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Living in the Atlantic World 1450-1800

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Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the web of maritime connections between Western Europe, Western and Central Africa, and the Americas that made up the Atlantic world. Learn how Atlantic-based trade shaped modern world history and life in America. Topics covered are the tobacco and sugar trades, the Middle Passage and the transatlantic slave trade, and the piracy that plagued the Caribbean Sea and North American coast during this period.

Constellation Maker

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Art activity making a constellation commemorating an American woman such as scientist Maria Mitchell. Many cultures have used constellations to remember the stories of heroes, and this activity helps develop the ability to use symbols to illustrate and tell stories. Part of the 'Exploring the Sky' resource.

Program Guide for Teachers- Washington, DC

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Program guide describing educational programs available at the museum and detailing guidelines for your visit. Includes teaching guide to prepare students for the visit.

Spark!Lab Homepage

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Online component of Spark!Lab, a hands-on space for families and other visitors to the National Museum of American History to play, explore, experiment and invent. On the website, you'll find fun activities and experiments, kid-friendly inventor biographies, and resources to help bring the playful side of invention into the home or classroom.

Drafting the Declaration: The Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence

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Lessons challenging students to think about the Jefferson desk and the Declaration of Independence as valuable sources of historical information. Includes a preliminary activity to introduce students to studying history with objects, lesson plans, and annotated links related to the Revolution, Thomas Jefferson, and the Declaration of Independence.

Facts about Americanos: Latino Life in the United States (Datos sobre Americanos: La vida latina en los Estados Unidos)

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Teaching guide describing the role of Latin Americans in U.S. culture. Includes color images, pie and bar charts, and population demographics. Bilingual (English/Spanish).

Connect / Extend / Challenge: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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A "Visible Thinking" routine for connecting new ideas to prior knowledge from Project Zero. This routine also encourages students to take stock of ongoing questions, puzzles, and difficulties as they reflect on what they are learning. Asks the questions, "How are the ideas and information presented connected to what you already knew?", "What new ideas did you get that extended or pushed your thinking in new directions?", "What is still challenging or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings, or puzzles do you now have?"

CONNECT / EXTEND / CHALLENGE

A routine for connecting new ideas to prior knowledge

CONNECT: How are the ideas and information presented CONNECTED to what you already knew?

EXTEND: What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions?

CHALLENGE: What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

The routine helps students make connections between new ideas and prior knowledge. It also encourages them to take stock of ongoing questions, puzzles and difficulties as they reflect on what they are learning.

Application: When and where can it be used?

The natural place to use the Connect-Extend-Challenge routine is after students have learned something new. It doesn't matter how much they have learned-- it can be a lesson's worth, or a unit's worth. The routine is broadly applicable: Use it after students have explored a work of art, or anything else in the curriculum. Try it as a reflection during a lesson, after a longer project, or when completing a unit of study. Try using it after another routine!

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

This routine works well with the whole class, in small groups or individually. Keep a visible record of students' ideas. If you are working in a group, ask students to share some of their thoughts and collect a list of ideas in each of the three categories Or have students write their individual responses on post-it notes and add them to a class chart. Keep students' visible thinking alive over time: Continually add new ideas to the lists and revisit the ideas and questions on the chart as students' understanding around a topic develops.

Moccasin Madness! Navajo and Apache Moccasin Game Songs

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Moccasin Game songs of the Navajo and Mescalero Apache tribes are little known outside these cultures, but hold intrigue and understanding for those who pursue the experiences noted here. Students will learn the cultural significance, key traits, and pure joys of playing Moccasin Game songs through an exciting process of listening, singing, and playing.

The Malende & Tshigombela performed by school children in South Africa

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Young children dance malende & tshigombela in Tshitavhadulu Village, Limpopo, South Africa in August 2009. The soloist malende dancers include Rabelani Rashaka and Rabelani Madzhiabada.

The Look of the Listen: The Cover Art of Folkways Records

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Spring/Summer 2012: The Cover Art of Folkways Records

Artful Animals

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This online exhibition presents an array of African artistic representations of domestic and untamed animals. Discover how animals are employed to tell the history and moral values of their makers.

Gateway to the Arts

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In this lesson plan, students redesign any dead space in the school building. They use 3-D modeling software as well as traditional methods to create a proposal based on the needs of their peers and their teachers.

Redesigning Resumes

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design an eye-catching PowerPoint resume.

Tell Me About It: What Is Design? Part 1 (4-8)

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Students participate in a jig-saw learning activity to learn about specific fields of design. They work in groups and present their findings to their classmates.

The Adventures of Hamza

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Website introducing the story of Hamza, uncle of the Prophet Muhammed, told through the illustrated book created between 1556 and 1572 under Mughal Indian emperor Akbar. Includes the historical context of the book, pictures from the book organized by character, and excerpts to go along with the pictures.

Assessment in Math & Science: What's the Point?

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Video workshop series in which participants examine current assessment issues and strategies for reform. Graduate course credit is available.

Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World

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In this companion book to the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History, author Deborah Cramer reveals the myriad ways the sea is essential to all of us.

"Call & Response" by Ella Jenkins at 2009 Smithsonian Folklike Festival

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Ella Jenkins, Folkways Childrens artist performs for families at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. More about Ella Jenkins

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 25

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We hear the soul-soaked boogie woogie piano of Champion Jack Dupree, we check out some 80-year-old original recordings of Blind Willie Johnson, and we explore music forged deep in the coal mines of Appalachia.

Where's Everyone Going?

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Interactive game asking players to match a variety of vehicles with their destinations and time periods. This game is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.

Animation Flip Books

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Lesson introducing students to basic elements of animation. While learning about the role of design in entertainment from classic cartoons, students create a 'bouncing ball' flip book to demonstrate knowledge of sequential motion.

Exploring the Gettysburg Address

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Teacher's guide included in the online exhibit, The Gettysburg Address. Includes tips on how to use the interactive document tool, suggested discussion questions, and recommended resources.

Become a Collector

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Guide showing children how to become a collector. They read about Teodor Vidal, a man who collected objects from Puerto Rico, and use his story to jump start their own collections.

Flora of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands: The Stahl Watercolor Collection

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Website providing background information on Dr. Agustin Stahl, the earliest renowned Puerto Rican scientist. Provides searchable databases of the Stahl Watercolor and Specimen Collections. Bilingual English/Spanish.
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