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A Virtual Field Trip to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

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Do you find climate change to be a complicated topic to bring into the classroom? In this webinar, Smithsonian educator Mark Haddon helps you make sense of the subject! Haddon designs environmental education programs that integrate research methods and data collecting at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

A Tribute to Samuel Gesser

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Winter 2010: Roberto Martinez

A Treasure at Our Doorstep

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Lesson plan encourages students to explore a nearby historic landmark, documenting their sensory experiences for writing a descriptive essay. Clarifies the difference between primary and secondary resources.

A Traditional Bomba

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Bomba is percussion-driven music created by enslaved Africans in Puerto Rico during the 17th century. To them, bomba was a source of political and spiritual expression. The lyrics conveyed a sense of anger and sadness about their condition, and songs served as a catalyst for resistance and uprisings. But bomba also moved them to dance and celebrate, helping them create community and identity. The music evolved through contact between slave populations from different Caribbean colonies and regions. As a result, bomba now has sixteen different rhythms to mark the pace of the singing and dance. This Viento de Agua performance demonstrates the gracimá and hoyoemula rhythms.

A Tall Ship and a Star to Steer Her By

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Lesson explores transportation past and present, and addresses the use of inexhaustible power sources. Students design their own water transportation using inexhaustible power sources such as solar or wind power.

A Tale of Two Schools

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Lesson plan has students evaluate the architectural styles and designs in their community as they compare two different schools and their surroundings. They learn about Sanborn Maps and archives as they collaborate to research the schools' histories and designs.

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.

A Spiral of History

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Online exhibition focusing on the origins and artistic significance of a carved ivory tusk from the Congo.

A South African Arts and Culture Championship on the Maunavhathu Military Base

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Arts and Culture Championship Competition on Maunavhathu Military Base in Limpopo, South Africa, on September 9th, 2009.

A Sound Legacy: 20 Years of Folkways Records at the Smithsonian Institution

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Learn about the history of Folkways Recordings and its incorporation into the Smithsonian Institution. The webpage includes video and audio clips of significant Folkways recordings.

A Sound Commons for All Living Creatures

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Fall/Winter 2012: Sounds and Soundscapes

A Song for the Horse Nation: Horses in Native American Culture

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Online exhibit exploring the deep connections between horses and Native Americans, looks at the history, impact, and arts of horses and the native peoples. Extensive descriptions, pictures, selected objects from the museum, and audio pronunciation guides paint a thorough picture of the Native American's profound connection to and reliance on horses.

A Smithsonian Idealab: Smithsonian Kids

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Children can explore some of the 137 million objects at the Smithsonian that have been grouped into categories such as 'patriotic,' 'fast,' and 'fun.'

A Puerto Rican Carnival Homepage

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Parent's guide designed to teach children about the carnival traditions of Puerto Rico. Includes hands-on activities such as creating carnival masks and a list of recommended readings.

A Private Universe

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Twenty-minute video documentary on education research for grade 5-12 teachers. This award-winning program asks why even the brightest students don't grasp basic science concepts and traces the problem through interviews with Harvard graduates and their professors, as well as with a bright ninth-grader who has some confused ideas about the orbits of the planets.

A Persuasive Design

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Teacher-created lesson in which children research an animal that they think might make a good pet. They then write a persuasive letter to a parent.

A Personal Journey: Central African Art from the Lawrence Gussman Collection

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The 75 pieces in this online exhibition are from more than 30 African cultures in the present-day nations of Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Zambia.

A Nigerian Yoruba Naming Ceremony

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Online exhibit focuses on the cultural traditions of an African immigrant community in the United States. A Nigerian family's Naming Ceremony story raises the topics of cultural preservation, community, and family. Includes descriptions of the event, people, and links to relevant local publications.

A New Society Project

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Teacher-created lesson meant to accompany a study of the "Progressive Era" in America history. Students design their own 'progressive society.' The lesson can be adapted to the study of any period.

A New Candidate for Animal Farm

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Teacher-created lesson that looks at George Orwell's satire of propaganda and rhetoric in "Animal Farm." Students design a political campaign for a candidate who will offer real freedom to the animals.

A Nation of Immigrants - Latino Stories

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Online exhibit presenting the stories of immigrants from Mexico, Cuba, and other Latin American countries. View objects related to the journey to America and learn about the experiences of workers in the mid-twentieth century bracero guest worker program. This page is included in the online exhibit America on the Move.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution Homepage

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Online exhibit focused on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. Explores a period of history when racial prejudice and fear upset the delicate balance between the rights of citizens and the power of the state. This story is told through through interactive galleries that combine photographs, objects, oral histories, and first-person accounts. Includes a comment board, a search engine with more than 800 artifacts from the Smithsonian collection, related activities, additional web sites, and bibliography, and additional resources.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution - Overview

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Printable version of A More Perfect Union, an online exhibition focused on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II. Provides a brief introduction as well as links to all of the separate sections of the exhibition.

A More Perfect Union Collection Search

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Search engine with more than 800 artifacts from the online exhibit A More Perfect Union, including: archival photography, publications, original manuscripts, works of art, and handmade objects on the Japanese American experience during World War II. A More Perfect Union focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans in internment camps.
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