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Treasures of American History: National Challenges

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Online exhibit presenting objects from the Smithsonian collection that document the struggles, conflicts, and controversies that have shaped our nation. Topics discussed: American Revolution, slavery, westward expansion, Civil War, women's suffrage, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights movement, and AIDS. Includes a Spanish translation.

It?s a Wrap (4-8)

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Activity in which students explore the impact that wrapping paper has on our landfills, brainstorm ideas to address the problem, and write an article to educate others about the issue.

Pen Friend Across the Nation: An Intergenerational Letter-Writing Project

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Letter-writing curriculum for students and senior citizens encourages one-to-one relations and communication. Includes suggestions for set-up, discussions, and activities.

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Teaching Kits

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Teaching kits employing the approach of the Smithsonian's museum lab school contain art prints, children's literature, and objects with lesson plans appropriate for the classroom or museum. Designed for young children. Purchase required.

Imagínese Si…: Project Zero Agency by Design Thinking Routine

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Un Project Zero “Agency by Design” rutina de pensamiento para encontrar oportunidad.


Encontrar oportunidad

Escoja un objeto o sistema: (Tenga en cuenta las partes, los propósitos y las personas que interactúan con el objeto o sistema y luego pregunte:)

1. ¿De qué manera podría hacerse más eficaz?

2. ¿De qué manera podría hacerse más eficiente?

3. ¿De qué manera podría hacerse más ético?

4. ¿De qué manera podría hacerse más bello?

Propósito: ¿Qué tipo de pensamiento promueve esta rutina?

Esta rutina primero apoya el pensamiento divergente, a medida que los estudiantes piensan en nuevas posibilidades para un objeto o sistema; luego apoya el pensamiento convergente, a medida que los estudiantes deciden la manera más efectiva para construir, manipular, re/diseñar o alterar un objeto o un sistema. Finalmente, esta rutina de pensamiento busca encontrar oportunidades y nuevas ideas.

Aplicación: ¿Cuándo y cómo se puede utilizar esta rutina?

Esta rutina de pensamiento se puede utilizar para explorar las posibilidades de mejorar, retocar o ajustar cualquier objeto o sistema. Aunque esta rutina se puede utilizar por sí sola, sugerimos que se use en combinación con otras rutinas de pensamiento de Agency by Design (AbD) para mostrar a los estudiantes las maneras en que pueden mejorar un objeto o sistema en particular.

Comenzar: ¿Cuáles son algunas ideas y consideraciones para poner en práctica esta rutina de pensamiento?

Esta rutina de pensamiento pide a los estudiantes que imaginen nuevas maneras de mejorar un objeto o sistema, observando las posibilidades de dicho objeto o sistema a través de cuatro lentes diferentes. Específicamente, esta rutina pregunta ¿de qué manera se puede hacer este objeto o sistema para que sea más eficaz, eficiente, ético o bello? Creemos que estos cuatro lentes pueden ser de ayuda y los animamos a que con sus estudiantes consideren otros.

Al involucrarse con esta rutina de pensamiento, puede estar inclinado a decirle a los estudiantes que "el cielo es el límite". Si bien es importante que los estudiantes generen ideas dentro de un espacio amplio de posibilidades, también hemos encontrado útil poner algunos limites creativos al pensamiento de las personas. Puede hacerlo limitando la variedad de herramientas y materiales a los que tienen acceso los estudiantes, presentando ciertos criterios de funcionalidad o identificando una población o grupo de usuarios en particular. Por ejemplo, en una actividad de re/diseño de una silla, se puede decir a los estudiantes que solo deben usar cartón y sujeta papel, que sus nuevos modelos de silla deben ser capaces de sostener el peso del instructor, y que las sillas deben ser diseñadas para personas que van al trabajo todos los día en el metro.

Al considerar cómo rediseñar o alterar un objeto o sistema, es emocionante ver que los estudiantes generan una lista de ideas amplías y excepcionales, pero también es importante que sean sensibles al diseño de sus objetos o sistemas. Para logarlo, recomendamos que los maestros le pidan a sus estudiantes usar otras rutinas de pensamiento de AbD a medida que buscan nuevas oportunidades y hacen una lluvia de ideas sobre otras posibilidades. Del mismo modo, si los estudiantes se estancan y se les dificulta generar nuevas ideas, usar otras rutinas de pensamiento de AbD puede ayudarles a encontrar oportunidades y ver nuevas posibilidades para sus objetos o sistemas.

First Person Account: Hal Moore

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Video of Hal Moore, the commander of a cavalry regiment, summarizing the role of the Huey helicopter in Vietnam. This video accompanies The Price of Freedom: Americans at War online exhibit and is meant for use with the 'The Soldiers Experience' lesson plan. Targets grades 2-12.

Anthropology Teaching Activities: Archeology in the Classroom

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Two student activities explore the relationship between material remains and activities in different areas. Students look at trash from around the school or objects hidden in a sandbox to simulate how archaeologists learn about a people from the objects they leave behind.

Problem Solved! Design Solutions (4-8)

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In this lesson, students look at problem solving in design. In an exercise, small groups create a safe method for transporting an egg.

Encyclopedia Smithsonian

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Encyclopedia Smithsonian features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources on subjects from art to zoology.

Los Hermanos Lovo Discusses Chanchona Music from Guatajiagua, El Salvador

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A Salvadoran Chanchona group from Leesburg, Virginia.

Divine Design

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Teacher-created lesson in which middle-schoolers create a 3-D model of a "green school."

Functional Classroom Design

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design a schoolroom arrangement that meets their needs and the needs of three other classes that use the room.

Hello, My Name Is . . . Helvetica

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In this lesson plan, students learn art and geometry vocabulary by considering the shapes of letters in their own names. They physically imitate the shapes of the letters as they practice writing them.

Play on Words Design

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Activity in which students design an image that is a 'play on words,' using both traditional artistic methods and computer design to perfect the image.

Frida Kahlo: Notas Sobre una Vida/Notes on a Life

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Tribute to Frida Kahlo and her enduring influence on American art. Includes photographs and letters selected from several Archives of American Art collections.

The Art of African Exploration

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Online exhibition includes compelling images from the European imperialist period. In primary-source documents, photographs, maps, and drawings, see Africa's animals, peoples, and landscapes through the eyes of the explorers.

America on the Move Classroom Activity Guide

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Activity guide accompanying the America on the Move exhibit on transportation in U.S. history. It delivers a variety of historical primary-source materials from the exhibition directly to your classroom. Through these documents and activities, students can build a deeper understanding of how transportation shaped American commerce, communities, landscapes, and population migrations.

The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Bibliography

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Bibliography related to the Teodoro Vidal Collection of cultural objects from Puerto Rico. Includes books for adults and children.

The Japanese American Internment: How Young People Saw It

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Through primary and secondary sources, students learn of the experiences of children and teens in World War II internment camps. This set of four lessons is divided into grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Younger students read (or listen to) the book Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki. Older students read the letters of teenage internees.

A Brush with History Teaching Guide

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Lesson plans providing an in-depth exploration of selected historical figures and their contributions to the history of the United States. The guide is organized by thematic unit: from revolution to constitution, those inventive Americans, and abolition and the Civil War. Each unit contains background information about the individuals and their portraits, related questions and activities, a bibliography, and a reproduction of each portrait.

Career Possibilities

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Sampling of jobs that involve animals or their conservation

North American Mammals

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Searchable database of all living mammals of North America. Search by geographic location, species name, mammal family tree, or conservation status. Each animal has a fact sheet with information and pictures.

Explore Smithsonian: How do Orchids Attract Pollinators?

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The Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection has over 8,000 living specimens and is a valuable source of research and species diversity. Discover why orchids are unique and how researchers are maintaining the collection.

Bluegrass Music: A Toe-Tapping Exploration of an American Art Form

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Students will be introduced to American Bluegrass music and Appalachian songs through singing, listening and conversation. A number of songs will be compared leading to a conversation on the characteristics of Traditional American music.
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