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Cindy Whitehead’s GN4LW Skateboard - Conversation Kit Resources

A skateboarding pioneer, Cindy Whitehead turned pro at seventeen, skating both pool and half-pipe and becoming one of the top-ranked vert skaters while competing against the boys—something girls were not doing in the mid-1970s. But Whitehead had no choice but to wear boys’ shorts when competing; there were no skate products for girls in the 1970s.

She changed that in 2013 with her girl-empowered brand Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word (GN4LW). Whitehead is especially supportive of young female skaters through the GN4LW skate team and products which are geared towards women and girls.  

Whitehead’s signature phrase printed in gold on many of the GN4LW products personifies her independent spirit, "Live life balls to the wall. Do epic sh*t. Take every dare that comes your way. You can sleep when you’re dead." 

This Learning Lab collection contains artifacts and resources that support the Conversation Kit on Cindy Whitehead's GN4LW Skateboard as part of the Smithsonian's American Women's History Initiative. #BecauseOfHerStory

National Museum of American History

Ciphers and Codes

Throughout all of history, ciphers and secret codes were devised to keep intelligence from falling into the wrong hands. From the WWII German "Enigma" machine to America's Cherokee Code Talkers, people used ciphers and codes to safeguard secrets. One of my favorite mysterious artworks is the sculpture Antipodes, outside of the Hirshhorn Museum. No one knows what it means, and its companion piece Kryptos sits outside at Langley. I was inspired to create this collection because a parent wrote to us asking what kinds of spy or secret code summer camps were available at the Smithsonian. Before passing them along to the International Spy Museum, I wondered what kind of topical collection I could create in SLL. It turns out, there's a lot of material culture associated with codes and coding, so these are some of my favorite objects and videos in our Smithsonian collections.

Tracie Spinale

Circles of Fun: Hula Hooping

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 hula hoops. 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 Oprah (the reader), read articles about hula hoop history, and watch hoop dances performed by native people. 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

Circular Objects

Circular objects for viewing and inspiration

Heather Hammond



Civics Unit: Preamble

This introductory lesson of a civics unit is specially designed for middle school students with language-based learning disabilities. The lesson is focused on the Preamble to the United States Constitution using as a resource the piece of art entitled The Preamble, by Mike Wilkins, who used license plates from every state and the District of Columbia to write out the words of the Preamble phonetically. Vocabulary exercises and suggested extension activities are included.

Bruce Miller

Civil Disobedience

This is a topical collection on the concept of civil disobedience. Users are invited to explore the theme of civil disobedience through texts from Sophocles, Shelley, and Thoreau and a variety of images.

Questions to consider:

-Does civil disobedience pose a threat to society?

-What examples of civil disobedience are portrayed here? What are some other examples?

-What is the role of civil disobedience in today's society?

-Some people prefer the phrase "passive resistance" to "civil disobedience." Compare and contrast these two terms.

-How does one measure the success of an act of civil disobedience? Policy change? Public influence?

-What role does violence play in civil disobedience?

Tags: King, Gandhi, protest, Birmingham, Greensboro, suffrage, Boston Tea Party, Antigone, Masque of Anarchy, Tambo, nun, Randolph, civil rights, Mexican-American War, Goldman

Kate Harris

Civil Liberties

Kris Hupp

civil right movements

Savana Huehn

savana Huehn

civil rights

kane mcluckie

Civil Rights

Drew Hammill

Civil Rights


Kylie Syska

civil rights

Andale Dixon

Civil Rights

Amanda Doleman

Civil Rights

Civil Rights Images and Videos for Elementary Age Students

Elise Kohan

Civil Rights

Images from the Civil Rights Movement

Jarvis Slacks

Civil Rights

This collection of artifacts and images represent visual evidence of the struggle for Civil Rights and include images from the March on Washington in August of 1963.


Civil Rights

This Collection is a brief look at violence during the Civil Rights Movement.

Damon Thomas

Civil Rights

The Chicano movement was started during the civil rights era where many great civil rights activist emerged.

Andres Ascencio Mackthon

Civil Rights

Muriel Marquet

civil rights


Jack Lacher

civil rights

bryson mizia

Civil Rights (8th Grade)

Jaclyn Maldonado

Civil rights act of 1964

This collection is about the Civil rights act of 1964, what led up to it and the outcomes which took place.
Eden Bruce
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