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Work Hard and Work Smart: Designing for Athletes (4-8)

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Activity in which students design a sports bag for athletes, investigate varied sports, interview people involved in varied sports, and engage in problem solving as they create a new design.

Attack the Knack

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Attack the Knack – investigates student motivation in science, and explores how the types of feedback students receive can influence self-perception, effort, persistence and learning.

Building a Dinosaur

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is webpage includes images and description of the process of constructing the world's first anatomically accurate digital dinosaur, rendered from real fossils.

Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets

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Website with works from the National Portrait Gallery (mostly photographs) that illustrate the story of modernism in American poetry. The story begins with an unlikely pair of seminal figures: Walt Whitman, who heard "America singing" in the nineteenth century, and Ezra Pound, who left his "half savage country" early in the twentieth century and returned as a prisoner, charged with treason during World War II. The site includes recordings of Pound, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and others, each reading a poem.

Changing the World: Social Entrepreneurs Part Two (9-12)

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This lesson addresses the role of social entrepreneurs in affecting positive social change around the world. Students work in small groups to create seminar presentations on methods of affecting change.

Light Up the Cave

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This simulation allows users to test various light sources in a dark cave. This resource is aligned with the Smithsonian Science for the Classroom grade 1 physical science module, "How Can We Light Our Way in the Dark?"

Build Your Own Touch Screen Stylus

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Students will save money and solve the problem of messy fingers on their iPad/iPhone touch screens by building a simple stylus from everyday materials. The take-away stylus will meet all the required criteria: a flat, smooth, conductive surface more than ¼ inch wide. Students will troubleshoot to solve engineering problems.

Food! How Do We Ensure Good Nutrition For All?- Part 1

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Part 1 Problem, begins defining the research problem and setting up your local research plans by learning about different perspectives and questions you will work to answer during your research.

Masters of Tradition: A Cultural Journey Across America

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An online exhibition that takes the form of an interactive, multimedia story map with more than a hundred photographs, audio clips, and video profiles highlighting the broad array of musical styles and cultural stories that enliven our nation. 

Put Your Best Facade Forward Lesson 2

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Activity in which students analyze the design of their school's facade for hints of the building's purpose in order to redesign the facade to better reflect this purpose.

Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries

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Online exhibit featuring 6th century artifacts recently found in the Qingzhou region of China. Discusses how these discoveries reshaped understandings of Buddhist worship and Chinese sculpture of the time.

Letter Writing in America

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Online exhibit exploring the place of letter writing in American history, revealing the nature of American life and documenting the country's search for a uniquely American identity. Organized chronologically by major historical events and movements.

Sarah Lee Guthrie Discusses Her Book Go Waggaloo

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Sarah Lee Guthrie talks about the inspiration for her new children's album Go Waggaloo.

South Africa 1936-1949: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee

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Online exhibition detailing the history and culture of South Africa through photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee. Includes details on the photographer's life and work.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 23

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The late great Piedmont blues singer and guitar master John Cephas, New Orleans' ebullient chanteuse Lizzie Miles, slave shouts from Georgia’s McIntosh County Shouters, rock music from Indonesia and Vodou music from Port au Prince.

Ethiopian Icons: Faith and Science

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Online exhibition focusing on Ethiopian Orthodox Church icons.

Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Apollo Space Program

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Online conference featuring Smithsonian experts from the National Air and Space Museum, who discuss the challenges of the Apollo Program and examine the remarkable technologies that made the moon landings possible. The program includes sessions of general interest and sessions for secondary teachers with ties to the NASA History Advanced Placement and Human Geography Advanced Placement projects. From this website, access session recordings, topic discussions, and related Smithsonian resources in the virtual exhibit hall.

Where Have You Been, Where Are You Going?

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Downloadable activity page. Students list the states they've visited and the modes of transportation that brought them there.

Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey

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Online exhibit explaining the cultural significance of fabric and clothing for the Ottoman rulers (1281-1924). Includes pictures of the robes, information on Ottoman style, the social significance of the robes and contexts where they would be worn, and many links to sites about the Ottoman Empire.

The Struggle for Justice

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Webpage with information on the scholarly journals in the field of Asian art published in part by the Freer and Sackler galleries, Ars Orientalis and Artibus Asiae.

Art to Zoo: The Survival Game after Columbus: Pigs, Weeds, and Other Players (1991)

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This issue examines the colonization of the Americas, focusing on diseases from Europe and the population growth of European domesticated animals. In the lesson, students consider the fight for survival when two worlds meet.

Whistler's Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London

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Online exhibit that features a Victorian street map of Chelsea, an area said to be "owned" by James McNeill Whistler because of his many paintings and etchings of its steet scenes. Those scenes can be viewed by clicking on the map.

Between Fences Teaching Guide

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Lesson plan exploring how the fence is entwined with American history, politics, industry, and daily life. Four lesson plans look at differing concepts of property between Native Americans and English colonists, the 'Texas Fence Cutting War' to explore how industrialization generated tensions between participants in old and new economic systems, how barbed wire solved the Great Plains 'fence crisis,'and Robert Frost's 'Mending Wall.'

Navy Sail Design

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Lesson plan investigating sailboat design and the ways that the shape of a sail affect movement. The lesson introduces triangle trigonometry as students design and decorate their own sailboats.
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