwork illustrate steps on a long life's journey: from sportscaster to movie star to governor to president; from union leader to corporate spokesman; from FDR liberal to Goldwater conservative; from fierce cold warrior to disarmament proponent.

Step Inside: Perceive, Know About, Care About: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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A "Visible Thinking" routine for getting inside viewpoints from Project Zero. It helps students to explore different perspectives and viewpoints as they try to imagine things, events, problems or issues differently. Uses three core questions to guide students: "What can the person or thing perceive?", "What might the person or thing know about or believe?", and "What might the person or thing care about?".

STEP INSIDE: PERCEIVE, KNOW ABOUT, CARE ABOUT

A routine for getting inside viewpoints

Three core questions guide students in this routine:

1. What can the person or thing perceive?

2. What might the person or thing know about or believe?

3. What might the person or thing care about?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This routine helps students to explore different perspectives and viewpoints as they try to imagine things, events, problems, or issues differently. In some cases this can lead to a more creative understanding of what is being studied. For instance, imagining oneself as the numerator in a fraction. In other settings, exploring different viewpoints can open up possibilities for further creative exploration. For example, following this activity a student might write a poem from the perspective of a soldier's sword left on the battlefield.

Application: When and where can it be used?

This routine asks students to step inside the role of a character or object--from a picture they are looking at, a story they have read, an element in a work of art, an historical event being discussed, and so on--and to imagine themselves inside that point of view. Students are asked to then speak or write from that chosen point of view. This routine works well when you want students to open up their thinking and look at things differently. It can be used as an initial kind of problem solving brainstorm that open ups a topic, issue, or item. It can also be used to help make abstract concepts, pictures, or events come more to life for students.

Launch: What are some tips for starting and using the routine?

In getting started with the routine the teacher might invite students to look at an image and ask them to generate a list of the various perspectives or points of view embodied in that picture. Students then choose a particular point of view to embody or talk from, saying what they perceive, know about, and care about. Sometimes students might state their perspective before talking. Other times, they may not and then the class could guess which perspective they are speaking from.

In their speaking and writing, students may well go beyond these starter questions. Encourage them to take on the character of the thing they have chosen and talk about what they are experiencing. Students can improvise a brief spoken or written monologue, taking on this point of view, or students can work in pairs with each student asking questions that help their partner stay in character and draw out his or her point of view.

Forces of Flight Learning Lab

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Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center introducing students to the four basic principles of flight - weight, lift, thrust, and drag. Includes hands-on activities.

Life in a WWII Japanese American Internment Camp Homepage

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Parent's guide to help teach their children about the lives of Japanese American children who were forced to leave their homes and move to internment camps during World War II. Includes hands-on activities, pertinent websites, and a list of recommended readings.

Material and Symbol: The Lincoln-Keckley Dress

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Lessons examining the Lincoln-Keckley dress as an object with multiple symbolic meanings. Three lesson plans focus on the multiple meanings of the dress, the evolving role of the first lady, and the advent of mass media. Includes annotated links to other online resources related to slavery, abolition, gender, and consumption in the mid-nineteenth century.

Evaluating Historical Sources�_�From Smithson to Smithsonian Classroom Activities

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Lesson plan has students identify methods historians use to study the past and learn the relative strengths of a variety of primary source materials. Includes student worksheets, teacher resource pages, and suggested further reading.
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