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Turn it Upside Down: Introduction to Computer-Aided Design

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Activity exploring roller coaster design, computer graphics, and architecture. Students focus on understanding the connections between mathematics, science, technology and innovation.

Two Perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn and Greasy Grass

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Lesson plan has students analyze historical perspectives on the Battle of Little Bighorn/Greasy Grass, also known as 'Custer's Last Stand.' Students will interpret primary sources, develop critical thinking questions about the perspectives represented in the sources, and synthesize the data into a single version of the battle's history. Targets grades 6-9.

Two Views of the Universe

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Lesson about differing assumptions on the workings of the universe. Students compare the earth-centric and helio-centric models of the universe by Aristotle and Copernicus. The consequences of each view are examined and physical models created.

TxtStyles/Fashioning Identity

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This online exhibition presents a selection of rarely exhibited textiles and apparel. The collections contextualized by informational essays demonstrate how clothing and African textiles in particular have long served as messages and expressions of identity.

UNESCO’s World of Music

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Summer 2015: UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music

Unauthorized Portraits: The Drawings of Edward Sorel

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Online exhibit showing a collection of Edward Sorel's satirical illustrations along with a biography of his life and career.

Unboxing Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

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Get an inside look at the new Smithsonian Folkways Lead Belly box set, a 5 CD, 140-page, large-format book featuring 5 hours of music with 16 unreleased tracks.

Undercover Detectives in Search of the Good Citizen

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Teacher-created elementary lesson in citizenship that begins with the story "Buster's Dino Dilemma" by Marc Brown.

Understanding Historical Photos

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Using historical photographs about polio, this resource is designed to illustrate the intricacies of interpreting historical photographs. Both truthful and deceptive, photographs need to be analyzed not only for what is shown, but also what the photographer intended. Part of the online exhibit, Whatever Happened to Polio.

Understanding Zoning: It's Use on the High Line in West Chelsea

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Lesson in which students come to understand what zoning is and how it shapes a neighborhood.

Understanding and Using Primary and Secondary Sources in History

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Lesson on the correct use of primary and secondary sources. A discussion and writing assignment will explain how primary sources are used and what they can and cannot offer in comparison to secondary sources. This activity is part of the online exhibit The Star Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem. Targets grades 6-8.

Uneasy Partners: Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, LBJ and Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Video

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Panel discussion in which experts compare, contrast, and contextualize the relationships between President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Unexpected Legends

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Online exhibit about legendary American currency, famous either through printing accidents, errors, or unscrupulous Mint employees producing unauthorized currency. This highly interactive resource allows visitors to rotate and zoom in on objects. A glossary helps visitors understand challenging vocabulary.

Uniform Design

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Teacher-created lesson that introduces the cultural aspects of clothing design with a question: Why did the British Redcoats wear red coats?

United We Stand Bibliography

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Bibliography included in the July 1942: United We Stand online exhibit. Has books on the 'United We Stand' magazine cover campaign, World War II and the home front, the American flag, and magazine history.

United We Stand Collection Search

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Searchable collection of magazine covers that were created for the July 1942 'United We Stand' campaign coordinated by the Magazine Publishers of America and the US. Treasury Department to help generate support for the war effort during World War II.

United We Stand Homepage

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Homepage for the July 1942: United We Stand online exhibit. This exhibit explores a campaign during World War II by the nation's magazines to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day. Analyze authentic magazine covers from July 1942 and view a timeline and brief video news clips that explain the importance of the home front during World War II.

United We Stand: Magazine Cover Analysis

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Lesson plan using magazine covers from the United We Stand online exhibit to show the importance of efforts on the home front to the war effort in World War II and the role magazine publishers played in promoting national unity, supporting World War II, and selling war bonds. Students will analyze and interpret magazine covers from the July 1942 'United We Stand' magazine campaign and design their own magazine covers. Targets grades 6-8.

Universe! An Educational Forum Exploring The Horizons of Space, Time, and Matter

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Website that fosters partnerships for teaching and learning about the structure and evolution of the universe. Includes information on our solar system, the big bang, black holes, dark energy, and current NASA missions. Teacher resource section with activities, images, educational research, and teaching/learning guidelines.

Unmasking the Maya: The Story of Sna Jtz'ibajom

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The work of a Maya cooperative named Sna Jtz'ibaijom, which celebrates ancient Maya traditions and fights for awareness about modern Mayan life. Includes images of artifacts and people.

Unveiling Stories: Project Zero Global Thinking Routine

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A Project Zero “Global Thinking” routine for revealing multiple layers of meaning. This routine invites students to investigate the world and develop powerful habits of global journalism consumption. The framework asks students to consider five questions: “What is the story?,” “What is the human story?,” “What is the world story?,” “What is the new story?,” and “What is the untold story?”

UNVEILING STORIES

A routine for revealing multiple layers of meaning

1. What is the story?

2. What is the human story?

3. What is the world story?

4. What is the new story?

5. What is the untold story?

Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?

This routine invites students to reveal multiple layers of meaning in an image, text, or journalistic report. Each layer addresses a key dimension of quality global journalism: the central, most visible story; the way the story helps us understand the lives of fellow humans; the ways in which the story speaks to systemic global issues; what is new and instructive about the story and issues explored; and the important absences or unreported aspects of the story. This routine also invites students to investigate the world and develop powerful habits of global journalism consumption – habits that are transferable to information consumption more broadly.

Application: When and where can it be used?

This routine can be used in global competence development in the arts, geography, literature, and history.

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

You may consider selecting some – not all – of the routine’s questions depending on your goals. You may also consider modifying the order in which the questions are introduced. In using this routine with your students, you may see “the story” interpreted in one of the following ways: 1) “the story” told by the article, image, or material that they read, or 2) “the story” proposed to explain or contextualize the event depicted, i.e. “the human story that led to the contamination of the Mexican gulf begins with our dependence on fossil fuels.”

Urhobo: Where Gods and Mortals Meet Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art

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Urhobo: Where Gods and Mortals Meet Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art

Using Means, Medians, and Modes

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Lesson plan. Students calculate means, medians and modes for a series of observations, enter the information on data tables, and create reports. Can use information from various sources with any type of content.

Using Rice Plantation Tools

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Lesson in which students analyze images of tools that were used on rice plantations to determine each tool's purpose. These objects can tell us a great deal about slavery and the lives of the slaves who worked on rice plantations. Part of the resource 'Slave Life and the Underground Railroad.'
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