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Chandra X-ray Observatory Photo Album

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Collection of images observed in X-ray light by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Includes black holes, active galaxies, supernovas, neutron stars, etc.

Islands of Song: Music of the Bahamas

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Audio and visual recordings explore the history and cultural significance of Bahamian music

Paredon Records: Activist Songs and Speeches from 1970-1985

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Webpage documents Barbara Dane and Irwin Silber's mission to promote social and political activism through Paredon Records. Listen to music and spoken-word recordings as you learn about the role of music in political activism in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 33 - “Ready, Aim, Fire”

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For better or for worse, we live in a world stocked with guns, and whatever your opinion on the issue, there’s a song to match. Calypso master Mighty Sparrow sings of Trinidadian gun smugglers and Kentucky songster George Davis sings about staring down the barrel at a shotgun wedding plus more.

Picturing Business in America: Hedcuts in The Wall Street Journal

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Online exhibition exploring The Wall Street Journal's distinctive portrait heads, known as "hedcuts" or "dot-drawings,' that have attained the status of an American icon, readily identifiable with the business publication.

Sant Ocean Hall for Educators

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This webpage includes web-based student activities and lesson plans that accompany studies of the ocean its ecosystems. Find resources on coral reefs, scientific research, whales, and jellyfish.

Sharecropper’s Troubadour: Songs of Solidarity in Hard Times

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Summer/Fall 2014: Labor

Design as a Tool for Community Action

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In this two-week summer academy/interdisciplinary unit, students apply design solution to problems within their community. Students use the five stages of design to identify and solve any problems they find in their community. Along the way, students learn creative problem solving, critical evaluation, persuasive speaking, and the importance of community action as they go from identify and creating solutions to actually trying to implement and sell those solutions to community decision makers.

Designing a Real Life Ecosystem

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Lesson examines ecosystems and the niche organisms play within them by having students research the niche, habitat, competitors and other means of survival for a chosen animal. Then, using a 20-gallon aquarium, they build a model ecosystem for their animal and track its progress for one week.

Just for Kids

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Webpage just for children. Includes jigsaw puzzles, how animals are named, a virtual world tour, and links to the Zoo's other kid-friendly websites.

American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources

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A catalog of web links to Smithsonian educational sites related to Native Americans.

The Brass Letters of Citizenship: Lincoln, African Americans and Military Service

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Panel discussion about the issue of military segregation, specifically the African American military experience in the Civil War and the mid-19th century. The issue is brought into a modern context by comparing arguments surrounding the racial makeup of the military during the Civil War with arguments surrounding the 'don't ask, don't tell policy.'

A Streetcar City

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Online exhibit exploring the impact of streetcars on American life. Electric streetcar (trolley) systems made it easy to travel greater distances to work, shop, and socialize, creating new trolley suburbs. This is the fourth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.

Find Grace's Family

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Lesson has students analyze a primary source document, young Grace Bedell's letter to Abraham Lincoln, to look for hints about Grace and her family. They will then draw a picture of Grace's family based on the information they found. Part of the resource 'A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.'

Educational Activities for Antonio: 25 Years of Creative Collaboration

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Educational activities related to online exhibit of works by two fashion illustrators.

Looking at Learning...Again, Part 2

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Eight-part video workshop engaging teachers in a discussion of existing theories about how children learn, their own beliefs, and how these different theories might influence their classroom practice.

Musical Labor Performed in Northwest Tanzania

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The farmers of the Banunguli farming group from Kisessa village near Mwanza, Tanzania, build tie ridges—raised earthen mounds into which the cotton seeds are planted. The accompanying kadete (one-string fiddle) player regulates the pace of the workers and spurs them on with his sung words of encouragement.

Marcos Hernandex Rosales Demonstrates Huapanguera

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Mexico's son huasteco music is characterized by its three instruments and falsetto vocal techniques. The huapangueraor guitarra quinta, a deep-bodied guitar with five courses of strings, provides the lower sound that serves as the rhythmic foundation. On top of the huapanguera is the jarana huasteca, a smaller instrument with five strings. Soaring above the interplay of the rhythm section is the unmistakable sound of the Huastecan-style violin, which is responsible for the melody. The seemingly impossible high falsetto voice lends the son huasteco its most distinctive sound and feel.

Pakarena (Indonesian Court Dance) Performance

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Pakarena is a traditional court dance of the Makassar region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. In the 20th century, the dance moved out of the court to became a popular form of entertainment. It is now still occasionally performed at a variety of ceremonies including marriages, curing rituals, and circumcisions. In pakarena, energetic, even frenetic drumming accompanies the extremely slow and graceful dance movements of young women. In this pakarena, two-headed drums (gandrang) and a double-reed oboe (puik-puik) accompany two dancers.

Parts, Purposes, Complexities: Project Zero Agency by Design Thinking Routine

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A Project Zero "Agency by Design" thinking routine for looking closely. This routine helps students slow down and make careful, detailed observations by encouraging them to look beyond the obvious features of an object or system. Uses questions, such as, “What are its parts?”, “What are its purposes?”, and “What are its complexities?”

PARTS, PURPOSES, COMPLEXITIES

A routine for looking closely

Choose an object or system and ask:

1. What are its parts? [What are its various pieces or components?]

2. What are its purposes? [What are the purposes of each of these parts?]

3. What are its complexities? [How is it complicated in its parts and purposes, the relationship between the two, or in other ways?]

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This thinking routine helps students slow down and make careful, detailed observations by encouraging them to look beyond the obvious features of an object or system. This thinking routine helps stimulate curiosity, raises questions, and surfaces areas for further inquiry

Application: When and where can it be used?

This thinking routine can be used to explore any object or system. This routine can be used on its own, or in combination with another routine.

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

The routine provides an opportunity to make students’ thinking visible through creating lists, maps, and drawings of the parts, purposes, and complexities of various objects and systems. You may introduce the three elements of this routine all at once, or you may want to introduce the three elements of the routine one at a time. If an object students are working with is present and/or physically visible, students might not need a lot of background knowledge. However, if students are working with a system—such as democracy—it may be helpful for students to have background knowledge or to give them an opportunity to reflect on their experiences interacting with that particular system. To take this routine to the next level, after students have considered the parts, purposes, and complexities of an object as it is, you may consider having students take apart the objects they are working with—and then continue to identify the parts, purposes, and complexities they notice using different colored markers. You may consider swapping out the word “complexities” for more accessible terms, such as puzzles or questions.

Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974

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Online exhibit featuring the photographs of photojournalist Fred Maroon, who was granted unusual access to the Nixon White House to document the 1970 reelection campaign as well as the major events of the Watergate controversy. Includes a timeline of events, 1968-1974.

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.

Another Side of Paradise

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Teacher-created lesson in which students use the design process to create a sequel to the novel "This Side of Paradise" by Stephen Layne.

Tour + Workshop = DESIGN: Space

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Lesson in which students gain an understanding of space through a series of art activities using shapes.
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